UNDP: Solving Big Challenges: SDG Impact Accelerator Kicks Off



The SDG Impact Accelerator (SDG IA) has been initiated by the Government of Turkey together with the funding of UNDP, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Eczacıbaşı Group and Limak Foundation for the feasibility study and the pilot phase. The central function and aim of the SDG IA is to accelerate the impact of Sustainable Development Goals through the acceleration of “systems entrepreneurs” for market-creating innovations offering solutions that strengthen the resilience of refugees and of its communities and relevant institutions.

SDG Impact Accelerator will be looking for passionate and productive teams from all around the world with a focus on commercializing their inventions and building sustainable business models to solve big challenges of Livelihood Opportunities and Access to Basic Services, Clean Water and Sanitation. The Call also specified Innovation challenges around “Digital ID” and “Portable Non-sewage Toilet” to be implemented by applicants under the initiative. The pilot stage will have the objective to simultaneously enhance the livelihood conditions of refugees and host communities. Teams or individuals working on new technologies or products offering a solution to a big problem or wanting to propose an innovative solution to the innovation challenge topics of the pilot projects, will be able to apply.