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    Innovation Impact Grant Programme

    The Expo Live Innovation Impact Grant Programme aims to fund novel and innovative solutions that encapsulate the spirit of Expo 2020 Dubai’s overall theme: ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’. Expo’s three subthemes, Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability, are focus areas for funding.

    • 6,965
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    • 4
      Cycles
    • 70
      Grants awarded
    • 42
      Grantee nationalities
    About
    The Expo Live Innovation Impact Grant Programme aims to fund novel and innovative solutions that encapsulate the spirit of Expo 2020 Dubai’s overall theme: ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’. Expo’s three subthemes, Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability, are focus areas for funding.

    The programme awards funding of up to USD 100,000 each to social enterprises, startups and grassroots projects from around the world, based on their potential to impact the environment positively and generate real social value.

    Expo Live is funding solutions in both developed and less developed markets, building a platform for knowledge exchange and co-creation. Entrepreneurs, SMEs, non-profit organisations and government entities are encouraged to submit their solutions for consideration.
    How to apply
    Applications for the fifth cycle will open later in 2019

    Eligibility:
    • - Open to entrepreneurs, SMEs, NGOs and government entities
    • - Innovations must have reached prototype level
    • - Benefit to society, the environment or both
    • - Legally registered entity
    What do we provide?
    The programme will award funds up to USD 100,000 per application depending on the maturity and scalability of innovations. It’s not only about providing innovators with access to financing, successful grant recipients will also be offered the following:
    • NETWORKING AND PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

      Connecting innovators to an international network of participating nations, corporate partners, regional and global businesses, as well as many millions of anticipated visitors.

    • MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS EXPOSURE

      To increase a project’s global visibility and impact, the Expo Live programme includes extensive marketing and communication exposure, and outreach programmes.

    • ADDITIONAL FUNDING

      Grant recipients may qualify for additional funding that will be allocated to showcasing their solutions during Expo 2020 Dubai to an audience of many millions of visitors.

    Evaluation Committee

    Our Global Innovators are selected by an evaluation committee composed of Expo 2020 Dubai partners and other experts.

    • Innovation Impact Grant Programme - Expo Live
      Aman Merchant

      CEO & Co-Founder

      Impact Hub Dubai
    • Innovation Impact Grant Programme - Expo Live
      Dr. Amanda Nimon-Peters

      Global Lead for Research

      Hult International Business School
    • Innovation Impact Grant Programme - Expo Live
      Dr. Peter Tollkuehn

      Chief Technology Officer

      Siemens
    • Innovation Impact Grant Programme - Expo Live
      Dr. Shaun Vorster

      Senior Advisor, Office of Director General

      Expo 2020 Dubai
    • Innovation Impact Grant Programme - Expo Live
      Duncan Onyango

      East Africa Director

      Acumen Fund
    • Innovation Impact Grant Programme - Expo Live
      Gianmario Piasanu

      Managing Director, MENA Region

      Accenture
    • Innovation Impact Grant Programme - Expo Live
      Jennifer Colville

      Innovation Team Lead, Arab States

      UNDP
    • Innovation Impact Grant Programme - Expo Live
      Maha Al Gargawi

      Director, International Participants

      Expo 2020 Dubai
    • Innovation Impact Grant Programme - Expo Live
      Mohannad Samara

      Director Global Digital Business Development

      Etisalat
    • Innovation Impact Grant Programme - Expo Live
      Najla al Midfa

      General Manager

      Sheraa
    • Innovation Impact Grant Programme - Expo Live
      Noor Shawwa

      Managing Director

      Endeavor UAE
    • Innovation Impact Grant Programme - Expo Live
      Vikram Krishna

      Executive VP Head of Group Marketing

      Emirates NBD
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