MAY 31: Intercultural Innovation Award

United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and BMW Group

The Intercultural Innovation Award is a partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group that aims to select and support the most innovative grassroots projects that encourage intercultural dialogue and cooperation around the world.

Who can apply?

Eligible to apply for the Intercultural Innovation Award are not-for-profit organizations managing projects focused on promoting intercultural dialogue and understanding, and who are willing to expand their range of action. Examples include projects in the fields of combating xenophobia, education for global citizenship, interfaith dialogue, migration and integration, prevention of violent extremism, as well as initiatives addressing the needs of specific groups in promoting intercultural understanding (e.g. faith-based, youth, women, media, etc.)

May 31, 2017

JULY 31: Partnering to Accelerate Entrepreneurship Initiative


As part of the U.S. Global Development Lab's Partnering to Accelerate Entrepreneurship (PACE) Initiative, USAID is announcing its third call for concept papers to identify and advance innovative approaches or models that support early-stage entrepreneurial ecosystems. USAID is looking for potential partners that are working to overcome ecosystem barriers in catalyzing private investment, reaching scale, and achieving sustainable growth.

July 31, 2017

JULY 24: Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

Royal Academy of Engineering

The Africa Prize encourages ambitious and talented sub-Saharan African engineers from all disciplines to apply their skills to develop scalable solutions to local challenges, highlighting the importance of engineering as an enabler of improved quality of life and economic development. Crucial commercialisation support is awarded to a shortlist of innovative applicants through a six-month period of training and mentoring.

Following this period of mentorship, finalists are invited to present at an event held in Africa and a winner is selected to receive £25,000 along with runners-up, who are each awarded £10,000.

July 24, 2017

JULY 1: SEG Accelerator

SE Greenhouse

The SEG Accelerator offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, networks and resources needed to take their do good, do well business to the next level.

Applications are open for all Accelerator programs – Apply Now!


Health & Wellness 2017: July 1st, 2017
Impact Accelerator 2017: Closed // 2018: October 2017
Food Accelerator 2017: Closed // 2018: October 2017

July 1, 2017

JUNE 30: Alliance for Peacebuilding Call for Workshop Proposals

Alliance for Peacebuilding

The Alliance for Peacebuilding is thrilled to announce that we are now accepting workshop proposals for our 2017 Annual Conference, to be held October 11 - 13, 2017. This is an excellent opportunity to present your work or host an activity in a dynamic space with professionals from the broader peace and security community, including funders, policymakers, members of the military, and individuals from a broad range of related disciplines.

While our conference consists of keynote addresses and an exhibition hall, we also host various sessions of panels and workshops where our participants interact. We want to hear your ideas on how to engage our conference participants! We have composed a number of themes, which you can view here, to guide your workshop development for this year’s conference, but we also encourage other out-of-the-box ideas.

We highly encourage interactive and innovative workshop styles. This year’s conference will place emphasis on how workshops will address current gaps in peacebuilding and propose concrete steps for collective change in the peacebuilding field.

To view more about the submission process and what we look for in workshop proposals, please visit our Annual Conference webpage, or download the brochure! All proposals will due on Friday, June 30. We look forward to hearing your innovative ideas for change!

JUNE 30: The Global Good Fund Fellowship

The Global Good Fund

Phase I consists of a preliminary questionnaire that is reviewed for alignment with Fellowship criteria.

In order to be considered for the fellowship, candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:
*Enterprise that the candidate leads is at least one-year old;
*Enterprise must have at least one full-time employee in addition to the candidate;
*Candidate is committed full‐time to running his/her enterprise;
*Candidate is under 40 years of age (if 40 or older, explain rationale for joining fellowship);
*Candidate should not be currently receiving formal coaching/mentoring support;
*Candidate has to be in a position where s/he has decision making power.
Candidates who meet the requirements will be invited to participate in Phase II of the application process

Click the below link to learn more.

June 30, 2017

JUNE 25: Food Access Project Application

Unreasonable Institute and the City and County of Denver

We’re thrilled to announce the Food Access Project: Tackling Food Deserts in Denver, a partnership between the Unreasonable Institute and the City and County of Denver, Office of Economic Development. Our goal is to increase access to affordable, healthy food in low-income neighborhoods across Denver. How? By providing entrepreneurs tackling this critical issue with the resources, connections, and training they need to scale their impact.

Is your venture (for-profit or non-profit) working to increase access to healthy food for low-income communities? Are you serving, or committed to serving, customers in Denver, Colorado?

June 25, 2017

JUNE 23: GSG Millennial Honors 2017 Nomination


The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), in partnership with the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG), an independent multilateral catalyzing impact investment and entrepreneurship, is seeking to honor three impact entrepreneurs under 30 years of age. Winners will be recognized at the inaugural Millennial Honors at GSG Impact Summit 2017 on July 10th and 11th at the Grand Sheraton Chicago before 400 Impact leaders from 30+ countries.

Learn more and submit your nomination.

We are inviting applications for the 2017 GSG Millennial Honors fulfilling the following criteria:
The honorees must be no more than 30 years of age on 30 June 2017. In case of co-founders, one of the co-founders must meet this age criteria.
The honorees must have founded and incorporated a social or environmental impact venture, either as a for-profit (i.e., profit with purpose) company, non-profits, co-operative or as other legal forms no later than 30 June 2015.
Impact ventures qualified to apply must be at least two years old, have experienced significant revenue and/or earned fees growth, and must demonstrate measurable impact, scalability, and sustainability.
All nominations must be received by Friday, June 23, at 23:59 Eastern Time. ANDE will manage the adjudication and award process. ANDE members are encouraged to apply, but membership is not a requirement to win.

June 23, 2017

JUNE 19: Present the Story of Your Startup SF

Startup Jam

This is a fundraiser for SoCo Nexus and Startup Jam's work supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the greater San Francisco Bay Area and expanding its reach across the country.

Envision Def Comedy Jam meets Shark Tank meets Octoberfest—Startup Jam gives contestants a chance to test their pitches in front of a world-class panel of “sharks” who are dedicated to helping you succeed though positive critique. Yes, there is a $1000 prize, but the real value is in testing your idea in front of supportive but razor-sharp honest investors and industry insiders. Our panel of judges consists of Mentors, Angel Investors and VCs, and changes up each month.
This time around we will be focusing of the story of WHY these startups have pursued the problem they are addressing.

Have or know a startup with a great origin story?
Introduce them now to Mike Giotis at [email protected]

[email protected]

JUNE 15: FS6 Cohort Application Deadline

Food System 6 (FS6)

Food System 6 is a non-profit, impact-focused accelerator based in the San Francisco Bay Area that supports the most promising entrepreneurs poised to have a transformational impact on the environmental, physical and social health of our global food system. We have a wide ecosystem of many types of investors, strategic partners, technical assistance providers, policy makers, NGOs and more who are required to help a successful food system entrepreneur succeed. We support both for-profit and non-profit teams.

June 15, 2017

JUNE 4: ProInspire Fellowship Application


You’re an early-career professional with strong business skills and a yearning for a career with purpose. Yet it takes more than passion to pivot sectors and land a job. To become a social sector leader, you need to strengthen specific mindsets and skills, develop an orientation towards impact, and build your network. ProInspire can help you do this. This year, we have two pathway programs to offer you in the Washington, DC region and the San Francisco Bay Area:

ProInspire Impact Accelerator: A two-day institute for participants to deepen their understanding of the social sector; gain clarity on their personal mission and how to communicate it; and equip them with resources and a network to explore social sector leadership.
ProInspire Fellowship: A year-long program for individuals who secure a full-time job with a ProInspire hiring partner in the social sector and participate in our leadership development program to strengthen relevant skills and clarify their career goals.

June 4, 2017

JUNE 1: SOCAP17 Social Entrepreneur Scholarships


DEADLINE: June 1st for international applicants; June 30th for stateside applicants
Scholarship Application:

Now is the time to apply for the 2017 SOCAP Entrepreneur Scholarship. Every year, hundreds of entrepreneurs from around the world apply for the SOCAP scholarship, from all sectors and stages of growth.
This year, up to 150 of the most innovative ventures will be selected to receive:
Free SOCAP17 full conference pass (valued at $1,495)
Exclusive access to the Impact Accelerator @SOCAP
Hostel accommodations for the duration of the conference
Recognition and high visibility at SOCAP17

The deadline to apply is June 1st for internationally based entrepreneurs who need an early decision (for visa application purposes). The final application deadline for all entrepreneurs is June 30th. Accepted entrepreneurs will be notified in early July.

*Please note: Scholarship does not include travel expenses.

MAY 16: Fellowship Application

GLG Social Impact

The GLG Social Impact Fellowship leverages GLG’s learning platform to help top social entrepreneurs answer their organization’s critical strategic and operational questions, at no cost. Through the two-year Fellowship, ambitious and visionary nonprofit and social enterprise leaders learn in tailored interactions with experts across GLG’s membership and with each other.

July 17, 2017

MAY 31: Rotary Peace Fellowship Program Application

Rotary Peace Fellowship

Each year, Rotary funds some of the world’s most dedicated and brightest professionals to study at Rotary Peace Centers. Through training, study, and practice, Rotary Peace Fellows become leaders and catalysts for peace and conflict resolution; many go on to careers in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank.

Applications for the 2018-19 Rotary Peace Fellowship program are now being accepted. The deadline for applicants to submit applications to their district is 31 May. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July.

The Rotary Peace Fellowship program is a fully funded master’s degree or certificate in peace and conflict studies. Every year, 100 individuals are selected to receive a generous award from The Rotary Foundation that funds tuition, living expenses, international field experience, and research/conference opportunities at one of the Rotary Peace Centers, located within seven leading universities around the world.

Studying at a Rotary Peace Center will open the door to a variety of careers, such as foreign policy, human rights, international law, and development and humanitarian action. It’s where you will build a global network with peace fellows and Rotarians from all over the world, while gaining new skills in conflict resolution, cross-cultural awareness, negotiation, peace and conflict research.

Our more than 1,000 program alumni are working as change agents for peace in over 100 countries with national governments, NGOs, United Nations agencies, and other entities.

May 31, 2017

MAY 4: Halcyon Arts Lab


Halcyon Arts Lab is a nine-month fellowship at the intersection of art and social engagement that supports emerging artists with bold ideas of how art and creativity can be forces for social impact.

The Halcyon Arts Lab application is now open for artists of any discipline. During the 9-month program, fellows will have access to individual studios on campus to concentrate on independent learning and creative practice, residential accommodation (for non-DC residents), mentorship, a materials scholarship for living expenses and materials, professional development services, and a curriculum of classes and discussions on everything from contract negotiations to social justice issues.

Halcyon Arts Lab will accept six national or international fellows and two DC-based artists.

May 4, 2017

MAY 4: Halcyon Incubator Fall 2017


Halcyon Incubator is now accepting applications for their Fall 2017 fellowship for Cohort 7! Halcyon provides aspiring social entrepreneurs and changemakers like you with a place to live and work in DC, a $10,000 stipend, mentoring, leadership coaching, and access to potential investors. Pro-bono partners provide free legal, consulting, and communications support for your venture. Halcyon takes no equity and is committed to supporting you along your entrepreneurial journey.

Social entrepreneurs -- why apply?
* Access to mentorship, advising, and a deep network of supporters
* 5 months of rent-free housing
* $10,000 stipend per venture
* Pro Bono support from legal, technical, communications, and business partners
* Halcyon Incubator takes no equity

You can learn more about the program benefits, eligibility, and selections criteria at and in the attached one pager. Please share this opportunity with aspiring social entrepreneurs who may be interested.

May 4, 2017 at 5pm EDT

MAY 3: GlobalGiving Fundraising Training Application

Global Giving

Through May 3rd, 2017, GlobalGiving is accepting applications for registered nonprofits to join the GlobalGiving Accelerator.

The GlobalGiving Accelerator is an opportunity for you and your organization to build skills, access tools, and grow your base of supporters to achieve crowdfunding success. When you graduate, your organization becomes a permanent member of GlobalGiving, and you’ll have access to all the tools, training, and one-on-one support available in the GlobalGiving community.

The March 2017 Accelerator cohort crowdfunded $623,036 for their projects, and nearly 100 new organizations earned permanent GlobalGiving partnership.

May 3, 2017

MAY 3: Grants & Support for Student Inventors


VentureWell is a non-profit with a passion for helping science & technology innovators to have a positive impact on today's social and environmental problems. Apply to the E-teams Program, which provides 3 stages of support: Stage 1 includes a $5,000 grant, 3-day in-person workshop with a select group of entrepreneurs from across the USA, and a chance to think critically about your venture with coaching from dedicated instructors; Stage 1 teams can then apply for a $20,000 follow-on grant and may become eligible for investment.

Applicant Criteria
- Scalable science & technology invention
- Addresses an important social or environmental challenge
- Team is led by two or more students (grad or undergrad)
- University willing to administer the grant

Follow the link below to learn more and apply.

May 3 2017

MAY 1: Defending the Dream Fund

Hill-Snowdon Foundation

The Defending the Dream Fund is a one-year initiative for 2017 only. We have allocated $150,000 for Defending the Dream Fund and will make grants up to $10,000 each. We are accepting requests for funding during two time periods this year: from March 31st to May 1st and from July 31st to September 1st. We aim to review the requests and make grants within 5-7 weeks of each deadline. To apply for the Defending the Dream Fund please click on the link below. This is the only written application that you will have to submit. If your organization is selected for further consideration, we may schedule a brief phone call to ask additional questions.

You can download a set of the questions here for your convenience, so that you can preview them before you log onto complete the actual application. Please click on the button below to be taken to the application.

Finally, we realize that we will only be able to support a fraction of the requests that we are likely to receive, so we plan to work with other philanthropic colleagues to share the requests we received with them in hopes that they might be able to provide support. Please email any questions to Erin Morris at [email protected] Thank you for your work and your commitment to defending our shared dream of a fair, just, equitable and caring society.

May 1st and September 1st, 2017

MAY 1: Nominations for MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award

MIT Media Lab

Selection Process
A screening committee composed of a small and diverse group of individuals in the MIT Media Lab network of activists, scientists, designers, and engineers will review the nominations and select the award recipient.

There are two ways you can participate in this process: by nominating a person or group, or through enlisting your social circle in the process. We'll reward you for both actions, since they are both crucial:
1. If you are the first person to make the nomination of the Disobedience Award winner, we will fly you to Boston to attend the award ceremony on July 21 at the MIT Media Lab.
2. If you recruit others to make nominations, and one of them is the first person to nominate the Disobedience Award winner, we will also fly you to attend the award ceremony in July.

We will be accepting nominations from March 6 to May 1 (eight weeks), and plan to announce the recipient at our summer event on July 21, 2017. We will announce a shortlist of nominees prior to the event.

May 1, 2017

MAY 1: 2017 Cleantech Open Accelerator

Cleantech Open

If you have an impactful idea that could help solve some of our greatest global challenges, we are now taking applications for the 2017 accelerator. Since its inception in 2006, the Cleantech Open has accelerated 1,036 startups, leading to $1.135 billion in external capital and 3067 jobs. The Cleantech Open provides start-ups with the resources to develop, validate, and launch successful companies int he clean technology and sustainability sectors. Our accelerator program provides participants with training, mentoring, infrastructure, relationships and funding opportunities to help transform innovative ideas to high-caliber companies.

May 1, 2017

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