Call: Green Alley Award 2017

Deadline: 25 July 2017

Are you a green start-up or eco-entrepreneur with a brilliant idea in the green and circular economy sector? Then apply now for the Green Alley Award 2017 and become one of Europe’s leading sustainable start-ups. The Green Alley Award is an annual European prize for start-ups and entrepreneurs in the circular economy, initiated in 2014 by a group of strong partners in Germany’s entrepreneurial eco-system. The award recognises promising business ideas that contribute to building a circular economy and improving the waste and recycling industry as we know it today. Its aim is to find creative people with innovative ideas about how to turn waste into a sustainable business model.

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Call: Social innovations in preventative health for human settlements across South Africa

Deadline: 31 July 2017

The Swiss Embassy in South Africa, the National Research Foundation, the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and the University of Basel, in collaboration with various partners from both SA and Switzerland, are running an Open Innovation Challenge aimed at addressing the need for better health outcomes in low-income settlements, by identifying and offering support to sustainable innovations.

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Call: Nordic Innovation Challenge 2017: Design and Manufacturing for a Circular Economy

Deadline: 1 September 2017

LAUNCH Nordic seeks to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable society through open innovation, industry collaboration, and global systems mobilisation. To meet this goal, we seek innovations from around the globe with the potential to create the shift towards a circular economy.

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Call: Human Development Innovation Fund

Deadline: 8 September 2017

Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) is now accepting funding applications for pilot and scale-up projects between £500,000 and £1,000,000 (exceptions can be made for compelling applications for a grant not lower than GBP 200,000). In this round, HDIF seeks to fund organisations to implement innovative projects in any of the results areas in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Early Childhood Development (ECD).

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Call: Nokia Open Innovation Challenge 2017

Deadline: 20 September 2017

If your product or technology is targeting markets in transportation, smart cities, safety and security, and connected industries, or if your solution enables a smart, safe and sustainable world, then apply for Nokia Open Innovation Challenge. The Challenge, in partnership with venture firm Nokia Growth Partners, is a call for ideas, technologies, and new business models in the IoT (Internet of Things). The challenge is running for its fifth year with a focus on the IoT for smart cities, mobility, safety and security, and connected industries.

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Call: The $1 Million Circular Materials Challenge

Deadline: 20 October 2017

The New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize is currently inviting designers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and academics to create a plastics system that works. The New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and was launched in collaboration with HRH The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit. The Prize is funded by Wendy Schmidt, Lead Philanthropic Partner of the New Plastics Economy Initiative.

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