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  • Online - 1 Day
    Friday
    December 1
    2017

    Deadline for Submissions: GALI Student Data Competition

    The Global Accelerator Learning Initiative invites undergraduate and graduate students to answer a key question for the field of entrepreneurship by analyzing our unique, global dataset on acceleration and early stage entrepreneurs. The competition is open to individual and team submissions from universities around the world.

    The winning team will have their submission published, and will be awarded a prize of $2,000. Up to two runner-up submissions may be awarded $500 each.  Submissions are due December 1, 2017.

    Please send any questions concerning the competition to Abby Davidson at abigayle.davidson@aspeninst.org.

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  • Quito, Ecuador - 2 Days
    Thursday
    November 16
    2017

    The IDEA Forum – Planned Parenthood Global

    The IDEA Initiative is a call to action for the boldest problem-solvers across Latin America to apply their expertise in communications, technology and innovation in solving the toughest problems in reproductive health. It includes events, collaborations, networking, innovation prizes, an idea lab, social impact investing, and more in Quito, Ecuador. Through inspiring presentations, panels, an ideas lab, gameroom, networkers, and pitch sessions, participants will have the opportunity to design the new emerging wave of innovation for reproductive rights in Latin America.

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  • Nairobi, Kenya - 1 Day
    Wednesday
    October 11
    2017

    Startup Battlefield Africa 2017

    The African continent is rich with diversity – in language, culture, and perspectives – which has fostered innovation and creativity across a broad spectrum of categories. TechCrunch is bringing its experience with Startup Battlefield, one of the world’s premier startup competitions, to Sub-Saharan Africa to discover great early stage companies that have created technology to solve problems and develop the ecosystem within the region.

    In the first event of its kind on the continent, TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Africa 2017, will search for the best innovators, makers and technical entrepreneurs in Sub Saharan Africa. The event will see entrepreneurs and developers compete across three categories: social good; productivity and utility; and gaming and entertainment. It will tell the founders’ stories, uncovering the next wave of disruptive innovations and putting African invention under the global spotlight.

    Ned Desmond, COO, TechCrunch adds, “We’re really pleased to be able to bring the first Startup Battlefield to Africa. This is an exciting event, with opportunities to discover the creativity, talent and imagination of startups from across the continent. TechCrunch has held events across the world, and being able to hold Battlefield Africa is a natural progression. We can’t wait to see the results.

    Apart from the exposure that comes from pitching to the global TechCrunch audience as well as distinguished technologists, entrepreneurs, and investors live in Nairobi, the overall winner will receive $25,000 in no-equity cash plus an all-expense paid trip for two to San Francisco to compete in Battlefield at TechCrunch’s flagship event, Disrupt SF 2018.

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  • Online - 1 Day
    Sunday
    October 29
    2017

    Deadline for Submission: RegTech for Regulators Accelerator Competition

    R2A will award $100,000 per country to two technology innovators to develop and test prototype RegTech solutions for financial authorities in the Philippines and Mexico.

    • In the Philippines, the selected vendor will work with the Central Bank of the Philippines to develop an Application Programming Interface (API) and back office reporting and visualization application for regulatory reporting.
    • In Mexico, the selected vendor will work with the National Commission for Banking and Securities to develop a data request/storage platform and tools for data-driven metrics for anti-money laundering supervision.

    These competitions are open to organizations worldwide, including non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.

    The deadline for submission is October 29th, 2017.

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  • Bangkok, Thailand - 2 Days
    Wednesday
    September 13
    2017

    Tech4Farmers Asia Challenge

    By 2050, the world needs to produce 60% more food to meet the rising global demand. We believe that innovation and technology is the key to achieving a food secure future.

    For the Tech4Farmers Asia Challenge 2.0, we are looking for applicants that are transforming the lives of farmers through new technology and innovative practices in South and Southeast Asia’s emerging markets with a focus on Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Nepal. In addition, we are looking for enterprises that match market driven approaches with cutting edge business models and technology. Please note that we will only accept enterprises that have a working prototype or minimum viable product that can benefit from R&D testing as well as business and marketing services.

    Password: Tech4Farmers

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  • New York, NY - 1 Day
    Sunday
    September 17
    2017

    Solve Challenge Finals in New York City

    The Solve Challenge Finals in New York City will bring together selected innovators to pitch their solutions to a panel of expert judges and a live audience on Solve’s 2017 Global Challenges: (1) Brain Health, (2) Sustainable Urban Communities, (3) Women and Technology, and (4) Youth, Skills, and the Workforce of the Future. Those chosen by our judges will become Solvers, who join the Solve community to build partnerships with cross-sector leaders that help pilot, scale, and implement their solutions.​

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  • Worldwide - 5 Days
    Monday
    October 30
    2017

    Financial Inclusion Week 2017

    Financial Inclusion Week is a week of global conversation on the most important steps to advance financial inclusion. From October 30 – November 3, 2017, stakeholders will explore how new products and partnerships are empowering customers.  Financial Inclusion Week is an initiative of the Center for Financial Inclusion and aims to strengthen the diverse community of players involved in building a more inclusive financial ecosystem. 

    Digital channels are revolutionizing the way that customers access financial products, and consequentially are changing the landscape of the industry. Financial service providers are re-thinking the ways that they design and offer financial products. In addition, legacy providers are increasingly partnering with financial technology startups to expand their service offerings and to reach previously under-served customer segments. These new products, and new partnerships bring great new potential for creating a more inclusive global financial ecosystem. However, they may also bring new problems – such as data security and client protection issues.  During Financial Inclusion Week 2017, partner organizations around the globe will hold conversations focused on how new products and partnerships are advancing financial inclusion, not just access.

    We are currently calling for organizations to commit to joining the conversation by hosting a Financial Inclusion Week event.  These events can take any format – in the past partners have held large conferences, small internal meetings, webinars, and twitter chats.  If you want to learn more, we encourage you to check out the run-down of past events.

    Please feel free to reach out to Allyse McGrath at amcgrath@accion.org with any questions on how to start planning and sign up to be a partner today to receive updates and resources.

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  • Remote - 1 Day
    Tuesday
    July 25
    2017

    Application Deadline: World Bank AgriTech Challenge

    The World Bank AgriTech Challenge, powered by Nest, is the region’s first open innovation programme focused on agribusiness.

    We’re calling everyone from trailblazing startups and industry veterans to visionary teams from universities to apply*. This is your opportunity to build an actionable solution that could transform agriculture in Kenya!

    Facilitated by the World Bank and Nest, selected teams will work closely with one of the region’s leading agribusiness companies to conceptualize, co-develop and prototype a product to alleviate acute challenges in the Kenyan agribusiness value chain.

    * Note: The programme is open only to Kenya-based teams

    Applications close July 25, 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so the sooner you submit the better!

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