The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has called for Nominations to select Growth Stage Impact Ventures (GSIV) for SDGs, aimed at identifying 12 entrepreneurs from developing countries to pitch at our SDG Finance Geneva Summit (SGSGeneva) during the first quarter of 2021.
UNDP had launched the Growth Stage Impact Ventures (GSIV) for SDGs along with EPFL Tech4Impact, Orange and SAP to identify innovative entrepreneurs who have developed at scale products and services for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while achieving commercial success.
“We’re looking for entrepreneurs who have closed their Series A or have reached break-even through organic growth. The 2020 Call for Nominations will only accept impact ventures providing products and services which reduce inequalities (with particular attention to inequalities in gender and enhanced capabilities) with solutions that empower people at the bottom of the pyramid in developing countries through Access to Quality Health, Affordable and Clean Energy, and by Reducing and Recovering Waste,” UNDP said in an email message.
The development programme arm of the United Nations believes that, due to the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), it has become imperative that solutions are developed and available that help prepares for and address outbreaks. Thus, the 2020 edition of the GSIV selection will encourage in particular the nomination of impact ventures developing specific solutions that can help prevent, treat, test for, and/or monitor infectious diseases.
Nominations are through an online form, and the deadline is July 15th 2020 at 11:59 pm CET.
See full list of eligibility criteria. UNDP believes these entrepreneurs will bring evidence that doing good and doing well is already happening in developing countries.