Innovations to Advance the SDGs

Have you developed a scientific or technology-based workable solution that could help accelerate progress towards education, job creation, reducing inequalities or promoting peace? Then the United Nations wants to hear from you! Ahead of the fourth annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum), to be held at UN Headquarters in New York from 14 to 15 May 2019, the UN Department of Economic Affairs (UN DESA), in collaboration with the Global Innovation Exchange (GIE), is inviting innovators from around the world to submit their scientific and technological solutions to the challenges impeding progress towards one of the five in-focus SDGs. Check out which five! Check out which five it is about! Submit your innovation for consideration until 29 March 2019.

Online course «Entrepreneurship in Nonprofits»

What are nonprofit organizations and what does social entrepreneurship mean? How can I achieve social innovation in a sustainable way? And how do I achieve long-lasting impact with my social project? Find the answer to these and many more questions in the FutureLearn online course «Entrepreneurship in Nonprofits». Over the course of five weeks, Prof. Dr. Georg von Schnurbein – director at the Center for Philanthropy Studies of the University of Basel – and various academic and field experts will take you on a journey through the fascinating world of social innovation. The course is directed at anyone interested in the topics of social entrepreneurship as well as at dedicated people who want to work in the nonprofit sector – or are already active in this area. It provides you with the economic tools and knowledge that you need to become a social entrepreneur. And it asks you to take a thorough look at your own practice by critically reflecting the learnings with respect to your existing or envisioned social enterprise.

SINGA Factory

The SINGA Factory is a startup program for people from refugee and migrant backgrounds who want to start a business in Switzerland. Over 6 months, participants of the program benefit from weekly business workshops, coworking, a one-to-one mentoring program and plenty of networking opportunities. The program starts in April/May and goes until October 2019. After applying through the online form until 24 March 2019, interviews will be held with shortlisted participants at the end of March. Please contact the SINGA team if paying the CHF 100 fee would be a barrier to your participation in the SINGA Factory.

Better Together Award

Impact Hub Berlin and BMU & GIZ are seeking collaborative innovations that address climate change issues by uniting NGO or startup changemakers with local government innovators! Apply until 24 March 2019 for the Better Together Award 2019 to win a support and networking week in Berlin along with an opportunity to present your solution on stage at the ICCA conference 2019, Heidelberg in May!

seif Awards 2019

The seif Awards 2019 «Tech for Impact» reward ventures, applying innovative business ideas to current social and/ or environmental problems. We live in fascinating yet demanding times when it comes to technical progress. With these Awards seif targets entrepreneurs in Europe who use technology to contribute to the UN sustainable development goals. Each Award grants the winners a prize money of CHF 10’000. But that’s not all: finalists are provided with a unique opportunity to increase their international awareness, gain reputation and present themselves to a top-class jury. Also, they will enjoy a coaching package and get the chance to pitch in front of impact investors. If you are an impact driven entrepreneur, don’t hesitate and submit your application until 31 March 2019.

Inclusive Innovation Challenge

The Inclusive Innovation Challenge is MIT’s future of work prize, awarding $1.6 million annually to entrepreneurs using technology to create economic opportunity for workers. Collaborating with like-minded organizations in 5 regions, MIT selects and celebrates 60 regional finalists from across the globe. 20 regional winners proceed to MIT where 4 grand prize winners each win $250,000. Registration deadline is on 09 May 2019.