The second Call for Innovations has been launched by the MENA Regional Innovation Hub (Water and Energy for Food).
The MENA Regional Innovation Hub (MENA RIH) is a non-profit organization that helps creative enterprises and organizations in the Middle East and North Africa that are working to produce more food with less water and energy.
The MENA RIH works with investors and partners to grow mid-to-late stage firms in the water-energy-food nexus that have an environmental and social effect.
Through WE4F, MENA innovators may get up to $1 million in funding, technical assistance, and investment matching to help them make food production and farming more sustainable, productive, and plentiful.
Benefits for Water and Energy for Food at MENA Regional Innovation Hub
Winners will join a large network and be exposed to a variety of partners, mentors, and service providers to assist them in achieving their growth objectives.
They will also get access to an exclusive learning community where they will be able to share ideas with their cohort peers and other Regional Innovation Hubs via seminars and meetings.
Get help expanding your company to new locations, products, or services.
Work with S/SEA RIH’s Brokering Unit to attract and secure foreign investors.
Support category examples
Marketing and communication
Digitalization and technology enhancement
Grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 USD may be available to select organizations to assist them in achieving their scaling objectives.
Open to legally incorporated/registered for-profit and nonprofit companies, as well as academic institutions, that have a proven business model, recurrent sales, an established customer base, and the capacity to generate income and maintain a self-sustaining operating budget.
Organizations and businesses must be able to scale. Small and medium-sized businesses are encouraged to apply (SMEs).
Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Sudan, Tunisia, and Yemen are among the countries supported by the MENA RIH. At least one of these nations requires that applicants be officially registered.
If an applicant’s business strategy includes growth into a new nation, they must show that they already have partners in place in that country in order to be evaluated.
Responses to applications must be written in one of three languages: English, French, or Arabic.
If a grant is approved, applicants should be open to contributing matching funds to the total award. Near the time of award, the final amount of matching funds for each applicant will be established on a case-by-case basis.
The inventions submitted by applicants must have a direct, demonstrable connection to water-food, energy-food, or water-energy-food. Furthermore, innovations must have a direct or indirect influence on poverty reduction and gender equality, as well as have a positive environmental impact and prevent negative environmental repercussions.
Women-run and -owned businesses are encouraged to apply.
Application for Water and Energy for Food at MENA Regional Innovation Hub
The submission deadline is November 25, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. CET.
They highly advise that you submit your application as soon as possible.
The application site must be used to submit all applications.
Email or other forms of communication will not be allowed.