SEP 4: Pitch for Good

StartSomeGood

Pitch for Good combines the best of on and offline fundraising, with a live pitch event helping you launch a crowdfunding campaign in style, and most importantly, with traction, thanks to the City of Parramatta matching pledges on the night! If you have an idea for a social enterprise that will do good, and need an extra funding boost to get the project off the ground, then apply for Pitch for Good!

The City of Parramatta wants to assist new social enterprises to establish in the Parramatta area. If you have an idea for a social enterprise that will do good in the City of Parramatta, and need an extra funding boost to get the project off the ground, then apply for Pitch for Good! Pitch for Good combines the best of on-and-offline fundraising, with a live pitch event helping you launch a crowdfunding campaign in style, and most importantly, with traction, thanks to the City of Parramatta matching pledges on the night!

Once selected you will be supported by the social enterprise fundraising experts at StartSomeGood to get you ready to both give a great pitch and to run a great crowdfunding campaign.

Coaching

Finalists will be trained in crowdfunding and pitching by StartSomeGood and paired with a mentor who has crowdfunded before. This is about honing your story and outreach plans to maximise your success!

Pitching

Pitch for Good will be the launch of your crowdfunding campaign and a huge fundraising opportunity in its own right. All ticket sales will be distributed to enterprises on the night, and the City of Parramatta will match the funds raised

Crowdfunding

Funds raised at Pitch for Good will be pledged towards your crowdfunding campaign on StartSomeGood, giving you incredible early momentum and a great chance to more than double your funds already raised, helping you reach your fundraising goals and make a bigger difference.

Applications must be received by midnight September 4

September 04, 2017
http://opportunities.startsomegood.com/pitchforgoodparra/

SEP 10: TED2018 Fellows

TEDTalks

TED is looking for early-career, visionary thinkers from around the world to join the Fellows program at the upcoming TED2018 conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Do you have an original approach to your work that’s worth sharing with the world? Are you working to uplift and empower your local community through innovative science, art or entrepreneurship? Are you ready to take full advantage of the TED platform and the support of a dynamic global community of innovators? If yes, you should apply to be a TED Fellow.

TED Fellows are a multidisciplinary group of remarkable individuals who are chosen through an open and rigorous application process. For each TED conference, we select a class of 20 Fellows based on their exceptional achievement and an innovative approach to tackling the world’s toughest problems, as well as on their character, grit and collaborative spirit.

Apply by September 10 at go.ted.com/tedfellowsapply.

go.ted.com/tedfellowsapply

SEP 15: Open City Fellowship

Open City Foundations

Migration in Europe has preoccupied policymakers and administrations, and prompted enormous policy reform, yet refugees and migrants are themselves often excluded from this policy debate and formulation, particularly those in more recent refugee and migrant populations. The Open City Fellowship responds to this need by supporting the leadership of refugees and migrants in policy development that directly affect urban integration.

The Open City Fellowship in this first year, will offer five fellowships. Four fellowships will involve collaborations with partner cities: Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, and Berlin. The fifth fellowship will be based in Brussels with a partner that specializes in refugee and migration policy within the European Union.

The aim is to improve integration through stronger participation of and consultation with refugee and migrant communities. Over time, our ambition is that Open City Fellows will become a cohort of experienced and recognized leaders who represent refugee and migrant communities, benefitting the individual fellows and the community more broadly.

The Open Society Foundations will pay Open City Fellows a stipend, will provide some funding for fellowship-related travel, and may cover other fellowship-related expenses during the course of the fellowship. The Open Society Foundations will additionally provide training and leadership development opportunities for the fellows. Fellowships will be 12 months, with the possibility of extending for an additional six months.

September 15, 2017
https://opencityfellowship.submittable.com/submit
https://pcdnetwork.org/forums/topic/127942/

SEPT 24: Climate Action Challenge

What Design Can Do

The Climate Action Challenge is a global competition looking for designers and creative entrepreneurs to submit innovative solutions to combat the effects of climate change. GSEN member Social Enterprise Netherlands have been selected as the acceleration partner for the challenge. Apply by 24 September.

The What Design Can Do Climate Action Challenge is a global design competition that calls on the creative community to submit innovative ideas for helping people adapt to climate change. The challenge specifically focusses on the poorest and most vulnerable people, particularly in the Global South, who will suffer the brunt of climate change.

What Design Can Do (WDCD), the IKEA Foundation and Autodesk invite designers, creative thinkers and imaginative trouble-shooters from all countries and disciplines, to take part. The call for participation opened on 23 May at WDCD Live Amsterdam 2017 and will close on 24 September 2017 (extended from 21 August!).

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
We are looking for fresh and innovative solutions to help mankind adapt to climate change. The best designs are innovative, practical, scalable, affordable, and easily understood. The Climate Action Challenge is open to everyone, yet specifically aimed at designers and creative entrepreneurs. Both existing and completely new ideas and solutions may be entered.

HOW TO ENTER?
You can participate in one of three Challenge tracks: student, creative professional or start-up. The top ideas in each track will be evaluated by an international jury and selected to join a special acceleration program in the last phase of the challenge.
All proposals should be entered via the WDCD Climate Action Challenge Platform. Our innovative briefing generator will help you decide how to tackle the many problems related to climate change. Use this online tool to discover the design strategy, the topic and the location that suits you best.

WHY ENTER?
• You are concerned about the climate crisis and want to make a positive contribution to a possible solution
• You will be part of a global creative network and can benefit from its combined knowledge and creativity
• You have the chance of receiving exposure for your ideas through the communication channels of all the partners involved
• Last but not least: as a winner, you are eligible for a share of the €900.000 award package and to join our acceleration program!

http://www.whatdesigncando.com/challenge-2017/climate-action/

SEP 30: IDEX Global Fellows Program

IDEX

ONE LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE!

IDEX is developing the next wave of “social intrapreneurs” who will support, lead and advance the work of socially-focused enterprises around the world! IDEX Fellows undergo six months of leadership and business development training by working full-time for social enterprises across India.

WHO DO WE LOOK FOR?

We are searching all corners of the world for individuals who are committed and passionate about having a high-impact career and advancing the social impact space.

We are seeking young professionals (ages 21-35) who have a proven track record of leadership and are seeking to use their education and skills to address social and economic challenges for under-served populations.

IDEAL CANDIDATE:

IDEX Fellows come from a wide range of educational and professional backgrounds, as each individual fellowship position requires different specific skills. Ideal candidates will possess:

Bachelors or Masters degree
A minimum of 1 to 3 years of work experience
Proven track record of leadership responsibilities
A passion and desire to work in emerging markets and use social enterprise principles to solve global issues
An ability to quickly adapt and work in resource constrained environments
Desire to engage in an intense professional development experience while applying creative solutions to deepen impact
FELLOW BENEFITS

Monthly stipend
Housing
Pre-departure Virtual Training
Monthly capacity building workshops
An advising program that pairs fellows with local resident mentors
A one-week Orientation in Bangalore, India to begin the fellowship
Professional development and personal support from a dedicated
in-country program manager
Post-fellowship support and Alumni network opportunities
APPLICATION PROCESS

Apply Online at www.idexaccelerator.com
Applications Open – July 25, 2017
Application Deadline – September 30, 2017
Early Bird Application Deadline – August 20, 2017
Fellowship Start Date – January 2, 2018
Fellowship End Date – June 22, 2018
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

IDEX is a tuition-based fellowship program, however through funding from generous sponsors IDEX is able to offer a limited number of partial scholarships to select candidates for use towards program tuition. However, early birds can avail preferred payment plans.

September 30, 2017
www.idexaccelerator.com
https://pcdnetwork.org/blogs/idex-is-accepting-applications-starting-feb-1st-for-the-july-2017-global-fellows-program-in-india/

SEP 30: InnovationXchange

Frontier Innovators

THE PROGRAM
An initiative of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s innovationXchange, and delivered by SecondMuse, Frontier Innovators is a search for innovative businesses in the Asia-Pacific that are delivering impact through their work that supports the Sustainable Development Goals.

To find great examples of these businesses we are running an open call for applications. Winning businesses will receive grant funding and tailored support, along with access to advisors, potential partners and investors.

All eligible applications will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers with varied backgrounds and relevant experience. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to join a video-conference interview with a number of reviewers. Up to 15 businesses will be selected to take part in the Frontier Innovators program.

Winning businesses will receive up to $100,000 AUD in grant funding. These businesses will also receive 3-6 months of support, which will be tailored to meet their needs, and delivered by experts in the relevant fields.

We encourage anyone that is generating revenue while delivering impact through their work that supports the Sustainable Development Goals to apply. While your business can be based anywhere, your work has to impact people in the Asia-Pacific.

We want this program to support a diverse group of businesses who are doing great work across the region, so your business’s gender balance, location and connection to community will all be considered.

September 30, 2017
http://www.frontierinnovators.org/apply
http://www.frontierinnovators.org/the-program

OCT 1: Social Innovation To Tackle Fuel Poverty

Ashoka & Schneider Electric Foundation

Many people in Europe do not have the cash to keep the lightbulbs in their houses on or the water in the pipes hot. If your organization tackles fuel poverty and promotes energy sustainability, we are looking for you! Join our community of 15-20 social innovators from Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain and bring your impact to the next level.

The Social Innovation to Tackle Fuel Poverty program is an initiative co-created by Ashoka and the Schneider Electric Foundation. It aims to identify and engage 15-20 innovative organizations working in the field of fuel poverty and energy sustainability in five European countries: Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. The winners will be announced at an event during COP23 in Bonn, Germany and they will receive support through a fully-funded personalized mentoring program by high-achieving business consultants and mentors, who will help them develop a strategy to scale up and amplify their positive impact on society and on the environment.

Contact Us

Greta Rossi at [email protected] for Italy and general enquiries.
Katharina Hinze at [email protected] for Germany.
Stella Printezi at [email protected] for Greece.
Fred Vital at [email protected] for Portugal.
Ana Enrich at [email protected] for Spain.

Oct 1, 2017
http://tacklefuelpoverty.com/

OCT 4: VentureWell E-Team Training Program

VentureWell

Receive an E-Team grant and get training through our early-stage innovator training program. The training provides funding up to $25K, peer networking, expert coaching, national recognition, and hands-on workshops to move your innovation forward.

October 4, 2017
https://community.venturewell.org/VWCommunitiesLogin?target=proposal
https://venturewell.org/student-grants/

OCT 16: MCN 2017 Sustainable Business Program

Mentor Capital Network

OUR PROGRAM
Mentor Capital Network's Sustainable Business Plan Collaboration supports the entrepreneurs behind mission driven, for-profit social enterprises, no matter where they are in the world. Over the years, we’ve supported over 950 ventures with over $6mm worth of intellectual “mentor” capital, giving entrepreneurial teams customized feedback on their business plans and access to a network of over 1,000 of the world’s best industry and regional experts who have given their time to support these startup teams. We seek to create and accelerate opportunities for these teams to make a serious, innovative, and scalable difference in the world.

Collaboration not Competition

Our program may look like a traditional business plan competition, and yes, there are prizes for top finalists, but most of our support goes towards *all* of the companies that are accepted into our program. We offer a collaboration of entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors, all working to support each other.

Entrepreneurs provide exciting new ideas and receive feedback and a chance to build deep mentoring relationships.
Mentors provide “mentor capital” in the form of feedback and mentoring, and receive the knowledge of what their peers are thinking from different perspectives, as well as a chance to work with entrepreneurs who truly appreciate them.

Investors provide the financial companies, and they get to learn which companies are a good fit for them both quickly and deeply through the perspectives of the mentor team supporting the entrepreneurs.
The MCN team provides the coordination.

Our 2017-2018 Program timeline is below. This timeline is subject to change, but all companies applying from this point forward will be considered for our next round.

Before applying to the Mentor Capital Network’s Sustainable Business Plan Collaboration, please be sure you fulfill the following requirements:

1) You are a for-profit start-up or growing company that has a social, environmental, and/or cultural mission that strengthens your company’s financial margin.
2) You are open to receiving feedback from reviewers, including industry and regional experts, investors, lawyers, and accountants from around the globe.
3) You are interested in building a relationship with a mentor, and not just having a one-time conversation.
4) You are able to submit your documents in English, Spanish, or French. Our team’s primary language is English, so if you are working in Spanish or French, please have at least one English-speaker we can communicate with.

http://mentorcapitalnet.org/2017_application/

OCT 23: Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship

Shuttleworth Foundation

The Shuttleworth Foundation offers fellowships to individuals to implement their innovative idea for social change. We are most interested in exceptional ideas at the intersection between technology, knowledge, and learning, with openness being the key requirement.

The Foundation funds people from all over the world regardless of gender, age, nationality or experience. We are looking for a complete picture of you and your idea.

Get Started:
We invite individuals with a fresh approach to solving a social challenge, using openness, to apply to our Fellowship Program.

Applicants may choose to make their application public at any time. You are most welcome to do so. For those who choose not to, your application will remain private in its entirety within the Foundation and its immediate support network until such time as you may be offered a Fellowship. At that point, we will have a conversation on how best to share information about you as a Fellow in the interest of openness. Applicants who choose to make their application public do not have a specific advantage over those who choose not to do so during the selection process.

In order to keep your application private, you may choose to protect your video submission with a password. Please submit the password along with the video link via our secure application form.

No partial applications will be considered.

Application Pointers:
Over the years we have reviewed (and funded) many, many proposals and fellowship applications. In the current incarnation of the Foundation we support individuals to implement their idea for social change. Prospective applicants often ask us to narrow down the parameters for applications and be more specific about what we’re looking for. We are not planning on doing that, as we want to be surprised and intrigued by applicants, no matter how unconventional the idea may be.

However, we can provide some thoughts on what to keep in mind while developing your application for our fellowship. We hope these are useful, for applying for the Fellowship, and for distilling the essence of your idea.

Our number one ask is that openness be at the core of your idea and/or its implementation. Openness is not an add on. It is a fundamental approach to both participation and intellectual property.

October 23, 2017
https://www.shuttleworthfoundation.org/apply/

OCT 24: Echoing Green Fellowship

Echoing Green

You have a solution that will help your community thrive, an idea that will create new pathways to justice, or see a fresh opportunity where others only see obstacles. We want you to succeed.

We know that the transformational leaders of tomorrow may not have all the answers today, but as the social impact sector’s leading talent scout we embrace bold ideas and are ready to invest in your success.

The Road to Becoming an Echoing Green Fellow

The Echoing Green Fellowship application process is selective and highly competitive. However, the process is also designed to be inclusive, constructive, and engaging.

Who are we looking for?

This is the fellowship for innovators, instigators, pioneers, and rebels. We know that talent is equally distributed, but opportunity is not—which is why we invest in talent wherever it is. Our Fellows represent diverse ethnic, religious, and gender experiences, with varied educational, economic, and geographic backgrounds.

As we seek to build a diverse and inclusive social impact space, we particularly encourage applications from:

» Racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S., including Black, Latinx, and Native/Indigenous people
» Women
» LGBTQ communities
» Currently underrepresented U.S. cities, including Baltimore, Atlanta, Oakland, Detroit, Louisville, Milwaukee, Kansas City, and Miami
» Currently underrepresented regions globally, including Latin & Central America and East Asia

Why? Read How and Where We Recruit for New Talent Matters, What Our Data Is Telling Us, and What Echoing Green Looks for in Startups.

October 24, 2017
http://www.echoinggreen.org/fellowship/apply

OCT 27: The Climathon Challenge


Climathon is a global 24-hour climate change hackathon which will take place simultaneously in major cities around the world on 27 October 2017.

It brings together the challenges of the world’s cities with the people who have the passion and ability to solve them. Climathon attracts innovators, entrepreneurs, students and professionals to create innovative solutions to cities climate challenges.

In cities with a 24 hour Climathon event, a Young Climathon can be set up for undergraduate students with a related challenge but with shorter time frame.

Now its third year of operation, the Climathon movement has grown tremendously over the past two years, encouraging more innovators across the globe to drive climate action.

Climathon has grown from 19 to 59 cities in the space of a year, operating across 6 continents, creating over 2330 ideas and reaching 16.8 million people worldwide in 2016.

Learn more here: https://climathon.climate-kic.org


OCT 31: Media Innovation Program

Media Development Investment Fund

Media Innovation Program to cultivate independent media in South Africa. Free and independent media was limited under South Africa’s decades-long apartheid regime and is an increasing concern under the government of embattled President Jacob Zuma. The South African Media Innovation Program will provide funding and business support for new and existing digital media outlets that are building sustainable revenue models. The three-year, $4 million partnership brings together Open Society Foundation of South Africa, Omidyar Network and the Media Development Investment Fund. “The space to report clearly and credibly outside the framework of vested political and commercial interests has narrowed sharply in recent years,” says Open Society’s Fatima Hassan. An innovation challenge will identify viable news and information products for local and underserved communities. Applications are due October 31.

October 31, 2017
https://mdif.submittable.com/submit/0306e11e-a7c3-46f3-810a-0eaeb4ad5095/samip-innovation-challenge

NOV 1: SVN’s Innovation Entrepreneurs Program

Social Venture Network

SVN's Innovation Entrepreneurs Program identifies and supports diverse, innovative, and high-impact business leaders.

SVN’s Innovation Entrepreneurs Program focuses on identifying women entrepreneurs, young entrepreneurs, and entrepreneurs of color who are leveraging business for the greater good.

Innovation Entrepreneurs are welcomed into the SVN community, a network of influential, mission-driven leaders who support one another professionally and personally. As Innovation Entrepreneurs, emerging leaders gain access to people, resources, and ideas to help scale their organizations and deepen their impact.

Meet SVN's 2015-2016 Innovation Entrepreneurs.

"SVN is the only community where I've found so many like-minded people, who have both the experience in building a viable business and who are committed to achieving social impact. That's what is unique about SVN—there are people who understand what you're trying to do and are genuinely interested in helping you." —Frederick Hutson, CEO and Founder, Pigeonly

SVN's Innovation Entrepreneurs Program is part of The Bridge Initiative, SVN's long-term commitment to raising the profile of diverse entrepreneurs and bringing new insights to the mission-driven business movement.

Prospective Innovation Entrepreneurs must lead organizations with annual revenues between $500K-$2 Million; organizations that have been fully operational for one year, but less than seven; and must complete the application below to be considered for the program. Applications will be reviewed beginning September 1, 2017 and approved on a rolling basis after that time. Limited spaces are available. Applications are due by November 1, 2017.

Accepted applicants must commit to attending Business for the Greatest Good: SVN's 30th Anniversary Conference & Gala to participate in the Innovation Entrepreneurs program. This program is designed to welcome new members into the network. Current and former SVN members are not eligible to apply. A maximum of two senior leaders from an organization may apply. For questions, please contact Isaac Graves at [email protected]

November 1, 2017
http://svn.org/become-a-member/innovation-entrepreneurs-program

DEC 1: frank Research Prize in Public Interest Communications


Public Interest Communications is an interdisciplinary area of study and practice that brings together diverse research to advance social change. From psychological insights on how people form beliefs and make decisions to the science of effective messaging and storytelling, Public Interest Communications calls for the use of scientific insights to design communication strategy and solve our world's biggest challenges.

Scholars dedicate their lives to solving problems and many of the issues we face today have potential solutions found in academic research. Unfortunately, too many of their insights never leave the pages of academic journals or conference halls.

Through frank and our annual gathering, we're building a community of strategists, communicators, leaders, activists, journalists and scholars who share, collaborate and apply the best of what they know to the world's largest social challenges.

Submit your published research to the $10k research prize. Every year we award one $10,000 prize and two $1,500 prizes for published, peer-reviewed research that informs and drives better practice in the field of public interest communications.

Past winners include:
2017: Lisa Fazio, assistant professor of psychology and human development at Vanderbilt University, for her work on how memory is linked to misinformation.
2016: Troy Campbell, assistant professor of marketing at the University of Oregon, for his work on using the beliefs of your audience to craft better and persuasive messages for social change solutions.
2015: Sara Bleich, professor of public health policy at Harvard University, for her work on the use of visuals in driving healthy behavior change.
2014: Jina Yoo, professor of communication at the University of Missouri, for her work on how emotions can drive positive behavior change.

All three finalists will speak at our 2018 frank gathering in Gainesville, Florida, Feb. 6-9, 2018.

Learn more about the prize and submit your work (or share this with your favorite scholar). We are accepting submissions until 5 p.m. EST,  Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.

For more questions, please email Annie Neimand, research director.


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