| Sectors: Clean energy, technology, innovation, rural development
| Granting entities: AECF
| Deadline: 29 April
| Type of support: Grant
| Funding/benefits: 200,000 USD
| Applicants: Private companies
| Locations: Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso, Mali, Liberia
Synopsis: The Innovation Fund is a US$1.2 million AECF initiative aimed at surfacing innovations in clean cooking and productive use of energy technologies and services. Businesses applying for the fund should submit and validate their state of market readiness for emerging innovations. The program builds on AECF’s vision to support the private sector and expand its clean energy technologies to Africa’s rural communities.
Only private companies can qualify for funding and must have a direct interest in commercializing the innovation being tested. Partnerships are allowed, but applications must clearly demonstrate the roles of the parties and their capabilities. An NGO interested in applying for funding must partner with a private company, where the private company will be the lead applicant.
Link to application here.