Do you want to connect with growing Women4Climate community? This is your chance to empower and inspire the next generation of women climate leaders. The 2nd C40 Women4Climate Tech Challenge has been launched that will select women-led innovative tech solution for climate with a measurable impact to experiment them in C40 cities.
Innovators, entrepreneurs and startupers selected to be finalists and winners will be eligible to receive financial or technical support from C40 and their partners, plus acceleration or implementation in C40 Cities.
To increase the climate impact of the winners of the Tech Challenge C40 has secured $40,000 in funding to be split amongst the winners and used to support their experimental phase. The support provided will need to comply with C40’s requirements as a 501(c)3 public charity, in that respect C40 will work with the winners to determine how utilize the funds for the purpose of the experimentation.
The cities committed to pilot the winning innovative solutions are interested in the following thematic areas:
- Adaptation and risk cities response
- Healthy public buildings
- Green and healthier streets
Applicants can apply from anywhere in the world as their solutions can be piloted in any city, but please note that cities will only select one winner project to be piloted in their city. Applications from all adult women, including but not limited to students, innovators, and professionals. C40 uses an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female”; transwomen, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who identify, have identified, or have been identified as female or woman are welcome to apply.
By sponsoring this challenge, The VELUX Group acknowledges the foresight of women in creating solutions for a sustainable future and the barriers they often face in bringing their ideas to the fore.
Senior Vice President for Products, VELUX Group, Tina Mayn said, “Women are key contributors to the societies we live in and therefore need to be more involved in defining, developing and implementing solutions that will make our cities and communities sustainable for years to come. Through our support of this challenge, we can help some women to ensure there is a more balanced approach and drive towards climate actions that change cities and communities for the better and ensure coming generations grow up in environments that are conducive to their learning, growth and development, and not least good health and well-being.”
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Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Ron Huldai said, “The Women4Climate Tech Challenge addresses three issues that are high on our municipal agenda: the Environment; Women’s Entrepreneurship; and Promoting Innovation. Therefore, we are thrilled to be able to continue this successful programme that combines all three issues. Tel Aviv-Yafo thrives to work in collaboration with additional cities that are tech ecosystem leaders in order to harness innovative solutions to solving the social and urban challenges of the future.”
The deadline for applications is January 31, 2020, 11pm GMT.
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About C40 Cities
Around the world, C40 Cities connect 94 of the world’s greatest cities to take bold climate action, leading the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future. Representing 700+ million citizens and one quarter of the global economy, mayors of the C40 cities are committed to delivering on the most ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement at the local level, as well as to cleaning the air we breathe.
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About C40 Women4Climate
The C40 Women4Climate initiative brings together mayors, business leaders, changemakers and future climate leaders from around the world and works to inspire and empower young women and raise awareness about the disproportionate impact climate change has on women around the world, as well as the critical role of women in creating a healthier, greener and more economically prosperous urban future.
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