The EU-funded SwitchMed project has announced that its SwitchersFund has joined up with the OSCE – the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe – to promote Green and Social Entrepreneurship in the Mediterranean as a tool for contributing to stability and peace in the region, by launching the OSCE GEMS Awards.
The OSCE GEMS Award will reward young entrepreneurs from Mediterranean countries who submit innovative ideas to improve their environment that have as well a social impact. To this end, the Award will provide a €15,000 grant to the best business ideas submitted by young Green Entrepreneurs from the Mediterranean, so they can turn their idea into a business. The OSCE Mediterranean Partner Countries are Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia.
The deadline for applications is 10 November.
The SwitchMed sustainable consumption and production programme aims to promote a switch by the Mediterranean economies towards sustainable consumption and production patterns and green economy, including low-emission development, through demonstration and dissemination of methods that improve resource and energy efficiency. It also seeks to minimise the environmental impacts associated with the life cycle of products and services and, where possible, to promote renewable energy.