2017-2018 Edition 2017-04-08T08:25:43+00:00

Transforming a challenge…

Fuel poverty has become a major problem in Europe. There are between 50 and 125 million people who struggle every day to ensure adequate heating, light, and cooking power in their dwelling at an affordable price. This has a severe impact on their health and wellbeing. Creative and systems-changing solutions are needed to transform this issue into an opportunity for these people to thrive.

…into an opportunity.

After a successful partnership in 2015-2016, the Schneider Electric Foundation, under the aegis of the Fondation de France, and Ashoka, have renewed their commitment to helping improve the living conditions of millions of people facing fuel poverty in Europe. It is by offering support for the most innovative social entrepreneurs in Europe that we can help entire communities tackle fuel poverty and move towards energy sustainability.

The Call for Projects

We are launching a new Call for Projects to identify, engage, and support to scale-up 15-20 innovative organizations that offer creative and systems-changing solutions to tackle fuel poverty and promote energy sustainability in five European countries: Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. The 2017-2018 Call for Projects will open on Monday, 12th June 2017 at 9am GMT and will close on Sunday, 1st October 2017 at midnight GMT.

The timeline

Call for Projects

12th June 2017 until 1st October 2017 at midnight GMT.

National and European Selection

October 2017.

Announcement of winners

13th-17th November 2017 during COP23 in Bonn, Germany (exact date TBC).

Mentoring Sessions

January-April 2018

Two-day European Summit

April 2018 in Rome, Italy (exact date TBC).

The Perks

This program is fully funded. If selected, you will benefit from the following:

  • Twelve weeks of mentoring support to help you craft an effective strategy to scale up and accelerate the social impact of your organization;

  • Inspiring meetings and networking events within the European network of fellow social innovators, experts, and organizations working in this field;

  • Increased visibility during COP23 in November 2017, where all winners will be announced, and during a final two-day European Summit in April 2018.

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Eligibility Criteria

Applications are first evaluated on the basis of a set of ‘knock-out’ criteria:

  • You must be either the founder, co-founder, or leader of an established organization with a strong social purpose; or the project manager for or leader of the project on fuel poverty if the organization has a broader scope.

  • You must be able to demonstrate that the organization has been running for at least one year.

  • You and the organization must be residing in one of the following countries: Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, or Spain.

  • You must be proficient in English as the European gatherings will be in English. The mentoring may be in English and/or in the language of the country you apply from.

  • You must be able to travel to Bonn (Germany) between 13-17 November 2017 and to Rome (Italy) in April 2018.

All applicants meeting the above criteria are then evaluated on the basis of the following additional criteria:

  • Social mission and innovative aspect of the project;

  • Current and potential social impact;

  • Viability of the social business;

  • Potential and creativity of the development strategy; and

  • Entrepreneurial qualities, ethical fibre, and availability.


Read the full Regulation and apply by midnight GMT on 1st October 2017.