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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (Danish MoFA) and Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) have partnered to implement the GreenBiz Programme for the next five years, from January 2021 to December 2025. The support to KCIC (and KCV) under this engagement totals DKK 54,750,00, approximately Kes. 1 billion with a focus on climate technologies and related innovative business models. The programme will support 300 businesses to create over 3,000 full time job opportunities.

The expected outcome will be increased commercialisation and scale up of climate related companies, which create decent jobs, increased access to low carbon energy sources, increased community and household resilience to climate change as well as other environmental and social benefits.

Through strategic partnerships, KCIC will work to influence the creation of enabling legal and regulatory frameworks for clean tech businesses as well as the mainstreaming of the green growth and climate change agenda into the Kenyan economy.

KCIC is engaged in five sectors: water; renewable energy and energy efficiency (RE & EE);

agriculture; commercial forestry and waste management. By focusing on these sectors, KCIC (and its clients) will directly and indirectly contribute to the achievement of SDG 1 (no poverty); SDG 2 (no hunger); SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), and SDG 13 (climate action). Others are SDG 15 (life on land); SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth) and SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production).

The Kenya Climate Innovation Center, which is the implementing partner, is placing a call for applications to our GreenBiz  programme to support climate technologies and related business models into the programme. The GreenBiz Programme will address key challenges that hinder climate technologies and related innovative business models from tapping into the immense potential in the cleantech sector.

The applications can be submitted online through the KCIC website. The calls for applications will run from 15th June 2021 to 6th July 2021. Thereafter, evaluation of the applications will be done and responses to the applicants will be communicated by KCIC by 16th July 2021. KCIC will offer successful applicants a letter of agreement for review and thereafter signing. This call for applications aims to onboard 60 climate technologies that cover renewable energies and energy efficiency, Water, Agribusiness, Commercial forestry and Waste management.

Post on-boarding to the programme, a needs assessment exercise will be conducted to ascertain the specific needs of the successful applicants. Based on these needs, successful applicants will receive technical and financial support based on assessment done to support their growth.

Guideline          Reference  Overview Details
●   All applications must be submitted online through the Kenya Climate Innovation Center website Application portal

●   The Applicants must complete an application form by answering a series of mandatory questions

●   The applicants must indicate which program they are applying to join into i.e. The Incubation program or Green- Tech Accelerator Programme

●   Personal information supplied in the application form such as names, addresses and date of birth should be verifiable and the applicant is solely responsible for informing KCIC of changes in current contact methods indicated in their application.

●   The Applicant must provide current correspondence address, email and telephone numbers and inform of any changes during the review and onboarding process.

●   Upon submission of the application form, an email will be sent to the Applicant or via the preferred contact method indicated in their application.

●   Once submitted, applications cannot be altered or amended.

●   Review of applications will commence immediately after client applications have been received in our system. Shortlisting of applicants will take place following the close of the Application Window.   

Applicants can apply to join either the incubation or the acceleration Programme:

1. GreenBiz Incubation Programme

This is a 12-month program targeting start-ups and early-stage businesses that have at least developed a prototype. The businesses receive intensive practical training and business coaching to enable them prove their concepts in the market and progress towards commercialization. Clients who successfully complete this program can apply for the KCIC GreenBiz Accelerator Programme.

Incubation programme eligibility metrics

●      A limited company incorporated and operating in Kenya

●      Business is within KCIC’s five thematic areas

●      Have an innovative product, service or business model.

●      Be in the early stages of business development.

●      Climate change angle: how the business has a positive impact on environment and quality of life

2.GreenBiz Accelerator Programme

This is an 8-month program in which clients are provided with highly individualized services aimed at:

a) Setting the clients on a rapid business growth path

b) Preparing clients to be investor ready as well as raising investments.

GreenBiz Acceleration program eligibility metrics

●      A limited company incorporated and operating in Kenya

●      The company is within KCIC’s five thematic areas

●      Have an Innovative product, service or business model

●      A proven business model and a well-defined financial model

●      Post-revenue stage

●      Looking to raise capital

●      Team of 2+ full time employees

●      Demonstrate a climate angle: means how the business has a positive impact on environment and quality of life

 

Business Compliance

The applicant should be registered under the laws of Kenya.

○   Limited Liability company

○   Sole Proprietorship but willing to register the business as limited company within the first 3 months once a business is selected

Location: The business must be located and legally registered in   Kenya.

Scope: The company should be within the below mentioned thematic   areas:

○   Agribusiness.

○   Water management.

○   Renewable energy and energy efficiency.

○   Waste Management

○   Commercial forestry

Agribusiness:

Businesses focusing in any of the following areas will be considered but are not limited to;

  • Resilient crops/seeds.
  • Climate smart/energy efficient agricultural machinery
  • Efficient irrigation mechanisms/Technologies.
  • Efficient/value addition and food processing
  • Climate friendly inputs/alternatives for example pesticides, fertilizers, and other field operations.
  • Post-harvest management technologies 

Water Management:

KCIC is focusing on businesses that are developing sustainable and innovative water management interventions associated with, but are not limited to:

  • Solar filtration
  • Desalination
  • Innovative technologies in rainwater harvesting and storage
  • Efficient irrigation technologies
  • Biotechnology for water treatment.
  • Smart Water Metering
  • Supply and distribution of clean water

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency:

KCIC is looking to support innovative businesses that innovatively offers climate change mitigation or adaptation solutions through any or all of the following, but are not limited to:

  • Off-grid technologies – solar PV, biogas, biomass and wind
  • Micro-hydro – domestic and rural mini-grid use
  • Bio-energy – bio-gasification, bio-diesel, biomass power and heating
  • Energy Efficient Technologies; Cook stoves, Solar Lanterns,
  • Energy metering and Energy Storage technologies.

Waste Management:

KCIC is interested to incubate innovative businesses falling within any of the following areas, but are not limited to:

  • Efficient waste aggregation and processing
  • Reduction of waste toxicity
  • Upcycling waste materials
  • Recycling waste materials
  • Conversion of waste to energy
  • Economic ways of composting waste
  • Reduction of waste generation

Commercial Forestry:

KCIC is looking to incubate innovative businesses across all commercial forestry value chains that encourage growth of commercial forests, innovative processing technologies and manufacturing of value added as, this will focus on but not limited to;

  • Planting Trees for commercial purposes on at least 3 acres of land
  • Demonstrating sustainable practices in forest management and tree harvesting to build resilient forests
  • Use of technologies to grow and monitor forest coverage that reduce deforestation and degradation
  • Innovative best practices in agroforestry that enhance agricultural landscape resiliency, facilitate species movement to more favorable conditions, sequestering carbon and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Commercial tree nurseries and seeds production facilities
  • Efficient production, processing and use of wood raw material
  • The applications will be screened for eligibility.
  •  The eligible applications will then be evaluated on a set of criteria. A scoring system will be used to provide incubation applications with a score between 1 and 25 (25 being most successful) and acceleration applications with a score between 1 and 30 (30 being most successful)
  • All applicants will receive an official response on their application determining whether they were successful or not. KCIC is not obligated to provide substantive feedback on unsuccessful applications.
  • Successful clients will receive an email indicating terms of the programme and proposed due diligence dates, while unsuccessful clients will receive an email indicating proper justification of why their application was rejected.
  • The applicant can contest the evaluation by submitting a formal request to KCIC within 14 days upon receiving the rejection email.
  • Applicants will be contacted via email regarding their application.
  • Due Diligence shall be carried out on the successful applicants to verify eligibility prior to any potential offer of a placement in the program.
  • Applications that do not meet all or some of the eligibility criteria will not be accepted.
  •  If Applicants are offered a place in the program, they will be expected to execute a legal agreement with Kenya Climate Innovation Center, by signing a Letter of Agreement, which will be sent to them via email
  •  Applicants must accept the offer and return the signed Agreement within seven (7) working days, otherwise the offer lapses.
The following criteria and scoring system will be used for evaluation of the eligible applications for this call.
  • Scalability – does the business model that shows clear and compelling mission to grow a sustainable and commercially viable business
  • Impact – Entrepreneur’s ability to meet KCIC targets (e.g., access to clean water, jobs creation/employment, increase in yield production, employment, CO2 equivalent mitigated, access to clean energy, access to off-grid energy, social inclusivity to marginalized groups)?
  • Progress to date – has the applicant taken key first steps to move the idea forward?
  • Innovation – is the business innovative in the way it addresses an identified problem in the market?
  • Profitability – What is the business’s ability to produce a return on an investment based on its resources in comparison with an alternative investment?
  • Entrepreneur commitment – What is the entrepreneur’s personal commitment which informs the business’s purpose and helps it succeed?

 

The following describes the kind of technical support that can be provided by KCIC to successful applicants under the GreenBiz Programme. Support is based on assessment of actual needs on a case-by-case basis.

 

A) Business Advisory

Successful applicants will be equipped with technical knowledge, tools and skills that will enable them to identify and develop their business. Based on a gap analysis, it will entail the following support:

●   Entrepreneurship trainings

●   Technical training and value addition

●   Business modelling to start and run the business including record keeping, statutory requirements and compliance

●   Value Chain and Business Linkages Advisory

●   Financial literacy training and investor readiness programs

●   Provide case studies to foster exchange of learning and inspiration among Value Chain groups.

●   Virtual learning and advisory support via computer platforms or mobile to support program beneficiaries during and post COVID -19 scenario

●   Onsite learning and advisory support will be provided

●   Development of bankable business plans and financial models.

 

B) Mentorship and Coaching

Successful applicants will be mentored by experienced sector specific mentors, business experts, technical experts and certified business mentors to develop specific skills and knowledge that will enhance their business and personal growth. The specific activities include:

●   Counselling and guidance by successful businesspersons, peers, and professionals.

●   Sharing of experiences in business forums and associations.

●   Teaming and virtual training.

●   Technical Coaching and Expertise

●   One-on-one coaching

●   Conduct value chain mapping and needs assessment

C) Access to Information

Successful applicants will benefit from information sharing and establishing partnerships with Ecosystem players, companies and other stakeholders for effective market access through collaborative agreements. The specific activities include:

●   Create online platforms for information sharing and networking

●   Providing information on business development within the thematic areas, including policy and regulatory changes.

●   Ensure participation or hosting of entrepreneurs to local and international start-up conferences

●   Expose entrepreneurs to business expansion opportunities & international investors

●   Link entrepreneurs to local and international customers

●   Research and identification of markets as well as establishment of Market linkages.

●   Linkage and facilitation to attend exhibitions, trade fairs and other events

 

D) Enabling Environment

Successful applicants will benefit from access to services that will enable them to improve the current market they are operating in, increase number of customers, have access to various sector specific events that directly affect their business through;

●   Invitations to Policy dialogues that directly affect the business or the sector in general

●   Access to exhibition and expos whereby they can be able to actively showcase their products

●   Networking forums for the entrepreneurs to create partnerships that will foster growth of the company.

E) Access to Facilities

Successful applicants will benefit from access to various business specific resources that will enable them to improve the quality of product and the quality of service they offer and have a central location they can be able to use as their offices; this will be through;

●   Access to office facilities; co-working spaces to facilitate business meetings and improve company relation with potential business partners and also meet potential clients

●   Access to testing and prototyping facilities that will enable the business to improve and develop the current products for better market experience for the entrepreneur.

The following describes the kind of financial support that can be provided by KCIC to successful applicants under the GreenBiz Programme. Support is based on assessment of actual needs on a case-by-case basis.

Two types of financial support:

  •  Successful applicants can receive financial support through either Proof-of-Concept grant financing (POC) or Early-Stage Financing (ESF) to support the innovative businesses.
  • In order for the Successful Applicants to be considered for financing under the GreenBiz Programme, their business models will be evaluated against the criteria for financing, defined in the KCIC POC and ESF Financing criteria.
  • Funds application, evaluation and processing will come after 3 months of technical support and advisory services for POC cases and 3-6 months of technical support and advisory services for ESF cases that will assist businesses develop Bankable proposals.

POC

  • The purpose of Proof-of-Concept grant financing is to prove a concept of an idea, test prototype in the market, product development support before market testing, refine the business model and progress towards commercialization.
  • It is a non-repayable matching grant subject to agreed drawdown milestones.
  • The size of POC support must fall within the following ranges:

-Minimum amount: Kes 1,000,000

-Maximum amount: Kes. 5,000,000

ESF

  • The purpose of the Early-Stage Financing (ESF) is to support businesses at the growth stage and can scale their business.
  • It’s a repayable debt
  • Interest rates ranging from 8% – 10% per annum
  • The size of ESF support must fall within the following ranges:

-Minimum amount: Kes. 5,000,000

-Maximum amount: Kes.10,000,000

External Financing

  • KCIC will also provide transaction advisory services to entrepreneurs to be able to access third party financing such as debts, grants and equity investments

Definitions, Terms and Conditions

The following definitions shall apply:

“Applicant” means an individual, group or businesses that submits their application information in the Kenya Climate Innovation Center application portal for review and possible selection into the GREENBIZ program.

“Application” means the online entry form completed and submitted for the program on the Kenya Climate Innovation Center Website.

“Application Window” means the period commencing from 15th June 2021 to 6th July 2021 when Applications can be submitted.

“Programme” refers to GreenBiz Programme

“Entity” means a company or other legal entity incorporated or registered and resident in Kenya together owning directly/indirectly more than 50% of the voting rights in the entity.

“Mentor” means an individual/firm selected for their expertise, passion and alignment to the GreenBiz program vision and engaged to support and guide the entrepreneurs on the program.

“Successful Applicants” means Applicants who are selected to participate in the GreenBiz Incubation and The GreenBiz accelerator program.

“Climate technologies/Climate Smart Innovations” means solutions used to address climate change

“Climate Angle” means how the business has a positive impact on the environment and quality of life. Applicants’ innovations and enterprises contribute to the following;

Mitigation: reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) into the atmosphere

or absorption of GHGs from the atmosphere.

Adaptation: seeks to adjust natural and human environments to the likely disruption and damage that will result from the effects of climate change and focuses on

measures which increase the resilience of vulnerable sectors, such as agriculture, water supply and infrastructure.

Resilience: have the capacity of social, economic and environmental systems to effectively respond to climate related disruption or disaster. Thus, improving the ability of assets and systems that reduces risk, avoids maladaptation, unlocks development and creates inclusive benefits against the increasing prevalence and severity of climate-related stresses and shocks.

  • Successful Applicants shall be subject to the stated terms and conditions, the Letter of Agreement and other rules and guidelines published by Kenya Climate Innovation Center from time to time for the running of the GreenBiz program.
  • Kenya Climate Innovation Center and its program affiliates reserves the right to cancel or amend all or any part of the Rules without notice. Any changes to the Rules will be posted on the Kenya Climate Innovation Center website. It is the responsibility of Successful Applicants to keep themselves informed as to any changes to the Rules. Kenya Climate Innovation Center shall not be liable for any loss suffered by a Successful Applicant due to any changes to the Rules, including failure to complete some or all tasks under the program due to such change.
  • The entrepreneur is expected to be 100% committed towards the success of the project, this is through providing feedback on business updates to the business analyst, providing quarterly data to the monitoring and evaluation team and also time spent in the project, if the client is in breach of this, Kenya Climate Innovation Center has the right to terminate the agreement with the successful applicant.
  • If for any reason the program is not capable of running as planned for reasons including but not limited to tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, force majeure events or any other causes beyond the control of the Kenya Climate Innovation Center and its funding partners which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this program, Kenya Climate Innovation Center reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the program and disqualify any Successful Applicant.
  • Kenya Climate Innovation Center shall not be liable for any loss arising from modification, suspension, or cancellation of the program.
  • Employees from either the Kenya Climate Innovation Center, KCIC Consulting, KCV or affiliated partners in the GreenBiz program and their immediate family members are not eligible to apply for the program, either individually or as part of a team or Entity.
  • By applying to the GreenBiz program, Applicants consent to have details of their application – other than commercially sensitive information – featured in any media or promotional activity for the GreenBiz program being carried.
  •  Kenya Climate Innovation Center will contact Applicants in advance of any media request for interviews.
  •  Kenya Climate Innovation Center will only use the personal details supplied for the administration of this program, and for no other purpose except with the Applicant’s consent.
  • The Mentors are required to sign a non- disclosure agreement as it relates to personal information which may come into their possession during the GreenBiz program and are committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards.
  • Internet access and adequate English language skills are recommended for the Application process. Candidates with no English reading or speaking skills need to translate the application content at their own cost.
  • This program is governed by the laws of the Republic of Kenya and Applicants submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Kenyan Courts.
  •  Applicants are not required to make any purchase or payment to access the website, submit an application or become eligible for the program.
  • Only one Application or Entity is permitted per Applicant. An Applicant shall not make multiple entries under different names, email identifications, different business Ideas or Entities. Multiple entries by an Applicant or multiple entries for the same Entity shall be a ground for disqualification.
  • Beneficiaries from previous KCIC programs or their Partners shall not reapply for the program in any subsequent year, even for a different business Idea or name – this constitutes multiple application and is grounds for disqualification, and termination of Alumni status.
  • All submissions must be made directly by the Applicant behind the Idea or Entity entering the program. Entries made online using methods such as a macro, script, using automated devices or processors are not allowed and shall be disqualified.
  • Kenya Climate Innovation Center accepts no responsibility for late, lost, misdirected damaged or delayed Applications because of any network, computer hardware or software failure of any kind.
  • Bulk and third-party entries shall not be permitted.
  • Kenya Climate Innovation Center reserves the right to verify the validity of entries and to disqualify any Applicant for tampering with the entry process or failing to make entries as specified by the Terms and Conditions.
  • No corruption or defect in, failure or delay in the delivery of any email communication from Kenya Climate Innovation Center will entitle an Applicant to an extension of any deadline, or otherwise entitle an Applicant to make any form of claim.

By applying for this program, each Applicant attests that their application:

  • Is true and correct in all material respects.
  • Does not infringe or violate the rights of any third party, including but not limited to, ownership, copyrights, trademarks, patents, logos, licensing rights, rights of publicity or privacy or any other intellectual property rights.
  • Is not contrary to any applicable laws.

Kenya Climate Innovation Center shall reject applications which, in the reasonable opinion:

  • Contain any content that is likely to be considered offensive or could negatively reflect the name, reputation, or goodwill of Kenya Climate Innovation Center or affiliated partners associated with the GreenBiz program and other parties acting on its behalf.
  • Include trademarks, logos, or copyrighted material not owned by the Applicant or used without the right holder’s prior written permission.
  • Defames, misrepresents, or insults any third parties.
  • Poses adverse risks to the environment, human lives, or property
  • Promotes or is sympathetic to any political agenda.
  • Are affiliated to terrorist or other illegal activity.

 

Kenya Climate Innovation Center reserves the right, in its absolute discretion to disqualify any Application or Successful Applicant at any point during the program, without granting any opportunity for challenge, if it has reasonable grounds to believe that the application:

  • Has been made fraudulently or contains any false or misleading statement.
  • Has breached any of the Eligibility Criteria or other Rules.
  • Has infringed on any intellectual property of any other person.
  • Was made in breach of any applicable law.
Kenya Climate Innovation Center is completely against fraud, bribery and corruption.

Kenya Climate Innovation Center does not ask for money for applications or proposals. If approached for money or other favours, or if you have any suspicions of attempted fraud, bribery or corruption please report immediately and provide as much detail as possible with any reports.

Likewise, if any fraud, bribery, or corruption during the call process is discovered, Kenya Climate Innovation Center reserves the right to terminate the cooperation with the business or Entity in question.

Report through KCIC’s Internal Audit function:

Innovative Business & Development Solutions Ltd.

●        Charles Kabuthu

●        Email: ckabuthu@ibds.co.ke

●        Phone: + 254 721 514 301