WIPO Green

Funding Sources

Innovation in the field of environmental technologies requires appropriate levels of finance. Yet accessing finance can be a major challenge for green technology innovators, even though international organizations, regional and national banks, governments and private organizations have increased levels of financing available.  Often it is simply a question of not knowing where to start. Browse our list of resources and partners below to kick-start your search for funding.

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The following websites can help address the challenge of locating funding by bringing together a wide range of resources offering finance for adaptation and mitigation projects that reduce the impact of climate change.

Description What you’ll find... Who's this for?
This web platform jointly developed by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank Group is the go-to site for information on climate finance.
  • A harmonised description of types of funds available, including:
  • – Examples of successful cases of blending different types of grant;
  • – A knowledge centre with a glossary of terminology, and a library with related publications;
  • – A collaborative user community.
  • Policy makers
  • Project Planners
  • NGOs
  • SMEs
Climate Funds Update is an independent website that provides information on the growing number of international climate finance initiatives designed to help developing countries address the challenges of climate change.
  • Where and by whom climate change funds are being developed;
  • The scale of proposed and actual financing;
  • What the funds support, in terms of focus, regions and particular projects.
  • Policy makers
  • Project Planners
This is the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) adaptation funding interface. The interface provides a platform to access and screen information on funding options available for adaptation worldwide. It provides a summary of adaptation funding options available from various sources, each with an information factsheet.
  • Searchable database in which entries may be filtered by one or more of the following:
  • –Region;
  • –Country;
  • –Nature of disbursement;
  • –Sectoral focus;
  • –Source of adaptation funding;
  • –Co-financing.
  • Policy makers
  • Project Planners
This United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change(UNFCCC) database of actions on adaptation has been developed under the Private Sector Initiative (PSI) of the Nairobi work programme, and features good practices and profitable climate change adaptation activities being undertaken by private companies from a wide range of regions and sectors.
  • A database of case studies of private companies initiatives involving adaptation activities may relate either to ensuring the resilience of business operations, or the provision of technologies or services that assist in the adaptation in vulnerable communities.
  • Corporations
  • SMEs
  • NGOs
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) unites 183 countries in partnership with international institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives. An independently operating financial organization, the GEF provides grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.
  • Searchable Database listing projects and funding opportunities provided by the GEF Trust Fund, the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) and the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF).
  • Governments
  • NGOs
  • CBOs
ImpactAssets50 (IA 50) is the first publicly available database of experienced private debt and equity impact investment fund managers. ImpactAssets is a non-profit financial services company created to help solve the world's toughest problems by catalyzing investment capital for maximum environmental, social and financial impact.
  • A database listing 50 of the most relevant impact investment funds.
  • The list is searchable by: impact investment focus; geographic focus; total assets; third party validations; industry impact metrics.
  • The IA 50 is not an index or an investable platform; rather, it is an information resource to begin research on the impact investing sector.
  • Investors
  • Policy makers
  • Project Planners
  • NGOs
  • SMEs

WIPO GREEN partners

WIPO GREEN partners offer a series of programs and services in financing the development, deployment and dissemination of green technologies. Browse the different funding sources listed below to access information about available financing and see whether your project is eligible.

Description Who‘s this for?

ADB's climate change initiatives are creating access and incentives for financing and investment to help make mitigation and adaptation actions more competitive and affordable to developing countries. In this effort, we are working with a number of partners on three fronts:

  • Mobilizing concessional resources through a number of mitigation and adaptation funds;
  • Catalyzing private sector investments;
  • Maximizing the use of market-based mechanisms, such as through the Carbon Market Program.
  • Policy makers
  • Project Planners
  • NGOs
  • SMEs

SS-Gate analyses your specific situation including project status, industry attributes and national policy and then selects the appropriate source of funding, using various financial instruments relying on banks, investment institutions, government funding and other financing methods in order to provide you with a comprehensive financing services solution.


Project financing
Eligibility: organizations with a stable cash flow, operationally sound and an ideal expectation. Financing mode: the loans or mortgage come from the project’s assets, the expected revenue or interest as collateral. The repayment guarantee will be based on the project itself in a good business situation and sales revenue in service, income or other income when the project is completed.
Equity Financing
For these enterprises that have good qualifications and high-growth potential, you can choose equity financing. We can help you with introducing risk investment, industrial investment or strategic investment.
Mergers and Acquisitions Financing
Financing plans can be provided. Financing methods include debt financing, equity financing or mixed financing.
  • Policy makers
  • Project Planners

EcoMachines Incubator is a London-based incubator that helps accelerate the growth of start-ups in the high-value manufacturing and advanced engineering spaces. It helps technology entrepreneurs to build their startup from a proof-of-concept technology into a high-growth, investable company. The preferred focus areas are energy, renewables, transportation, smart cities and industrial high-tech.


Accelerator program
The Accelerator Programme is designed to accelerate the development of start-up companies, and is customised to each qualifying start-up’s needs. The programme includes seed investment, intensive mentoring, access to the expertise of mentors and industry partners, as well as connecting entrepreneurs to their international network of investors. The programme is open to both UK and non-UK companies, and lasts between 3 and 9 months, depending on the needs of each start-up. During the programme, companies are expected to work regularly with the EcoMachines team at our central London offices.

Funding services

Accelerator funding
Companies on the EcoMachines Accelerator programme may be backed with up to £100,000 of seed funding in return for an equity stake. EcoMachineIncubator leverage that investment to gain access to grant funding for our companies.
Follow-on funding
Follow-on funding: For successful companies going through the Accelerator programme, ECOMachine can provide up to £500,000 in ‘anchor’ funding to help attract a follow-on funding round.
Funding later-stage companies
ECOMachine may also invest in companies that are at a more advanced stage of development, and facilitate access to additional funding through our network. Such companies may have access to parts of the Accelerator programme that are relevant to their needs.
  • Policy makers
  • Project Planners