UN Youth Video Competition Open

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change invites applicants between the ages of 18 and 30 who are combating climate change to share their inspiring actions in a compelling and concise maximum three minute video.

Your submission should showcase  a project or campaign you are involved in which relates to (1) Climate friendly and resilient cities or (2) Oceans and climate change

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Category 1: Climate friendly and resilient cities
Videos should showcase:

  • the implementation of climate friendly solutions/ideas about how to promote sustainability in urban areas/communities; including clean energy, clean transportation, community gardening, stepping up recycling and waste reduction, and other projects to reduce emissions;
  • building resilience to climate impacts such as heatwaves and floods, for example through tree planting, increasing green spaces and creating flood defenses;
  • actions to increase public awareness, and to advocate change at the policy level regarding the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to build resilience.

Category 2: Oceans and climate change
Videos should showcase:

  • the restoration of wetlands and mangroves which protect against storm surges and saltwater intrusion;
  • the construction of dykes and other defenses against sea level rise;
  • the increase of scientific knowledge to improve ocean health;
  • activities which increase public awareness about the need to build resilience with regard to oceans and ways to reduce CO2 emissions so that oceans are better protected.

PRIZES:

  • A round trip to COP23 in Bonn, Germany this November 2017
  • Position as a youth reporter at COP23, where you will assist the UNFCCC Newsroom team with videos, articles and social media posts.

DEADLINE: 18 August 2017

APPLICATION:

Make an engaging maximum of three minute video, using whatever type of camera you have available, about your activities and submit in online to tvebiomovies.

Open Now: The #AdamStart Entrepreneurship Challenge

The #AdamStart Entrepreneurship Challenge is an annual initiative organised by 24-year-old social entrepreneur Adam Bradford.

ELIGIBILITY:

The challenge itself is open to young people aged 18-29 years old who have a new business idea they would like to launch.

VALUE:

The competition rewards one young person each year up to £1000 as a cash grant towards their start up, business mentoring support and unparalleled access to networks and media opportunities.

DEADLINE: July 31st 2017

AdamStart

Adam is autistic & started his first business in his hometown of Sheffield aged 14 through a local school enterprise competition. He believes passionately in the power of entrepreneurship to unlock talent and help young people become resilient, self-sustaining citizens who can do good in the world.

Start your application here 

 

Young Leaders of the Americas Fellowship Open

Agency: United States Department of State

Value: Round-trip travel from  home city to the United States and all required program travel, Entrepreneurship Institute training and courses, , Four-week professional development experience, Accident and sickness medical coverage, Housing and meals throughout the program.

Eligible Caribbean & Latin American Countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela.
* In the specific cases of residency in Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten, citizenship in the Netherlands is accepted 

Field: Entrepreneurship & Civil Society Leadership

Deadline:April 23rd , 2017

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DETAILS:

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) empowers entrepreneurs and innovative civil society leaders to strengthen their capacity to launch and advance their entrepreneurial ideas and effectively contribute to social and economic development in their communities.

Through the YLAI Entrepreneurship Institute and the individualized Fellowships, YLAI Fellows will accelerate their commercial and social ventures’ success and develop specific action plans to carry out upon return to their home countries. YLAI Fellows will build networks, linkages and lasting partnerships to attract investments and support for their entrepreneurial ventures. YLAI 2017 Fellows will participate in the following program components:

  • Four-week U.S. Fellowship: With U.S. fellowship hosts in their fields of expertise, YLAI Professional Fellows gain valuable professional development skills at entrepreneurial organizations or companies across the U.S. and work jointly on an action plan to be implemented upon Fellows’ return to their home countries.
  • Washington, D.C. Summit: YLAI Professional Fellows participate in a three-day conference and networking event with top U.S. government officials as well as global public, private and nonprofit leaders.
  • YLAI Entrepreneurship Institute: YLAI Professional Fellows expand their leadership, entrepreneurial and management skills and knowledge through online and in-person trainings that complement their U.S. Fellowship.
  • Post-Fellowship Sustained Engagement: After successful completion of the U.S. Fellowship and YLAI Entrepreneurship Institute, YLAI Professional Fellows continue their collaboration with U.S. partners and have access to ongoing professional development opportunities, mentorships, networking and alumni activities. YLAI Professional Fellows will be eligible for Innovation Small Grants to fund startup or scaling activities, Travel Grants to attend conferences, and a chance to welcome a Fellowship Host to their country to share expertise and expand the host’s understanding of the entrepreneurship climate in YLAI Professional Fellows’ home countries.

Eligibility:

The YLAI Professional Fellows Program is open to young entrepreneurs who meet the following criteria:

  • Are between the ages of 21 and 35 on the start date of the YLAI Professional Fellows Program.
  • Are a resident and citizen of one of the participating countries*:
  • Are eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa.
  • Have at least two (2) years of professional experience.
  • Have experience with a startup business or social venture.
  • Are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Are not U.S. government employees.
  • Are proficient in reading, writing and speaking English.

Find further details here

Agroalimentaria 2017: CaribExport calls for Expressions of Interest

Agency: Caribbean Export Development Agency

Value: exhibition space, one airline ticket (round trip) per company, accommodation for a maximum of 4 nights.

Eligible Caribbean & Latin American Countries: Antigua and Berbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago

Field: Food, Technology, Health & Wellness

Deadline:March 30th, 2017

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The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), under the Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP) funded by the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), will be assisting CARIFORUM exporters interested in participating in Agroalimentaria 2017.

CRITERIA

Firms must:

  • Be a Registered Company  or Business Name in the selected CARIFORUM country
  • Be in operation for at least two years
  • Demonstrate business growth and profitability
  • Have sufficient financial and human resources to secure orders
  • Comply with relevant international standards (if applicable)
  • Have sound financing to support follow up activities
  • Demonstrate awareness about market conditions in the intended export market(s)

DETAILS

Agroalimentaria provides a unique opportunity for food, tobacco, and beverage firms to showcase their products to international buyers. The 6th edition of Agroalimentaria will be held on May 18th -20th, 2017 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and is organized by the Dominican Agroindustry Board (JAD) and the Dominican trade and investment promotion office (CEI-RD).

Products will be exhibited by thematic areas:

  • Organic and Fair Trade
  • Gourmet
  • Health and Wellness
  • Technology and Services
  • Agribusiness Suppliers

Interested companies must complete the Expression of Interest Application Form and submit all required documentation to Caribbean Export.

Submissions must be addressed electronically to rthevenin@carib-export.com  copied to ekelly@carib-export.com no later than 16:00hours D.R. time on Mar 30th 2017

All applications are subject to approval of acceptance by a Selection Committee and space availability. For more information on Agroalimentaria 2017, please visit: http://agroalimentaria.com.do/.

Download the Application Form

CaribbeanTales Call for Submissions

Agency: CaribbeanTales Inc.

Value: up to $30,000.00 USD in production funding for each of three (3) successful TV series pilots, that will be broadcast on Flow’s TV networks across the Region.

Eligibility: filmmakers, producers, writers, animators, and media practitioners from the Caribbean and its Diaspora

Field: Creative & Performing Arts

Deadline:March 30, 2017

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The CaribbeanTales Incubator (CTI) is a year-round development and production hub, for Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora Producers, that aims to  create strong compelling and sustainable content for the global market. The ultimate goal of the CTI is to increase the pool of, world-class, indigenous film and television content, so as to build the region’s audio visual capacity.

ELIGIBILITY

The CTI-MIP is open to filmmakers, producers, writers, animators, and media practitioners from the Caribbean and its Diaspora.  The core market for Projects is the English-speaking Caribbean and its diaspora, however the program is also open to producers from the wider diaspora including North and South America, Europe,  Africa and India.

The Program is specifically targeted towards the creation of original, long-running half-hour series content, with a focus on market sustainability. We are looking to develop content that has the capacity to extend over many seasons.

Up to 10 projects will be selected on a competitive basis based on

  1. the quality of the proposal and
  2. participants’ previous work, and/or contributions to the Regional film industry.

CRITERIA

  • The applicant must submit a concept and script that has the potential to be developed into a long-running series of at least 13 and up to 52 episodes
  • The project can be either fiction, documentary or animation, and must fit into the format of episodic television series
  • The project must be owned or co-owned by a Caribbean national, or person of Caribbean heritage.
  • The team must include at least 1 producer with a strong track record and significant production experience in film and television.
  • The project must have a clearly defined audience.

The renowned CaribbeanTales Incubator Program (CTI), now in its eighth year, has hosted over two hundred (200) producers from across the Caribbean Region and its Diaspora. Sponsored by Flow, the Caribbean’s leading telecommunications company, the CTI serves as a funnel for the creation of original TV Series.

The CTI’s eight-week program includes seven weeks of online tuition, and an intensive five-day workshop in Toronto that culminates in a Caribbean Pitch Breakfast at the TIFF Bell Lightbox attended by high-profile industry delegates.

For more information about the program, & to submit your films and projects visit the CTI website, and CTFF website

 

 

 

OECS Seeking Young Entrepreneurs

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), is seeking to identify 30 young entrepreneurs making strides in their respective business endeavours, through its 30 Under 30 in Entrepreneurship initiative.

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Thirty young entrepreneurs under the age of 30 will be recognized as examples of youth success in entrepreneurship.  They will be accepted as a cohort for business support by the OECS Competitive Business Unit; receive mentorship to aid their professional and business development; receive technical assistance; and be assisted in sourcing markets and financial assistance.

Entrepreneurs can be from any discipline or industry, including but not limited to:

  • Art and Fashion Design,
  • Business, Technology,
  • Agriculture,
  • Sustainable Development,
  • Social Development,
  • Entertainment

All entrepreneurs despite business size, years of operation, and business industry will be considered. Entrepreneurs must be 30 years old or younger at the time of nomination, and be a citizen or resident of an OECS Member State.

Nominations for the OECS 30 Under 30 are open till March 15, 2017. Self nominations are also welcomed.  Individuals can be nominated Here

Global Startup Challenge

Agency: *Ship The Start Up Festival

Theme: Start Up Businesses

Value: all-expenses-paid trip to Ship – The Startup Festival (July 11-13th) in Finland

Eligible Caribbean & Latin American Countries:Global

Field: Business Development

Deadline: February 28, 2017

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The Global Startup Challenge is an online competition for aspiring entrepreneurs worldwide. The top three finalists will win an all-expenses-paid trip to Ship – The Startup Festival to be held July 11-13th in Kotka, Finland.

Eligibility:

  • The applicant must be 18 years old by the day of the application deadline;
  • Individual applications are accepted, but team applications are preferred;
  • The idea should have startup elements like a repeatable and scalable business model. Social businesses welcome
  • The Startup must be less than three years old.

Benefits:

  • Get access to *ship, Southeast Finland’s biggest startup event and secure a spot on the Pitch Captain -competition;
  • The trip is fully covered for the top three finalists, including flights, accommodation and participation fee waiver;
  • Showcase ventures, receive one-on-one mentoring and win various various prizes;
  • Additionally, engage with the Nordic start-up community and make life-lasting connections.

Submission Process:

Interested applicants can submit their ideas and startups in an application consisting of problem identification and solution proposal. Submission of executive summary, pitch deck and promotion video is optional.

For further details, See Here

Citi Bank Open Innovation Challenge

Citi® Tech for Integrity Challenge (T4I) is a global initiative to invite and encourage technology innovators from around the world to create solutions to help public sector entities increase transparency and promote integrity.

T4I is open to entries from all over the world. Both start-ups and mature technology corporates are welcome. If you’re chosen to participate at Demo Days, a pilot-ready solution must be showcased.

Priority Areas

  1. Government Transactions
    Financial technologies and electronic banking solutions that improve transparency and control for payments and collections, including benefit payments and subsidies.
  2. Culture, Ethics and Engagement
    Educate and engage citizens in the anti-corruption agenda, and promote a low-tolerance environment that increases awareness, responsibility and standards of behavior.
  3. Information, Security and Identity
    Secure information, identities, networks and transactions involving governments that protect and enable digital solutions. Consider cybersecurity solutions.
  4. Crisis Management and Aid
    Develop “fraud-and-graft-resistant” crisis payment tools designed for use in remote areas, conflict zones, and during natural disasters and refugee crises. Audit and track value and data transfers, including development assistance, digitally and remotely.
  5. Cutting the Red Tape
    Minimize paper documents, cash transactions and manual processes, reducing opportunities for corruption and minimizing bureaucracy and promoting efficiency in financial processes.
  6. Analytics, Reporting and Transparency
    Consider big data solutions and advanced analytics that detect, deter and prevent fraud and inappropriate financial transactions. Improve “whistle-blower” tools and auditing techniques.
  7. Financial Crimes and Illicit Activities
    Apply financial technology to crack down on other illicit activities, such as nepotism, bribery and complicity in money laundering, tax evasion and the financing of terrorism.
  8. Procurement
    Ensure that procurement procedures are transparent, and government contracts are awarded in affair and accountable manner.

 

 

For more information, please visit Citi® Tech for Integrity Challenge.

Business Development Opportunity for Grenadian Entrepreneurs

Agency: Tambran by Tamara

Eligibility:  Grenada

Value: FREE One on One business development, competitive strategy building and business growth

Field: Business Acceleration

Deadline: 30 January 2017

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Details:

Tamara Prosper, CEO of Tambran by Tamara, is extending her services to up to three businesses/entrepreneurs in Grenada. Tambran by Tamara is the winner of the

  • Eco- Reto Challenge Caribbean Winner Award TIC Amercias 2014
  • Environmental Entrepreneur Award at the Caribbean Innovation Challenge
  • Environmental Excellence at the GCIC Business Awards

Tambran is offering free business development and competitive strategy building geared at business growth.

Eligibility:
To  enter, you must be an already practicing business and in need of methods and strategies for your business to grow or go to the next level.

To enter, simply send a message to Tamara with a short description of your business and why you should be chosen to receive the consultation.

Apply now.

 

Enter the Nikon Photo Contest International

The Nikon Photo Contest International has been held by Nikon Corporation since 1969 to provide an opportunity for photographers around the world to communicate and to enrich image-making culture for professionals and amateurs alike.

Eligibility:

  • The contest is open to all, professional and amateur, regardless of age, gender or nationality.
  • Entrants under 18 years of age require the permission of a parent or guardian. By entering the contest, entrants under 18 years of age indicate that they have obtained the permission of a parent or guardian.

 

 Categories:

  • Nikon 100th Anniversary Award Theme: “Celebration” Entry format: single photo Limited to Nikon equipment No age restriction
  • Next Generation Award Theme: “Future” Entry format: single photo, photo story (two to five images), video Any equipment can be used *Entrants must be under the age of 30.
  • THE OPEN Award Theme: “Future” Entry format: single photo, photo story (two to five images), video Any equipment can be used, No age restriction

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Guidelines:

All categories in photography and video will accept entries from any digital device, including smartphones except for Nikon 100th Anniversary Award.

Submission Rules:

  • Entry is limited to original works that have not formerly been displayed or exhibited and to which the entrant holds all applicable rights.
  • Works that have won prizes in other contests or that have been submitted to other contests currently underway, including similar works, are not eligible. Works that are entered in other competitions after submitting to this contest will be deemed as those having been submitted to other contests currently underway.
  • Entrants can submit to both photography and video.
  • The limit for submitted works is 10 photos, including those forming photo stories, and 1 video. Entries can be submitted to multiple categories so long as the total number of entries is within this limit.

Deadline:

Friday, January 27, 2017 (closes at 1:00 p.m. Japan standard time).

 

Enter by filling out the registration form  online.