Call for Application: GIZ Accelerator Program for Climate Change Innovations

Call for Application: GIZ Accelerator Program for Climate Change Innovations

The GIZ Accelerator program for Climate Change Innovations is looking for early-stage companies in Benin, Cameroon, and Niger that deliver digital solutions to combat climate change. We are looking for innovative and impactful tech-based solutions to either tackle the adverse effects or minimize the negative impact of climate change.

This program is open to startups using and leveraging digital technologies directly in their solution or in their operations in the following fields:

  • Water & soil management for agriculture & WASH
  • Agritech solutions
  • Clean energy
  • Last-mile distribution of essential goods & services
  • Protection of biodiversity & natural resources
  • Access to markets for agricultural goods
  • Air, land, and ware pollution

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).

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).

Eligibility criteria

GIZ Accelerator Program for Climate Change Innovations 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.

What’s in it for you?

  • The major component of the GIZ Accelerator Program for Climate Change Innovations will be the mentorship and technical project support with
    • The involvement of an experienced business mentor for a period of 6 months
    • Learning best practices from business experts to grow your business and your team
  • The selected companies will be exposed to corporate partners and investors to attract potential business opportunities and investments
  • Collaboration with the in-country GIZ’s Digital Transformation Centers will help the founders to further grow their business and scale at local and regional levels
  • Finalists will have ample opportunities 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.

Timeline of the GIZ Accelerator Program for Climate Change Innovations

What happens after the application period ends?

– April: Assessment of all completed applications received. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted and interviewed by an independent jury of investors. Please be aware that additional company information and financial data will be asked. For those who are in the process of registering their business, this will become a key requirement.

– May: Selection of the 3 finalists and assessment of their needs in terms of business & technical support. Kick-off of the support program.

– May-October: Rollout of the mentorship and technical support program. On top of the 6 months of mentoring by an experienced business professional, the founders will have dedicated training and support on topics such as finance, legal, HR, etc. to help them face the main growth challenges of their company.

– October-November: Closing session/event, including the opportunity to pitch to local investors. Based on the pitches, 10.000 euro in grant will be shared across the 3 finalists per country.

For more information: GIZ Accelerator Program for Climate Change Innovations

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