Socially Responsible / Sustainable Business Plan Accelerators, Competitions, & Fellowships

There are many more business plan Competitions, Accelerators, and Fellowships than what you see below — we’re trying to keep our list to competitions with a responsible / sustainable focus or track. To update information on this page, please contact us at:

We encourage social and environmental entrepreneurs to enter mainstream business plan competitions as well.

Program Name Program Type City Country Application Deadline
VentureWell E-Teams Incubator USA 01/25/17
Tulane Conscious Capitalism Business Plan Competition Competition New Orleans, LA USA 01/27/17
Buckminster Fuller Challenge  Competition New York, NY USA 03/31/17
VentureWell BME Idea Boston, MA USA 04/05/17
Postcode Lottery Green Challenge Competition 06/01/17
VentureWell E-Teams Faculty Grants Grants Boston, MA USA 07/08/17
D-Prize Challenge San Francisco, CA USA
Unreasonable Institute Accelerator
Fledge Seattle, WA USA
MIT IDEAS Competition  Competition Boston, MA USA
SVN Innovation Awards  Program USA
Artemisia Accelerator São Paulo Brazil
Ashoka Innovators for the Public  Fellowship
Enviu Challenges Rotterdam Netherlands
Future of Fish 
Investors’ Circle  Investment USA
Powerhouse Incubator Oakland, CA USA
UnLtd USA Program Austin, TX USA
Villgro : Artha Venture Challenge Investment India
Villgro Incubator India Rolling
Yunus Social Business Accelerator
Frontier Market Scouts Education
Mai Bangkok Business Challenge @ Sasin  Bangkok Thailand
Global Social Venture Competition Competition
Somali AgriFood Fund Investment Somali
Acterra Business Environmental Awards Competition Santa Clara, CA USA
Aspen Institute First Movers Fellowship  Fellowship
Ashden Awards London United Kingdom
Clean Tech Open 
Duke Executive Summary Competition  Durham, NC USA
Echoing Green Global Fellowship  New York, NY USA
Eisenhower Fellowships: 2015 Women’s Leadership Program
Eisenhower Fellowships: USA
Harvard Social Enterprise Club Pitch for Change Competition  MA USA
Impact Engine  Chicago, IL USA
Intel+UC Berkeley Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge  Berkeley, CA USA
Invest2innovate Pakistan
Kick – Athens Athens Greece
Kick – Tokyo Toyko Japan
Kick – Vancouver Vancouver, BC Canada
LAUNCH: Green Chemistry USA
McGinnis Venture Competition  Pittsburgh, PA USA
National Social Entrepreneurship Forum
Pears Innovation for International Development Program Ramat Aviv Israel
Pepperdine Socially Minded Entrepreneur Award  Los Angeles, CA USA
Pop Tech Fellowship USA
Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship  Palo Alto, CA USA
Social Innovation Fast Pitch
Social Innovation Forum
Stanford Social E-Challenge  Palo Alto, CA USA
Tufts Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition  Medford, MA USA
Tulane NewDay Challenge  USA
UnLtd India  Mumbai India
Verb Social Innocation Austin, TX USA
Village Capital Washington, DC USA
Watson University Boulder, CO USA
Agora Partnerships Accelerator Program  Managua Nicaragua
Global Social Benefit Institute Santa Clara, CA USA
Compass Fellowshhip  USA Varies
Afghanistan Impact Alliance Afghanistan
Avantage Ventures
Avina Panama City Panama
Bethnal Green Ventures London United Kingdom
Better Ventures San Francisco, CA USA
Beyond Grey Pinstripes  USA
Bioneers USA
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies USA
Business for Social Responsibility USA
Carbon Outreach USA
Carbon War Room USA
Case Place USA
Catapult Design USA
Center for Corporate Citizenship USA
Center for Small Business & the Environment  USA
Community Wealth Ventures USA
CREA  Zacatecas Mexico
D3Jubilee Washington, DC USA
Dasra  Mumbai India
Eco-Ventures International USA
Ennovent India
Entrepreneurs’ Foundation of SVCF  Silicon Valley, CA USA
Fledge Accelerator
Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment
Foundation for a Sustainable Future San Francisco, CA USA
Garuna Project
Green America Business Network USA
Green Business Base Camp USA USA
Halcyon Incubator Washington, DC USA
HIP Investor Inc. USA Tel Aviv Israel
I3 Latam New Mexico Mexico
Impact Hub – Accra Accra Ghana
Impact Hub – Amsterdam Amsterdam Netherlands
Impact Hub – Antigua Antigua Guatemala
Impact Hub – Athens Athens Greece
Impact Hub – Austin, TX Austin, TX USA
Impact Hub – Baltimore, MD Baltimore, MD USA
Impact Hub – Bamako Bamako Mali
Impact Hub – Barcelona Barcelona Spain
Impact Hub – Bari Bari Italy
Impact Hub – Belgrade Belgrade Serbia
Impact Hub – Belo Horizonte Belo Horizonte Brazil
Impact Hub – Bergen Bergen Norway
Impact Hub – Berkeley, CA Berkeley, CA USA
Impact Hub – Berlin Berlin Germany
Impact Hub – Birmingham Birmingham United Kingdom
Impact Hub – Bogota Bogota Columbia
Impact Hub – Boston, MA Boston, MA USA
Impact Hub – Boulder, CO Boulder, CO USA
Impact Hub – Bratislava Bratislava Slovakia
Impact Hub – Brixton London United Kingdom
Impact Hub – Brno Brno Chezh Republic
Impact Hub – Bucharest Bucharest Romania
Impact Hub – Budapest Budapest Hungary
Impact Hub – Caracas Caracas Venezuela
Impact Hub – Curitiba Curitiba Brazil
Impact Hub – Donostia Donosita Spain
Impact Hub – Dubai Dubai United Arab Emirates
Impact Hub – Florence Florence Italy
Impact Hub – Floripa Floripa Brazil
Impact Hub – Geneva Geneva Switzerland
Impact Hub – Halifax, NS Halifax, NS Canada
Impact Hub – Harare Harare Zimbabwe
Impact Hub – Honolulu Honolulu USA
Impact Hub – Islington London United Kingdom
Impact Hub – Istanbul Istanbul Turkey
Impact Hub – Johannesburg Johannesburg South Africa
Impact Hub – Khartoum Khartoum Sudan
Impact Hub – Kigali Kigali Rawanda
Impact Hub – King’s Cross London United Kingdom
Impact Hub – Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Impact Hub – Kyoto Kyoto Japan
Impact Hub – Madrid Madrid Spain
Impact Hub – Manila Manila Philippines
Impact Hub – Mexico City, DF Mexico
Impact Hub – Milan Milan Italy
Impact Hub – Minneapolis, MN Minneapolis, MN USA
Impact Hub – Monterrey, TX Monterrey, TX USA
Impact Hub – Moscow Moscow Russia
Impact Hub – Munich Munich Germany
Impact Hub – New York City, NY New York City, NY USA
Impact Hub – Oakland, CA Oakland, CA USA
Impact Hub – Oaxaca Oaxaca Mexico
Impact Hub – Odessa Odessa Ukraine
Impact Hub – Ostrava Ostrava Chezh Republic
Impact Hub – Ottowa, ON Ottowa, ON Canada
Impact Hub – Phnom Penh Phnom Penh Cambodia
Impact Hub – Piladelphia, PA Piladelphia, PA USA
Impact Hub – Prague Prague Chezh Republic
Impact Hub – Recife Recife Brazil
Impact Hub – Reggio Emilia Reggio Emilia Italy
Impact Hub – Rome Rome Italy
Impact Hub – Rotterdam Rotterdam Netherlands
Impact Hub – Rovereto Rovereto Italy
Impact Hub – Salt Lake City, UT Salt Lake City, UT USA
Impact Hub – San Francisco, CA San Francisco, CA USA
Impact Hub – Sao Palo Sao Palo Brazil
Impact Hub – Seattle, WA Seattle, WA USA
Impact Hub – Seoul Seoul South Korea
Impact Hub – Singapore Singapore Singapore
Impact Hub – Siracusa Siracusa Italy
Impact Hub – Stockholm Stockholm Sweden
Impact Hub – Taipei Taipei City Taiwan
Impact Hub – Tel Aviv Tel Aviv Israel
Impact Hub – Torino Torino Italy
Impact Hub – Toyko Toyko Japan
Impact Hub – Trieste Trieste Italy
Impact Hub – Vienna Vienna Austria
Impact Hub – Washington, DC Washington, DC USA
Impact Hub – Westminster London United Kingdom
Impact Hub – Yerevan Yerevan Armenia
Impact Hub – Zagreb Zagreb Croatia
Impact Hub – Zurich Zurich Switzerland
Individual Development Program
Instituto Quintessa Brazil
Kick – San Francisco San Francisco, CA USA
Launch-green chemistry
Le Comptoir de L`Innovation
LGT Venture Philanthropy
Mulago Foundation  San Francisco, CA USA
Natural Innovation
Net Impact
New Venture Group Mexico City, DF Mexico
New Ventures Mexico Mexico
Omidyar Network 
Points of Light Civic Accelerator USA
Portland State University, Social Innovation Incubator Portland, OR USA
Potencia Ventures 
Relay Foundation
Ripple Works Redwood City,CA USA
Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF)
Rock Health  San Francisco, CA USA
RSA London United Kingdom
SandBox Network 
Second Muse
Seed Spot Phoenix, AZ USA
Singularity University Moffett Field, CA USA
Social Alpha Cape Town South Africa
Social Enterpreneurship Education Consortium
Social Impact Bank ChezhRepublic
Social Innovators Collective
Social Venture Network – Innovation Fellows
The Difference Incubator Melbourne, VIC Australia
Think Local First – DC Washington, DC USA
UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition  Berkeley, CA USA
UnLtd UK London United Kingdom
Up Spring Associates