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Funding & Investment — January 2016
The Argidius – ANDE Talent Challenge, Deadline January 31, 2016
To promote successful talent engagement strategies, ANDE and The Argidius Foundation are pleased to launch the Argidius-ANDE Talent Challenge. The intent is to identify highly promising solutions to human capital constraints, provide funding to experiment with these models, and ultimately scale the best ideas. The challenge is open to all organizations (or teams of organizations) working to help small and growing businesses in specific emerging market geographies to recruit, develop and/or retain talent at the middle and upper level management levels. The challenge is open to non-profit or for-profit institutions, including financial institutions.
Funds will be disbursed in two rounds. In the first phase, grants of up to €200,000 will be provided to up to five pilot programs (expected to run for up to 3 years) in the spring of 2016. Based upon an evaluation of the pilot programs, the challenge plans to award a grand prize of up to €I million to the pilot program deemed to have the most impact, and most likely to scale. For the full Request for Proposals, please click here.
The Zayed Future Energy Prize represents the vision of the Late Founding Father and President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, who championed environmental stewardship. This annual award celebrates achievements that reflect impact, innovation, long-term vision and leadership in renewable energy and sustainability. We invite you to be a part of this vision and our commitment to finding solutions that will meet the challenges of climate change, energy security and the environment. For further information on how to apply, please watch this video and visit here.
Applications are now open for the Wazo prize, Deadline February 7, 2016
The Wazo prize is an innovation prize competition to make climate information more useable for poor and vulnerable communities in Kenya. Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), it will award cash prizes to entrepreneurs and innovators who come up with new solutions to use climate information in a way that helps vulnerable individuals, households and communities in Kenya better tackle climate uncertainty and risk. The competition is open to individuals and organisations that can demonstrate how their idea can make a positive impact in Kenya. In March 2016, the top fifteen ideas will be awarded cash prizes.
Impact Awards at Impact Conclave 2016 in New Delhi, India, Deadline February 15, 2016
Awards will be given to individuals (Independent or associated with organization) that are making a tangible impact on enhancing quality of human lives through their contribution in the following sectors:
- Public Health and Nutrition
- Energy and Environment
- Inclusive finance and Livelihood
- Skill development
Persons who have excelled in these sectors are eligible and welcome to apply. If you wish to apply for more than one category, please submit using separate entry forms through this link and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org. For further details contact: email@example.com or +91 120 4056472/458.
Better Ventures is accepting applications for their next round of pre-seed investments. Startups can apply here. Pre-seed companies receive $100k in funding, are invited to participate in monthly PreSeed Founder Summits, and gain access to a range of benefits provided to their portfolio companies. They also become candidates for larger follow-on investments of $250k – $400k+ at the seed stage and beyond (for more details see here). To qualify for a pre-seed investment, startups should have at least two co-founders (one technical) and a demonstrable minimum viable product that is generating encouraging customer/user feedback in the marketplace. Startups should be working on an information technology product that solves a pressing problem in society within one or more of the following investment themes: narrowing the opportunity gap, improving health outcomes, and accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy. While Better Ventures welcomes applicants from anywhere, they prioritize startups based in Oakland and Berkeley, California, USA, given the high level of engagement they provide and due to their commitment to the East Bay startup ecosystem. Applications for pre-seed (and seed) funding are accepted on a rolling quarterly basis.
2nd “Solar for All” Contest Now Open for Applications, Deadline May 1, 2016
The 2nd “Solar for All” Contest for Innovative Community Solar Electrification Solutions 2016, organized by the Canopus Foundation and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, is now accepting applications. Proposals for PV solar electrification solutions to provide a scalable number of low-income communities with power are invited for submission. The most innovative and promising solutions will be selected for the award. Two prizes will be awarded to the best applications drawn from the short list selected by the jury. The first prize is a 400,000 Euro loan for 8 years at 6 percent interest without any collateral requirement. The runner-up will receive a special prize of 10,000 Euros from the Siemens Stiftung as well as an offer of membership in their international “Empowering People Network” support program that promotes technological and entrepreneurial approaches for sustainable development.
Developers, system integrators, owners or operators of existing or planned solar electrification solutions for communities, particularly in rural areas of developing and emerging regions, are especially encouraged to apply. Applications are welcome from all countries. More information on eligible concepts and instructions on the applications can be found here.
The Canopus Foundation is now also accepting applications for the “Showcasing Community Solar Electrification Solutions” Short Video Contest 2016 (formerly “Showcasing Village Grids” Contest) alongside the second “Solar for All” Contest. One outstanding short video on the topic of community solar electrification will be chosen to win a 2,000 Euro prize and be showcased to the expert jury and other participants at the second “Solar for All” awards ceremony to be held at Intersolar India 2016 in Mumbai later this year. Anyone wishing to share their ideas, stories and/or experiences on community solar electrification is invited to participate. The submission deadline for short videos is May 1, 2016. Participation in the 2nd “Solar for All” Contest does not require participation in the video contest and vice versa. More information on the video contest, including instructions on how to apply can be found here.
The European Energy Centre (EEC) is partnering with The George Washington University (GWU) to further promote best practices in Renewable Energy Educational Activities in the U.S.
This complements the work the EEC is continuing in Europe and internationally, through classroom and online seminars, which can be accessed here. It combines the experience of WGU as a leading worldwide academic institution with the vocational training expertise of the EEC gained over 40 years working with major universities, leading global authorities and for more than a decade with the United nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The educational seminars continue this February, presented by:
- Renewable energy expert Scott Sklar, a member of the practitioner network, who ahs many years of experience in the clean energy sector and has recently presented an inspiring TEDx Talk on the future of personal energy use, and ;
- Michael Ware, a leading investor in clean energy markets who co-founded Advanced Capital Markets and has been a member of the board of directors of American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) for many years.
The upcoming Renewable Energy Management & Finance training seminar will teach participants how to manage their own energy projects (domestically and internationally), updating them on areas to invest in and where to find sources of financing. Further information is available here.