Ashoka is an international non-profit network that promotes social entrepreneurship. After a first successful collaboration in 2015-2016, Ashoka has renewed its partnership with the Schneider Electric Foundation—under the aegis of the Fondation de France—to tackle fuel poverty and promote energy sustainability in five European countries: Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain.
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 (European Parliamentary Research Service). This has a severe impact on their health and wellbeing. Creative and systems-changing solutions are required in order to transform this issue into an opportunity for these people to thrive.
Ashoka and the Schneider Electric Foundation are launching a new Call for Projects for the 2017-2018 program, Social Innovation to Tackle Fuel Poverty. The 2017-2018 Social Innovation to Tackle Fuel Poverty Call for Projects is organized by Ashoka France, a French association registered under the Siret number 480 044 742 00025 (hereafter, “Ashoka France” or the “Organizer”).
 The Fondation de France is an independent and private philanthropic network.
Article 1 The Call for Projects
The Call for Projects for the 2017-2018 Social Innovation to Tackle Fuel Poverty program (hereafter, the “Call for Projects”) aims to identify, engage, and support to scale up 15 to 20 innovative organizations that offer creative and systems-changing solutions to tackle fuel poverty and promote energy sustainability in Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain (hereafter, the “Target Countries”).
The Social Innovation to Tackle Fuel Poverty Prize (hereafter, the “Prize”) consists in twelve weeks of personalized and specialized support, 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.
Article 2 Participation Eligibility
The Call for Projects is open to organizations (i) with a social and/or environmental purpose, (ii) in operation for at least one year at the date of application, (iii) which are registered and located in the Target Countries (hereafter, “Candidate Organizations”). For-profit companies, governmental agencies, and corporate foundations are not eligible to participate in the Call for Projects.
Applications must be filed by the founder, co-founder, or leader of the Candidate Organization (hereafter, the “Applicant” or “Applicants”). The Applicant must have the appropriate power of attorney or representation authority in order to submit an application for the Candidate Organization. The Applicant shall disclose if the Candidate Organization’s project involves the intellectual property rights of a third party (i.e., a legal entity other than the Candidate Organization and/or a natural person other than the Applicant).
The Applicant must reside in one of the Target Countries.
The Organizer and the Selection Committees reserve the right to immediately disqualify any Applicant and Candidate Organization if they discover that they have disclosed inaccurate or untrue information.
Article 3 Application Process
3.1 Free Online Application Form
Participation in the Call for Projects is free. Application to the Call for Projects implies the full acceptance of the present regulation.
Applicants shall fill out an online application form, available at http://www.tacklefuelpoverty.com, from Monday, June 12, 2017 at 9 am GMT until Sunday, October 8th, 2017 at midnight GMT. No application submitted outside this timeframe will be taken into consideration.
Applications that exceed the maximum number of characters per question or do not respond to all questions will be disqualified.
3.2 Single Application
It is not possible to submit more than one application for the same project and/or Candidate Organization.
Article 4 The Selection Committees
There will be one National Selection Committee per Target Country. Each eligible application, completed in full and before the deadline, will be examined by the National Selection Committee of the Candidate Organization’s nationality. Each National Selection Committee will select the best Candidate Organizations.
A European Selection Committee will assess the applications of all Candidate Organizations selected by the National Selection Committees.
The National and European Selection Committees are composed of social entrepreneurship professionals (particularly from Ashoka) and fuel poverty experts (particularly from the Schneider Electric Foundation). The names of the National and European Selection Committees members shall remain confidential.
Article 5 Selection Criteria
The following selection criteria are purely indicative, and shall merely serve as guidelines for the Selection Committees’ assessment. The final selection decision shall remain at the discretion of the Selection Committees.
Applications are first evaluated based on the following knockout criteria:
- The Applicant must be able to demonstrate that the Candidate Organization has been operating for at least one year at the date of application;
- The Applicant must be proficient in English, given that all European gatherings will be conducted in English; and
- The applicant must be able to travel to Bonn (Germany) between November 12-13, 2017 and to Rome (Italy) in April 2018.
The Selection Committees will further review applications meeting the above criteria based, among others, on 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 fiber, and availability.
Article 6 Announcement of the Winning Organizations
At the end of the selection process, the European Selection Committee will announce the names of the 15-20 winning organizations. While the Organizer requests that the European Selection Committee nominate a maximum of 20 winners, the European Selection Committee may choose to select fewer winners. The names of the winning Organizations will be announced during the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change in November 2017 in Bonn, Germany (hereafter, “COP23”).
If the Organizer or the European Selection Committee is unable to contact a winning Applicant or Candidate Organization based on the contact information submitted in the application, it shall consider that that the Candidate Organization has declined its prize.
The European Selection Committee will also establish a waiting list of applicants who may be called on to replace a faulty winner. This list is confidential and will not be disclosed.
The decisions of the European Selection Committee are discretionary, final and not subject to appeal or to any request for clarification.
Article 7 Nature and Value of the Prize
The Prize will consist in a twelve-week free mentoring support for their project. The mentoring support will involve several individual and/or collective sessions in the winners’ respective countries, for a total of approximately 300 hours of training. The mentoring support is valued at approximately €55,000 per project (consulting fees and mentoring time).
At the end of the twelve-week mentoring program, all winners will gather for a two-day European summit in Rome, Italy.
The Organizer will communicate all practical details of the Prize to the winners after the announcement of the results. The Prize specific modalities may be the object of a separate undertaking between the Organizer and the winners.
The winners shall not contest or challenge the Prize. Neither shall them request, or be entitled to, the award of the Prize’s equivalent value in money or in whatsoever form, nor to its replacement or postponement. The winners shall not be entitled to transfer their Prize to a third party.
Non-contractual tentative schedule:
- Launch of Call for Projects: Monday, 12th June 2017 at 9am GMT.
- Deadline for Call for Projects: Sunday, 8th October 2017 at midnight GMT.
- Announcement of winners: 13th November 2017.
- Mentoring sessions: January-April 2018.
- Two-day European Summit: April 2018.
Article 8 Applicants’ commitment
Each Applicant commits to:
- Reading, understanding, and accepting this regulation without reservation; and
- 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.
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, except in unavoidable circumstances of force majeure, 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.
Non-respect of any of the obligations set forth in the present section, and more generally non-compliance with any of the present regulation’s provisions, may entail disqualification from the present Call for Projects and/or withdrawal of the Prize.
Article 9 Confidentiality and Intellectual Property
Members and/or personnel of the Selection Committee, Organizer, and any other person who has had access to the application forms submitted by Candidate Organizations commit to keeping all information confidential. However, the Applicants and Candidate Organizations shall take all the necessary measures to ensure the protection of their intellectual property rights.
Article 10 Personal Data and Right to Access
All data collected in the context of the present Call for Projects will be the object of computer processing by the Organizer, the Schneider Electric Foundation and their partners and/or affiliates. They will process this data to assess the eligibility of an application, and will transmit it to the European Selection Committee for its assessment. Further, the Organizer will use this data to promote the present Call for Projects and the Social Innovation to Tackle Fuel Property program, through any medium that it may deem appropriate.
Absent written instructions to the contrary by an Applicant or a Candidate Organization, the Organizer reserves all rights to exploit and communicate this data to third parties, including to market-research companies and polling agencies, solely for research and analysis purposes.
Pursuant to the law No. 78-17 of January 6, 1978 related to information technology, data, and civil liberties, Applicants and Candidate Organizations have a right to oppose (art. 26), to access (art. 34 to 38), to correct and to suppress (art. 36) their personal data. In addition, Applicants are entitled to give specific instructions regarding the conservation, deletion and communication of their personal data after their death. These rights can be exercised by writing to the Organizer at: Ashoka France, 28 Palais Brongniart, 75002 Paris, France.
Article 11 Limited Responsibilities for Organizers
The Applicants and Candidate Organizations accept that the Internet is not a secure network. They shall therefore not seek the Organizer’s responsibility for any intrusion or virus contamination that they may have suffered in the process of online application. Neither shall the Organizer be liable for any damage caused to Applicants or Candidate Organizations while accessing or attempting to access the online application form.
The Organizer shall not be liable for, and the Applicants or Candidate Organizations will not be entitled to any compensation arising out of:
- Cancelling, shortening, prolonging, reporting, or modifying the conditions of, the present program in the event of: an event of force majeure, events beyond its control or of justified needs;
- The unavailability of the http://www.tacklefuelpoverty.com website during the program;
- The potential failure of the procedure of participation due to Internet core characteristics;
- Ay claims brought against Applicants and/or Candidate Organizations by third parties, including other Applicants or Candidate Organizations;
- Any damages suffered by the Applicant and/or the Candidate Organization in relation to the present competition.
Article 12 Applicable Law and Dispute Regulation
The present regulation is governed by the laws of France.
All disputes arising out of or in connection with the present program shall be notified in writing to the Organizer within 30 days after the end of the present Call for Projects (i.e., 30 days from the announcement of the winning organizations). Absent a written notification of claim within said period of time, all claims shall be deemed waived.
All disputes arising out of or in connection with the present program, and duly notified to the Organizer, shall be subject to an attempt to reach an amicable settlement.
In the absence of an amicable settlement, the dispute(s) will be brought before the competent Paris tribunal.
Article 13 Lodging and Consultation of the Regulation
This Regulation may be consulted on the program’s website http://www.tacklefuelpoverty.com 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 provisions of this Regulation were to be declared void or inapplicable, the other provisions would keep all their strength and their validity.
Any situation not contemplated in the present regulation shall be assessed at the Organizer’s discretion.
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