July 2018

XPRIZE -- Design Competition to Solve Challenges

Deadline: July 23, 2018 (submission of concept ideas)

XPRIZE is a nonprofit organization that focuses on designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world’s grandest challenges. The organization seeks design concepts that can help solve a global need in one of five Grand Challenge Areas: (1) Off-Grid Energy Access, (2) Feeding the Next Billion, (3) Lifting Farmers out of Poverty; (4) Natural Disaster Prediction; and (5) Saving Coral Reefs. The designers of the best concepts receive mentoring to further refine their concepts and develop them into a project pitch. Participants will be eligible to win prizes up to US$100k in value. The deadline for the submission of concept ideas is 23 July 2018.

Energy Access Booster call for projects

Deadline: July 29, 2018

Total, ENEA Consulting, SEforALL, and Acumen are launching the “Energy Access Booster”. Eligible African companies in development phase that focus on green mini-grids, sustainable mobility, refrigeration, and energy for drinking water and agriculture are welcome to apply. Up to five entrepreneurs will be selected to receive access to strategic advisory support, a financial contribution up to $50,000 per company, operational support, and global visibility. Applications are open from June 27th to July 29th, 2018.

Call for Applications: Power Africa’s Young Women in African Power Leadership Residential Training

Deadline: July 31, 2018

Power Africa is a U.S. government-led partnership coordinated by USAID that aims to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030. This special opportunity is part of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. The YALI Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa (RLC SA) is hosted by the University of South Africa at the Graduate School of Business Leadership in Midrand, South Africa.

This year, Power Africa joins the RLC SA in supporting the career development of a new generation of women leaders in the energy sector. The first week will focus on foundational leadership skills, with the following three weeks emphasizing effective business and public management in the energy sector. This opportunity will also include site visits and case studies. 

August 2018

The Zayed Sustainability Prize

Deadline: August 9, 2018

The Zayed Sustainability Prize is a global award that honours the legacy of the UAE’s late founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nayhan, by rewarding the most innovative and visionary sustainability solutions of our time. In order to ensure that the best ideas from around the world are considered, we look to attract the very best applicants from six world regions, across five core categories: Health, Food, Energy, Water, and Global High Schools.

IEEE Empower a Billion Lives global competition

Deadline: August 31st (online round)

IEEE Empower a Billion Lives is a global competition aimed at fostering innovation to develop solutions to electricity access. Solutions are expected to be scalable, regionally relevant, holistic, and leverage 21st century technologies with exponentially declining prices.

December 2018

Unreasonable East Africa 2018 month programs

Deadline: December, 2018 (UEA2018A) / April, 2018 (UEA2018B)

We provide multidimensional support to entrepreneurs and their businesses across Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. Our team and network of experts have either built their own businesses, or have specific experience and expertise in multiple areas related to building a successful business. This includes – but is not limited to! – strategic planning, raising investment, building efficient & effective operations, sales, marketing and team building.

We select and exclusive group of 10-15 businesses for each of our 10-month programs.

Rolling basis

US-India Clean Energy Finance Initiative Call for Applications

Deadline: rolling basis

USICEF aims to accelerate progress towards India’s renewable energy and energy access goals, by supporting early stage development of distributed solar power projects and helping to catalyze long-term financing. USICEF invites distributed solar power project developers who operate in the following categories in India to apply for support: Mini-Grid & Micro-Grid Power Generation, Market-Based Solutions, Renewable Energy Infrastructure Catalyzers.

PFAN Call for Proposals for Climate & Clean Energy Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa

Deadline: open-ended call for proposals without a deadline

PFAN has launched a call for proposals for climate and clean energy projects and businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa. Selected projects will receive coaching from experienced professionals and will be introduced to interested investors. Entrepreneurs looking to initiate or scale-up clean energy or other climate change-related projects and seeking an investment of up to $50 million are invited to apply.

Shell IdeaRefinery

Deadline: ongoing

Are you a startup or do you know a startup solution that could serve energy sector? Shell IdeaRefinery will launch soon in Singapore to enable established startups with a Singapore-based office to explore opportunities in the energy sector. Enrupt is excited to deliver the programme. Register your interest to receive updates when sign-ups go live and stay tuned for more information through our newsletter.


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