Ashoka/Schneider Electric Foundation Social Innovation to Tackle Fuel Poverty Program 2017 (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: 1st October 2017 at midnight GMT.

The Social Innovation to Tackle Fuel Poverty program is an initiative co-created by Ashoka and the Schneider Electric Foundation. It aims to identify and engage 15-20 innovative organizations working in the field of fuel poverty and energy sustainability in five European countries: Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. The winners will be announced at an event during COP23 in Bonn, Germany and they will receive support through a fully-funded personalized mentoring program, which will help them develop a strategy to scale up and amplify their positive impact on society and on the environment.

Ashoka are looking for 15-20 social innovators with systems-changing solutions to tackle fuel poverty and promote energy sustainability in 5 European countries: Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain.

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Eligibility Requirements

Applications are first evaluated on the basis of a set of knock-out criteria:

  • You must be either the founder, co-founder, or leader of an established organization with a strong social purpose; or the project manager for or leader of the project on fuel poverty if the organization has a broader scope. Fully for-profit companies, governmental agencies, and corporate foundations are not eligible to apply.
  • You must be able to demonstrate that the organization has been running for at least one year.
  • You and the organization must be residing in one of the following countries: Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, or Spain.
  • You must be proficient in English as the European gatherings will be in English. The mentoring may be in English and/or in the language of the country you apply from.
  • You must be able to travel to Bonn (Germany) between 13-17 November 2017 and to Rome (Italy) in April 2018.

All applicants meeting the above criteria are then evaluated on the basis of the following additional criteria:

  • Social mission and innovative aspect of the project;
  • Current and potential social impact;
  • Viability of the social business;
  • Potential and creativity of the development strategy; and
  • Entrepreneurial qualities, ethical fibre, and availability.

 

Benefits:

  • Twelve weeks of mentoring support to help you craft an effective strategy to scale up and accelerate the social impact of your organization;
  • Inspiring meetings and networking events within the European network of fellow social innovators, experts, and organizations working in this field;
  • Increased visibility during COP23 in November 2017, where all winners will be announced, and during a final two-day European Summit in April 2018.

Timeline:

Call for Projects

12th June 2017 until 1st October 2017 at midnight GMT.

National and European Selection

October 2017.

 Announcement of winners

13th-17th November 2017 during COP23 in Bonn, Germany (exact date TBC).

 Mentoring Sessions

January-April 2018

 Two-day European Summit

April 2018 in Rome, Italy (exact date TBC).

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Social Innovation to Tackle Fuel Poverty Program 2017

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