FRIDA Scale-up Grants

FRIDA Scale-Up Grants seek to strengthen social enterprises that have developed successful technological solutions by allowing them to gain scale.

Within the context of this call for proposals, social enterprises include for- or not-for-profit organizations seeking to articulate market forces and strategies to find solutions to social problems.

Proposals applying for a scale-up must aim at supporting social enterprises that have successfully developed innovative technological solutions that address social issues. In this case, a proof of concept of the innovations must exist, i.e., innovations must have proven their potential to respond to a specific social issue which justifies their up-scaling.

Submissions must meet the following requirements:

  • Technological Component: All project proposals must have a technological component through which they seek to solve a social issue.
  • Innovation: Proposed solutions must be innovative, i.e., they must present new strategies, ideas, methods and processes that respond to the social needs of the communities they seek to serve.
  • Social impact: Proposed solutions must seek to create social value and prove how they will meet the needs of their specific target communities.
Call for Proposals 2018

In 2018, the FRIDA Program will offer a single scale-up consisting of US$20,000 to a project in the Technology and Gender category.

Technology and Gender Scale-up Grant

The gender divide in technology remains a challenge in Latin America and the Caribbean. The FRIDA Program will offer one scale-up to a project that seeks to scale up innovative solutions focused on the promotion of gender equality and women’s leadership in technology and the Internet industry. Priority will be given to initiatives working on:

  • The development of digital skills among women and girls (coding, network management and security, IPv6, Big Data, Robotics, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, and Cloud Computing, among others).
  • Women’s participation in digital markets and their access to employment opportunities in technology.
  • The implementation of strategies to defend digital rights and increase online security and the inclusion of women and girls.
  • Women’s involvement in the deployment of Internet infrastructure to promote Internet access and adoption.

Projects must be led by a woman. Likewise, priority will be given to submissions by teams made up mostly of women. Selected projects must be executed within a period of twelve months.

How to Apply and Key Dates

Click here to submit your project through FRIDA’s Application Platform:  Note: Proposals will be received until 15 May at 23:59 Uruguay time (UTC-3).

The 2018 call for proposals will be divided into two stages. In the first stage, applicants must submit a summary of their project through FRIDA’s Application Platform. Only shortlisted projects will move on to the second stage, during which the submission of a more extensive proposal will be required.

  • Call for project proposals opens: Wednesday 4 April 2018
  • Deadline for submitting proposal summaries: Tuesday 15 May 2018 at 11:59 pm (UTC-3)
  • Announcement of shortlisted projects: Wednesday 20 June 2018
  • Submission of detailed proposals for shortlisted projects: Wednesday 20 June to Friday 6 July 2018
  • Announcement of results: Monday 13 August 2018

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