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Youth and Climate Entrepreneurship Exchange
May 12, 2022

Youth and Climate Entrepreneurship Exchange

Department of State
U.S. Mission to Austria

General Information:

Document Type:Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number:SAU90022CA0001
Funding Opportunity Title:Youth and Climate Entrepreneurship Exchange
Opportunity Category:Other
Opportunity Category Explanation:The U.S. Embassy Vienna of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a a Youth and Climate Entrepreneurship Exchange between July and September 2023.
Funding Instrument Type:Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity:Other (see text field entitled “Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity” for clarification)
Category Explanation:The U.S. Embassy Vienna of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program to promote and foster entrepreneurship among Austrian young people. Climate change is the defining global challenge of our time. Startups and entrepreneurs are critical drivers of green growth, brining innovative solutions to climate change challenges and addressing societal needs in a way that results in a more sustainable, inclusive, and just energy future. As collaboration between Austria and the United States has the potential to transform the way our nations adapt to our changing climate, how we produce and use energy, and how we turn climate challenges into opportunities, U.S. Embassy Vienna invite proposals for a Youth and Climate Entrepreneurship Exchange to be carried out between July and September 2023.
Expected Number of Awards:1
CFDA Number(s):19.040 — Public Diplomacy Programs
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:Yes
Version: Synopsis 1
Posted Date:May 10, 2022
Last Updated Date:May 10, 2022
Original Closing Date for Applications: Jun 30, 2022
Current Closing Date for Applications:Jun 30, 2022
Archive Date:Jul 30, 2022
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Award Ceiling:$225,000
Award Floor:$180,000

Program Objectives: 

 This exchange will focus on entrepreneurship and innovation in the climate change sphere, including renewable energy; energy efficiency and sustainability; environmental engineering; climate adaptation; resilient and clean technologies; carbon reduction; food production; design; or other innovative fields addressing climate challenges today and in the future. The goal is to provide university students, business start-up leaders, and founders between 20 and 25 residing permanently in Austria with intensive, hands-on entrepreneurship education and leadership development training, as well as a greater understanding of U.S-Austrian collaboration on business-focused climate change solutions. 

 Entrepreneurs help countries respond to specific problems, demands, or gaps in the market by identifying and pursuing new business opportunities; entrepreneurs and startups generate economic value, create jobs, and accelerate development, while often delivering social and environmental benefits for the customers and communities they serve.* As such, this program should give participants first-hand and theoretical knowledge of founding, financing, and growing a startup in climate change-focused sectors, as well as how to maintain momentum and spur additional growth through programming, promotion, and networking opportunities. 

 This program, which would take place between July and September 2023, should highlight the U.S. entrepreneurial ecosystem of a particular U.S. city or region that excels in climate change entrepreneurship. The program should include an in-person component in the United States that will expose participants to American culture, values, and business practices and highlight the 

 United States as a destination for future business partnerships, investment, and ongoing education. The U.S. component should be preceded and followed by a substantial programming and educational component in Austria (in-person and virtual, as local health regulations allow) to include networking with Austrian leaders in the business and climate sectors; team building; pre-departure orientation, and knowledge and sector expertise-building elements. This component should also include engagement and mentoring opportunities with alumni from previous U.S. entrepreneurship exchange programs.

 As this will be a cooperative agreement, U.S. Embassy Vienna will have substantial involvement in this effort including participant selection and approval of the program structure and content of the U.S. component.

The Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy is providing maximum flexibility for applicant organizations to offer program models that effectively meet the overall goals of the program.

In addition to those listed above, required elements of the program are as follows:

  • Participants should learn about the essential elements of an entrepreneurial ecosystem and how these elements inter-relate. Participants should have the opportunity to experience these elements in a local U.S. community through interactive, hands-on training, which might include, for example: presentations, meetings with entrepreneurs, social events, or business pitch presentations. Internships or practicums in businesses, NGOs, innovation hubs, or economic/business-related organizations could also be included.
  • Participants, specifically those with already established start-ups, participants should have interaction with top companies, founders, incubators, and venture capitalists in both countries.
  • Social entrepreneurship: Participants should learn how entrepreneurial principles can be addressed to remediate social ills, and how entrepreneurial concepts can spur civic action.
  • The program should include elements for post-program engagement with the Austrian participants that includes mentoring and supporting participants as alumni of this and other similar programs.
  • The recipient will identify specific and measurable outputs and outcomes based on the project specifications provided in the solicitation.

Additional program goals include:

  • Promote the awareness of future Austrian entrepreneurs of the entrepreneurial ecosystem as practiced in the United States.
  • Encourage identification of the United States as a destination for future business partnerships, investment, and ongoing education.
  • Foster professional and personal ties with local entrepreneurs and U.S. citizens in the local community.
  • Promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of Austria.

Participants and Audiences:

Target audience and participants are students, business start-up leaders, and founders between 18 and 29 residing permanently in Austria, including aspiring entrepreneurs or youth actively engaged in a start-up.


Link to Additional Information: See Related Documents

Grantor Contact Information: If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:
Grants Officer Teta M. Moehs
Public Diplomacy Officer, U.S. Embassy in Vienna, Austria