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  • Virtual / India - 3 Days
    Sunday
    November 11
    2018

    #InnovatetoInspire Challenge

    World over, energy systems are undergoing rapid transitions towards cleaner and more sustainable solutions with renewable energy sources at the centre of these systems. However, there still exist several gaps that hinder the adequate scaling up of these solutions.

    Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) in partnership with The World Bank and World Resources Institute India (WRI India) are organising the #InnovateToINSPIRE challenge, inviting sector experts and practitioners to submit sustainable and scalable solutions under four broad categories: Grid Management, Electric Mobility, Energy Efficiency, and Energy Market Transformation.

    Grid Management
    CHALLENGE 1: Develop a forecasting tool to improve the accuracy of weather and wind forecasts.
    CHALLENGE 2: Develop an economically viable battery system with improved energy storage, power performance and charging capabilities, and revenue stream?

    Electric Mobility
    CHALLENGE 3: Develop an electric vehicle that costs INR 10,00,000 or less and runs 200 km or more on a single charge.

    Energy Efficiency
    CHALLENGE 4: Develop household devices that can help minimize or remove stand-by losses.
    CHALLENGE 5: Develop a business model that can reduce the final rental per kg of goods by over 40 percent and/or the cost of transportation by 25 percent with a lower payback period.

    Energy Market Transformation
    CHALLENGE 6: Develop instruments of security to create liquidity to support energy-related innovation.
    CHALLENGE 7: Develop instruments to be issued by entities for low-cost and long tenure loans.

    To Apply
    Submit your ideas on the challenge website: innovatetoinspire.in. For eligibility and other details please visit rules section of the website.

    Applicants will present to the world’s leading experts in the realms of energy management and sustainability. Winners of #InnovateToINSPIRE Challenge receive funding of INR 5,00,000 each, along with mentoring and guidance from sector experts to help them bring their solutions to the Indian market. The Challenge is open to participants from across the world until 12 October 2018.

    About #InnovateToINSPIRE
    #InnovateToINSPIRE is being held as part of the International Symposium to Promote Innovation and Research in Energy Efficiency 2018 (INSPIRE-2018), an annual international conference jointly organized by The World Bank and EESL to showcase innovations and best practices in energy efficiency technologies, policies and financing.

    INSPIRE 2018 will focus on the theme of innovation, and aims to provide a unique platform to policy-makers, influencers, innovators, thought leaders, researchers, leading energy-efficiency companies, government agencies, business leaders and stakeholders from diverse sectors in India and abroad to discuss energy policies, market transformation strategies, and technology and business-model led transformations.

    The event will be held in Hyderabad on 11-13 November 2018, where the winners of the #InnovateToINSPIRE Challenge will be announced.

    We invite you to participate in the challenge and help us spread the word on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn with the hashtag #InnovateToINSPIRE.

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Sunday
    November 4
    2018

    D-Prize Challenge: Regular Submission Deadline

    D-Prize funds new entrepreneurs who increase access to proven poverty interventions.

    The world has already invented ways to end poverty, yet the best interventions are not being distributed at mass-scale. Can you design a business or NGO that solves one of the Distribution Challenges?

    If selected we will award you up to $20,000 to launch a pilot in any region where extreme poverty exists.

    Select a challenge and be prepared for the following deadlines:

    • The Global Competition launches on September 4th, 2018.
    • Early Submission Deadline: October 14th, 2018 at midnight PT (pacific time)
    • Regular Submission Deadline: November 4th, 2018 at midnight PT (pacific time)
    • Extension Deadline (limited to 400 people who register): November 25th, 2018 at midnight PT (pacific time)
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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Sunday
    October 14
    2018

    D-Prize Challenge: Early Submission Deadline

    D-Prize funds new entrepreneurs who increase access to proven poverty interventions.

    The world has already invented ways to end poverty, yet the best interventions are not being distributed at mass-scale. Can you design a business or NGO that solves one of the Distribution Challenges?

    If selected we will award you up to $20,000 to launch a pilot in any region where extreme poverty exists.

    Select a challenge and be prepared for the following deadlines:

    • The Global Competition launches on September 4th, 2018.
    • Early Submission Deadline: October 14th, 2018 at midnight PT (pacific time)
    • Regular Submission Deadline: November 4th, 2018 at midnight PT (pacific time)
    • Extension Deadline (limited to 400 people who register): November 25th, 2018 at midnight PT (pacific time)
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  • Paris, France - 2 Days
    Friday
    September 28
    2018

    ChangeNOW

    The world is facing critical challenges. But nothing we can’t overcome!
    All around the globe, inspiring individuals are inventing new solutions, rethinking the way we do business, challenging the status quo. Still, they are too often marginalized, unknown, and struggle to find the support they need to really make a difference.

    ChangeNOW celebrates and supports those changemakers.

    It is the annual reunion for all enthusiasts who want to shake and shape the world we live in.

    To make change real. Now.

    At ChangeNOW we search for solutions that can impact and change the world. Based on the UN Sustainable Development goals , we consider these 8 areas as the most urgent Global Issues of the XXIst century, and for which practical and sustainable solutions can be developed.

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Wednesday
    October 31
    2018

    Deadline: empowering people. Award 2019

    Siemens Stiftung has launched empowering people. Award 2019, calling on social entrepreneurs and developers from across the world to enter.

    The award identifies and supports low-tech solutions that address crucial basic needs sectors in developing regions. This is the third round of the competition, launched online through videos and a widespread social media campaign.

    Technologies entering the competition should be simple, feasible, embedded in a social business model, and deliver sustainable support to a local community in one of the following eight categories:

    • Education & Training
    • Energy
    • Financial Technology
    • Food & Agriculture
    • Healthcare
    • Mobility & Infrastructure
    • Waste Management
    • Water & Sanitation

    Entries will be assessed by technology and business experts, and the top three winners will be selected by an experienced international jury panel.

    The first prize is worth 50,000 Euros, with 30,000 and 20,000 Euros awarded to the second and third prize winners respectively. Seven runners-up will also be awarded 10,000 Euros each. A Special WASH Award of 20,000 Euros, supported by Knorr Bremse Global Care,and a Community Prize of 10,000 Euros, will also be awarded.

    Winners gain from long-term membership of the empowering people. Network, a vibrant ecosystem of innovators, development professionals and technology experts. The Network promotes online and offline synergies, mentoring, training and technical cooperation. Winning solutions will also be endorsed by inclusion into the Network’s Solutions Database, putting them in the international spotlight to enhance the scope and impact of their technologies.

    The award is supported by Siemens Stiftung’s longtime collaborators Engineering for ChangeMIT D-Lab, and Technology Exchange Lab.

    The competition is now live! Enter online by October 31, 2018, 24:00 CET.

    The last two rounds of the award have been immensely popular across the global entrepreneur community, receiving 1,600 applications from more than 100 countries.

     

    Further information can be found on www.empowering-people-network.org

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  • Cambridge, MA - 3 Days
    Wednesday
    May 16
    2018

    SOLVE at MIT

    Solve at MIT is the annual flagship Solve event, which takes place on MIT’s campus. The Solver class presents their solutions to Solve Challenges, and participates in workshops with Solve members to develop partnerships to pilot and implement the solutions. The next set of Solve Challenges are also workshopped at this event.

    Solve at MIT will feature our selected Solver class, as well as the foremost leaders from corporations, foundations, nonprofit organizations, government, academia, and the media. The Solve community is united by a common goal: partnering to implement the best solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

    • Five plenary sessions: Panel discussions featuring top speakers.
    • Challenge workshops: Working sessions that focus on Solve’s current and new challenges, with the aim of developing partnerships to pilot and scale solutions.
    • Salon Dinners: Facilitated intimate dinners that encourage group conversation around a specific topic.

    If you’re interested in attending, find out how you can become a member of Solve, or reach out to us at membership@solve.mit.edu.

    And if you can’t join in person, you’ll be able to watch our plenary sessions right here on the Solve at MIT 2018 page during the event.

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  • New York, NY - 1 Day
    Friday
    May 4
    2018

    NYU $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge: THE FINAL PITCH-OFF

    Live pitches. People’s Choice voting. Upwards of $300K of cash and startup services on the line to win. You won’t want to miss the $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge.

    The W. R. Berkley Innovation Labs is excited to invite you to the Final Pitch-Off for the $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge. The $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge at the NYU Stern School of Business is one of the largest and most innovative accelerator programs in the world. This year, more than 500 students, alumni and faculty members from 17 schools and divisions across NYU’s global campuses entered to compete for a combined $300,000 in cash and startup services.

    We hope to see you there! The Final Pitch-Off for the $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge will take place on Friday, May 4th. Please RSVP here.

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  • Virtual / Africa - 1 Day
    Wednesday
    May 23
    2018

    Deadline: Ecobank Fintech Challenge

    Ecobank Fintech Challenge is a pan-African innovation competition and start-up partnership offering by Ecobank. It is designed to inspire, support and partner African start-ups and developers, with an aim to facilitate the development of innovative “FinTech” and banking related solutions.

    Our goal is to showcase and collaborate with the most promising fintech start-ups from across the continent and support them through commercial partnerships to grow and scale into successful pan-African and global businesses.

    Teams are to submit applications addressing one or more of the following challenges

    1. Digital Onboarding/ Account Opening/ Know- Your-Customer Technology
    2.  Remittances
    3. Digital Sales/Marketing
    4. Offline Mobile-to-Mobile Payments
    5. Multi-Channel Payments/Collect Ecosystems
    6.  SME Intra-African Trade Platform
    7. Any other Fintech solution

    All African start-ups, and start-ups with solutions for Africa are eligible to apply to the fintech challenge.

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