Call for Applications: GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities programme Innovation Fund

The GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities programme Innovation Fund

The GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities programme Innovation Fund, supported by UK Aid and USAID Scaling Off-Grid Energy, has now re-opened for applications.  Our objective is to build and share evidence on the role of mobile in improving or increasing access to energy, clean water or sanitation for underserved consumers and the potential benefits for the mobile industry. The Innovation Fund will be awarding GBP 3.3 million in grant funds to 15 – 17 organisations who will trial or scale commercially sustainable mobile-enabled utility services.  Grant sizes vary from GBP 150,000 to 300,000.To date, the Innovation Fund has awarded GBP 6 million to 34 organisations across four continents which have impacted nearly 2.5 million direct beneficiaries. Between 2013 and 2016, several of these grantees have leveraged their grants to raise over $174 million in investment in total.   We are calling on:

  • Mobile operators,
  • Energy, water, or sanitation services providers, including –
    • Decentralised service providers
    • Urban and peri-urban utilities, and
    • NGOs trialling business model approaches,
  • Technology solutions providers

to propose innovative products or services that leverage mobile technology as a significant element of their utility delivery model for projects in  Sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia.

Please consult GSMA’s website for more information and to apply (in English only). E-mail with any questions. Note that the concept note deadline is September 3rd, 2017.


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