Do you have an agribusiness with a climate-smart innovative solution? Apply for funding and business development support from CGIAR before 22 December 2022

Do you have an agribusiness with a climate-smart innovative solution? Apply for funding and business development support from CGIAR before 22 December 2022

The Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), a global research partnership that unites organizations engaged in research on food security, invites applicants for the CGIAR Food Systems Accelerator program. The program aims to support agribusiness in scaling climate-smart innovations to solve pressing challenges in agribusiness value chains.

Successful applicants to the program will receive the following benefits:

  • Technical assistance from CGIAR scientists that encourages agribusinesses’ adoption and strengthens their compliance, safety, and accountability practices.
  • Technical assistance on impact measurement and management (IMM) from CGIAR scientists and experts.
  • Technical assistance on investment readiness from IFDC-2SCALE and its network to help secure private sector financing.
  • Provision of a de-risking Grant of USD 20,000 to four successful companies at the end of the program.
  • Access to investors and corporate partners to attract follow-on funding and potential business opportunities.

Interested agribusinesses must fulfill the following to apply:

  • Be legally registered and compliant with regulatory authorities. Applicants should present the following supporting information:
  • A Certificate of Incorporation for a Limited Company or Partnership Deed for a Partnership Business.
  • Two years of audited accounts.
  • Contact details of the company’s references.
  • Team composition.
  • Curriculum Vitae for the management
  • Tax Compliance Certificate.
  • Have a clear inclusive strategy for smallholder farmers, women, and youth within the business model in at least one of the dimensions: ownership, management team, workforce and policies, supply chain, and/or customers.
  • Be a for-profit company and demonstrate commercial viability and either be profitable or on the path to profitability. NGOs, corporate companies, and consultants will not be considered
  • Be operating in the following countries: Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia

For more information on the program, visit: CGIAR Food Systems Accelerator

To apply, visit: Application

 


Are you a FoodTech or AgTech company in need of funding? Apply for the Growth Impact Accelerator program before 30 January 2023

Are you a FoodTech or AgTech company in need of funding? Apply for the Growth Impact Accelerator program before 30 January 2023

GROW, a global agriculture and food technology accelerator, invite applicants for 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


Call for applications for the Anzisha Prize Fellowship program. Apply before 27 November 2022.

Call for applications for the Anzisha Prize Fellowship program. Apply before 27 November 2022.

The Anzisha Prize Fellowship program opened applications for young African entrepreneurs with businesses that have created job opportunities for youth in their communities. Through the program, successful applicants will be equipped with tools and resources to help them run successful businesses.

During the course of three years, the program will track the performance of the business and the entrepreneur. Businesses that demonstrate exceptional growth and initiative will be rewarded with benefits and services such as short courses, cloud services, and cash stipends. At the end of the second year, entrepreneurs will pitch their businesses for a chance to win their share of grand cash prizes valued at over $50 000.

The grand prizes are split into four categories:

  • Job creation prize
  • Revenue growth prize
  • Storytelling prize
  • Integrating systems and processes prize

The program is open to all young African entrepreneurs who fulfill the following criteria:

  • Be between 15 and 22 years old with an ID document or passport to present as evidence.
  • Be a national of an African country with a business based in Africa for African customers/beneficiaries
  • Have an operational business
  • Be a founding member or one of the founding members of the business

To apply, visit: Anzisha Prize Application

 


education

Does your business address educational challenges? Apply before 1 December 2022 for an opportunity to win $20,000 and other benefits

Does your business address educational challenges? Apply before 1 December 2022 for an opportunity to win $20,000 and other benefits

World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), an international, multi-sectoral platform for creative thinking, debate and purposeful action, invites applicants for the 2023 WISE Awards. The awards are a celebration of six successful and innovative projects addressing global educational challenges.

Interested applicants should have ongoing or existing projects in the field of education with the following qualities:

  • Have an excellent record of proven success
  • Be financially sustainable
  • Have a clear plan indicating the project’s future objectives and development
  • Be scalable
  • Be replicable in other contexts and regions of the world
  • Have a clear understanding and knowledge of:
  • Its innovative nature
  • Its distinctiveness within its sphere of action
  • The type and depth of its impact on its beneficiaries

Successful participants in the WISE Awards will be supported through different channels including:

  • Cash prize of USD 20,000 awarded to the winning projects.
  • Outstanding projects will be featured on the WISE website, showcased and shared with the WISE community via social media.
  • Special documentaries and videos will be produced to showcase the work of the winning projects.
  • Opportunity to be featured in WISE Books which explore current challenges and solutions facing 21st-century education.
  • Opportunity for winning projects to present and discuss their work at dedicated sessions during the global biennial summit in Doha, Qatar or WISE regional summits. In addition, projects are offered an opportunity to participate in global events organized in collaboration with WISE.
  • Opportunity for representatives of former winning projects to be involved in other WISE projects through mentorship, participation in the selection processes, and fellowship programs.

 

To apply for the WISE Awards, visit: Applications


Are you a woman entrepreneur with a business that positively impacts the community? Apply for AWA Prize before 24 October 2022

Are you a woman entrepreneur with a business that positively impacts the community? Apply for AWA Prize before 24 October 2022

Enabel, a Belgian development agency, invites African women entrepreneurs to apply for the Awa Prize, a competition highlighting women entrepreneurs in Belgian development cooperation countries and their projects. The competition aims to celebrate women entrepreneurs who positively impact their communities through their businesses.

The competition awards entrepreneurs in four categories: startups, scale-ups, innovation, and people’s choice. Three entrepreneurs will be selected for each category to receive EUR 50,000 for first prize winners, EUR 10,000 for second prize winners, and EUR 5,000 for third prize winners to be spent on coaching based on their company’s needs. First-prize winners will be offered an opportunity to spend one week in Belgium networking in entrepreneurship circles.

Interested participants in the competition must fulfill the following:

  • Be a woman of legal age in her country of residence
  • Have a nationality of one of the participating countries
  • Be a co-founder and/or non-minority shareholder of a company registered for at least one year in the participating country

To participate, visit Awa Prize Applications to register.

 


climate change

Does your business tackle climate change and environment challenges? Apply to win funding and mentorship from the Lead2030 Challenge before 21st October 2022

Does your business tackle climate change and environment challenges? Apply to win funding and mentorship from the Lead2030 Challenge before 21st October 2022

One Young World, a global community for young leaders in collaboration with Deloitte, a management consulting company invite young innovators to apply for the Lead2030 Challenge for the SGD13. Successful participants will receive a grant of USD 50,000 from Deloitte, sponsorship to participate in the One Young World Summit 2023, and 12 months of mentorship from a team of Deloitte professionals and partners. The Challenge seeks to support scalable youth-led solutions that:

  • Reduce the impacts of climate change, and/or empower others to act on climate change
  • Address root causes of the climate change
  • Demonstrate ability to drive impact and potential to scale
  • Collaborate with others to accelerate or broaden impact
  • Utilize innovative approaches

Interested participants should have a solution that fits these criteria:

  • Be evidently aligned with the SDG13 challenge
  • Be founded by youth between 18-30 years of age
  • Have a clear knowledge of key stakeholders, beneficiaries and reasonable proposed outcomes
  • Have a positive impact such as generating educational incomes, creation of employment or developing skills
  • Have an impact that can be adequately measured or be measurable
  • Be able to achieve efficiency and survive independently through the resources they generate and/or the investments and donations they attract
  • Be able to demonstrate potential to grow impact after expanding in scope or size and/or into other regions
  • Must rely on proven or readily available technology (relevant to the solution)

To apply for the Challenge, visit: Applications

 


Bank of Kigali launched SME Center to serve Small and Medium Enterprises.  

Bank of Kigali launched SME Center to serve Small and Medium Enterprises.  

The SME Response Clinic spoke with Darius Mukunzi, Head of SME Banking at Bank of Kigali, about how the bank is currently serving small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Bank of Kigali is the largest commercial bank in Rwanda, serving more than 200,000 SMEs across the country. In July 2022, it launched the SME Center, a facility that provides tailored financial and advisory services to business owners looking to grow their enterprises.

To serve the segment, Bank of Kigali uses relationship managers and officers stationed at the SME Business Center and at each bank branch. These staff members are responsible for helping the bank to better understand SME customer needs, enabling Bank of Kigali to tweak products and services in line with those needs as they evolve in the market. Importantly, the Business and Credit departments within the SME Center work closely, which facilitates decision-making, thereby reducing the time it takes SME customers to obtain financial products from the bank.

Bank of Kigali also leverages government facilities to acquire new SME customers and provide loans to SMEs at favorable rates. The bank was involved in disbursing the government’s Renewable Energy Fund and is currently also participating in disbursing the Economic Recovery Fund (Hatana 2) and Export Growth Fund. Bank of Kigali is also working on a strategy to serve SMEs with non-financial services, planning to provide capacity building focused on topics like financial literacy for SMEs and taxation. The Non-financial services will also introduce Business Clubs and Supply Chain linkages in the near future.

Visit the Bank of Kigali’s SME Center in Kigali, CHIC Building, second floor, to learn more about the bank’s offer for the segment.


Are you a start-up with innovative solutions to climate adaptation and resilience challenges? Apply for funding in the YouthAdaptations Solutions Challenge before 4 October 2022

Are you a start-up with innovative solutions to climate adaptation and resilience challenges? Apply for funding in the YouthAdaptations Solutions Challenge before 4 October 2022

The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA), in partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Climate Investment Funds (CIF), invites applicants to the Youth Adaptation Solutions Challenge program. (YouthADAPT Challenge). The Challenge is an annual competition and awards program for youth-led enterprises seeking to boost sustainable job creation through support for entrepreneurship and youth-led innovation in climate change adaptation and resilience across Africa.

In this edition of the Challenge, 20 innovators will emerge as winners at an award show and will have access to post-award support in the forms of:-

  • 100,000 USD grant for each winner
  • Capacity Building and Training
  • Mentorship and Coaching

Interested applicants should fulfill the following to apply

  • Be youth-led, with applicants aged between 18 and 35
  • Have innovations delivering climate adaptation or resilience solutions addressing real-life challenges
  • Be Legally registered and operating in Africa
  • Be able to show revenues for at least two years

Admissible solutions can represent:

  • An adaptation solutions business that has not been scaled and is not in widespread use
  • An existing resilience and adaptation solutions business or product
  • A commercially viable means to raise awareness or scale uptake of specific adaptation solutions.

To apply for the Challenge, visit: Applications


Pitchfest

Are you an innovative start-up tech company interested in securing funding? Apply for the Hanga Pitchfest before 17 October 2022

Are you an innovative start-up tech company interested in securing funding? Apply for the Hanga Pitchfest before 17 October 2022

The Government of Rwanda led by the Ministry of ICT and Innovation and the Rwanda Development Board invites applicants for the second edition of the Hanga Pitchfest. The event brings together angel investors, tech company founders, private sector business leaders, and key players in the creative industry and academia. Hanga Pitchfest seeks tech-enabled start-ups or high-growth start-ups that demonstrate potential to scale up through the use of technology.

Building on last year’s Pitchfest, the 2022 edition aims to provide a unique platform for tech entrepreneurs and creative talents in Rwanda to showcase and promote the use of technology and innovation in Rwanda’s market. Participants are given a platform to network with potential investors and business partners.

Successful participants in the Hanga Pitchfest will win the following cash prizes:

  • USD 50, 000 for the top start-up
  • USD 12, 500 for four runners-up

To apply, visit: Hanga Pitchfest 2022


agri-SME

Are you an agri-SME interested in accessing finance? Apply for the AgriXcel Programme before 3 October 2022

Are you an agri-SME interested in accessing finance? Apply for the AgriXcel Programme before 3 October 2022

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), in partnership with the African Management Institute (AMI) and Aceli Africa, invites applicants for the AgriXcel Programme. The programme is designed to support ambitious agri-SMEs by linking them to finance lenders and equipping them with practical tools and resources to improve their financial practices.

During the six month programme, participants will gain skills in making data-driven decisions and improving financial management using AMI Business, a financial tracking and analysis app, and implementing best practices for business growth, including financial analysis, leadership and governance, strategic business planning, customer management, markets, and streamlining operations. Participants will also gain linkages to financial service providers offering relevant financing as well as access peer learning and opportunities for collaboration.

Interested applicants must fulfill the following to apply:

  • Be based in Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, or Uganda and interested in finance in the next 6-12 months
  • Have generated revenue between USD 30,000 and USD 1,000,000 in the last financial year
  • Be operational for more than two years
  • Have at least two full-time employees
  • Be willing to participate online with access to a smartphone, laptop, and internet connection
  • Be willing to share financial/performance data as part of the financial goal tracking and analysis for finance readiness
  • Be agri-SMEs who buy/sell from small-scale farmers or SMEs involved in logistics, processing, and handling food crops produced by small-scale producers
  • Main participant must be the CEO, Managing Director, Owner, or Founder of the business; this person must be an active participant in the programme
  • Other participants must be senior leaders in the business capable of supporting the implementation of key practices
  • Women-owned businesses are highly encouraged to apply

To apply, visit: AgriXcel Programme Application