Across the agriculture sector in every country, women plan an important and often undeserved role in growing, processing, and marketing food. They use entrepreneurial thinking and skills to do so much when the opportunities they have are so much fewer than men. The Partnering for Innovation AWE prize is now online if you know a colleague who is running her own business in SSA - check out all the details on the AgTechXChange here.
The Sida supported programme Demo Environment (Demo/Miljö) managed by The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket) is now open for applications.
Financing technology for new markets
Are you looking to introduce your proven and sold technical solution to a new market? Or, is your organisation looking to import technology that’s new and innovative to your country?
The Demo Environment programmes have since 2007 supported the exchange of knowledge and business opportunities to make a difference in the fight against poverty and environmental challenges. The fifth call for applications is now open until 4 March with the possibility to send in a concept note and receive feedback before 14 February. Countries eligible for funding are the following:
Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Serbia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
The programme offers two types of financing: Planning Grants are awarded to help entrepreneurs explore new markets and research their technology’s impact on the environment and poverty reduction. In Demonstration Projects, local actors receive financing to help them import technologies which offer solutions to local environmental challenges.
The programme’s emphasis is on cleantech products, systems, processes, and services which offer clear advantages over competing solutions in the following focus areas:
Climate change adaption/mitigation
Water and sanitation
All information about the programme can be found on the website https://tillvaxtverket.se/demoenvironment. Attached you also find possible texts for newsletters, tweets, Facebook and LinkedIn postings, etc.
Are you an innovative change-maker under the age of 35? Then apply for the Thought for Food 2018 TFF Challenge and take advantage of the opportunity to win up to $25,000 in grant funding!
The Thought For Food Challenge calls on next-generation innovators from around the world to form teams and develop breakthrough solutions that address the global challenge of feeding 9+ billion people by the year 2050.
By participating in the TFF Challenge, you would join a movement of youth from 130 different countries that are reshaping our global food systems. During the challenge, you would work with world-class mentors and take part in proven training programs and curriculum that have launched projects such as WhyFarm, FoPo, and Agrilution.
TFF Challenge participants will have the chance to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding, and you may be selected to participate in the TFF Bootcamp, an intense, 10 week startup training which culminates at the TFF Global Summit, an all expenses paid trip!
Registration opens on 15 January 2018.
Are you ready to change the future? Save the date to make sure you don't miss your chance to participate in the world’s leading startup program for food and agriculture.
After you apply, you can recruit team members, refine your concept and create an attention-grabbing pitch with the help of our online design lab. You’ll become part of a global network, gain access to investors, media and mentors.
Asset Africa Institute (AAI) was formed by a group of experienced development practitioners in Kenya to respond to the training needs of development organizations in developing countries. The organization hosts seminars, events, and trainings on a variety of subjects, from M&E to supply chain managemnt. While the organization focuses on development organizations, many of the trainings seem relevant for private companies and social enterprises. Some of their upcoming opportunities include seminars on Resource Mobilization, Data Analysis, and Office Management and Administration. You check out more of their upcoming events and trainings here!
I only just came across this great opportunity to apply for this accelerator program in either Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal or Pakistan. Applications are due November 1, 2017 and below are the criteria:
Be a legal, registered enterprise able to demonstrate a minimum of one year of revenue-generating operations.
Be able to demonstrate current operations or plans to secure representation in either Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal or Pakistan by 1 September 2017.
The business plans to create a product or service that helps girls aged 10-19 do one or more of the following:
Save time or money, enabling girls to stay in school or learn
Save or invest earnings and assets
Feel safe and secure
The product or service must be a physical, digital or financial asset that targets or benefits girls. It may also benefit or be purchased by her family.
Agree to all legal terms and conditions of SPRING.
Submit an application form with all required fields completed through the SPRING website.
Be willing to provide material and references in support of your application should they be requested by DFID, Nike Foundation, USAID, DFAT or its partners in operating SPRING.
If selected to join SPRING, the CEO commits to participating in the accelerator, empowering any other team members participating, and implementing strategies that will grow and scale the business to increase positive impact on the lives of girls.
If selected to join SPRING, agree to participate in the programme and contribute knowledge to the SPRING network.
If selected to receive prototype development funding, agree to use the financial resources in accordance with the agreed scope of work, determined in conjunction with SPRING partners.
If selected to join SPRING, commit to be contacted and to provide key performance indicators to SPRING during the Accelerator and for up to three years after completion of your time in the Accelerator, to SPRING or the Monitoring & Evaluation Partner.
Complete the application form and submit it on the website before to be communicated later this year. No entries will be accepted after the deadline.
Businesses must not produce or distribute goods or services that are not supported by DFID’s aid programmes such as military equipment, luxury goods, alcohol or tobacco.
The SPRING programme and all partners and ventures that participate in the programme will comply with all legal requirements and child protection policies of governments and the ILO in all participating countries.
Businesses owned or controlled by employees of SPRING, sponsors, contributors or partners, or any of their affiliates, as well as the immediate family (spouse parents, siblings, and children) and household members of such employees, are not eligible.
The African Innovation Foundation released a call for applications for the Innovation Prize for Africa 2018 Awards, which focuses on "Investing In Inclusive Innovation Ecosystems." You must submit your application for a share of the $185,000 prize by January 10, 2018. The prize focuses on five thematic areas, including agriculture/agribusiness.
Global Innovation Tool and Marketplace Available to Support USAID Priorities
One of the biggest challenges we face in promoting innovations in global development is the lack of opportunity to collaborate openly and freely with innovators, subject matter experts, and funders.
USAID is working with the Australian Department of Foreign Assistance and Trade (Australian Aid), the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to promote the Global Innovation Exchange (the Exchange) alongside partners from across government, business, academia, and civil society who believe they can discover and support solutions to major global issues through collaboration.
The Exchange is a free, online platform designed to convene anyone in global development, which serves as a clearinghouse for innovations, funding opportunities, and other resources, and it is searchable by sectors, topics, and geography.
Specifically for USAID, the Exchange can serve as a tool to:
Search for innovations to be implemented in USAID local programming/projects;
Share with your innovators to showcase their innovations and create communities of practice in a particular region/country;
Amplify and highlight funding opportunities; and
Become an expert/mentor on the Exchange and share insight with innovators.
Knowing that a breakthrough idea can come from anyone, anywhere, the Exchange aims to democratize development. It is an open platform available to everyone. Already home to nearly $88.6 million funding opportunities, more than 4,600 innovations, and more than 15,000 users, the Exchange is rapidly expanding, reaching nearly every corner of the world.
AgThentic identifies actionable insights and opportunities to help entrepreneurs, investors & corporations improve the food system. Check out what types of investors and start-ups they are working with, browse the listing of resources they have available, and check out their reports and studies to accelerate your own ag business.
Terra, in partnership with Rabobank and RocketSpace, is hosting an eight week series of workshops and mentoring that brings together ag and food startups with corporates to help accelerate growth and investment in innovative technologies. If you are a startup, check out their website and apply for the next course.