GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation 2.0 - Nomination Form
GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation 2.0
Climate change and biodiversity deterioration are among the most pressing challenges facing the world. Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are the least prepared for climate shocks and will continue to be impacted the most. Innovative mobile technologies and other digital solutions can help create a more resilient future where communities can adapt to, anticipate and absorb climate shocks.
The GSMA Innovation Fund supports innovative digital solutions with positive socio-economic impact in low- and middle-income countries. We believe digital solutions have the power to sustainably reduce inequalities within our world by connecting everyone and everything to a better future.
Sector & Thematic Focus
We are in search of high-impact for-profit small and growing enterprises, including start-ups, that leverage mobile and digital technology to pilot or scale solutions that help communities in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) to build resilience towards the impact of climate change. The fund also strives to support solutions that contribute to climate resilience through activities strengthening biodiversity.
Climate resilience solutions are defined as those that help build individual, community or institutional capacities to anticipate, adapt to and/or absorb climate shocks and stresses. The objective of the Fund is to test innovative use-cases, partnerships and business models in selected geographies order to improve the sustainability and scalability of digital enabled solutions that make a positive impact on low-income populations and those who are most vulnerable to current or future climate risks. The Fund also aims to generate and share insights and evidence from these innovations in order to benefit climate and mobile industry stakeholders.
The Fund is interested in solutions that use digital technology, especially mobile, to improve resilience and adaptation to climate change, specifically welcoming applications focusing on one or more of the following:
1. Digital solutions improving climate resilience and adaptation and focusing on vulnerable populations and ecosystems based in coastal areas, small islands, or urban settings.
2. Digital solutions tackling challenges posed by increasingly frequent extreme weather events such as extreme drought, flooding, high winds, wildfire and higher risks of land slips and erosion etc. (with the exclusion of early warning weather systems)
3. Digital solutions focused on:
- Nature-based solutions
Sustainable forests, coastal areas and wetlands that strengthen biodiversity
- Sustainable consumption and production
Reduced food loss and waste
Sustainable fisheries that strengthen biodiversity
Air pollution management
While some resilience and adaptation solutions will have climate mitigation benefits, projects with a sole and specific focus on climate mitigation (reducing and avoiding emissions) are not eligible for the Fund.
The Fund is open to applicants whose projects are implemented in countries that are eligible to receive official development assistance (see OECD DAC) in the following regions:
South and South East Asia
Bolivia, Colombia and Guatemala
Albania and Moldova
Do you know any start-ups that meet this criteria and are interested in joining the GSMA Innovation Fund cohort of over 100 start-ups globally? Tell us about them!
Nomination deadline: April 17that 23:59 UTC+1 (UK time)
Deadline for applications for the Innovation Fund: May 16th 2023 at 23:59 UTC+1 (UK time)