Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020

Solutions due 17.1 2020. Worldwide search for early stage technology-enabled solutions and services that can enable economic development and/or benefit society and/or the environment. Competition is open to individuals and teams of students or recent alumni from any college or university. Eligibility: At least half of the team’s members must be students currently enrolled at a post-secondary institution or have received a degree after March 1, 2018. If entering as a business entity, at least 25% of the business must be owned by individuals that …

StartupXs ChangeMakers Seed Grant Opportunity 2020

Applications Close 31.12 2019. Platform for startups and social enterprises that want to change their community with their innovative business ideas. The aim is about identifying and promoting the best early-stage business idea of innovators, startups and social enterprises. One changemaker will be selected to receive a USD $1000 seed grant. Participation is open to any individual or organization in any country unless prohibited by local or the United States law. Applicants should be 18 to 35 years old, and reflect an organization led by …

Maze X – Cohort 2

Closing Date 31.12 2019. Pan-Europe startup accelerator, based in Lisbon, for impact tech-based solutions. The aim is grow unicorn-level social enterprises (valuations of USD $1bn) focused on solving the world’s hardest social and environmental challenges. Ten (10) startups will be selected for each cohort. Open to tech-based early-stage impact startups focused on solving social and environmental challenges while generating attractive financial results. Ventures are welcome to participate in Maze X even if they are not originally from a European country. But they must be interested …

Young Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2020 [Singapore International Foundation]

Closing Date 15.12 2019. Programme seeks to inspire, equip and enable youth of different nationalities to embark on social enterprises in Singapore and beyond. Participants will learn from leading social entrepreneurs, business professionals and other youth who are keen on social innovation, while expanding their networks for potential collaborations for good. Open to young changemakers and entrepreneurs (ages 18-30, all nationalities) who have great ideas and are looking to develop their social enterprises. Enterprises must have a viable business proposition that addresses a social issue; …

The Catalyst Fund [Roddenberry Foundation]

The Catalyst Fund awards small grants (USD $2,500- $15,000) for early-stage, innovative, and unconventional ideas that address urgent challenges. Applications from all corners of the globe accepted, on a continuous basis, with no deadlines. [via The Roddenberry Foundation] “We’re looking for ideas that challenge our thinking, that compel us to see a problem in a new light; and whose creativity and imagination redefine notions of what can be done and how…. You can be a seasoned social entrepreneur or a first- time changemaker. There are no disqualifiers. No prerequisites.” #socialinnovation, #impactphilanthropy, #socialchange, #venturephilanthropy, #socialentrepreneurs, #strategicphilanthropy, #socialimpact, #philanthropy, #socialventures, #innovation

Emerging Institutions Fellowship Program [LDI Africa]

Applications Close 15.11 2019. The program provides hands-on service opportunities for global young business and development leaders at Africa’s leading profit and nonprofit firms. The program is designed to match financial capital invested in emerging African businesses with the human capital needed to take these institutions to scale. Applicants should have 2-10 years of professional experience; interest in/familiarity with emerging markets; and professional background in business, management consulting, strategy, finance, and social enterprise and international development. Fellows are required to have an undergraduate degree, a …

Chivas The Venture 2019-2020

Entries Close 31.10 2019. Annual competition to find and support the most promising social entrepreneurs, who use business to solve social and/or environmental issues. Every year, USD $1 million total in no-strings funding, and expert coaching at the Chivas Venture Accelerator Programme, is provided to social entrepreneurs who blend profit with purpose to have a positive impact on the world. For 2019-2020, the competition invites participation from social businesses in: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, England, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, …

WORTH Partnership Project

Applications Close 31.10 2019. creates and supports transnational collaborations between fashion designers, creative people, manufacturing enterprises (SMEs) and technology firms looking to develop design-driven and innovative products. Partnership projects consist of 2-3 partners, from at least two different participating countries (EU Member States or COSME), working in one of the eligible industry sectors. At least two of the target groups (designers, crafters, makers, tech firms) must be involved in the projects. Project Duration: 9-10 months. Selected participants will benefit from an incubator programme (value €60,000) …

World-Changing Women in Conscious Business 2020 [Conscious Company]

Nominations Close 15.10 2019. List recognizes female, women-identifying, and non-binary femme business leaders who demonstrate a higher set of values (beyond a narrow focus on shareholder returns) through their words, the way they operate in the workplace, and their actions in the world. These leaders live their lives through an established value system and make choices with clear intention. Categories Social Entrepreneurs: These women are changing the world through the new/early-stage businesses they’ve launched. Intrapreneurs: These women are changing the world through the change they’re …

MAN Impact Accelerator for Social Entrepreneurs

Closing Date: 1.10 2019. The Accelerator supports innovative solutions in the fields of mobility, transport and logistics for social and environmental challenges. Open to social entrepreneurs and social business startups based (or with significant presence) in Europe, Brazil, and South Africa/Pan Africa. Startups must have a strong purpose and create both tangible and measurable impact beyond financial returns. Participants will connect with a global community of like-minded people, through a journey through four mobility hotspots (Munich, Lisbon, Johannesburg and Sao Paolo), in order to think …