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Ashoka Changemakers-VITTEL Act for Biodiversity Challenge: Apply by March 3

About the Challenge

Application is open for Act for Biodiversity Challenge- a global search for changemakers who can bring key players together to preserve and restore biodiversity by VITTEL and Ashoka.
The program is looking for already-implemented solutions that engage people and organizations across sectors to preserve biodiversity. By building alliances and catalyzing collaboration between key players — such as citizens, the scientific community, companies and/or governments —we can scale innovations to address the enormous environmental challenge we face.
The challenge is seeking implemented innovations that:

  • Use a systemic approach
  • Value collaborating with other key players
  • Align with one of the following FOCUS AREAS:
    • Address the impacts of urbanization
    • Innovate agricultural systems
    • Nurture and preserve forests

Entrants must:

  • Be 18 years old or older by the time they apply
  • Apply with a project that is already implemented beyond the idea stage (must have implemented at least a pilot) and thus be able to present at least initial evidence of impact
  • Have incorporated as a nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid organization, or have a fiscal sponsor
  • Be fluent in English and/or French (winners will be expected to engage in activities that require English or French proficiency)

Additional terms:

  • Only one application per initiative will be accepted.
  • Entries will only be accepted in English or French.
  • Employees of VITTEL®, Nestlé S.A. and their parent companies, affiliates and subsidiaries, joint ventures, advertising agencies, promotion agencies and other service providers for this Challenge, their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling, regardless of where they reside) and those living in the same household are not eligible.
  • Partners or initiatives that are already financed or supported by VITTEL® or Nestlé S.A., its affiliates, subsidiaries or joint ventures are not eligible.
  • All winners will receive a cash prize (a total of 60 000 CHF will be distributed among the winners);
  • All winners will be featured on VITTEL® PR coverage about Challenge results;
  • 2 winners will be invited to participate in an Accelerator for Collective Impact with VITTEL®, Nestlé S.A. & Ashoka.
How to Apply?

Interested participants can apply for the challenge through this link.

Important Dates
  • Entry period – December 12, 2019 – March 3, 2020
  • Screening  & Peer Review – March 5 – March 26
  • Semifinalists Announcement  –  March 30, 2020
  • Refining – March 30 – April 9, 2020
  • Shortlisting  – April 10 – April 27, 2020
  • Finalists Announcement – April 28, 2020
  • In-person final event & Winners announcement – May 2020 (specific days to be confirmed)
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