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Call for application open until Sunday May 16th 2021!

The program

The Biodiversity Partners Program (BiPP)  is an innovative acceleration and learning program on biodiversity using mixed learning methods, that is action oriented, transdisciplinary and local, and aims to develop a community of practitioners on a regional scale.

The BiPP program has a two-fold approach:
○ to use accelerator models to scale impactful projects and create a community of change makers.

○ to use nature-based learning  methods to deploy pro-nature projects in various sectors and a common culture on biodiversity and ecological transition.

The program

The Biodiversity Partners Program (BiPP)  is an innovative acceleration and learning program on biodiversity using mixed learning methods, that is action oriented, transdisciplinary and local, and aims to develop a community of practitioners on a regional scale.

The BiPP program has a two-fold approach:
○ to use accelerator models to scale impactful projects and create a community of change makers.
○ to use nature-based learning  methods to deploy pro-nature projects in various sectors and a common culture on biodiversity and ecological transition.

About

Nature based solutions

New perspective on biodiversity issues and management

Indigenous knowledge

New insights on local African knowledge

Systems thinking

Understanding complex adaptive systems

Deep ecology

Developing a deep relationship with the rest of the living beings to foster just action

Design sprint

Empowerment to efficient action and project viability

Business skills

Tools, support and network to strengthen your project
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE
The program is for

INTRAPRENEURS

You work in an organization (company, institution, etc.) whose core activity may NOT be biodiversity or conservation

You develop or support (a) project(s) that will have an impact on biodiversity, is innocative, can be scaled or replicated

The project(s) supported has/have a demonstrated positive impact on biodiversity in Southern Africa

Your organization supports your initiative

ENTREPRENEURS

You have created an organization (company, NGO, etc.) with a legal structure and a minimum of 6 months of activity

Your project has impacts on biodiversity, is innovative, can be scaled or replicated

Your project is looking at economic viability to maintain impacts created You have an innovative pro-nature project
from one of these countries

Program roadmap

PHASE 1 - EXPLORE

JUNE 7th to JULY 2nd

Nature based solutions & indigenous knowledge systems

Exploring deep ecology & systems thinking

Developing your ecological leardership skills

Meeting innovative projects and their methods

PHASE 2 - EXPERIMENT

JULY 21st TO JULY 29th

6 days business sprint

Experimenting start up methods through a design sprint

Accelerating your project with a dedicated experts team

Working on your value proposition, marketing and business model

PHASE 3 - GROW

AUGUST 2nd TO OCTOBER 2nd

2 month virtual program to develop business skills

Learning new tools & applying them to your project with coaching from facilitators

Workshops to grow your project with your peers

Program (2) à choisir

Explore

June 7 to July 2

○ Nature based solutions & indigenous knowledge systems

○ Exploring deep ecology & systems thinking

○ Developing your ecological leardership skills

○ Meeting innotivative projects and their methods

Experiement

July 21 to July 29

6 days business sprint ○

Experimenting start up methods through a sprint ○

Accelerating your project with a dedicated experts team ○

Working on your value proposition, marketing and business model ○

Grow

August 2nd to October 2nd

○ 2 month virtual program to develop business skills

○ Learning new tools & applying them to your project with facilitated coaching

○ Workshops to grow your project with your peers

F.A.Q.

What is the BiPP?

The Biodiversity Partners Program (BiPP) is an acceleration program & a training course. The training blends the most recent research about biodiversity regeneration and nature based solutions, as well as innovative practices about our relationships to the other than humain beings. The acceleration program brings advanced pratical support to implement pro-nature projects. The entire program is a 4 month journey that brings together change makers from all horizons to strengthen their project and accelerate a community on pro nature projects.

Who can apply?

In 2021, the Biodiversity Partners Program is aimed at Southern African projects holders and transition actors in the field of biodiversity regeneration in the region (Namibia, Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana). It gathers entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs from a wide diversity of sectors and doesn't know boundaries as long as the ambition is high for nature !

How to join the program?

• Have a project within the institution you are working in or a project on your own that aims the restoration of biodiversity in Southern Africa.
• Be available and willing to carry out the overall program
• Enter your profile and project here and participate in the selection process.

How much does the BiPP cost?

The Biodiversity Partners Program (BiPP), financed by the French Development Agency (AFD), is completely free.

When does the BiPP start?

The BiPP will start June 7 and will end on October 2.

What are the criteria upon which I will be selected?

Candidates will be selected on the motivation of the applicant, the impact on biodiversity restoration and the potential in terms of innovation of its project. The potential of scalability and replicability of the project is also a criteria the jury will consider.

What are you referring to as an innovative project or pro-nature project?

The Biodiversity Partners Program aims the acceleration of new regenerative practices that are not yet widespread. We understand innovative and pro nature projects as projects that does not simply aims the conservation of nature, but encompass a much deeper ambition to revitalize all life (new agricultural practices, biodiversity in cities, ecosystems restoration etc…)

When will the selection be announced?

Confirmations of participation with the selected candidates will be undergone from May 7 to May 13, when the final list of participants will be announced.

In terms of personal time and time management, how is the program organised?

Explore phase from June 7th to July 2nd : 5h per week of new insights and collective work.
Break from July 3 to July 20th
Experiment phase on the 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 29 of July : 6 full days of work on your project.
Grow phase from August 2 to October 2nd : 2 month of work at your own pace.

What documents do I have to prepare for the applications?

You will be asked to download a resume, and if you want, you will be able to download every document you find interesting for the jury to consider your application.
You can also download a video describing you, your project and what this program will bring you, it is not mandatory but will be appreciated by the jury.

Who selects the participants?

A jury will select the participants based on the criterias mentioned above. It is composed by representatives of the institutions co-creating this program : the French Development Agency (AFD), the Afican Management Institute (AMI), the Sustainability Institute and Edtech Connections.

Any questions?

Feel free to contact us here :
hellobipp@afd.fr

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