Regulation 2017-04-07T21:59:57+00:00

Regulation for the 2017-2018 Social Innovation to Tackle Fuel Poverty Call for Projects

Article 1     Subject for the Call for Projects

Ashoka, with the support of the Schneider Electric Foundation, launched a new partnership in 2017 to tackle fuel poverty and promote energy sustainability in five European countries: Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. The Call for Projects for the 2017-2018 Social Innovation to Tackle Fuel Poverty program aims to identify, engage, and support to scale up the 15-20 most innovative organizations that offer creative and systems-changing solutions to tackle fuel poverty and promote energy sustainability in the aforementioned countries.

The support offered to the selected entrepreneurs consists in four months of personalized and specialized support, for a total of around 300 hours of dedicated mentoring sessions, with the goal of helping them craft an effective strategy to scale up. Moreover, the entrepreneurs will benefit from inspiring meetings and networking events within the European network of fellow social innovators. They will gain increased visibility during the whole duration of the program, in particular during the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change in November 2017 in Bonn, Germany, where all winners will be announced. A final two-day European summit will give them the opportunity to present their strategy for scaling up.


Article 2     Organizer

The 2017-2018 Social Innovation to Tackle Fuel Poverty Call for Projects is organized by Ashoka France, association recorded at Paris Prefect’s office under the Siret number: 480 044 742 00025.


Article 3     Participation Conditions

3.1                  Participation Fee

Participation in the Call for Projects is free.

3.2              Participation Eligibility

The Call for Projects is open to any organization with a social and/or environmental purpose, in operation for at least one year and located in Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, or Spain, excluding for-profit companies, governmental agencies, and corporate foundations. Participation in this Call for Projects implies the full acceptance of this regulation.


Article 4     Application Process

4.1                  Pre-registration

Applicants may register online from Monday, 12th June 2017 at 9am GMT at the website: [add link to website]. They will then receive an email with their user identification and password.

4.2                  Online Registration Form

Applicants in possession of their user identification may fill out an online registration form before Sunday, 1st October 2017 at midnight GMT. Please note that applicants that exceed the maximum number of characters per question or do not respond to all questions will be disqualified.

4.3                  Single Application

It is not possible to submit more than one application for the same project.


Article 5     Conduct

A European Selection Committee will assess all eligible applicants based on their written application form. Selected applicants will be announced during the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change in November 2017 in Bonn, Germany. At the end of the four-month mentoring, all winners will gather for a two-day European summit in Rome, Italy.

Non-contractual tentative schedule:

  • Launch of Call for Projects: Monday, 12th June 2017 at 9am GMT.
  • Deadline for Call for Projects: Sunday, 1st October 2017 at midnight GMT.
  • Announcement of winners: 13th-17th November 2017 (exact date TBC).
  • Mentoring sessions: January-April 2018.
  • Two-day European Summit: April 2018.


Article 6     The Selection Committee

6.1                  European Selection Committee

All eligible applications, completed in full and before the deadline, will be assessed by a European Selection Committee formed by social entrepreneurship professionals (particularly from Ashoka) and fuel poverty experts (particularly from the Schneider Electric Foundation). Each application will be evaluated by two people at least.

At the end of the selection process, the Selection Committee will announce the names of the 15-20 winning organizations. It will also create a short-list of applicants who may replace a faulty winner. This list is confidential and will not be disclosed. The organizer asks the Selection Committee to nominate a maximum of 20 winners. However, the Selection Committee may choose to select fewer winners. The decisions of the Selection Committee are final and not bound to explanation.

6.2                  Selection Criteria

Applications are first evaluated on the basis of a set of knockout criteria:

  • The applicant must be the founder, co-founder, or leader of an established organization with a strong social purpose.
  • The applicant must be able to demonstrate that the organization has been running for at least one year.
  • The applicant and the organization must be residing in one of the following countries: Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, or Spain.
  • The applicant must be proficient in English as the European gatherings will be in English.
  • The applicant 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.


Article 7     Nature and Value of the Prize

Winners will be awarded a 12-week free mentoring support for their project. The mentoring support will consist of several individual and/or collective sessions taking place in the applicants’ country for a total of 300 hours of training. The mentoring support is valued at approximately €55,000 per project (consulting fees and mentoring time).


Article 8     Applicants’ commitment

Each applicant commits to:

  • Reading, understanding, and accepting without reservation this regulation;
  • Providing detailed, complete, and truthful information in the application form, as well as during the mentoring. Should it emerge, at any point in the program, that the applicant has provided inaccurate, incomplete, or false information, the Organizer may choose to disqualify the applicant without any possibility to appeal; and
  • Participating in all the mentoring sessions offered if they are selected.

Furthermore, winners, commit, without any financial compensation, to:

  • Authorizing the Organizer or any other person delegated to:
    • Communicate their contact details to the media; and
    • Use, publish, and broadcast for the needs of the Social Innovation to Tackle Fuel Poverty program, their image (for natural persons) and the distinctive sign(s) as well as the characteristic elements of their project (for legal persons). They give up their right to claim any rights on their image and they accept in advance the broadcasting of photographs that might be taken during the Selection Committee meetings and activities of the program;
  • Accepting in advance the use, publication, and broadcasting of their activity and their development model and/or their resources mobilization description;
  • Participating, expect in unavoidable circumstances, in all activities of the program, as well as in communication activities organized within the framework of the program, e.g. television, radio, Internet, written press, etc.


Article 9     Confidentiality

Members of the Selection Committee, organizers, and persons who are given access to the submitted application forms commit to keep all information confidential. However, the applicants should take all the necessary measures to ensure the protection of their intellectual property.


Article 10   Personal Data and Right to Access

Under the law 78-17 of January 6, 1978 related to information technology, data, and civil liberties, applicants to the Social Innovation to Tackle Fuel Poverty program have a right to oppose (art. 26) access (art. 34 to 38), correct and suppress (art. 36) personal data about themselves. This rights can be exercised by writing to Ashoka France, 28 Palais Brongniart, 75002 Paris, France.


Article 11   Limited Responsibilities for Organizers

  • The Organizer (Ashoka) should not be held responsible, if in any event of force majeure, or events beyond its control or of justified needs, it would have to cancel, shorten, prolong, report, or modify the conditions of this program.
  • Particularly, the Organizer should not be held responsible in the case of unavailability for the [link to website] website during the program.
  • The Organizer should not be held liable in case of potential failure for the procedure of participation linked to Internet core characteristics. Applicants will not be able to request compensation of any kind.
  • The Organizer should not be held liable towards the applicants regarding wrong claims, particularly coming from other applicants.


Article 12   Litigations

Even if the Call for Projects is opened to organizations with head offices in Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, the program is organized by Ashoka Italia Onlus, therefore the applicable law to this regulation is the Italian Law. Any dispute originating from this competition will be subject to an attempt to reach an amicable settlement. In case there is no settlement, the dispute will be brought to competent courts from which is depending the Organizer’s head office, unless unlawful. Claims should be made within 30 days following the Call for Projects’ end; otherwise they will be considered inadmissible.


Article 13   Lodging and Consultation of the Regulation

The full Regulation for this competition is filed with Maître Florence HOUTART, court Bailiff in Paris 20e, 199 Avenue Gambetta.

This Regulation may be consulted on the program’s website [link to website] and may be requested from Ashoka France (reimbursement at the 2nd class rate in force on simple request in writing included with the Regulation request).


Article 14   Expenses Reimbursement

Internet connection costs engaged by applicants to this competition can be reimbursed by sending a simple written request to the Organizer within 30 days following the Call for Projects’ end.

Applicants may request one single reimbursement (same name, same address). Requests must include the applicants’ name, postal address, bank account details (including IBAN and BIC codes) and subject of request. Stamps for the reimbursement claim and for the Regulation claim will be reimbursed on simple request at the 2nd class rate for 20g in force.

The cost for the telephone communication to access the website and the time to participate in the competition will be reimbursed at a standard rate, in the limit of one connection per applicant, based on an average time connection of 5 minutes at a standard rate of €0.05 per minute, giving a standard reimbursement of €0.25 TTC. Applicants who have a flat-rate subscription and therefore did not incur in specific costs for this competition may not claim reimbursement.


Article 15   Miscellaneous

If one or several dispositions of this Regulation were to be declared void or inapplicable, the other provisions would keep all their strength and their validity. All the situations that are not described in this Regulation will be arbitrated by the Organizer whose ruling will be undisputed.


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