$20000 Green Challenge Fund to be awarded to Green Startups plus three month of Business Development Services (BDS)

Green Challenge Fund 2019


The Green Challenge is part of the ILO Tanzania Green jobs project to promote job creation for youth and women in an environmentally sound manner, supported by the Government of Sweden.

The Tanzania Green Challenge competition will be implemented in collaboration with local business development service (BDS) providers to offer financial and non-financial services to innovative green and growth oriented small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to grow their businesses.

The Green Challenge will create a platform for green enterprise innovation and development of sustainable enterprises, particularly women and youth, to drive the creation of green and decent jobs. Targeted emerging and established SMEs will increase their provision of green products and services by accessing a tailored business development programme, supported by selected BDS providers. It aims to tap the potential of a green economy in Tanzania by:

i. addressing high levels of youth unemployment;
ii. increasing the numbers of formal and growth-oriented enterprises; and
iii. improving the sustainability of production processes in SMEs.


1.Official Launch Ceremony -18 November, 2019
2.Deadline for submission of applications- Thursday, 5 December 2019, midnight EAT.
3.Judging process – 6-9 December 2019
4.Notification of shortlisted finalists – 9 December 2019
5.Award ceremony- 11-12 December 2019
6.Follow up of winners and documentation of the business models



• Best Green Business (Technology based, Manufacturing and Service)
• Best Green Agribusiness
• Best Renewable Energy Business
• Best Waste Management and Recycling Business

There will be one winner for each category, making a total of four (4) awards.
Each Category winner will receive US$ 5,000 as financial support in cash and 3 months of Business Development Services (BDS).

Business Development Services may include business management training services tailored to the needs of the company, green entrepreneurship training, coaching, consulting services, and technological support to boost innovation.


The Green Challenge is open to:

• Young women and men entrepreneurs 18-35 years of age and above, who run a small or medium-sized business in Tanzania with potential for growth in a green economy.

• Applications from women, youth, and business leaders and entrepreneurs living with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

To participate in Green Business Competition 2019 please click here for Registration: Deadline for submission is Thursday, 5 December 2019, midnight EAT.

Contact the following for more information:

1.Hyuk Hwang,

Project Support Specialist,

UN Environment-Africa Office.

Mobile: +255 752 450 112

E-mail: hyuk.hwang@un.org

2.Allen M Kimambo,


Mobile: +255 682 851 064

E-mail: wasterecyclerstz@gmail.com /secretary@tara.co.tz

3.Henry Kazula,

Project Coordinator,

Mobile: +255 754 572 143 or


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