GIZ Climate Innovation Contest for Ethiopian SMEs (2022)

GIZ Climate Innovation Contest for Ethiopian SMEs.The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) introduces the Climate Innovation Fund on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development to reward creative ideas that will aid in the protection and sustainable use of natural resources in Ethiopia.

GIZ Climate Innovation Contest  for Ethiopian SMEs (2022)

Giz is looking for innovations that will:

  • increase the sustainable use of natural resources,
  • create job opportunities through the use of biodiversity, and
  • help restore degraded landscapes.

Requirements for GIZ Climate Innovation Contest for Ethiopian SMEs:

The appeal is directed at start-ups, producer groups, processors, exporters, merchants, and other small and medium businesses that want to innovate and make a difference in the world.
GIZ invites start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises from any industry that is relevant to the above-mentioned goals to apply.

Examples of such sectors are:

  • Start-ups in the information technology sector (e.g. App development)
  • Food production and processing
  • Cosmetics
  • Pharmaceutical Timber

The following costs are applicable for funding:

  • • The cost of external technical staff or Implementing Partner assigned to the project to provide specific services on the indicated activities
  • • Travel and subsistence costs of the above-mentioned technical staff, where such travel is relevant for the execution of the project activities
  • • Cost of conference, seminars, workshops, and other facilities emanating from the project
  • • Cost of research and dissemination of information, printing, etc.
  • • Direct travel expenses in relation to the product development and marketing
  • • Machinery and equipment needed to demonstrate a skill
  • • Expenses in relation to a pilot test of the product
  • • Auditing of final project accounts
  • The following costs are not eligible for funding:
  • • Purchase of land
  • • Taxes, including VAT
  • • Items already financed by another Fund
  • • Debts and provisions for losses
  • • Transport of goods, insurance, and bank transaction cost

Benefits of GIZ Climate Innovation Contest for Ethiopian SMEs :

Funding for a project proposal, either partially or completely, over a period of 12 months.

Projects may be eligible for an extension depending on accomplished outcomes, with a maximum extension of 18 months.

  • Visibility and promotion of the projects in national and social media
  • Support in the further development and up-scaling of selected projects

GIZ will give up to EUR 50,000 in investments, with the winners required to equal this amount.

The private sector partner might match costs in monetary or in-kind terms.

Application Process GIZ Climate Innovation Contest for Ethiopian SMEs:

  1. Round 1 – Call for Project Idea, submission date 25 April 2022:
  2. Interested beneficiaries wishing to apply for funds, will be requested to first submit their project idea using the standard application form. Please submit your project ideas to [email protected] before the deadline ends in English.
  3. Preselection of Project Ideas: 1st Round of Evaluation & Assessment through Selection Committee: All project ideas received in time will be assessed and evaluated. Applications will only be considered if all documents and information are received, and applicants meet eligibility criteria.
  4. Round 2 – pre-selected Candidates will be invited to present Project Ideas to the Selection Committee in May 2022.
  5. Final Selection of Project Ideas by the Steering Committee in May 2022.
  6. Information of winners, preparation of project implementation contract, and release of funds in June 2022.

Application Deadline: April 25th, 2022

Please find the applications and further information below for any interested candidates.

Visit the official website of `GIZ Climate Innovation Contest for Ethiopian SMEs

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