Updated Nov 22, 2018CLOSED

Circular Entrepreneurship

Offered by DOEN Foundation

DOEN is looking for sustainable, social entrepreneurs with innovative products or services that will contribute to the creation of this new circular economy. We are looking for people who dare to take risks and seize new opportunities. People who come up with new solutions or business models. Inspiring pioneers, who are an example for others: for other entrepreneurs and organisations or even for the government; and who show that the new, circular economy can be put into practice. DOEN can provide direct support in the form of grants, loans, guarantees or investments.
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Loan, GrantType
CLOSEDFeb 28, 2019Deadline

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 2: Research & Development and Stage 3: Proof of Concept
Implemented in:
RegionLow and Middle Income Countries
Focus AreasEnvironment
Applications can be considered for a contribution from DOEN if they fall within the scope of the following criteria:

1. The applicant is a legal entity (applications from individuals are not accepted).
2. The initiative is implemented based on a clear and solid plan (specific, measurable, acceptable, realistic and time related, SMART) whereby it is plausible that the (self) formulated objects will be realised in the initiative beforehand
3. The budget and cover of the initiative are insightful and realistic with realistic cost-assets proportion.
4. Initiatives from organisations that have sufficient resources to realize the initiative (in the form of reserve assets / equity) are not eligible for support from the DOEN Foundation.
5. The initiative has a transparent governance structure.
6. The proposed activities effectuate a structural development and staying effect.
7. The initiative is related to demonstrable need and is well embedded.
8. The initiative has an entrepreneurial approach. This is translated for example in an own contribution by the initiative takers.
9. DOEN gives special attention to initiatives which are in a pilot and/or starting stage. After this stage, where DOEN works as a catalyst, the initiative must be expanded without DOEN's support, preferably via suitable partners who are already involved in the start stage.

Other Requirements

Planned Usage of FundsAlthough there are no minimum/maximum amounts, DOEN’s usual policy is to fund a maximum of 1/3 of a project’s budget.
OtherWill not fund:

DOEN does not provide financial contributions for:
1. Initiatives with purely commercial objectives.
2. (Scientific) research, debates, seminars, congresses, symposia and conferences with the sole purpose of dispersing knowledge unrelated to DOEN’s investment priorities.
3. Awareness campaigns/activities.
4. Regular education.
5. Health care, primary care provision (including legal aid and rehabilitation), sanitation and (drinking) water projects.
6. Emergency aid.
7. Study grants, work experience, study trips, student exchanges, group trips, (children's) holiday camps and day trips.
8. Anniversaries and other festivities, independent (regional) activities, parties and pop or other festivals.
9. Purchase and/or maintenance of cultural heritage, places and/or monuments and works of art.
10. Restoration and building activities including renovation and rebuilding (unless these investments create new employment or daytime activities for the target group).
11. Purchase of instruments, materials (for example, new uniforms), equipment, transport means, inventory (for example, computers, office design).
12. Independent production of: films, documentaries and TV series (unless explicitly focused on one or more DOEN programmes and with broadcasting guarantee), CDs, DVDs or CD-roms, books, publications, magazines, websites.
13. Initiatives with a primary political or religious objective and/or background.
14. Governmental and government body initiatives.
15. Initiatives of organisations with a disproportional shareholders' equity: free reserve of more than 1.5 times

Application Directions

Sumbit an online application
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