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Kraft Heinz

Unleash the Power of Tomatoes from Seed to Shelf

Kraft Heinz are searching for innovative solutions from start-ups to unleash the power of tomatoes, delivering on taste, sustainability, nutrition, convenience and/or affordability.

Deadline: 20 January 2023

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Sustainable Ventures

Innovation Challenge: Lambeth

Sustainable Ventures is launching a competition to help SMES & Established Businesses solve their net zero challenges and Innovators scale their solutions particularly in low carbon buildings, waste management, behavior change, and low carbon mobility.

Applications open January 2023.

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PUB

PUB Global Innovation Challenge

Singapore’s National Water Agency is scaling digital and smart solutions by providing funding, resources, and pilot opportunities with the utility.

Applications to reopen 2023.

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Imagine H2O

Pilot Funding & Scale Up Support

Asia-Pacific water challenges that are addressed by entrepreneurs receive pilot funding and scale up support with partners.

Applications for Cohort 4 open.

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Plug-and-Play

Mobility Accelerator

Autonomous vehicles, connectivity, electrification, smart cities.

Rolling applications year round. Stage-agnostic.

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EcoLabs

EcoLabs-Continental Urban Mobility Accelerator

Spanning urban mobility, electrification, energy efficiency, and sustainable transport.

Open to applicants in all regions/continents.

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EVA

Electric Vehicle Accelerator

Charging infrastructure, EV fleets, services supporting electric mobility.

Announced in April 2022. Open to companies located beyond Singapore.

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Imagine H2O Asia

Accelerator Program

Accelerator program for water technologies in Asia tackling climate change, increasing efficiency, health and equity.

Supported by Enterprise Singapore, SUEZ, Xylem and others.
Applications open in June 2023

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Fashion for Good

Fashion Accelerator Program

Accelerator program for innovators within the fashion supply chain.

No equity 9-month accelerator programme. Application deadline 31st Oct 2022.

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Diageo Sustainable Solutions

Pilot Program

Pilot program for start-ups in water, waste, agriculture and food which can green Diageo’s business and wider.

Current open program in agriculture to build resilience in Diageo’s smallholder farmer communities.

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Space-F

Global Foodtech Program

Thailand-based program covering multiple foodtech segments including alt-protein, packaging, etc.

Batch 3 ongoing.
Batch 4 application period expected to start Sep 2023.

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IndieBio

Biotech Startup Accelerator

Accelerates biotech startups focused on “human and planetary health”. US-based.

New York Cohort 4 and San Francisco Cohort 13 closed; applications reviewed on rolling basis.

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GROW

The Grow Impact Accelerator

Selects startups from across the agrifood value chain that can have measurable impact. Singapore-based.

Cohort 4 open to applications Q3 2023.

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Brinc Accelerator

Brinc Accelerator

Runs programs in several relevant verticals, including Agritech, Foodtech, and Climatetech. Hong Kong-based.

DayDayCook Good Food Accelerator next cohort 2023.
Climatetech inaugural cohort Q1 2023.

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Big Idea Ventures Accelerator

Big Idea Ventures Accelerator

Focused on alternative protein startups. Programs run out of Singapore, New York, and Paris.

Currently accepting applications.

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Cemex Ventures

Construction Startup Competition

Green Construction, Enhanced Productivity, Construction Supply Chain, Construction’s Future.

Cohort 6 apps closed Sept.
Expect Cohort 7 in 2023.

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Holcim Accelerator

Startup Accelerator Program

Recycling construction & demolition waste to green building solutions.

Cohort 3 apps closed.
Expect Cohort 4 in 2023.

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LCBA Canada

Carbonaxion Bioenergies on Modular Hydrogen Electrolyzers

We are looking for high-efficiency, modular, water electrolyzers, for the local production of hydrogen in power-to-gas applications.

Deadline: 18 November 2022

Applications Closed

Societe Generale

Calling on startups dedicated to deliver a positive impact on the financial industry and society

One-of-a-kind chance to expose products and solutions to real life business environments and get exposure to Societe Generale Group and the industry. Deadline: 30 November

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Swire Coca-Cola Group

Funded pilot with intention to internally scale innovation across OPCOS

Track, reimburse, and promote the return, collection and recycling of used plastic beverage bottles.

Deadline: 9 September 2022

Applications Closed

Swire Properties

Funded pilot with intention to internally scale innovation across OPCOS

Optimize freshwater consumption in AC cooling tower operations without compromising performance. Find out more

Deadline: 15 July 2022

Applications Closed

Swire Properties

Funded pilot with intention to internally scale innovation across OPCOS

Reduce air-conditioning electricity consumption by enabling personal tenant control of thermal comfort (in an office with AHU-VAV air-side system), and including an occupant engagement program. Find out more

Deadline: 15 July 2022

Applications Closed

Swire Properties

Funded pilot with intention to internally scale innovation across OPCOS

Reduce GHG emissions from building energy use through hydrogen technology (on-site hydrogen generation and fuel cells) or other low/zero carbon on-site energy sources. Find out more

Deadline: 15 July 2022

Applications Closed

Swire Properties

Funded pilot with intention to internally scale innovation across OPCOS

Reduce the air-conditioning electricity consumption in buildings through efficient dehumidification solutions. Find out more

Deadline: 15 July 2022

Applications Closed

Swire Coca-Cola Group

Funded pilot with intention to internally scale innovation across OPCOS

Reduce overall water consumption within an industrial facility (beverage bottling plant) through real time monitoring that enables response to water efficiency improvement opportunities. Find out more

Deadline: 15 July 2022

Applications Closed

HAECO

Funded pilot with intention to internally scale innovation across OPCOS

Treat wastewater from an industrial facility to the point of being reusable for higher value use cases cost effectively. Find out more

Deadline: 15 July 2022

Applications Closed

IMI Hydronic Engineering

Solution Acceleration and Co-creation

We want to help global communities achieve their carbon-neutral goals through innovation; developing smarter solutions to manage energy in efficient and sustainable ways. Our focus is on solutions in smart home energy management, digital solutions to increase energy efficiency, and grid flexibility, but we’re also open to other ideas in this space! And we’re looking for creative, future-thinking companies to accelerate, co-create and collaborate with on this journey.

 

Deadline: 6 May 2022

Applications Closed

Energy Entrepreneurs Fund

Support for UK innovators

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is announcing a new phase of the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund to help support UK innovators, to help  drive clean energy independence with £10 million in new funding.

Deadline: 11 May 2022

Applications Closed

Positive Home Adeo Challenge

Path to deployment in 900+ Adeo stores

Sustainable solutions across the entire home value chain, including construction, managemetn and end of life.

Applications Closed.

Applications Closed

Diageo Sustainable Solutions

Sustainable Container/Bottle Designs for eCommerce: Funded pilot with intention to internally scale innovation

Optimise our glass bottle designs and other container formats with the associated packaging for shipping.

Deadline: 21 January

Applications Closed

Diageo Sustainable Solutions

Glass Bottle/Container Decoration: Funded pilot with intention to internally scale innovation

Improve container decoration techniques and enable increased recyclability of glass bottles.

Deadline: 21 January

Applications Closed

Diageo Sustainable Solutions

Circular Business Models – Refill and Reuse: Funded pilot with intention to internally scale innovation

Make circular business models a reality across our brand portfolio through all solutions enabling return or refill from home or on the go.

Deadline: 21 January

Applications Closed

Diageo Sustainable Solutions

Funded pilot with intention to internally scale innovation: Sustainable Container Design – alternative formats

Improve the overall sustainability of our containers, through alternative formats that have lower carbon and water intensity.

Deadline: 21 January

Applications Closed

Walker

Biosolids upcycling: Funded pilot + technical assistance

Solutions to convert biosolids (sewage wastewater residuals) to agricultural fertilizer and/or other beneficial end-product.

Deadline: 21 January

Applications Closed

ARLANXEO

Biobased feedstock production: Funded pilot + technical assistance

Solutions to convert biological sludge into alternative fuels.

Deadline: 21 January

Applications Closed

Breathing space (Alberta Lung Association)

Indoor air quality solutions: Funded pilot + tec:nical assistance

Solutions to improve indoor air quality.

Deadline: 21 January

Applications Closed

VEC Translink

Regional transport decarbonisation: Funded pilot + technical assistance

Energy optimization and scheduling solutions to reduce GHG emissions in regional transportation fleet management and charging infrastructure.

Deadline: 21 January

Applications Closed

VEC Fortis BC

Residential EV charging optimisation: Funded pilot + technical assistance

Home charging management and optimisation solutions suitable for remote and rural communities.

Deadline: 21 January

Applications Closed

SPA Aqua Prima

Energy reduction for wellness facilities: Funded pilot + technical assistance

Waste heat and steam recovery, biomass heating or solar thermal solutions for wellness facilities.

Deadline: 21 January

Applications Closed

SPA Aqua Prima

Bioremediation: Funded pilot + technical assistance

SPA Aqua Prima is seeking innovative nutrient recycling and bioremediation solutions; specifically, biofiltration technologies for outdoor open surface waters and for (chlorine-free) indoor pools.

Deadline: 21 January

Applications Closed

City of Toronto

Residential in-building renewable energy generation: Funded pilot + technical assistance

Renewable energy generation technologies that can be installed within a single mid-high-rise building.

Deadline: 21 January

Applications Closed

City of Toronto

Community scale residential energy storage: Funded pilot + technical assistance

Community-scale energy storage solutions that will accelerate the deployment of in-building renewable energy.

Deadline: 21 January

Applications Closed

VEC Translink

Operational energy reduction for transport buildings: Funded pilot + technical assistance

Building efficiency and energy management solutions for Translink assets, including bus depots, sea bus terminals and rapid transit stations.

Deadline: 21 January

Applications Closed

VEC City of Vancouver

Municipal waste reduction and reuse: Funded pilot + technical assistance

Eliminate the disposal of waste (solid and organic) to landfill and incinerator using innovative, functional and scalable solutions.

Deadline: 21 January

Applications Closed

VEC City of Vancouver

Urban rainwater run-off reuse: Funded pilot + technical assistance

Green rainwater infrastructure to retain and treat urban run-off. Can include, but not limited to rainwater harvesting – blue-green roofs, swales, rainwater tree trenches and rain gardens, etc.

Deadline: 21 January

Applications Closed

VEC City of Vancouver

Low carbon fuel supply and infrastructure for city fleets: Funded pilot + technical assistance

Alternative fuels and infrastructure to replace diesel and CNG in medium to heavy-duty city fleets.

Funded pilot + technical assistance.

Deadline: 21 January

Applications Closed

VEC City of Vancouver

EV Charging Infrastructure: Funded pilot + technical assistance

EV charging solutions for medium to heavy-duty city fleets that can assist the city’s transition to net zero and resolve EV infrastructure challenges.

Deadline: 21 January

Applications Closed

BC Ferries

Vessel on-board energy reduction: Funded pilot + technical assistance

Solutions to minimise non-propulsion (onboard) energy usage of passenger ferries.

Deadline: 21 January

Applications Closed

VEC City of Vancouver

Low carbon construction materials and equipment: Funded pilot + technical assistance

Solutions to reduce embodied carbon from construction including low carbon construction materials for buildings, recycling technologies. low carbon construction equipment, or other solutions.

Deadline: 21 January

Applications Closed

Premier Meat

Sustainable retail packaging for fresh meat: Funded pilot + technical assistance

Sustainable alternatives for single use plastic and Styrofoam trays used for retail product packaging, including recyclable, compostable, or other solutions.

Deadline: 21 January

Applications Closed

Celebrate Niagara

Sustainable materials for events: Funded pilot + technical assistance:

Event manager Celebrate Niagara is seeking event supplies – including lanyards, name tags, etc. – sourced from sustainable materials.

Deadline: 21 January

Applications Closed

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