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Call for Applications, The Better Together Award is an international competition seeking collaborative innovations solving local climate challenges.

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    The Better Together Award is an international competition seeking collaborative innovations solving local climate challenges.

    We highlight the value of impactful collaboration between start-ups, SMEs or NGOs and local governments that jointly implement innovative solutions for effective climate mitigation and adaptation.

    The Better Together Award makes successful examples of such collaborative innovations visible to the world. It aims to inspire other local decision-makers and to support the scaling of successful climate action across regions and cities.

    Apply for the Better Together Award and get the international visibility,
    support and connections to take your local action global.

    Better Together: an award – and a mindset!

    How to apply

    Click on “Apply now” to submit your application

    form before the application deadline on

    March 17, 2019 (23:59 CET)

    It takes about 10 minutes to apply.

    • The top 15 long-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews at the end of March / in early April 2019. 10 are invited to the next round.

    • An international jury of experts will review the short-listed top 10 applicants and select the top 5 most successful winning collaborations.

    • 5 winners will be notified by the end of April. Click here to read the judging criteria

    • The Better Together Award Programme will take place between
      16. and 23. of Mai 2019.

    We believe in the power of innovation and collaboration to solve pressing climate change mitigation and adaptation challenges across the globe.

    Cities, towns and regions are the pioneering places where local solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the effects of climate change need to develop. Start-ups, social enterprises or civil society organisations in all parts of the world are exploring and implementing such new solutions. Often they use digital technologies to make their cities and regions more sustainable and resilient. These solutions can create longer-lasting impact if they are implemented together with local authorities—and can only be effectively realised and scaled if stakeholders adopt a shared mindset of collaboration.

    Who we are looking for

    Applicants must…

    • submit their collaborative innovation as a team of two partners, nominating one representative of each partner to participate in the Better Together Award Program

    • have already successfully implemented their innovative solution

    • have the ambition to scale their solution and be an inspiration for local climate action

    What we are offering…

    The five winners of the Better Together Award will receive global visibility to scale and replicate their collaborative innovation, as well as an all-expenses-paid award program in Berlin and Heidelberg, Germany in May 2019.

    In Berlin, winners will participate in an innovation journey and public pitch event (May 16 – 20, 2019) and attend the International Conference on Climate Action (ICCA) 2019 (May 22 – 23, 2019) in Heidelberg.

    • Pitch & Inspire

      • Showcase your collaborative innovation to more than 1,000 international decision-makers during various events at ICCA 2019

      • Take part in the conference’s high-level award ceremony

      • Pitch your solution to more than 200 international practitioners of local climate action at the Climate Neighborhoods.

        Exhibit & Promote

        • Receive professional video material capturing your pitches and a video profile of your innovative collaboration on the Award website

        • Exhibit your solution throughout the ICCA 2019 conference at a dedicated Better Together Marketplace

        • Get featured as a global lighthouse example in the Better Together Trend Report—this will be launched at the ICCA 2019 and distributed via the networks of international networks  for local climate action such as Energy Cities, REN21, SloCAat, Climate Alliance, UN Habitat , ICLEI and many more

          Exchange & Learn

          • Meet leading German and international sustainable urban transition experts and Berlin smart city start-ups

          • Experience the Berlin Innovation Journey, tailored to your needs and interests

          • Visit Berlin’s leading climate innovation campus (EUREF), an innovation hub where start-ups, academics, corporates and local utilities co-create the future of sustainable urban development and the energy transition

            Connect & Scale

            • Present your solution to a curated audience of German city representatives at an invitation-only event in Berlin

            • Benefit from targeted match-making with the international participants of ICCA 2019

    Network Partners



    The Better Together Award is a project on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and facilitated by Impact Hub Berlin.

    The Better Together Award is facilitated by Impact Hub Berlin.

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