TECH CHALLENGE

At which development stage should my idea be?

We accept applications for projects at any stage, from idea to fully rolled-out concept. Our only requirement is that you have a structured development or business plan, and that you are able to demonstrate the impact you expect to achieve or have achieved.

How detailed should my business plan or development plan be?

Regardless of the stage of development of your project, it is important that we understand:

  • The products or services your delivery, and how
  • Your aim and how you plan to get there
  • Your key partners
  • Your customers or audience
  • Your funding plan
  • Your intended impact and how you demonstrate it

Can you explain what type of support will be provided?

The winners will start a residency in one of C40’s host city, like Paris or Tel Aviv-Yafo. There, C40 and its partners will work with the winners to understand the type of support required to deliver the impact objectives of the project. They will then offer this support through the form of acceleration or experimentation programmes, with the collaboration of the relevant city departments.

Can projects focusing on mid-size cities apply as well?

The project can initially be developed for any city, including a mid-size city. However please bear in mind that the winners will get to experiment their project in one of the host C40 Cities, like Paris or Tel Aviv-Yafo. The winners will then pitch the impact of their experimentation at the C40 Mayors Summit in October 2019, for an opportunity to scale their solutions to other C40 Cities.

What specifically are you looking for in the technical aspect of the application?

We define tech solutions as providing a technical service or product, or heavily relying on it. It can be digital, mechanical or civic technology.

Can I apply if I am not the CEO or founder of my project?

We understand teams might be mixed, however the woman applying will need to be, if not founder or CEO, playing a leading role in the organisation.

MENTORSHIP

Will my city participate in the W4C Mentorship Programme?

To find out whether your city will participate in a Women4Climate Mentorship Programme, please follow our updates on our Facebook Group , Twitter account and sign up to our newsletter via the Women4Climate website.

You can also find the information about cities participate in our programmes here

I would like to join the programme as a mentor and offer my time and expertise. How can I do so?

To become a mentor in your city, please send us an email with your name, title, CV, motivation letter and a short description as to why you would like to volunteer as a mentor.

I would like to join a W4C event, how can I join?

To find out more about the W4C events please read our Events page, where you can find the details of the event and also how to participate. If you would like to find out more, please get in touch with us by indicating your name, title, position and a short description as to why you would like to participate in the event.

How does the mentorship programme work?

In short, the Women4Climate Mentorship Programme is a peer-to-peer relationship between an experienced mentor and a mentee in order to enhance the mentees agency and autonomy in a chosen domain. The programme usually runs for 10 months and enables mentees to become part of a global platform consisting of other climate heroines who are part of its network. The mentoring also enables mentees to connect to a powerful network of mayors, city officials, global change-makers and industry professionals. You can find out more about the mentorship programmes active in C40 cities here.

Are cities allowed to take part in other W4C initiatives other than the Mentorship Programme ongoing cities?

Cities can part take in other initiatives of W4C. Cities can join as implementing partners of the Tech Challenge or they can provide  be a part of our Knowledge Lab and provide valuable information on research pillars focused on the gendered impacts of climate change.

I am developing a project on climate change/emission reduction in cities. How can I share it with C40?

If you are a researcher, city practitioner, startuper or expert, and your work corresponds to the gender specific impacts of climate change, please reach out to us here, indicating your name, title, and a brief (max. 250 words) summary of your project. We will get in touch as soon as we can.

Am I eligible for the mentorship programme? 

If you are a woman (C40 uses an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female”. Transwomen, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who identify, have identified, or have been identified as female or woman are welcome to apply) and you are passionate about finding innovative and inclusive solutions to tackle climate change in cities, and you run a project/initiative you should be eligible to apply for the W4C Mentorship Programme. To check whether you are eligible to participate, please check here and see if your city is running a programme. Bear in mind that applicants must be located in the city that hosts the initiative, so please make sure not to apply to a mentorship programme that is not in your city.