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APPLY || LATEST The GIZ Accelerator Program for Climate Change Innovations (2022/23)

APPLY || LATEST The GIZ Accelerator Program for Climate Change Innovations (2022/23)

APPLY || LATEST The GIZ Accelerator Program for Climate Change Innovations (2022/23)

Do not miss out of the currently ongoing LATEST The GIZ Accelerator Program for Climate Change Innovations (2022/23)

APPLY || LATEST The GIZ Accelerator Program for Climate Change Innovations (2022/23)

Application Deadline: March 25th, 2022

For its Climate Change Innovations accelerator program, the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) is looking for early-stage startups in Benin, Cameroon, and Niger that are developing digital solutions to tackle climate change. We are searching for tech-based solutions that are both innovative and effective in combating the detrimental effects of climate change, as well as in minimizing the negative impact of climate change.

For startups who are incorporating and using digital technology directly into their solution or their operations in the following domains, this program is open to them:

Eligibility Criteria

This program is open to climate-focused technology startups meeting the following criteria:

  • Officially incorporated, registered with the local chamber of commerce in the country or in the process of being registered
  • Delivering a technology and/or digital solution to accelerate the deployment of climate solutions at scale
  • Existing solution on the market (at least proof of concept, minimum viable product) on one of the above mentioned themes which has the capacity to scale
  • The product or service attracts its first customers and shows initial interest from clients (BtoB or BtoC) or investors/donors.
  • Founder and its core team members must be available and committed to join all program elements (including monitoring and evaluation questionnaires)
  • At least one of the founders is originated from Benin, Cameroon, Niger
  • Although this is not a selection criteria, attention will be given to teams committed to promote diversity and inclusion in their venture

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  • The major component of this program  will be thementorship and technical project supportwith
    • The involvement of anexperienced business mentor for a period of 6 months
    • Learningbest practices from business experts to grow your business and your team
  • The selected companies will beexposed to corporate partners and investors to attract potentialbusiness opportunities and investments.
  • Collaboration with the in-country GIZ’s Digital Transformation Centers will help the foundersto further grow their business and scale at local and regional levels
  • Finalists will have ampleopportunities to network with local and regional startup founders
  • During a closing program event, 10.000 euro in grant funding will be shared across the 3 finalists per country.

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Companies should be able to demonstrate at least a proof of concept, a prototype and first traction in the market.This call for applications is not open to companies who are still in the idea stage.

In each of the three countries, a maximum of three early-stage companies will be selected to join the program, making a cohort of nine companies in total. After a needs assessment, these companies will receive tailor-made technical support, coordinated by our in-country partners Etrilabs (Benin), ActivSpaces (Cameroon), and CIPMEN (Niger).

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the GIZ Accelerator Program for Climate Change Innovations

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