We are calling growth-stage ventures with proven solutions that contribute to positive social impact

Key Dates

We select our finalists based on their...

Clear Problem Definition and Impact Linked to the SDGs

  • The venture’s solution is addressing a clearly defined problem linked to one or more of the SDGs
  • The venture has already started making measurable impact on one or more indicators of the SDG Targets
  • The venture has the potential to make considerable further impact on one or more of the SDG targets

Innovative Approach and Collaborations

  • Demonstrates an innovative approach in addressing the need. The innovative approach could include either an innovative solution and/or an innovative business model.
  • Demonstrates collaborative approach to solve the problems. Collaborations with government, private sector, academia, NGOs, and civil society are in place.

Market and Scaleability

  • There is clear evidence of market demand for the product or service demonstrated by sales and market share for the last few years in the country of operation.
  • The solution and/or the business model can be replicated and scaled to other countries
  • The venture has an international growth plan and strategy for 2017-2019
  • There is clear evidence of market demand for the product or service demonstrated by interest from partners or customers in other countries.

Social Dimension

  • There is a clear focus to integrate underserved populations into supply chains, and/or as employees, and/or as customers
  • There is demonstrated attempt to strive for equal opportunities (gender, race, religion, etc.) in the team, and other activities of the venture (supply chains, employees, customers
  • The venture distributes, or plans to distribute part of its profits for employees, and/or other social purposes.


  • The team demonstrates appropriate skills, languages, motivation, commitment and ambition to grow the venture and to scale their solution to other countries
  • The team has enough absorption capacity to be able to benefit from the cross-border scaling support


  • The venture has a successful track record in financing its operations and growth.
  • The venture has a clear financing strategy for the next 2 or 3 years.
  • The venture is likely to become cash flow positive from operations in the coming 1-2 years.

Application and Selection Process

Applications Open

3rd May to 18th June

If you are a growth-stage venture in one of the 17 participating countries with tested solutions that tackle the SDGs, apply now

National Pitching Event


If selected, you will be invited to a local Impact Hub event where you will pitch to the national jury and network with invited partners

National Nominees Announced

5th July

Each local Impact Hub will nominate the best national ventures for international selection and offer them support

2017 Finalists Announced

26th July

Up to 10 finalists will be chosen by our international jury to participate in our 9-month scaling support programme

Here are our Terms and Conditions.