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Grants of $25,000-$50,000 to as many as 10 teams.
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Global LEAP Solar E-waste Challenge Round 2
The Challenge is an initiative of the Efficiency for Access Coalitionsupported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.K. Department for International Development as part of theircommitment to the Scaling Off-Grid Energy (SOGE) Grand Challenge for Development. SOGE is...
Innovative Solutions for Off-Grid Renewable Energy Access (AFD)
The French Development Agency (AFD) and the Environment and Energy Management Agency (Ademe) have recently launched a call for projects aimed at young Africans who are developing sustainable off-grid solutions to facilitate access to electricity in Africa. Through this second edition of the...
MNRE Startup Grand Challenge
India’s strategy on renewable energy is driven by the objectives of energy security, energy access and reducing the carbon footprints of the national energy systems. Renewables have created new opportunities. An altogether new business space has been created. The extant opportunities seek to...
Innovate UK Energy Catalyst Round 7
Up to £22m is available as part of Innovate UK’s Energy Catalyst Round 7 for innovative energy technologies which focus on the energy access needs of Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia which also hit all three areas of the energy trilemma of:
Efficiency for Access Research and Development Fund - second call
Efficiency for Access (EforA), supported by UK aid, is investing funding into research and development (R&D) projects with the aim to accelerate the availability, affordability, efficiency and performance of a range of low energy inclusive appliances that are...
Female Tech Business in Africa Program
Female Tech Business in Africa aims at fostering capacity, network development and internationalization of women networks, multipliers and stakeholders in Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. It is supported by the German Federal...
Grameen Shakti Consultancy and Knowledge Practice
Grameen Shakti (GS) is a social enterprise founded by Nobel laureate Prof. Mohammad Yunus, with an aim of improving “Access to Energy” in rural Bangladesh. GS works with solar solutions ranging from Solar Home Systems to appliances, and even started operating in the Electric Vehicle/Electric...
R&D Funding - Efficiency for Access
The Efficiency for Access Coalition, with funding from UK Aid, will invest into Research and Development (R&D) projects that lead to the acceleration of availability, affordability, efficiency and performance of a range of Low Energy Inclusive Appliances that are particularly suited to...
CALL FOR IDEAS (financial instruments) - the Lab
The Lab is seeking ideas for financial instruments that can unlock investment for climate mitigation and adaptation projects in developing countries. This year, the Lab has a special call for ideas that target sustainable agriculture for smallholders in West & Central Africa, sustainable...
Microsoft Fintech Innovation Challenge
Eligible applicants who can apply for the Challenge Fund Window include: regulated Financial Institutions (Banks, MFIs); Payment Service Providers; Agent Banking Aggregators; Mobile Network Operators; technology providers; E-commerce platform providers; Manufacturing and trading related...
Africa Energy Awards
1. African Energy Innovation Prize
2. African Energy Leader of the Year
3. Premier Energy Project of the Year
4. Small and Medium Energy Company of the Year
Launched in 2007, the awards recognise and reward industry innovation and outstanding performance, and honour the top...
The Mobile for Development (M4D) Utilities Innovation Fund
The M4D Utilities Innovation Fund, supported by the UK Government and the Scaling Off-Grid Energy Grand Challenge for Development, aims to test and scale the use of mobile to improve or increase access to energy, water and sanitation services. The Innovation Fund is open to:
For each business that acquires new investors via Symbid, Symbid sets up an investors’ cooperative. The investors all become members in this investors’ cooperative and it is the cooperative which is ultimately the shareholder in the business. All renewables are eligible in principle. [Info...
Rolex Awards for Enterprise
The Rolex Awards are offered to Young Leaders, between the ages of 18 and 30 years old, who have a ground-breaking proposal or initiative that will help to expand knowledge of our world and improve the quality of life on the planet. Applications must be broadly in the areas of the environment,...
A venture capital firm focused on innovations that will have a positive impact on climate. Prelude Ventures was founded in 2009 as a new platform for venture investing in the cleantech sector. The platform combines a long-term commitment to the sector, willingness to accept informed risks, the...
Mastercard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity 2017
Independent, global organization based in Toronto, Canada, with over $9 billion in assets. Main focus is promoting financial inclusion and advance youth learning, mostly in Africa
Investors’ Circle is the world’s largest and most active early-stage impact investing network. They have been finding, fostering, and funding startup innovation for over 25 years. Their community of angel investors, venture capitalists, foundations, and family offices has invested over $200...
Innovation Prize for Africa
The Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) is an award founded by the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) in 2011. It mobilizes African innovators and entrepreneurs by providing USD150,000 to winners who deliver market-oriented solutions for African-led development. The IPA main purpose is to...
Grassroots Business Fund
Founded in 2008, GBF is an independent non-profit investing in, and providing advisory services to, high-impact businesses in Latin America, Asia and Africa. In 2011 GBF further evolved its model by establishing a $49M for-profit private investment fund, GBI-I, for patient capital investment,...
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people's health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty...
The Financial Sector Development program (FSD) Kenya was established in 2005 to support the development of financial markets in Kenya as a means to stimulate wealth creation and reduce poverty. Working in partnership with the financial services industry, the Program’s goal is to expand access to...
engageSPARK is a social enterprise used in 100+ countries by all types and sizes of organizations. It is a self-service web application designed for organizations to easily create and launch Automated Calls, 2-Way SMS, Missed Call, and Airtime transfer campaigns to disseminate information,...
Ashoka makes three-year grants to social entrepreneurs around the world who become Ashoka Fellows. Fields of work include environment, (solar) energy, agriculture, and several others. Ashoka accepts nominations online in several languages. The nomination form requests information about the...
Ampion is an impact based organisation which enables young entrepreneurs to launch businesses in Africa and create new jobs. They offer a 7-day innovation programme, an Incubator Programme, mentoring and advisory services with a specific focus on using technology for innovation.
A not for profit organisation that aims to inspire and develop a successful force of women in technology who will change Africa’s future. Founded in April 2010, AkiraChix aims to be the leading women’s network impacting technology in Africa. It’s programs are developed to reach young women at...
Synergy Growth is a private tech investment fund, established in 2011 by Steve Brooks and Nat Billington. Their purpose is to make early stage investments in disruptive technologies that aim to change the way we live our lives for the better.
Synergy Growth invests resources in exceptional...
Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm. Omidyar Network invests in entrepreneurs who share their commitment to advancing social good at the pace and scale the world needs today. They are focused on five key areas they believe are building blocks for prosperous, stable, and open...
African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF)
The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) is a grant making foundation that supports local, national and regional organizations working towards the empowerment of African women and the achievement of gender equality on the continent. Their mission is to mobilize and disburse financial, human...
Shell Foundation is an independent charity established by the Shell Group in 2000 to create and scale new solutions to global development challenges. We apply business thinking to major social and environmental issues linked to the energy sector – and seek to leverage the skills and networks of...
DOEN Foundation (Stichting DOEN)
The DOEN Foundation (Stichting DOEN) believes that a green, socially-inclusive and creative society is achievable. The world is full of committed entrepreneurs eager to develop sustainable, cultural and socially-engaged initiatives. DOEN offers these people financial support and connects them....
U.S. Global Development Lab - USAID
The U.S. Global Development Lab serves as an innovation hub. They take smart risks to test new ideas and partner within USAID and with other actors to harness the power of innovative tools and approaches that accelerate development impact.
Aeris is a technology partner with a proven history of helping companies unlock value through IoT. For more than a decade, they have powered critical projects for some of the most demanding customers of IoT services today. Aeris strive to fundamentally improve their businesses by dramatically...
Accion Venture Lab