Innovation Challenge

UNDP Innovation Challenge Award (Ideas To Boost Uganda Tourism)

UNDP Uganda wishes to initiate an Innovation Challenge Call for “Scaling-up inclusive business models in support of Uganda as a preferred sustainable and inclusive tourism destination with a tourism sector that creates opportunities for all“.

This Innovation Challenge Call seeks to support the scale-up of inclusive business solutions, by addressing key business level barriers through targeted funding and/or targeted technical assistance. Innovation Challenge applicants are advised to present an innovative idea/solution that helps them to scale-up operations and impact.

UNDP is inviting proposals from interested innovators who can implement their suggested ideas in a sustainable manner. All proposals must present the business model of the company/organization, show how it is inclusive and financially viable, explain which barriers the business/organization faces in scaling up, how the prize award would be used to overcome them, and what impact the solution would have on low-income people and local communities.

The expected output from this Innovation Challenge Call is that UNDP supports up to five (5) inclusive businesses to scale-up operations, leading to a clear positive impact on the target beneficiaries and advancement towards Uganda as a preferred sustainable and inclusive tourism destination with a tourism sector that creates opportunities for all.

The Innovation Challenge Award

Winners of the UNDP Innovation Challenge Award receive up to US$ 40,000 in cash and/or in-kind support (goods and services) through this Innovation Challenge! For example, if your business/organization struggles with a lack of skilled staff, the funding could be used for a training program. It could also be used to fund the training of local communities to deliver products or services at a quality that matches market demand.

The prize award contribution must be matched with at least the same amount by the recipient of the award, in cash or in-kind. In cash contribution on the part of innovators are encouraged and will be preferred in the evaluation. In case of in-kind matching, only new contributions (as opposed to existing resources) by the applicant will be taken into consideration. However, reassigning current employees to implement the proposed solution by carrying out new activities shall be considered an in-kind contribution.

Eligibility

  • Applications must be led by a private sector firm or a not-for-profit social enterprise with a financially viable business model.
  • The firm must already operate an inclusive business. It must be able to show that a significant number of low-income people are already included in its value chain in a strategic way and for mutual benefit.

Selection Criteria for UNDP Innovation Challenge Award Winner

UNDP will set up an evaluation committee, comprising mainly of UN staff as well as technical experts to review all proposals received using UNDP’s principles of fairness and integrity.

The following criteria will guide the selection of the winning proposal:

  • Company has a solid performance track record (30%)
  • Business model is sustainable, scalable, catalytic, and has a proven significant impact on the poor (30%)
  • Proposed solution is effective and feasible with the available means and partner contribution (40%)

When preparing your proposal, please be guided by the documents attached hereto.

How to Apply

  1. Download Application and Proposal Sample documents from (Click Here and Here to Download)
  2. Develop your Proposal including a proposed solution for funding support. The proposed solution must explain the business model of the company/organization, show how it is inclusive and financially viable, and explain which barriers the business faces in scaling up, and how the prize award would be used to overcome them.
  3. Submit to tenders.kampala@undp.org

Deadline: Friday 17 November 2017 

NB: Please submit your quotation strictly to tenders.kampala@undp.org. Kindly note that only quotations sent to this email will be processed. Quotations sent to my email or any other UNDP staff email will be rejected.

NOTE: Your submission should not exceed 9MB in PDF format.

Funding

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