"A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds."

– Mark Twain

"A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds."

– Mark Twain

Global Pioneers

Be a Global Pioneer and receive up to 25,000 Euro to realize your great idea about waste and disposal for the world.

Application for the first batch in 2019 is closed. Stay tuned for the second one.

Our Vision

Imagine a world where every human being has an eco-consciousness and every company contributes to the fight against pollution.

Our Goal

By 2050, Global Pioneers and its partners aim to support 320 ideas around the world that will create successful companies solving global problems.

Project Global Pioneers

Global Pioneers is a worldwide programme for young start-ups and founders whose business ideas offer solutions in the fields of sustainability, waste management, waste disposal or recycling. The project is supported by ALBA.

Together with the brightest minds on the planet, we find innovative ways to solve the pressing problems and relieve the burden on our planet.

Global Pioneers

Be a Global Pioneer and receive up to 25,000 euros to realize your great idea about waste and disposal for the world.

Apply from December 01, 2018 for the first round in 2019.

Our Vision

Imagine a world where every human being has an eco-consciousness and every company contributes to the fight against pollution.

Our Goal

By 2050, Global Pioneers aims to support 320 ideas around the world that will create successful companies that solve global problems.

Project Global Pioneers

Global Pioneers is a worldwide programme for young start-ups and founders whose business ideas offer solutions in the fields of sustainability, waste management, waste disposal or recycling. The project is supported by ALBA.

Together with the brightest minds on the planet, we find innovative ways to solve the pressing problems and relieve the burden on our planet.

This is what you should bring along with a great idea:

  • Your idea deals with the areas of recycling, waste, disposal, logistics, energy or sustainability,
  • you live or work in a developing country,
  • there are people who already profit from your idea / you may already have a proof of concept,
  • your sales model enables economic independence,
  • your project is scalable, i.e. not limited to a specific geographical region.

The Global Pioneers Competition

Each year, we select up to ten companies, which we can support with max.

in the first year. We also support you with our network and the concentrated ALBA marketing power.

Our support to your idea:

  • Funding – we take care of the economic power behind your idea and invest up to 25,000 Euro of capital in the first year, with the chance of a six-figure follow-up investment in the second year.
  • Come and visit us! – We invite you to the award ceremony at our headquarters in Berlin. There are also exciting workshops where we can develop your business and financial plans together.
  • Vitamin B – we connect you with the key people who will take your business to the next level, such as financiers, policy makers and other companies in the ALBA network.
  • Spread the news – we tell the whole world about you and your idea! For this we use our large press network for print and online media, our social media channels and our blog.

The application for the first
batch in 2019 is closed.
Stay tuned

This is how the application process works:

  • The application begins on December 01, 2018 and is open until February 28, 2019.
  • Send us your application online.
  • We make a preselection of 20 – 30 candidates.
  • Once you have been shortlisted, you will send us more detailed information such as business and financial plans and initial references.
  • We will select up to ten winners.
  • As a winner you will receive funding of max. 25,000 Euro and will be invited to the workshop in Germany.

Our support to your idea:

  • Financing – we provide the economic power behind your idea and invest up to 25,000 euros of capital in the first year, with the chance of a six-figure follow-up investment in the second year.
  • Come and visit us! – we invite you to the award ceremony at our headquarters in Berlin. There are also exciting workshops where we can develop your business and financial plans together.
  • Vitamin B – we connect you with the key people who will take your business to the next level, e.g. donors, political decision-makers and other companies from the ALBA network.
  • Spread the news – we tell the whole world about you and your idea! We use our large press network for print and online media, our social media channels and our blog.

This is how the application process works:

  • Application starts on December 01, 2018.
  • Send us your application online.
  • We will make a preselection of 20 – 30 candidates.
  • Once you have made it into the shortlist, you send us more detailed information such as business and financial plans and initial references.
  • We will select up to ten winners.
  • As the winner, you will be invited to the workshop in Germany and can receive funding of max. 25,000 euros.

News:

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FAQ:

Where is the headquarter of Global Pioneers located?

  • We are at home in Berlin.

Who is behind the Global Pioneers project?

  • Behind the project is ALBA, one of the top 10 companies in the global waste management and recycling industry with headquarters in Berlin and an annual turnover of around 1.8 billion euros.

Do I have to be working or living in a developing country?

  • Originally, our focus is on developing countries. Nevertheless, we are happy about every brilliant idea that reaches us.

 

Is it an exclusion criterion if my company has not yet been founded?

  • No, we are happy to help you with the foundation of your company in the event of winning the contest.

Until when is it possible to apply for the competition?

  • The application phase starts on December 01, 2018 and is open until February 28, 2019.

Do I already need a business plan for the first application phase?

  • No, you do not need a business plan until you are selected by our jury for the next round and thus among the 20 – 30 best participants.

 

What requirements should I meet in order to participate in the competition?

  • Your idea deals with recycling, waste, disposal, logistics, energy or sustainability,
  • you live or work in a developing country,
  • there are people who already profit from your idea / you have a proof of concept,
  • your idea enables economic independence in the future,
  • your project is scalable, i.e. not limited to a specific geographical region.

 

FAQ:

Where is the headquarters of Global Pioneers located?

  • We are at home in Berlin.

Who is behind the Global Pioneers project?

  • Behind the project is ALBA, one of the top 10 companies in the global waste management and recycling industry with headquarters in Berlin and an annual turnover of around 1.8 billion euros.

Is it an exclusion criterion if my company has not yet been founded?

  • No, we are happy to help you with the foundation of your company in the event of winning the contest

Until when is it possible to apply for the competition?

  • The application phase begins on December 01, 2018 and is possible until February 28, 2019.

Do I already need a business plan for the first application phase?

  • No, you don’t need this until you are selected by our jury for the next round and thus among the 20 – 30 best participants.

What requirements should I meet in order to participate in the competition?

  • Your idea deals with recycling, waste and recycling management, waste disposal or sustainability,
  • you live or work in a developing country,
  • there are already first people who profit from your idea / you have a proof of concept,
  • your idea enables economic independence in the future,
  • your project is scalable, i.e. not limited to a specific geographical region.

Do I have to be stationed in a developing country?

  • Basically, our focus is on developing countries. Nevertheless, we are happy about every brilliant idea that reaches us, even if you are not in a developing country.

 

Contact:

If you have any questions about the project, the application process or similar, you can send us a message here.

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