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January 13, 2021 (Application Deadline)

Rise Up Pitch Competition

Women entrepreneurs face structural barriers to entrepreneurship, and Black women entrepreneurs have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. This new award program is an opportunity for Black women entrepreneurs to receive support and potential funding to grow their businesses, while recognizing the African, Caribbean and Black Women Entrepreneurs who have persevered with innovative business ideas despite the challenges of recent months.

Applications from Black women at all stages of their entrepreneurial journey are encouraged, and will be provided with opportunities to develop skills, build networks and get the support they need to succeed.

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January 13, 2021

IRENA-Technical Working Groups of the High-level Dialogue on Energy 

The September dialogue will mark the first global gathering on energy at the GA since 1981, and will be a historic opportunity for stakeholders to gather with a focus on energy decarbonization and universal access.

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January 15, 2021

2021 Indigenous Clean Energy & SevenGen Hack-A-Thon

Indigenous Clean Energy and SevenGen are excited to be hosting our first ever Hack-a-Thon for Indigenous youth ages 18-30 across Turtle Island to compete on a case about Accelerating Electric Vehicles in Indigenous Communities. You can register with a team of 2-4 people or you can register as an individual and be added to a team of other individuals before the competition. This competition is for any eligible participant with any level of background on the topic. The case will be sent to the teams on Monday, January 18 and from there teams are welcome to get started. This a very independent competition and teams will be expected to work on their presentations on their own time coordinated with their team.

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January 18-22, 2021

The 2021 Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE) Gathering.

These words guide the collaborative process of ICE Gatherings. This is an opportunity to the notion that as Indigenous communities, allies, and partners, we are all change agents advancing a clean energy future. Together we are creating a future that embodies energy democracy, Indigenous leadership, inclusive prosperity, Indigenous entrepreneurship, climate action, and ecological protection.

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January 20, 2021

From Ideas to Action: Using end-user subsidies to achieve universal energy access

This event will explore the ‘smart’ design of end-user subsidies to address this complexity and uncover solutions. It will have a particular focus on stand alone solar technologies.

At the event, participants will:

  • Join energy access experts as they explore how end-user subsidies can fit within the ‘tool-kit’ of public financing solutions to achieve universal energy access
  • Share their own experience and insights around end-user subsidy design challenges in the off-grid solar standalone space and ‘smart’ solutions
  • Learn from, and participate in the design of, four pilot standalone solar end-user subsidy country programs
  • Identify clear next steps to advance clean energy access for hundreds of millions of people living in energy poverty

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January 25-29, 2021

McGill Sustainable Energy Week

Each year, the Student Energy Chapter at McGill University will hold a McGill Sustainable Energy Week related to a topical sustainable energy aspect. The theme of this year’s SE Week is Project Design in Sustainable Energy. The summit will provide a platform and opportunity for students to gain skills and knowledge on various sustainable energy-related topics and benefit them in their future career path. The summit will consist of 3 main types of events: webinars/workshops, panels and networking events.

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January 26, 2021

CanREA Operations Summit

The CanREA is launching the inaugural Operations Summit dedicated to the operations of wind, solar and energy storage sites in Canada. The two-day program will build on the success of the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s past O&M Summit, we are excited to welcome solar and energy storage to embark on a new level of industry engagement. Through our virtual events platform and outs-of-the-box networking opportunities, attendees can expect an array of options to not only learn but participate and connect with the rapidly expanding clean power sector.

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January 27, 2021
How To Reimagine Human Development? Conversation on the Human Development Report 2020
UNDP Finland and Fingo invite you to join a virtual conversation on the Human Development Report 2020 on the 27th of January 2021 at 15.00-16.00 EET.
For the first time in a relationship spanning 300,000 years, instead of the planet shaping humans, humans are shaping the planet. This is the Anthropocene: the age of humans. The 30th anniversary Human Development Report 2020 looks at how humanity can navigate this new age, unpacking the relationships between people and the planet and where we go from here, to transform pathways to human progress.

January 31, 2021

Start Up Energy Transition Award

The Start Up Energy Transition Award is an international competition for start-ups and young companies worldwide who are working on ideas affecting global energy transition and climate change.

Prizes & Criteria: Up to EUR 10.000 per winner; Flights & accommodation to Berlin; Access to exclusive partner events globally; Finalist pitches at SET Tech Festival.

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Coming up Next Month

February 1, 2021

RAY Diversity Fellowship

The RAY Fellowship stands with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. We work to support and advocate for RAY applicants and Fellows, regardless of their country of origin, and we support permanent solutions and pathways to citizenship like the Dream Act. Learn more about DACA, the Dream Act, and what we stand for by reading this press release from the incredible folks over at Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS):

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