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The Pitch to Save the World series of competitions offers startup capital to the top three competition winners, for companies seeking to fulfill one or more of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For the Ghana edition, companies must be working to help accomplish an SDG related to mitigating the impacts of climate change. The current competition is taking place in Ghana, where Idea Foundry has joined with regional implementing partner, Challenges Group Ghana and other local engagement partners. Learn more below about eligibility and how we support entrepreneurial ecosystems globally.
In this competition, 1st place will take home GHS 50K, 2nd place GHS 30K, and 3rd place GHS 20K.
The application will be open through 1 June 2023.The top ten applicants will move to the next round, pitching at a live event, to be held at British Council’s Accra location, in front of investors and other ecosystem participants. The top ten applicants will be informed in early June 2023, and the live event will be held 6 July 2023.
Network and connect with like-minded mentors.
Have your voice heard on a global stage.
Cash funding to help build your business.
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. If you are having issues with your application or signing up for office hours, please email firstname.lastname@example.org - email about the viability of your application will have not response.
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 265 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!
Fine print: Award winnings are capped at the conversion of 1 GHS = 0.084 USD (conversion rate on the day of launch), the award winner will receive the GHS equivalent of stated amounts denominated from USD at the above rate.
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