Opportunities

March 2020

GBE au Bénin Call for expressions of interest (EOI)

Deadline: March 31, 2020

The "Grüne Bürgerenergie für Afrika" (GBE, Green People’s Energy, in English) initiative is a project that supports the development of decentralized renewable energy in rural areas of Africa, involving local actors and private investors. It also promotes local value creation, productive and social use of energy, as well as job creation.
GBE supports energy access to consumers through standalone solar systems by means of any commercial business model. Although cash sales are the easiest to monitor and most widespread in Benin, GBE would like to promote instalment sales over a longer period, which renders energy access more affordable. Such models include Fee-For-Service (F4S) models, particularly in the case of electrifying larger customers and social institutions such as health centres.

April 2020

Siemens Design Challenge

Deadline: April 3, 2020

Now accepting applications for designs that meet global challenges in water and agriculture. Enter for a chance at two $10,000 awards.
Engineering for Change and Siemens USA are challenging innovators to design technology that helps provide abundant food and clean water globally. The challenge has two tracks: 
•    Zero Hunger (SDG 2): Design a post-harvest off-grid preservation technology.
•    Clean Water (SDG 6): Design low-cost, energy-efficient, scalable technology for desalinating brackish water. 


Fond des Energies Renouvelables pour la Résilience du Burkina Faso

Deadline: April 17, 2020

A travers une assistance technique et/ou financière, le projet 'Fond des Energies Renouvelables pour la Résilience du Burkina Faso (FERR-BF)' voudrait accompagner des projets qui puissent renforcer et accélérer la croissance des activités génératrices de revenus par l’adoption des énergies renouvelables (dont le solaire photovoltaïque et les foyers améliorés).


Starter Business Acceleration

Deadline: April 20, 2020

Applications for Starter Business Acceleration, a global accelerator for startups in the energy sector, start this Monday, February 17, and will continue until April 20. This year, the program created by EDP to unify the several instruments that support the group's entrepreneurship, reinforces its position as a business accelerator with startups and SMEs.
The ten projects with the greatest potential will later be selected for the final and the winner will be announced in Lisbon, in November, during the Web Summit, and will win a prize of 50,000 euros.

June 2020

Orange Social Venture Prize (OSVP)

Deadline: June 5, 2020

Awarded by Orange (www.Orange.com), this prize recognises technological projects with a positive impact that improve living conditions for populations in Africa and the Middle East, in essential fields such as education, healthcare, agriculture, mobile payment or sustainable development.

OSVP is aimed at students, employees or entrepreneurs aged over 21 years and start-ups that are less than three years old, in the following countries: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Jordan, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Tunisia.

Rolling basis

BRILHO Mozambique market development fund (1st call)

Deadline: Each call will be operated on a first-come, first-serve basis, open for four months in each round, with no deadline but a closing window date

BRILHO’s mandate is to support private sector initiatives by leveraging its capacity for innovation and resources to develop and invest in off-grid solutions and services; and thus improve the lives of people through savings, well-being and livelihood opportunities, while providing commercial benefits for the private sector.

To achieve its objective, BRILHO’s Market Development Fund offers to selected businesses a mix of non-reimbursable funding for up to £ 1,500,000 per company and specialised technical support, to de-risk business initiatives that aim to achieve competitive commercial returns. Alongside this, BRILHO supports the sector ecosystem development by improving access to information, stimulating demand, setting quality benchmarks and advocating for a better regulatory framework.


A2EI Agricultural Machine Ranking

Deadline: open end

Want clear answers on productive-use agricultural equipment? The Access to Energy Institute (A2EI) is commencing a new research project to identify, evaluate, and improve solar-powered, productive-use technologies that strengthen rural livelihoods. A2EI is seeking stakeholder input to narrow the focus of the research to the technologies that are most relevant to the off-grid industry and its customers. Share your ideas here: https://forms.gle/eiuFPQkygVS9U3ts6 


USAID Development Innovation Ventures (DIV)

Deadline: rolling basis

Open innovation inspires new solutions to the critical challenges affecting millions around the world. DIV supports groundbreaking ideas to transform lives and maximize USAID’s impact per dollar. DIV turns bright ideas into real results.

Innovative solutions come in many forms - whether a product, technology, service, or application of a creative business and delivery model. DIV is an open door to USAID - anyone, anywhere can apply at any time.

USAID provide flexible, tiered grant funding to test new ideas, take strategic risks, build evidence of what works, and advance the best solutions. We look for solutions that demonstrate rigorous evidence of impact, cost-effectiveness, and a viable pathway to scale and sustainability.


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 Open call for Climate & Clean Energy Projects Eastern Africa

Deadline: ongoing basis (Projects received after the 2 June deadline will be evaluated in September 2019)

Do you have a great climate change adaptation or clean energy project, but have you had difficulty attracting investment? PFAN can help!

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis, and you may submit your application at any time. Periodically, we may announce deadlines for submissions eligible for participation in specific Investment Forums.


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.