Business Accelerator program

Are you an African female entrepreneur interested in preparing your business for investment? Apply for the ShEquity Business Accelerator program by 6 May 2022

Are you an African female entrepreneur interested in preparing your business for investment? Apply for the ShEquity Business Accelerator program by 6 May 2022

ShEquity, an investment catalyst for African female entrepreneurs, invites applicants for ShEquity Business Accelerator program (SHEBA). The 16-week program focuses on preparing female-led and -owned businesses for investment with the goal of increasing their chances of accessing seed funding. The program is also designed to enhance leadership and soft skills needed to engage with key partners/customers and to inspire women entrepreneurs to revamp and test their marketing strategies.

Through the program, participants will be equipped with the skillset to develop new business models and mindsets for innovation while leveraging existing tools that will help them maintain a competitive edge. The program supports African female entrepreneurs in agribusiness (agritech, production, processing wholesale & retailing, any other agribusiness value chain aspects), healthcare, tech-enabled solutions (fintech, clean tech, etc.), renewable energies, mobility and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs).

To apply for this program, visit: SHEBA Application


Africa Impact Challenge

Are you a young tech innovator interested in scaling up your solution? Apply for the Africa Impact Challenge

Are you a young tech innovator interested in scaling up your solution? Apply for the Africa Impact Challenge

Africa Impact Initiative, a Canada-based organization committed to supporting young innovators, invites applicants for their Africa Impact Challenge. The goal of the Challenge is to enable young tech innovators from Africa to build market-creating innovations that tackle their country’s challenges with technology.

Successful participants will be offered the capital of up to RWF 20,486,915, resources, and a paid incubation period at the University of Toronto to build viable solutions. Interested participants should have comprehensive tech-enabled solutions that address an identified problem/challenge in their respective countries. Preference will be given to scalable, innovative business models with solutions that target non-consumption by increasing adoption, accessibility, or affordability.

Interested participants must fulfill the following to apply

  • Be African under 39 years of age living in the countries of the given year’s Challenge
  • Have a desire to pursue impact-focused entrepreneurship as a means of livelihood
  • Have a desire to solve critical problems with technology
  • Have full-time commitment from the team building the ventures
  • Stream 1: Ventures based in Rwanda from any sector
  • Stream 2: Ventures based across Africa that enable positive health outcomes

To apply for this Challenge, visit: Submit Application


Are you a social entrepreneur with an innovative idea/project that focuses on one or more of the 17 SDGs? Apply for the Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition before 15 September 2022

Are you a social entrepreneur with an innovative idea/project that focuses on one or more of the 17 SDGs? Apply for the Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition before 15 September 2022

The Entrepreneurship Campus, a foundation that empowers social entrepreneurs globally to create a culture of entrepreneurship, invites applicants to their Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition. The Competition seeks participants with innovative ideas and projects with societal impact, focusing on one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Competition comprises two categories – the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship category and the Adult Citizen Category. Interested participants between 13 and 29 years can apply to the Youth Citizen category, and interested participants with 30 years and above can apply to the Adult Citizen Entrepreneurship category. All applications have to be made in English.

Interested participants will have the opportunity to take two voluntary free courses before applying to the Competition to help them develop a sustainable business model from their ideas. The two courses (Brain versus Capital and Sustainable Entrepreneurship Course) will aid participants in changing or upgrading their existing ideas or projects.

Applicants who pass the preliminary will be invited to provide more details about their idea/project in a second entry form. Ideas/projects that will pass the initial screening will be published on the competition website to be voted on, commencing on 1 June 2022.

To apply for this Competition, visit: CEC Registration


Clean energy

Are you looking for funding for your climate or clean energy project or to scale up your existing business? Apply for the PFAN’s climate and clean energy program before 1 May 2022

Are you looking for funding for your climate or clean energy project or to scale up your existing business? Apply for the PFAN’s climate and clean energy program before 1 May 2022

 

The Private Financing Advisory Network, a global network of climate and energy financing experts, invites applicants to the climate and clean energy program. PFAN provides free business coaching and investor matchmaking to promising climate and sustainable energy entrepreneurs globally.

Through the program, selected participants undergo intensive one-on-one coaching to perfect their business plans, financial structures, and investment pitches. Additionally, successful participants may be invited to present their projects at the PFAN and partner events or receive tailored investment facilitation services.

Interested applicants must fulfil the following criteria to apply:

  • Be from low and middle-income countries, click here for a complete list
  • Provide climate change adaptation benefits
  • Offer or use sustainable energy technologies, products or services that fall within PFAN’s areas of work

To apply, visit: Climate and Clean Energy project Applications


SDGs

Are you a social entrepreneur with a solution aligned with the UN's SDGs? Apply for the UNLEASH Plus incubation program before 10 April 2022

Are you a social entrepreneur with a solution aligned with the UN’s SDGs? Apply for the UNLEASH Plus incubation program before 10 April 2022

UNLEASH, a non-profit organisation founded in 2016 with the aim of developing solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and building capacity for youth globally, invites applicants for the UNLEASH Plus incubation program. UNLEASH Plus is a 6-month incubation program for entrepreneurs working on social and environmental challenges in line with the UN’s SDGs. Through the program, participants will receive skills development training, tools, and mindsets to test their early-stage solutions and design for large scale impact.

Through a partnership with Chemonics International, UNLEASH Plus supports teams with existing prototypes to become impactful social ventures. Additionally, participants will have access to learning materials, the opportunity to join interactive workshops, receive direct support from experts, and make connections to investors and partners during the program to accelerate intended impact.

The program will be implemented in 3 phases, including:

The Basecamp: Basecamp is a practical two-day event where participants meet and witness pitches from other teams in their cohort. Participants also engage with their mentors and align on the vision, business model and priorities for their 6-month plan during the program.

The Ascension: The second phase is the core 21-week virtual program that focuses on team development, solution testing and refinement, strategy, and pitching. During this phase, the goal is to launch the first complete solution that will attract the right customers, partners, and funders to accelerate the participant’s journey. Teams will also have direct access to Potentialife, a leadership and team effectiveness program that also serves as a core part of the program.

The Bootcamp: in-person program in India for top 25 teams.

The last phase is the in-person finale of UNLEASH Plus during the Global Innovation Lab Karnataka (India). During this phase, teams will receive intensive support from world-class experts to refine strategies, meet with potential partners and pitch their solutions to investors awarding cash prizes at the Dragon’s Den.

Interested applicants should fulfil the following to apply

  • Have at least 2 active team members participating throughout the program
  • Be willing to commit at least 4 hours per team per week throughout the program
  • Have at least half of the team members aged 35 years or younger
  • Have a validated, working prototype of a solution that addresses one or more of the SDGs
  • Have documented feedback, references, or testimonials from early testing with actual users or prospective customers that demonstrate market demand for the solution
  • Have a solution responsive to one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Be a legal entity with the ability to receive funds
  • Have raised a maximum of 50,000 USD raised to date

To apply for the program, visit: Submit application


advisory services

Are you an early-stage social enterprise interested in scaling? Apply for the BfE Incubation Programme before 1 April 2022 or 1 October 2022

Are you an early-stage social enterprise interested in scaling? Apply for the BfE Incubation Programme before 1 April 2022 or 1 October 2022

Bridges for Enterprise, a non-profit organization that provides pro bono advisory services to social innovators in the developing world, invites applicants for the BfE Incubation Programme. The programme lasts for 6 to 8 months, with multiple implementation stages customized to best support participants to scale their social enterprises. Recruitment will happen in two separate cohorts with deadlines of 1st April for spring applicants and 1st October 2022 for autumn applicants.

Through the programme, participants will be offered consulting and financial advisory services as well as optional legal and technical advisory services. The consulting, financial and legal advisory services will each have a 3 to 4 months timeline, while the technical advisory services will have a timeframe of 3 to 6 months.

The programme will accept social enterprises that demonstrate the following:

  • A unique minimum viable product (MVP) that addresses key development challenge
  • Revenue-generating business model with at least months in operation
  • Generates positive environmental or social impact in the communities you serve
  • Leadership team that demonstrates a track record of commitment

Additionally, the programme is suitable for social enterprises which fulfil the following:

  • Be a for-profit or non-profit social enterprise
  • Be an early-stage start-up at the pre-seed or seed stage
  • Have an existing product or service and have started earning revenue
  • Be legally established in Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Middle East
  • Demonstrate a clear path to financial returns and impact

To apply for this programme, visit: Submit Application


women entrepreneurs

Meet three incredible women entrepreneurs as we celebrate women this March.

Meet three incredible women entrepreneurs as we celebrate women this March.

This March, join us as we reflect on and celebrate the vital role women play in our communities and the tremendous contribution they make to our economy. The SME Response Clinic spoke to three women entrepreneurs to understand what women’s month means to them s, what motivated them to start their own businesses, and get their advice for aspiring female entrepreneurs.

Here is what they had to say!

Featured:

Marie Josee Umutesi

Co-founder, CTO Larna Limited

Contact: +250 783 450 169

Aline Uwase

Founder of HappyNes

Contact: +250 784 069 067

Irene Masezerano

Co-founder Vertable Limited

Contact: +250 787 755 717


Ntabwo uzi neza niba ugomba kwandikisha ubucuruzi bwawe? Dore impamvu ugomba kubikora!  

Ntabwo uzi neza niba ugomba kwandikisha ubucuruzi bwawe? Dore impamvu ugomba kubikora!  

Ibigo by’ubucuruzi bito bitinya kwiyandikisha ku bigo bishinzwe kugenzura. Kubera iki? Kubera ko batekereza ko bitwara amafaranga menshi kandi kwiyandikisha bikaba bikomeye cyangwa bikaba ari ibigo by’ubucuruzi bicungwa n’umuryango biba bishaka kubuza abantu bo hanze kubyinjiramo. Mu gihe kwiyandikisha bitwara igihe gito (hagati y’iminsi y’akazi ibiri n’itatu iyo inyandiko zisabwa zose zatanzwe), ibigo by’ubucuruzi byanditse bigira uburenganzira bumwe, inyungu,  n’ibindi byiza byihariye ibigo by’ubucuruzi bitanditse bitabona.  

Dore inyungu enye zo kwandikisha ubucuruzi bwawe.    

  • Kubona imari no gukora ishoramari ku buryo bworoshye   

Kwandikisha ubucuruzi bisabwa by’umwihariko ku bigo by’ubucuruzi bishaka imari mu bigo bitanga serivisi z’imari byemewe; ibyo bigo bikaba ari byo bitekanye kurusha ibindi kandi na serivisi zabyo zikaba zihendutse ugereranyije n’abandi batanga amafaranga y’inguzanyo baboneka ku isoko. Abashoramari – cyane abakomeye cyangwa abashoramari mpuzamahanga – kenshi na kenshi bashora imari yabo mu masosiyete yanditse, kubera ahanini baba bazi ko hariho urwego ruzwi rushinzwe kwakira ishoramari rya bo. Iyo wandikishije ubucuruzi bwawe, uba ufashe intumbero yo  kuzamuka mu bucuruzi wiyemeje gukora kandi iryo zamuka rikaba rishobora kugerwaho gusa iyo ubwo bucuruzi bushowemo imari.    

  • Kugabanya uburyozwe ku giti cyawe  

Iyo ufite ubucuruzi butanditse biba bisobanuye ko imbere y’amategeko wirengera ibibazo byose bijyanye n’ubucuruzi bwawe, harimo n’amadene n’ibihombo. Byongeye kandi, ni wowe ku giti cyawe ubibazwa iyo ucuruje igicuruzwa kibi  cyangwa utanze serivisi mbi. Ibi bishobora kugira ingaruka mbi kuberako izina ryawe rishobora kwandura n’umutungo wawe ugahura n’ibibazo. Kwandikisha ubucuruzi biba bivuga ko buzwi nk’ikigo kihariye imbere y’amategeko; ibyo bikaba bishobora kurengera umutungo bwite wawe.    

  • Kubaka izina ry’ubucuruzi ryiza  

Kwandikisha sosiyete bizamura izina ry’ikigo cy’ubucuruzi n’uko icyo kigo  kigaragara ku isoko. Sosiyete ni ikigo cy’ubucuruzi ubwa cyo gikora mu buryo bwihariye butandukanye na we nyiracyo. Abakiriya ba sosiyete bareshywa kenshi n’ibigo by’ubucuruzi byanditswe kubera ko bumva batekanye igihe bakorana n’ibigo byanditswe mu buryo bwemewe n’amategeko aho gukorana n’ibigo bitanditswe. Mu gihe kinini, ibi bishobora kugira ingaruka zifatika ku musaruro uba utegerejwe.    

  • Gushyigikira ubwitabire bwawe mu bikorwa byo gupiganira amasoko yo gutanga ibicuruzwa na serivisi.  

Ibigo by’ubucuruzi byanditswe ni byo byonyine byemererwa kwitabira ibikorwa byo gupiganira amasoko. Bizakubuza amahirwe nk’umucuruzi niba   ubucuruzi bwawe butanditswe. Ibi bireba amasoko yose yaba aya Leta cyangwa ay’abikorera.  

Igikorwa cyo kwandikisha ubucuruzi cyoroshye kurusha uko wowe ubitekereza  – Sura urubuga rwa  Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) niba ukeneye andi makuru. Tangira uyu munsi!   

Urakoze kubireba.  

Niba ukeneye kumenya andi makuru ku byerekeranye n’uburyo bwo kwandikisha ubucuruzi, sura urubuga rwa : https://covid19businessinfohub.com/ 

 


Apply for the second cohort of the Fintech Incubation Program by 27 July 2022!

Apply for the second cohort of the Fintech Incubation Program by 27 July 2022!

In December 2021, Co-creation Hub (CcHUB), a research and development tech lab innovating for social impact, collaborated with Google, Mojaloop Foundation, and the Government of Rwanda to launch a Fintech Incubation Program. This program is one of the initiatives designed to accelerate Rwanda’s digital transformation to drive inclusive economic development by leveraging technology and fostering a pan-African Incubation ecosystem.

Through this program, CcHUB will be supporting early-stage fintech startups and innovators (with at least a Minimum Viable Product) through an incubation program. Selected companies in the second cohort will be offered a $10,000 grant. Additionally, successful applicants stand to benefit from the following:

  • Equity-free funding of up to $10,000
  • Product, market readiness, and investment support
  • Mentorship from industry and sector experts
  • Access to Google products and Mojaloop
  • Access to a network of partners and investors from CcHUB
  • Additional funding opportunities

Interested applicants must complete the following eligibility criteria:

  • Headquartered and/or operating in Rwanda
  • Have already launched a product in the market or at least a Minimum Viable Product
  • Have a registered business that has been in operation (since launch date) for at least six months
  • Have at least one full-time and dedicated founder

To attend the information session about the program on 20 Wednesday, 2022, visit: FIP info session

To apply, visit: Fintech Incubation Program


Do you have a business that is keen on sustainability? Apply for the Swedish Institute Management Programme by 13 February 2022!

Do you have a business that is keen on sustainability? Apply for the Swedish Institute Management Programme by 13 February 2022!

The Swedish Institute, a public agency that encourages interest and trust in Sweden globally, invites applicants for its Swedish Institute Management Programme 2022. The programme is set to support 60 African businesses interested in bridging the gap between desire and action on sustainability. Through the programme, participants will be given tools and have access to knowledge from experts in the field to support them in putting sustainability at the core of their business strategy and improving their leadership skills.

The programme will be conducted online and at local conferences where participants will benefit from:

  • Access to in-depth knowledge and skills about sustainable business practices focusing on human rights, climate and the environment, decent working conditions and anti-corruption
  • Access to capacity building and knowledge transfer to lead change and promote sustainable business practices in an entrepreneur’s organisation
  • Learn from insights into business cases for sustainability in Sweden, one of the leading countries in sustainable business practice
  • Access to knowledge that allows entrepreneurs to use design thinking to develop creative and sustainable solutions to complex problems
  • Access to customized expert coaching based on an entrepreneurs’ organisation and their personal needs
  • Unique opportunity for close collaboration and exchange with colleagues from several other countries, developing strong, long-lasting professional networks
  • Access to the global Swedish Institute alumni network with leaders committed to sustainable business and responsible leadership

The programme seeks to support entrepreneurs keen on sustainably running their businesses and advocate for sustainable business practices in their respective countries. Additionally, interested applicants should fulfil the following to apply:

  • Be a citizen and resident of Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda or Zambia
  • Be between 25 and 50 years old
  • Have an entrepreneurial mindset and a track record of making things happen
  • Demonstrate a willingness to support and share their experience and knowledge with other participants
  • Have a high level in both written and spoken English
  • Have a post-secondary education

To apply, visit: SIMP Application