Through RISE - Sundara’s newest and most ambitious initiative to date we will be Rewarding Innovative and Sustainable Entrepreneurs.
Our goal with RISE is to make a global impact through providing seed-funding and mentorship to female entrepreneurs across the globe living in low to middle income countries.
This new, ambitious phase of our work focuses on elevating women to become thought leaders and change-makers in their very own community. With RISE, entrepreneurs already have unique and powerful ideas on how to resolve water, sanitation, or hygiene problems in their very own community - yet lack the resources to make this possible. Sundara Fund helps to provide both mentorship and financial support to these entrepreneurs to make a lasting impact in the community.
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
We believe in offering a hand-up, rather than a hand out. RISE offers up to $5,000 per entrepreneur to contribute sustainably to their community in the WASH sector. These funds give early-stage entrepreneurs the initial financial support to develop their business plan into a well-researched, income-generating project.
Over and above seed funding, RISE offers regular guidance and communication on everything from how to best develop a business plan to perfecting a ‘pitch.’ No two projects or businesses are alike - and that’s why we provide tailored, specific advice based on the individual needs of each fellow.
We tap into our extensive network of professionals to connect you with experts relative to your field. From business consultants, to PR professionals, to similar organizations working in your sector, we work to connect you to world class talent.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
Female entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 to 50 living in low to middle income countries with a unique idea on how to improve local water, sanitation or hygiene problems in their very own community
Grassroots nonprofits led by females or benefitting females, with annual budgets under $50,000 USD
The idea will be fully developed or the project will be in its infancy
Applicant will be able to clearly explain the problem, with a concise explanation of the solution to be implemented
Applicant will be able to clearly explain how much funds they require and how they plan to use the funds to create a profitable, sustainable impact-venture
As an entrepreneur, your hands are full - really full. That’s why we created a funding application that’s simple and allows you to devote time where it’s truly needed - on the ground, in your community, and behind the drawing board working to perfect your ideas.
Applicants submit their funding application via our online portal found below - it’s short and sweet, we promise! If any questions arise during the submission process, feel free to reach out to our team. We aim to make this process as simple as possible from start to finish.
After applicants submit their funding proposal, our team works diligently to review all submissions as soon as possible – when it comes to innovative, life-saving ideas, we know that time is of the essence. All legitimate applicants, whether they’ve made it through to the next round or not, will be contacted after this phase.
After your submission has been reviewed and approved, we will personally connect with each non-profit or entrepreneur via video conference to learn more about you and your work. After we meet, we will announce those successful applicants to our program and be in touch with next steps.
APPLY FOR FUNDING
Please note that there are several countries which can not accept money from the US - if your country is on either of these lists, we unfortunately can not work with you at this time. If you have any questions regarding the application, please email email@example.com and our team will be in touch with you.