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The Coopen Initiative: Call for Innovators – Circular Economy (Africa)

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted December 8, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on December 17, 2020
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The call is open to innovators, start-ups, research groups, university departments and spin-offs, Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) interested in creating an impactful project in Africa together with an Italian Civil Society Organization.

The “Call for Innovators – Circular Economy” (hereinafter the “Call”) is part of the Coopen initiative and comprises one of the activities envisaged by the axis dedicated to Open Innovation in the Innovation for Development action plan, a project promoted by Fondazione Cariplo and Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo.

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A participative programme for creating impactful solutions between Italy and Africa.

The three main objectives are the following ones of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development:
> Sustainable Nutrition and Agriculture (SDG 2);
> Health and Well-being (SDG 3);
> Circular Economy (SDG 12).

The goal of this call is to identify 15 teams of innovators that will participate in Selection Day.

At Selection Day, 5 teams will be chosen to create a partnership with Italian CSOs to develop an innovative solution for one of the challenges/objectives listed above.

African candidates must work in one of the following African countries: Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso or Niger.

Italian candidates must be willing to work in one of the following African countries: Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso or Niger.

Candidates need to have developed initiatives and/or technologies with a 3-6 Technology Readiness Level.

The Foundations will grant the CSO leader a minimum of 90,000 euros for each project, some of which will go to the team of innovators selected to implement the solution.

Fill out and send the Application Form by December 18, 2020.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Dec 08, 2020
Dec 08, 2020

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 by calls such this one);
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. Don't forget to visit regularly the World Pulse website and:
a) Go to Menu (left upper corner);
b) Click on Explore Topics OR Explore Regions;
c) Type the name of your country in the Search space;
d) Then search for offers that may suit you;
6. Share the opportunities that do 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
Dec 09, 2020
Dec 09, 2020

Thanks, Ana.