Below are some of this week’s opportunities:
Global Change Award - Applications Open
H&M Foundation has opened the fourth round of its annual innovation challenge ‘Global Change Award’ at globalchangeaward.com. With over 8,000 entries from 151 countries since 2015, GCA provides powerful funding and yearlong coaching to innovators who come up with solutions to spark the shift towards a circular fashion industry, protecting the planet and our living conditions. This year there’s an extra eye on ideas within digitalization. The applications period is open until 17 October.
To speed up the shift from the standard linear model where clothes often end up in the landfill, to a circular model where materials can be reused or recycled, the Global Change Award was initiated in 2015 by H&M Foundation, in collaboration with Accenture and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
The Global Change Award wants to find tomorrow’s game changers. It can come from anyone, anywhere. The top five countries with the highest number of entries since 2015 are India, US, Italy, Nigeria, and UK. The innovation should have the potential to make fashion circular and thereby protect the planet and our living conditions. Other criteria are its impact and scalability, that it’s novel and economically sustainable and that the team is suited to make a difference.
This year’s application period is 29 August to 17 October. An international expert panel with extensive knowledge within fashion, environment, circularity, entrepreneurship, and innovation will select the five winners who will be crowned at the Grand Award Ceremony in Stockholm City Hall in April 2019.
For more information about the award and how to apply, visit - globalchangeaward.com
Here is a short launch video
Call for Applications -Kenya Shelter Tech Accelerator program
Habitat for Humanity’s Terwilliger Centre for Innovation in Shelter, in partnership with BDO and Pangea Accelerator program, is excited to announce the launch of the Kenya Shelter Tech Accelerator program. The Kenya Shelter Tech Accelerator provides innovative startups in the fields of renewable energy (particularly in homes), water & sanitation, waste management and housing (e.g. affordable & sustainable construction, housing finance, etc.) with:
- Up to 50,000 USD in equity investment
- Matchmaking to connect you with capital and investors
- Dedicated expertise to help you reach your potential
Applications are ongoing and can be accessed at -www.pangeaa.com. The application deadline is 21st October 2018 at 11.59 p.m. EAT.
This is why we are very pleased to invite you to 'Building the Smarter World', that will be happening on 4th October 2018, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Metta, 14 Riverside Drive, 6/F Belgravia Suite 6A. Tilt Innovations, a US-based technology firm focused on IoT and related technologies, is bringing its Chief Innovations Officer, Mili Tharakan and CEO Ethan Mayers from London and New York to Nairobi. They will be sharing research they have conducted using their Rapid Innovation Framework (RIF) on over 1,000 startups, with the thriving startup ecosystem in East Africa to partner in the disruption and transformation of the SMART spaces movement. They are hoping to provide their experience and insight working in the tech sector in the US and Europe to a variety of startups and innovators in Nairobi Kenya.
You can register through the following link.
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