Climate Tracker is helping spread a very exciting project. The Climate Strategies Accelerator (CSA) is a fund and a tool to help innovative ideas take place. Did you always have a great idea and you want to implement it? Keep reading!
It’s not enough to rely on the institutions and individuals who are already trying to reduce our oil dependency. The CSA is on the hunt for new ideas from new places, solutions that will unravel our addiction to oil and set the stage for game-changing shifts in how we do business –– ideas that reimagine our transit systems, urban planning, water use, land rights, manufacturing, consumer behavior, and more. We don’t believe any one person or organization can achieve the scale of change we seek; we want collaborative innovators who are ready to work with an entire ecosystem of players –– from government and NGOs to private enterprise.
The CSA is both a fund and an accelerator, staffed with experts who know how to get big, audacious ideas off the ground. In 2017, they are looking for 8-10 leaders with imaginative solutions for ending oil dependence. And at Climate Tracker we are helping them do that.
What is CSA looking for?
They’re looking for high-potential concepts for far-reaching social or political change. The CSA does not invest in for-profit enterprises or innovations. Instead, they seek new ideas that leverage political, cultural, social, or behavioral change to reimagine transit systems, urban planning, water use, land rights, technology, consumer habits, and more.
They expect that participants’ ideas will evolve. The solutions that innovators pitch to funders at the end may look very different from their original proposals. They are more interested in finding the right people for the accelerator than the perfect ideas.
Candidates should have:
- A history of creating real, meaningful change in their fields
- Strong and diverse networks
- Drive, tenacity, and imagination
- Willingness to work full-time on their project for three years
- Systems thinking and collaborative approach
- The right ratio of talent to arrogance
How can Climate Tracker help me?
- Do you need clarification on what is accepted and what not in this contest?
- Do you have a good idea but you want to refine it?
- Are you doubting on some aspects of your idea and you would like guidance?
- Do you need opinions from experts? Working sessions with other people?
- Help with filling the application form?
The Climate Tracker team will work closely with CSA and with experts from around the world to give you guidance and help you through the application process. If you want to increase the chances of you winning that award, would like to consult some doubts or want to refine your idea, we are here to help.
- First of all, Climate Tracker will give you personal guidance on this project. You only have to email with your doubts or questions, we can reply to you via email or find a time to skype.
- Climate Tracker has produced a toolkit on how to best refine your idea and apply for this project: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B50-hBX3LKCXaE5LQmJrNmRweUU/view?usp=sharing
- You can also watch our webinar where we explain this project
- You can fill in this sample application form, and we will give you feedback on how good is your application, and tips to improve
How to apply?
You have to fill in this form, following this link
Deadline: 31st January
What will happen I am selected?
Once selected, leaders will join the Oil Breakthrough Lab, a week-long boot camp and intensive 90-day accelerator designed to refine and strengthen their visions. Over the course of the lab, leaders will receive mentorship from experts; exposure to a global network of funders, luminaries, and seasoned innovators; and dedicated working time. Participants will come out of the lab with a polished proposal and pitch, which they’ll present to the CSA network of funders at a collaborative, in-person event. The CSA Fund will then decide if any of the candidates will move on to become Program Leaders, receiving grants of up to $1-2 million per year over a three-year period to further pursue their ideas.
- CSA team reviews applications and selects semi-finalists
- Semi-finalists receive written feedback and questions about their concepts
- Finalists are selected (based on responses) and continue to round of video interview
March 3, 2017: Final selections are made
- Breakthrough Lab kicks off with bootcamp
- Fellows receive $5,000 USD participation honorariums
- 90-day acceleration sprint
- Each Fellow works with CSA’s network of experts, mentors, and coaches to develop a polished proposal and pitch deck
- Breakthrough Lab concludes at an in-person event in Asia, where Fellows will pitch their ideas to the CSA funder network
- CSA Fund evaluates each Fellow’s proposal to see if any qualify for prototype grants, or to become Program Leaders
January 2018: Program Leader announcements are made
At the end of the Breakthrough Lab, the CSA Fund may choose to invest in one or more candidates, who would then become Program Leaders, receiving $1-2 million USD per year for a three-year grant period to pursue their ideas. There is no guarantee that any of the Fellows will become Program Leaders.
Selections will be based on:
- The anticipated impact of the project (i.e., tons of carbon or disruptive political change)
- The strength of the leader’s strategy and theory of change
- Leader’s demonstrated ability to work with a large network to achieve the goal
- English proficiency (this Breakthrough Lab will be conducted only in English, though future Labs may be conducted in additional languages)
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