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Social Innovation to Tackle Fuel Poverty
Published on Thursday, August 10 2017
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Challenge Expiration Date: October 8, 2017
AbstractAre you leading an organization with innovative solutions to tackle fuel poverty in Europe? Join the "Social Innovation to Tackle Fuel Povery" program by 8th October 2017. Apply at tacklefuelpoverty.com
DescriptionFuel poverty has become a major problem in Europe. There are between 50 and 125 million people who struggle every day to ensure adequate heating, light, and cooking power in their dwelling at an affordable price (European Parliamentary Research Service). This has a severe impact on their health and wellbeing. Creative and systems-changing solutions are needed to transform this issue in an opportunity for these people to thrive.
After a successful partnership in 2015-2016, the Schneider Electric Foundation, under the aegis of the Fondation de France, and Ashoka, have renewed their commitment to helping improve the living conditions of millions of people facing fuel poverty in Europe. It is by offering support to the most innovative social entrepreneurs in Europe that we can help entire communities tackle fuel poverty and move towards energy sustainability.
The 2017-2018 edition is realised in partnership with Enel: the program complete regulation and the application form are available at tacklefuelpoverty.com
SCOPE OF THE PROGRAM
The 2017-2018 “Social Innovation to Tackle Fuel Poverty” program aims to identify, engage, and support to scale-up 15 to 20 innovative organizations that offer creative and systems-changing solutions to tackle fuel poverty and promote energy sustainability in five European countries: Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain.
GOALS OF THE PROGRAM
The main objectives of the 2017-2018 partnership have been identified as follows:
- Contributing to raising awareness of the phenomenon of fuel poverty at the European level.
- Growing the European community of social entrepreneurs tackling fuel poverty and creating synergies between relevant projects.
- Scouting, selecting, and supporting one Ashoka Fellow working in the energy field.
- Highlighting the phenomenon of fuel poverty and presenting innovative solutions at COP23 this November in Germany.
Applications received on the website tacklefuelpoverty.com will be first evaluated on the basis of a set of knock-out criteria:
- You must be either the founder, co-founder, or leader of an established organization with a strong social purpose; or the project manager for or leader of the project on fuel poverty if the organization has a broader scope. Fully for-profit companies, governmental agencies, and corporate foundations are not eligible to apply.
- You must be able to demonstrate that the organization has been running for at least one year.
- You and the organization must be residing in one of the following countries: Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, or Spain.
- You must be proficient in English as the European gatherings will be in English. The mentoring may be in English and/or in the language of the country you apply from.
- You must be able to travel to Bonn (Germany) between 13-17 November 2017 and to Rome (Italy) in April 2018.
All applicants meeting the above criteria are then evaluated on the basis of the following additional criteria:
- Social mission and innovative aspect of the project
- Current and potential social impact
- Viability of the social business
- Potential and creativity of the development strategy
- Entrepreneurial qualities, ethical fibre, and availability
If selected to be part of the program, you will receive twelve weeks of personalized and specialized support, for a total of around 300 hours of dedicated mentoring sessions, with the goal of helping you craft an effective strategy to scale up. Moreover, you will benefit from inspiring meetings and networking events within the European network of fellow social innovators. You will also gain increased visibility during the whole duration of the program, in particular during the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change in November 2017 in Bonn, Germany, where all winners will be announced. A final two-day summit will give you the opportunity to present your strategy for scaling up.
Applications close on Sunday, 8th October 2017 at midnight GMT.
More information about the program and application process, as well as the application form, can be found here: tacklefuelpoverty.com
- Call for Projects: 12th June 2017 until 8th October 2017 at midnight GMT.
- Announcement of winners: 13th-17th November 2017 during COP23 in Bonn, Germany (exact date TBC).
- Mentoring Sessions: January-April 2018 (dates to be agreed with your mentors).
- Two-day European Summit: April 2018 in Rome, Italy (exact date TBC).
Challenge rulesApply directly at tacklefuelpoverty.com by Sunday, 8th October 2017 at midnight GMT: the form provided by Open Innovability is not the official form of the program.
What happens next?
An Enel technical panel will evaluate your proposal and might contact you to gather additional information.
- Your innovative proposal will be evaluated based on technical parameters, economic and business impact for Enel. The presentation of the proposal will also be evaluated.
- At the end of the assessment, you will receive feedback.
- In case of success, an Enel contact person will get in touch with you to discuss the next steps.