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UNDP Solve IT: Accelerator Labs

UNDP Solve IT: Accelerator Labs

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Introduction

The UNDP Accelerator Labs are a new service offering that works with people, governments, and the private sector to reimagine development for the 21st century. The Accelerator Lab aims to surface and reinforce locally sourced solutions at scale while mobilizing a wide and dynamic partnership of actors contributing knowledge, resources and experience.
The Palestinian Accelerator Lab is part of a Global Network made up of 60 teams in Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean. The Labs will work on development challenges in parallel.

Languages

  • Arabic
  • English

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Details

> The Accelerator Lab provides the necessary technical support, visibility, and partnership grants to facilitate the testing and implementation of ideas and scale-up the most effective solutions. The solutions must fall within the scope of the identified sustainable development goals we wish to tackle.
> Solve It is an initiative by UNDP/PAPP focusing on social entrepreneurship and social innovation. Solve It is linked to UNDP’s emerging Accelerator Lab, where winners of the challenge award will have access to seed funding to test their solutions, mentoring and guidance to further develop and incubate their ideas. Solve It is one of the innovative platforms to crowdsource ideas under the newly-launched Accelerator Lab in Palestine. The Accelerator Lab will support solutions mapping, experimentation and exploration in country. The Solve It initiative will benefit from the knowledge and partners developed through the network.

UNDP/PAPP Accelerator Lab

> Source local talents with the vision and drive to disrupt conventional models and solutions towards more inclusive societies.
> Combine best understanding, ideas and expertise to generate collective knowledge.
> Accelerate ideas and impacts through fostering networks amongst individuals, private sector, NGOs, government agencies and investors.

"Ready to Go” Water Solutions Challenge Help Palestine unlock challenges to realizing SDG6

> The challenge seeks tested and validated innovations, that proved to be efficient and effective in confined labs or geographical areas.
> The “Ready to Go” Water Solutions Challenge will select only one winning innovation and provide the backstopping support needed to community test their product/service.
> The individual/team with the most innovative and inventive market-based, technological or entrepreneurial solution will also receive $10,000 -$15,000 as an award that can be used to further test and validate their solutions.
> The funds could be used to develop/improve prototypes, fulfill necessary conditions for the test, gather feedback, attain licensing or regulatory requirements, etc…
> Following this rapid cycle of testing, the solution owner/s would benefit from further coaching by national and/or international experts in the sector and foster linkages for funding and uptake facilitated by the Accelerator Lab if the early test provided evidence of scalability and readiness for investment.

Areas of interest include

> Water and sanitation
> Rainwater harvesting
> Surface water development
> Demand management
> Groundwater development
> Desalination
> Treated wastewater
> The effective use of soil-water crop management strategies.

Evaluation Criteria

> Technical and economic feasibility of the solution
> Extent to which it has been tested and validated
> Potential of solution to be adopted and adapted to the Palestinian context.
> Scale of impact for the adoption of the solution
> The potential of the solution to contribute to sector strategic plan and sustainable development goals (SDGs).
> Qualifications of candidate/team in terms of educational background, experience and the extent to which the candidate/ team are committed to further develop and implement their solution with the support of the Accelerator Lab.

How to Apply?

Application can be found here: https://solveit.demo.ps/apply-now
To learn more about new challenges, deadlines, and additional application details, visit: https://solveit.demo.ps

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