Are you a social entrepreneur that addresses the most pressing needs in your community? Apply for funding from the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation.

Are you a social entrepreneur that addresses the most pressing needs in your community? Apply for funding from the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation.

The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation (DRK), a global venture philanthropy supporting early-stage, high-impact social enterprises, invites social entrepreneurs to apply for funding. The foundation seeks to support outsized impact through entrepreneurs and enterprises that address pressing societal problems affecting people.

The foundation seeks to find social enterprises that fulfil the following:

  • Address a critical social or environmental issue as the focus of their work.
  • Have founders who intend to expand their impact significantly over time.
  • Be operating in Africa, Europe, India, Latin America, and the United States
  • Be an independent non-profit or impact-first, mission-driven for-profit entity.
  • Have one or more founders who are full-time or intend to be.
  • Demonstrate diversity of people proximate to the problem at hand and a commitment to foster justice, equity, inclusion, and belonging practices.
  • Have a program, product or service already in the market with an early indication for impact.

Applicants admitted for interviews will be taken through three phases of interviews, including the explanatory phase, initial due diligence phase and final diligence phase, to assess their eligibility for funding. Successful applicants will be accepted through a final due diligence phase to work towards clear goals for the new venture, including metrics and milestones to help the social enterprise achieve its mission.

Applicants that have successfully passed through all the interviews will receive funding twice a year over a three-year term, totalling USD 300,000.

To apply for the opportunity, visit Application form.


Are you a FoodTech or AgTech company in need of funding? Apply for the Cohort 4 of the Growth Impact Accelerator program before 24 February 2023

Are you a FoodTech or AgTech company in need of funding? Apply for the Cohort 4 of the Growth Impact Accelerator program before 24 February 2023

GROW, a global agriculture and food technology accelerator, invite applicants for the 4th cohort of the Growth Impact Accelerator Program, backed by AgFunder. The program seeks to support foodtech and agtech startups tackling the global challenge of sustainability. Through the program, successful applicants will receive USD 100,000 in investment funding from AgFunder. Participants will receive additional benefits including:

  • Access to growth partners for product testing, development, and scaling
  • Matching with global agrifood multinational corporations to support customer validation and feedback, deploying pilot projects, and securing new sales contracts
  • Access to AgFunder’s private and institutional investment global networks to support fundraising
  • Access to an experienced team of coaches and mentors
  • Access to physical workspace in Singapore (or virtual office address, if overseas) throughout the program duration
  • Access to media exposure and publicity through AgFunder’s news platform, events, and a demo day at the conclusion of the program
  • Support with Singapore EntrePass visa application through GROW’s partnership with Enterprise Singapore

Interested applicants should have solutions in the following areas:

  • Advancing smallholder farmers
  • Supply chain rationalization
  • Alt-proteins and novel foods and ingredients
  • Climate-smart agriculture and aquaculture
  • Personalized nutrition & health
  • Food waste valorization
  • Circular economy

To apply for the program, visit: Application form


Norrsken Accelerator

Are you an early-stage startup with a tech solution for the world’s most significant challenges? Apply for the Norrsken Accelerator – 2023 cohort.

Are you an early-stage startup with a tech solution for the world’s most significant challenges? Apply for the Norrsken Accelerator – 2023 cohort.

Norrsken Foundation, a non-profit foundation based in Switzerland, seeks applicants for its Accelerator programme. The 2023 edition of the Accelerator programme is designed to identify the world’s most promising impact startups and support them to scale. The programme targets early-stage startups globally that leverage technology to create and scale innovative solutions to new and old societal and environmental challenges.

The program includes an eight-week growth sprint and Norrsken House in Stockholm and a mentorship roster of 50 entrepreneurs, investors and unicorn founders. Applicants will have an opportunity to pitch their ideas to over 300 top international investors. Successful applicants will receive a USD 125,000 upfront or pre-seed investment from the Norrsken Foundation.

To apply, visit: Norrsken Accelerator Application


Young Founders Program

Westerwelle Start-Up Haus seeks applicants for its Young Founders Program – Apply before 15 February 2023

Westerwelle Start-Up Haus seeks applicants for its Young Founders Program – Apply before 15 February 2023

The Westerwelle Start-up Haus invites young entrepreneurs to participate in their Westerwelle Young Founders Program (YFP). The six-month program aims to support young entrepreneurs with targeted support to scale their ventures and develop leadership abilities in contributing toward building a sustainable future.

During the program, successful applicants will participate in the following activities:

  • Kick-Off Conference: A two-day virtual kick-off conference will take place on March 3 and 6, 2023
  • Remote Program:From March to August 2023, participants will receive six months of support, including a personal mentor, monthly peer mentoring sessions, monthly expert workshops, and networking opportunities with corporate representatives and investors
  • Berlin Conference:Ten best-performing participants will be invited to a five-day conference in May 2024, where they will have the opportunity to pitch to investors, participate in workshops, join networking events, and participate in the German start-up scene

Interested applicants should demonstrate high potential for impact and growth while fulfilling the criteria below:

  • Recently (in the last five years) started a for-profit company focused on developing or emerging markets;
  • Have a company that possesses a scalable business model that has ideally generated revenue or secured a first round of external funding;
  • Have a business that possesses disruptive qualities that can increase the quality, impact, or inclusiveness of the industry;
  • Possess a good working knowledge of English;
  • Be available to attend the digital kick-off conference and participate in program activities for six months.

To apply, visit: Westerwelle Young Founder Program


Startup Awards

Do you want to expand your tech business into global markets? Apply for the Eastern Africa Startup Awards before 31 January 2023

Do you want to expand your tech business into global markets? Apply for the Eastern Africa Startup Awards before 31 January 2023

 

The Global Startup Awards, an independent startup ecosystem competition, invites applicants for the Eastern Africa Startup Awards competition. The Startup Awards connects East African tech startups across the region to a global network of leading innovators and investors. The competition will award and support entrepreneurs and innovation ecosystem leaders making an impact in the following areas:

  • Environmental sustainability
  • Inclusive economic growth
  • Emerging technologies and innovation
  • Cross-border collaboration

Successful applicants in the competition will benefit from the following:

  • Access to new markets
  • Access to funding opportunities
  • Access to a global network of leaders
  • Exposure on a global stage

The competition process also brings together local ambassadors, country partners, national and international jury members, and key advisors to identify innovative startups in all aspects of the  ecosystem.

To apply for the competition, visit: Applications


JASIRI Talent Investor Program

Applications for the 4th Cohort of the JASIRI Investor Program are open. Apply before 5 April 2023!

Applications for the 4th Cohort of the JASIRI Investor Program are open. Apply before 5 April 2023!

JASIRI, an organization focused on tackling poverty in Rwanda and Kenya, is seeking applicants for its 4th cohort of the Jasiri Talent Investor Program. The one-year, fully funded program is available to high-potential entrepreneurs and will aid participants in idea generation, validation, prototyping, and then through the process of market entry all the way to venture creation. JASIRI aims to attack poverty by investing in, nurturing, and empowering responsible entrepreneurs and leaders who benefit society by helping to accelerate meaningful employment creation while embodying the values and behaviors of ethical leadership. JASIRI is supported by the Allan and Gill Gray Philanthropy.

Through the program, participants will receive the following:

  • Transportation to Kigali
  • A monthly stipend of $250 including accommodations, meals, and health insurance.
  • In the validation stage, each team will receive a $3000 budget for prototyping and testing.
  • During the venture creation stage, a $1000 monthly stipend Each team will receive a $7000 cash grant, plus the balance of any unspent validation budget, for venture creation.
  • Transportation from Kigali to Nairobi for founders choosing to establish their ventures in Kenya.

As soon as the teams have achieved product-market fit, they may apply for further equity funding.

To qualify for the program, interested participants must meet the following requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Age 25-35
  • Significant experience in your field/sector
  • A demonstrable history of entrepreneurial action
  • A desire to learn how to ideate, validate, prototype, and formalize market-creating ventures.
  • A desire to meet equally ambitious co-founders.
  • Must be a citizen of Rwanda or Kenya.
  • Willingness to complete the one-year fully funded Talent Investor program on a full-time basis.
  • Willingness to travel to Kigali, Rwanda for 3 months for the residential part of the program where teams are formed, and to continue with the remainder of the one-year full-time program in either Rwanda or Kenya.

To apply for the program, click on the link: APPLY

For more information, visit: JASIRI Talent Investor Prospectus or contact via email at enquiries@JASIRI.org


Call for applications for the Qualcomm Make in Africa Startup Mentorship program! Apply before 28 February 2023

Call for applications for the Qualcomm Make in Africa Startup Mentorship program! Apply before 28 February 2023

Quality Communications (Qualcomm) invites applicants for the Qualcomm Make in Africa Startup Mentorship program. Through the program, Qualcomm seeks to identify and support promising early-stage startups interested in applying advanced connectivity and processing tech to innovate end-to-end systems solutions. Successful applicants will receive the following benefits:

  • One-on-one mentorship with Qualcomm leaders regularly until product realization
  • Masterclass on product management, pitch clinic, hardware architecture and intellectual property rights
  • Demo day with the startup ecosystem
  • Networking with industry leaders, venture capitalists, investors and other accelerators

 

To apply for the program, visit: Applications


Virtual Partnership Programme

Are you a tech startup looking to partner with tech companies in Europe? Apply for the Virtual Partnership Programme before 29 January 2023

Are you a tech startup looking to partner with tech companies in Europe? Apply for the Virtual Partnership Programme before 29 January 2023

On behalf of the AEDIB|NET consortium, the European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN) invites applicants to participate in one of the AEDIB|NET Virtual Partnership Programmes managed by two innovation centres (1 in Africa and 1 in Europe).

The program seeks 100 participants (50 from Africa and 50 from Europe) to engage in learning and knowledge exchange exercises. The program is designed with core shared elements for the startups and tailor-made components meeting the specific needs of participating companies.

Through the program, participants will gain skills and knowledge in several areas including business development, strategic planning, startup management fundraising, networking, and sustainability. The program is designed around the following pillars:

  • Capacity-building
  • Peer-learning
  • Problem-solving
  • Learning-by-doing

Thirty successful participants will have the opportunity to participate in a physical boot camp (15 for Africa and 15 for Europe). Each boot camp will be organized in conjunction with a major event during which participants will receive investment readiness training and an opportunity to pitch in front of a jury and investors.

Interested participants should have a company legally registered within their country’s current legislation. They must also be related to one of the groups of specialisation of the project or in the process of developing a product or service applicable to any of the following sectors:

  • Climate Smart Agriculture
  • Smart Cities
  • Digital Trade
  • Clean Tech

To apply, visit: Applications

 


SME Response Clinic ibifurije Iminsi Mikuru y’Ibyishimo n’Umwaka Mushya w’Uburumbuke.  

SME Response Clinic ibifurije Iminsi Mikuru y’Ibyishimo n’Umwaka Mushya w’Uburumbuke. 

Umwaka wa  2022 waranzwe n’amahirwe yo gutera inkunga cyane no kubaka ubushobozi; amenshi muri ayo mahirwe mukaba mwarayagejejweho na SME Response Clinic. Nk’uko twitegura kugira iminsi mikuru, turifuza gutekereza kuri bimwe mu bikorwa byacu byadufashije gukorana namwe bikanabegereza amahirwe yo kubona inkunga no guteza imbere ubucuruzi.

Dore bimwe mu bintu by’ingenzi byaranze umwaka wa 2022.

Gahunda ya Ramba kugirango ukunguhare  

KCB Bank Rwanda, ubu yahindutse Banque Populaire du Rwanda PLC (BPR) ku bufatanye na  ConsumerCentriX na African Management Institute (AMI)yayoboye Gahunda ya Ramba kugirango ukunguhare. Gahunda yamaze amezi 4 yatanzwe n’AMI yari igizwe n’amasomo yatangwaga hakoreshejwe ikoranabuhanga akuzuzwa n’ibiganiro by’amahugurwa byakorwaga imbonankubone,  ba rwiyemezamirimo bigiragamo imbumbabitekerezo z’ubucuruzi zirimo imihindagurikire y’abakiriya  n’iy’amasoko no kurwanya imbogamizi nko kugira amafaranga macye yinjira no kubona inyungu nke.

Kwizihiza Ukwezi kwa Werurwe, Ukwezi kw’Abagore

Muri Werurwe 2022, SME Response Clinic yashyizeho ba rwiyemezamirimo b’abagore batatu bato mu rwego rwo kwishimira uruhare rw’ingenzi abagore bagira muri sosiyete yacu n’uruhare  rukomeye bagira  mu bukungu bw’u Rwanda. Abo ba rwiyemezamirimo  b’abagore uko ari batatu babajijwe icyo Ukwezi kwa Werurwe, ukwezi kw’abagore gusobanuye kuri bo n’icyabateye guhitamo gukora akazi ka  ba rwiyemezamirimo.

Ikigega cyo Kuzahura Ubukungu  (HATANA 2)

Banki y’u Rwanda Itsura Amajyambere (BRD) n’Ikigega Gishinzwe Guteza Imbere Imishinga (BDF) batangije icyiciro cya kabiri cy’Ikigega cyo Kuzahura Ubukungu , Hatana, hagamijwe gushyigikira izahuka ry’ubukungu bw’ibigo by’ubucuruzi byazahajwe n’Icyorezo cya COVID-19. Ibinyujije muri BRD, Hatana izaha ibigo by’ubucuruzi inkunga bikeneye cyane mu rwego rwo kubifasha guhanga udushya, gutanga amahirwe yo guhanga imirimo, no kwimakaza Made in Rwanda mu rwego rw’ubwubatsi, gutunganya ibikomoka ku buhinzi, imyenda, n’inganda ntoya. Icyo kigega kandi kizaha inguzanyo yo gukoresha ibigo by’ubucuruzi bifite igicuruzo cyagabanutseho byibura 20% mu gihe cy’amezi 12 ashize ugereranyije na mbere ya COVID-19.

Usibye ibikorwa by’ingenzi byakozwe, twatanze kandi inama zijyanye n’ubucuruzi, dutanga n’amakuru ku byerekeranye n’amahirwe yo kubona imari no kubaka ubushobozi aboneka ku isoko. Twizeye ko muzinjira mu mwaka mushya mufite ibyiringiro byinshi kandi twiteguye ko muzagumya  gukorana natwe kubera ko dukora tugamije kubafasha  guteza imbere ubucuruzi bwanyu.

Muri urwo rwego, tubifurije Iminsi Mikuru Myiza n’Umwaka Mushya w’Uburumbuke!


BPR Bank clients successfully graduate from the Survive to Thrive program

BPR Bank clients successfully graduate from the Survive to Thrive program

On 11 November 2022, Bank Populaire du Rwanda Plc (BPR), in partnership with ConsumerCentriX and the African Management Institute (AMI), held a graduation for 16 entrepreneurs from 13 businesses who had successfully participated in the Survive to Thrive program.

The 4-month program offered by AMI sought to equip entrepreneurs with the necessary tools and knowledge needed to build a resilient business that thrives in adversity. The intensive program featured online courses complemented by in-person training sessions where entrepreneurs learned several business concepts, such as customer and market dynamics, and overcoming challenges like reduced revenue and profitability.

“We cannot under-emphasize the importance of this program in everything we are doing for our businesses. The training covered various areas that are key to our operations and sustainability. It is invaluable to say the least”

Humphrey Eric Munambo

MD, Hospital Systems

From the program, graduates have access to an extensive library of tools and materials that enables them to address their business challenges while ensuring efficiency. Additionally, the graduates have access to AMI’s Growth Network, an exclusive community of ambitious entrepreneurs from different sectors, backgrounds, and countries.

Through this program, BPR Bank reaffirmed its commitment to supporting clients in their resilience journey and helped to strengthen their capacity to grow and thrive. The bank is planning more programs and training opportunities for its clients and members of its Business “Biashara Club” in the upcoming year, so stay tuned for more information.

AMI SURVIVE 2 THRIVE GRADUATES 

Eric Munambo - Hospital Systems Limited

Innocent Turimaso - Hotel Villa Portofino

Umutoni Rurangirwa Ninah - Culture Green Square Park