UNDP is Calling for Nominations for Growth Stage Impact Ventures for SDGs


Dear Entrepreneurs

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Orange and SAP launch the second edition of the Growth Stage Impact Ventures (GSIV) for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) initiative; aimed at identifying and showcasing mature impact ventures in emerging countries with the catalytic potential to drive both large impact and yield sustainable profit.

The top 12 nominated entrepreneurs will be invited to pitch their products and solutions at the SDG Finance Geneva  Summit (SGSGeneva), scheduled to take place in the first quarter of 2021 during the Building Bridges Week and will get support to access strategic partners to scale up their venture. Find more information in this Press Release.

The 2020 Call for Nominations want to identify innovative entrepreneurs who have developed at scale products and services for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while achieving commercial success. 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.
Due to the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), it has become imperative that solutions are developed and available that help prepare for and address outbreaks. Therefore, 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. For more information about 2019 finalists, visit our SGS Website.