Challenges - Grants - Programs for Entrepreneurs
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SOCAP Entrepreneur Scholarship Program
San Francisco program for social entrepreneurs: a three day event of information, inspiration and connection with like-minded entrepreneurs, investors, collaborators and thought-leaders.June 20Free SOCAP16 full conference pass (valued at $1495) Impact Accelerator @SOCAP – tailored entrepreneur programming pre-conference - Hostel accommodations for the duration of the conference - Recognition and high visibility in the SOCAP program - Dedicated mentorship from notable impact leadersSocial entrepreneur
Sankalp Southeast Asia Awards Sankalp Awards program has been designed to support emerging enterprises, strengthen business strategies, get closer to their fundraising goals and access a global network of entrepreneurs and funders. Over the years, they have showcased nearly 150 sustainable enterprises, enabled 250 mentoring connections and facilitated over USD 120 m of equity investments.August 15th Stand a chance to receive mentorship, an international showcase platform, financial grant and access to global networks and visibility Social Enterprises based in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand or Vietnam you're a member, speak to the staff at Impact Hub for more information about this award
Cartier women's initiative awardsCartier Women's Initiative Awards has supported over a 100 female entrepreneurs worldwide. Each year, 18 finalists are selected, 6 of whom will become Laureates.August 31$ 20, 000 of funding one year of coaching, networking opportunities and media exposure.For women entrepreneurs with businesses 2-3 years in existance
Lotus Fund//Mekong Angel Investment Network
A new angel investors network / potential incubator in Cambodia looking to invest in startupsN/AN/AAreas of interest: water and sanitation, education, health, agriculture, gender equality, technology!about/cee5Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Vietnam-based fund manager Lotus Fund, with financial support from the Australian government. The network will create business incubators and provide financial lending services for startups in the CMLV (Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar) region. They welcome any contact from entrepreneurs or investors
Inclusive Business AcceleratorOnline platform to put investors and entrepreneurs in touch with eachother. Puts entrepreneurs in touch with Acceleration programmes, investors, pro bono mentors. Anyone can apply- this is a database more than a 'competition'OngoingConnections, potential investment, mentoringInclusive businesses. They concentrate on Energy, water and agribusiness. you are a member of Impact Hub, talk to our staff for more information
Young Leaders- Sustainable Development Goals
The UN Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals are 17 global citizens who have been recognized for their outstanding leadership in their efforts to achieve the Goals.July 15No financial reward (it appears). Successful candidates are exceptional leaders who are spearheading change for the greater good. They come from every corner of the world and any range of fields – from food to fashion to finance (as well as policy, media, civil society, industry, technology, the arts and entertainment). They have the ability to command an audience, influence their peers and inspire their constituents. Ultimately Young Leaders are driven by the desire to improve the world we live in, for our generation and for those to come
Asia Pacific Incubation NetworkNo information currently available- check back soon!
List of incubators in AsiaA list of various incubators around AsiaVariousVariousVarious- throughout Asia / Pacific
Joyful Frog Digital Innovation- JFDISingapore accelerator programme. 'intense and focused 100 day commitment'VariesJFDI offers S$50,000 cash investment to selected startups in return for 8.888% equity, with the promise of an additional S$70,000 follow-on participation at the seed round for the most successful startups.Startups seeking seed funding for an innovative idea with a complete team in place, a product/prototype already launched, and early signs of market traction. Mature, previously-funded startups are ok toohttp://www.jfdi.asiaNo 'positive impact' focus
UN Global PulseHas various UN funded programs, competitions and funds for innovatorsVariousVarious
Sustainable Cities 2016 ChallengeThe competition is looking for data-driven solutions to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a particular focus on SDG 11: make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.3 JuneApplicants will compete for 11 country-specific prizes, three excellence prizes and one grand prize, with the total prize fund standing at over US$35,000.Specifically, we are looking for new ideas to enhance basic service delivery, sustainable transport & energy, resilience to natural disasters & climate change, and harmonious urban environments. Applications can span any of these topics and the use of big, open or crowdsourced data if it is the same every year
The Artha Venture ChallengeThe initiative will provide select enterprises with access to incubation support, networks, and mentoring. If you think one of the social entrepreneurs in your network would be a good fit, encourage them to apply on the Artha Venture Challenge website. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis through August 2016.August incubation support, networks, and mentoringMust be an Indian venture.
The MacArthur Foundation100&Change is a MacArthur Foundation competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem. Proposals focused on any critical issue are welcome.October 3rd $100 millionMaking measurable progress toward solving a significant problem. Proposals focused on any critical issue are welcome
The Blue Economy Challenge30th June$3 million AUDAquaculture innovation
GSMAInnovation Fund aimed at fostering increased collaboration between mobile operator and start-ups in emerging markets.Open from 26th of JulyMobile App
Smile Together PartnershipFunding and support for social enterprises alleviating child povertySeptember 3030,000-50,000 USD per yearSolves child poverty
Astrea FoundationAstraea's International Fund supports groups led by LGBTQI communities working for progressive social change, addressing oppression based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression, and advancing work for racial, economic and gender justice.July 31/January 31 (but can submit a letter of interest at any point in the year)UnspecifiedLGBQT social enterprises who are and work with the LGBQT community to alleviate their issues submit a letter of interest at any time in the year
Toyota Foundation Research Grant Program

The Toyota Foundation is a grant-making foundation whose goal is to contribute toward the realization of a more people-oriented society and a resulting increase in human happiness.
2nd September100 million yenThey provide grants and focus on areas of human and natural environment, social welfare, and education and culture. Grants given to support projects based on foresight, a participatory orientation, and an international perspective.
Cargill charitable giving grantCargill, a large international food company, offer corporate grants and matched funding to NGOs who operate in the same areas as the food company. OngoingUnspecifiedFor NGOs. Focus areas: food security and nutrition, education, environmental stewardship
The pollination project: Seed GrantsProvides micro-grants to youth-led environmental projects. Also provide small seed funds for social start ups (not just environmental)OngoingAround $1000Must be a social start up. Areas they look at are (but not limited to): plant-based diets, climate change education and advocacy, water access and conservation, environmental justice, community gardens, air quality, protecting biodiversity, natural resource conservation and management, and population growth. of Impact Hub? Speak to Olivia about applying for a seed grants with the Pollination Project!
The Ford FoundationCurrently no grant offers- but can always submit an ideaOngoingUnspecified
Grand Challenges CanadaWe look for Integrated Innovation® approaches, defined as the coordinated application of scientific / technological, social and business innovation that have significant potential for future health outcomes and a path to financial sustainability. Innovations must be relevant to low resource settings and target poor, marginalized populations of low- or middle-income countries.Ongoing. Hear within 6 months of applying$100,000 to $1 million CADGlobal health innovations
ANDE Catalyst Fund1st July$50,000Increasing access to finance for women-led businesses and supporting invention-based enterprises
Global Fund for WomenGlobal Fund for Women invests in women’s groups that advance the human rights of women and girls. Unsure- applications open in August '16 for '17 intake$5,000-$30,000Goverened by and for women. Must be outside US. Primary focus of activities must be for women. Priority areas: Freedom from violence, economic and political equality, sexual and reproductive health and rights. Tools for change: leadership, education, technology.
The Lemelson Foundation"Improving lives through invention" - supports the launch of early enterprises and the constant iterations on a well-defined problem based on the needs of the poor, state of the art technological invention, and a self-sustaining business proposition. They support enterprises that have the potential to be self-sustaining and scalable, as well as attractive to downstream investors.OngoingUnspecified
Global Innovation FundMeasured on: Innovation and Impact, Measuring success and sharing lessons learned​, Potential to Scale, TeamOngoing$50,000- $15 millionCheck site
TFFChallengeThe Thought For Food Challenge calls on the world’s best and brightest university students to form teams and develop breakthrough solutions that address the global challenge of feeding 9+ billion people by the year 2050.October 31, 2016You will work with world-class mentors to help turn your idea into a reality. You will have the chance to receive up to $25,000 in cash prizes, and you may be selected to participate in the TFF Bootcamp, an intense, 10 week startup training which culminates at the TFF Global Summit. You will also join a growing global movement, comprised of friends and supporters who share your passion to make the world a better place.Check website
MaGIC - ASEAN TrackA program to accelerate 50 startups to be investment-ready in 4 months, and to build a strong ASEAN startup community9 May 2016Learn from world-class mentors and fellow cohort members / Visa, monthly stipend, return flights, accommodation & working space / Access to route-to-market partners / Startup benefits worth over USD400KCheck website
Fondation EnsembleFondation Ensemble is a private, state-approved Foundation, set up in 2004 by Gérard Brémond and his wife, Jacqueline Délia Brémond. They offer grants for projects within their four focus areas (sustainable agriculture, sustainable fishing, marine and terrestrial (fauna and flora) biodiversity conservation, sustainable technologies)1 Feb 10,000 EUR max Your project must correspond to the Foundation’s mission: it is driven by the demands and needs of the local populations. It aims to bring concrete and sustainable improvements to the target communities’ living conditions (social and economic impacts) while protecting and/or rehabilitating the environment (environmental impacts). 4 focus sectors: sustainable agriculture, sustainable fishing, marine and terrestrial (fauna and flora) biodiversity conservation, sustainable technologies
SE Forum SE outreach AcceleratorThe SE Outreach Accelerator is a scaling program for social entrepreneurs running businesses that address social and environmental challenges facing the developing world. 31 OctoberInternational business school exposure, Interactive content, global network, Social entrepreneurship expertise, Certificate of completion18 years old, You have an operating project/enterprise that targets social and/or environmental issues facing the developing communities, Your project/enterprises can be scaled and replicated to benefit more people, You are the founder of such project/enterprise with mandate to make executive decisions, You can fully participate in a program conducted entirely in English (read/write/speak/comprehend)
Cloud Social Investment ChallengeArun is starting a new movement called "cloud social investment (CSI), an approach which aims to solve social issues by promoting investment from Japanese companies into social business across Asia. Earn funds for your business and a chance to build connections with Japanese companies31 OctoberA chance to win investment of up to $50,000 and gain support and advice from Arun’s partners and investorsAreas: agriculture, health, water, energy, gender, education or ICT Session at Impact Hub (see website for more details)
The YSEALI Seeds for the Future programme
YSEALI Seeds for the Future is a small grants competition for young leaders in Southeast Asia. The competition provides funding for the region’s most promising young leaders to carry out projects that improve their communities, countries and the region across the program themes of civic engagement, economic development, education, and environmental protection.2 DecemberUp to $15,000 in seed fundingTo submit a proposal you must be a registered YSEALI member, a citizen of one of the ten ASEAN member countries, be between the ages of 18 and 35 and have a project that addresses at least one of the following themes: Civic engagement, economic development, education, environmental protection. U.S citizens are not eligible to apply.
Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI) programme
We help social entrepreneurs fulfill their promise of solving big social problems through structured curriculum layered with in-depth mentorship by over 100 Silicon Valley executives. The result: you will have a stronger business, and be ready to receive investment and scale your solutions for global impact.21 OctoberIn-depth mentoring from Silicon Valley executives for the duration of the program, Strengthened business model, Refined business plan, Financial plan for scaling, Organizational development, Talent management, Operational excellence at scale

A compelling business model, Metrics provide proof that impact model has desired social impact, Evidence that customers receive value of the product/service and are willing to use or pay (as appropriate) for it, Financial statements that document investments, revenue, and expenses to date
The Rufford Foundation Small GrantsThe Rufford Foundation provides funding for small nature/biodiversity conservation projects and pilot programmes in developing countries. Ongoing$6,000 to $25,000Nature/Conservation/Biodiversity focus in developing countries
Green Business Solutions Search- ADB Youth
We need to create more sustainable businesses to help address today’s pressing environmental issues. Despite the challenges, we’re optimistic about the future as we see more youth engaging in building green businesses. We’re inviting the youth across Asia and the Pacific to be part of ADB’s First Green Business Forum in November 2016. If you have a completed or ongoing green business, join the ADB Youth for Asia Solutions Search! 31 OctoberPresent at the Inaugural Green Business Forum 2016, meet and network with investors and more, contribute to ADB's operational plan, Connect with ADBMust contribute to one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals
NGO Education Partnership (NEP)NGO Education Partnership (NEP) is a membership organization that promotes active collaboration between NGOs working in education and advocates on behalf of its member organizations in policy meetings and discussions with the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport (MoEYS) in Cambodia.4 November$5,000-$20,000Civil society organizations can apply for grants in the following areas: -Public service monitoring activity against service standards checklist developed by NEP
-New grassroots research projects in to education service provision at a local level
-Advocacy activities based on local research
Voice - Cambodia Empowerment Grant
Targeting (informal) groups or organisations to raise awareness, develop transformative leadership, build confidence and skills and work against stigmatisation of marginalised and discriminated groups. Empowerment grants are smaller grants with a maximum timeframe of 24 months. Informal groups can access funding by partnering with a formal ‘host’ organisation. In Cambodia, empowerment grants are available from €5,000 up to €25,000 on a rolling basis.1 April EUR 5,000 to 25,000
Voice- Cambodia Innovate and Learn grant
For groups and organisations to test and scale new approaches with a focus on human-centred innovations that are very context-specific. Innovate and learn grants are available from €5,000 to €200,000 on a rolling basis.15 JuneEUR 5,000 to 200,000
ICT for Social Good - GrantThe general goal of the grant is to sustain, as much as possible, local innovators in low-income countries but also to inform the development sector – too often still based on traditional intervention models – about local innovations.30th AprilEUR 12,000Eligible applicants have to meet the following requirements: --To be a Non-profit organisation or social venture/enterprise that is led by a social purpose and tackle social issues. --To be an association, cooperative, NGO, individual enterprise, consortium at least since 6 months.
GHF Foundation Open Ideo: How might we address urgent global challenges at the intersections of peace, prosperity, and planet in radically new ways? Successful ideas will be solutions that bridge across peace, prosperity, and planet -- addressing the complex global challenges at the intersection of these issue areas in radical new ways. Throughout the Innovation Challenge, we’ll refer to this as ‘bridging work’.7th AprilA share of the $1 million fund.Submissions from registered non-profit and for profit organizations, from all over the world.
International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD)The IFCD is providing more than 6 million USD in funding for 90 projects in 51 developing countries, covering a wide range of areas. Public authorities/institutions and NGOs from developing countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention, as well as international NGOs are all eligible to apply.14th AprilNGOs
Mama Cash grantTo support ambitious feminist and women’s rights organisations and initiatives led by and for women, girls and trans people.15th MayEUR 5,000 to 50,000Organisations run by women or trans-gender
Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship The Shuttleworth Foundation offers fellowships to individuals to implement their innovative idea for social change. We are most interested in exceptional ideas at the intersection between technology, knowledge and learning, with openness being the key requirement.14th MayThe fellowship grant covers the cost of the Fellow’s time for a year and is guaranteed to the fellow for that year. The grant amount varies and is determined by each Fellow’s salary equivalent outside of the fellowship. There is also a co-investing element. Read link for more info.
USAID - "Cambodia Health Quality Activity"
To improve the quality of public and private health services in Cambodia. The goal of this award is to support quality improvement of Cambodia’s health sector, which for the purposes of this award is defined as improved effectiveness, efficiency, patient-centeredness, safety, accessibility, and equity of health services.28th March$24,990,000Priorities: TB, Family planning/reproductive health, nutrition, maternal and child health, malaria, HIV
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)
Local and Regional Food Aid Procurement program (LRP) with an aim to support development activities to strengthen the capacity of food-insecure developing countries and address the causes of chronic food insecurity.12th Maymin $1 mill, max $2.5 millApplications accepted from the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, and Tanzania.
European UnionThe European Union (EU) is currently accepting proposals from eligible organisations for “Women and Sustainable Energy” program with an aim to promote women’s entrepreneurship and economic empowerment in the sustainable energy sector/value chain.25th Aprilmin 4 mill, max 8 mill EUR
Postcode Lottery Green FundThe Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is one of the world's largest competitions in the field of sustainable entrepreneurship. Green start-ups from all over the world can submit promising sustainable business plans from the 1 March 2017 until the 1 June 2017 for the 11th edition. The winner will receive €500,000 to further develop their product or service, and to bring it to market. The runner-up will receive €200,000. The winner will chosen by an international jury.1st JuneEUR 500,000Green social enterprise
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