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UNDP Growth Stage Impact Ventures (GSIV) for SDGs Initiative 2020: Call for Nominations

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted June 10, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on July 14, 2020
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The GSIV, an Initiative organized by UNDP Geneva, EPFL Tech4Impact, Orange, and SAP, focuses on mature impact ventures in developing countries with game-changing potential to drive impact and yield.

The selected impact ventures will be invited to pitch during the SDG Finance Geneva Summit, which will occur in the first quarter of 2021. Ventures will receive a great amount of exposure before and during the event, and access to a wide network of decision-makers interested in learning more about their innovation and plans to scale up.

Thematic and Geographic Scope
While the proportion of people living in poverty has fallen steadily in recent decades, poverty remains widespread in numerous developing countries. Moreover, disparities in human development are significant within and between countries, as documented in the 2019 Human Development Report (HDR). The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic risks a global socio-economic crisis that will push millions of people back into poverty—threating vulnerable women, children, elderly people, and informal workers most.

The 2020 GSIV Call for Nominations will promote ventures that contribute to tackling inequalities (with particular attention to gender inequalities) and empowering poor and vulnerable people in developing countries in the following areas:
> Increasing Access to Quality Health Care,
> Increasing Access to Affordable and Clean Energy, and
> Reducing and Recovering Waste.

Only ventures with headquarters, primary workforce and service provision or product market in developing countries can be eligible for the selection.

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The objective is to identify and showcase mature impact ventures in emerging countries with a catalytic potential that can drive both large impact and yield.

Nominations may be made by third parties (such as accelerators, impact funds, family offices, international organizations, or governments).
Each nominator may propose up to three (3) ventures in its pipeline that meet the eligibility criteria.
National entities belonging to the same larger corporation may each nominate.
Self-nomination by enterprises is not accepted.

Only nominations in ENGLISH LANGUAGE will be accepted.

The call for nominations is open until July 15, 2020 (11:59pm CET).

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jun 10
Jun 10

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network

Jill Langhus
Jun 13
Jun 13

Thanks, Ana.