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To Save The World


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The Pitch to Save the World series of competitions offers non-dilutive startup capital to top competitions winners for companies working to achieve one or more of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The first competition will be in Uganda, where UGX 25M ($7,500) is at stake, working with our regional implementation partner, Ortus Africa Capital. Learn more below about eligibility and how we support entrepreneurial ecosystems globally.

In this first competition, 1st place will take home UGX 12.5M, 2nd place UGX 7.5M, and 3rd place UGX 5M.

The application will be open through 3 December 2021. The top ten applicants will move to the next round, pitching at a live, but virtual, event, in front of investors and other ecosystem participants. The top ten applicants will be informed in early January 2022, and the live event will be held in late January 2022.

Learn MoreClick here to learn more about the UN SDGs.

Why Apply?


Non-dilutive cash funding to help build your business.


Network and connect with like-minded mentors.


Have your voice heard on a global stage.

Eligibility Requirements

Get to Know Us

In conjunction with each competition, office hours are held at least twice with both Idea Foundry and our local implementing partner. Additionally you can join us and other applicants at an information webinar to learn best practices for building an application, and have your questions answered in an open forum.

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Uganda, in conjunction with regional partner Ortus Africa Capital.

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Why We Do It

Idea Foundry is a global impact investor in seed and pre-seed companies 🌱. We search for the best double and triple bottom line companies in less trafficked markets. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we invest for job creation while empowering local ecosystem enablers and implementers to do the same 🛠️.

We are sector agnostic, investing for a better a world in social impact companies and using the UN SDGs as guiding outlines for how to place our resources 🌍. Our portfolio is comprised of over 250 companies, creating over $1B in economic impact, or averaging over $50M per year.

We invest in teams who are communicative, coachable, and credible 🤝. We invest in ideas and innovations that have portable applicability 💼. As the world races to invent and innovate the same things everywhere, we look to adapt core IP to multiple markets with local implementers, rather than continually reinvent the same things.

Pitch competitions allow us to work with local implementing parties and hundreds of entrepreneurs in a small amount of time, providing them with outsized recognition on a global stage, magnifying a short term event into long term dividends and relationships 🔎.

We look forward to working with you!


Pitch to Save the World - Uganda is being put on with outreach and in-kind support from local partners including Response Innovation Lab, United Social Ventures, TechBridge Invest, and Diwala.

If you would like to be a sponsoring partner of Pitch to Save the World in any of our locales, please contact us using the "CONTACT" button at the top right of the page navigation. We'd be happy to work with you.

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