Community Solar Innovation Awards for Entrepreneurs and Not-for-Profit Organizations in Developing Countries 2017

Does your business or not-for-profit organization use solar energy or solar technology to improve the lives of poor communities, especially for women and girls? Is it eco-inclusive, delivering environmental and social benefits? Does it involve and meet the needs of local communities? Does it need financial and business support in order to meet its full potential? If the answer is “yes” to the above then APPLY NOW for the Hogan Lovells Community Solar Innovation Awards 2017.

Application Deadline: 16th August 2017

Eligible Countries: Developing Countries

\About the Award: The UN Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals, were adopted in September 2015 by 193 countries to end extreme poverty, tackle inequality and injustice, and safeguard our planet. To achieve the 17 goals over the next 15 years, governments, the private sector and civil society must all play their part.

Recognizing that the opportunities for enterprises to impact sustainable development vary across industries, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals call for collaboration – Global Goal 17. The Community Solar Innovation Awards represent a visionary partnership across business sectors to lift people out of energy poverty and support community.UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Community Solar Innovation Awards 2017 recognizes and supports outstanding eco-inclusive businesses and not-for-profit organizations in developing countries that use solar energy or technologies to benefit lives in poor communities.

Type: Contest

Eligibility: Submissions should come from eligible non-OECD or non-European Union member states.

a) Demonstrate entrepreneurship and innovation
b) Application of solar technology in a productive way
c) Have the intention and potential to become financially sustainable
d) Be locally-driven or locally-led
e) Deliver social, environmental and economic benefits
f) Main activities and origin in non-OECD country and non-EU member state
g) Entrants cannot be accepted who are sanctioned parties or from sanctioned countries prohibited by the laws of the United Kingdom, the United States, or other applicable jurisdictions.

Submissions which do not meet ALL of the eligibility criteria will be disqualified by the Judges.

Selection Criteria: Judges will be looking for businesses which are locally-led and significantly help the lives of women and girls, particularly those which focus on gender equality or female empowerment.

Number of Awards: 10

Value of Award: The ten winners of the Hogan Lovells Community Solar Innovation Awards will each receive a package of tailored support consisting of:

Peer-to-Peer networking session: each winner will be invited to attend a peer-to-session to be held in South Africa, where they will be able to meet others facing similar challenges and learn from their experiences to grow their own business.
Capacity Building: one-on-one support and mentorship providing each winner with individual assistance with their business and financial plans.
Legal Advice: law firm Hogan Lovells will provide up to USD30,000-worth of legal advice for each winner*.

*Please see Terms & Conditions
Profiling: a high-level awards ceremony in South Africa, as well as additional marketing and promotional activities by SEED, Barefoot, and Hogan Lovells.
Replication Support: Each winner will receive support from SEED to replicate their business model in other regions around the world.
Financing: Hogan Lovells will provide USD10,000 to one overall winner to cover the organization’s most pressing needs. The details to be agreed in a support plan between the winner and the firm.

Timeline of Program:

  • Stage 1: Submission of the application form – before 16 August 2017, 23:59 CET
  • Stage 2: Selection of shortlisted applicants – end of September 2017
  • Stage 3: Submission of Additional information – mid-October 2017
  • Stage 4: Winner Selection – December 2017
  • Stage 5: Award Ceremony – March 2018

How to Apply: There are two ways to apply for the Community Solar Innovation Awards 2017. Interested applicants should choose one, then apply.

It is necessary to read all of the eligibility requirements and application instructions before applying.

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

Award Providers:  Hogan Lovells

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