Startup Innovation

Are you a startup entrepreneur with an innovative tech solution for global hunger? Apply for the WWF Startup Innovation awards before July 15

Startup Innovation

Are you a startup entrepreneur with an innovative tech solution for global hunger? Apply for the WWF Startup Innovation awards before July 15

The World Food Forum (WFF), an independent youth-led global network of partners, invites applicants for the WFF Startup Innovation Awards, powered by Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC). The awards aim to support and showcase innovators and entrepreneurs harnessing the power of technology to drive the sustainable transformation of agri-food systems with the goal to end global hunger and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals as introduced by the United Nations Development Programme

Successful applicants will stand a chance to win the following awards:

  • WWF better production startup award
  • WFF better nutrition startup award
  • WFF better environment startup award
  • WFF better life startup award
  • WFF startup innovator of the year award

Additionally, finalists and award winners will be able to gain potential global visibility, raise capital, access global networking opportunities, and access to WFF membership to access opportunities needed to pioneer tech breakthroughs.

Interested applicants must fulfill the following to apply:

  • Be legally incorporated as a business enterprise. The business should be privately held and not a publicly traded company.
  • Agree that only non-confidential information is being submitted and there is no confidentiality agreed implied between XTC, its partners, and applicants, regarding submitted pitch decks

For more information on the awards and application details, visit: WFF Startup Innovation Awards


Sankalp Global Awards

Are you a social entrepreneur with a high-impact business? Apply for the Sankalp Global Awards before 7 July

Are you a social entrepreneur with a high-impact business? Apply for the Sankalp Global Awards before 7 July

The Sankalp Forum, an initiative of Intellecap, part of Aaviskhaar Group, invite applicants for the Sankalp Global Awards. The awards are part of the Sankalp Global Summit, an annual event that discusses global development and impact investing landscapes. This year’s edition of the awards seeks to celebrate social entrepreneurs who positively impact society, gain hands-on experience, and create innovative solutions with a global community. Interested applicants must have impactful social enterprises in Sankalp’s six impact areas, including agriculture, financial inclusion, health and wash, clean energy, livelihoods and future of work(ers), and affordable housing.

Successful applicants will benefit from the following:

  • One-on-one investment readiness support to improve the pitch and investment ask
  • Opportunity to pitch and get feedback from the eminent Sankalp Grand Jury and audience of investors
  • Curated one-on-one introductions with global investors
  • Collaborate with a global network of investors, donors, and entrepreneur support organizations
  • Virtual exhibition space for your business to gain visibility and generate leads

Interested applicants must fulfil the following criteria to apply:

  • Have a high-impact business that caters to rural, low-income, or disadvantaged communities in any of our 6 impact areas
  • Have a clear for-profit business model with high potential for scale
  • Have an experienced and dedicated promoter team
  • Have some proof of concept on the ground that is generating revenues
  • Are looking for funding in the range of USD 100,000 – USD 1,000,000

To apply for the Sankalp Global Awards , visit: Applications


Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

Are you a women entrepreneur running a for-profit business with a social and environmental impact on your community? Apply for the 2023 Regional Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards before 30 June 

Are you a women entrepreneur running a for-profit business with a social and environmental impact on your community? Apply for the 2023 Regional Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards before 30 June 

The Cartier Women’s Initiative, an annual international entrepreneurship program, invites women entrepreneurs to apply for the 2023 Regional Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards. The program aims to drive change by empowering women entrepreneurs with businesses that have a strong and sustainable social and environmental impact.  

Interested applicants must fulfill the following criteria to apply for the Awards: 

  • Business should be a for-profit designed to generate sufficient revenue to support its operations and return some level of profit to its owners.  
  • Business should be in the early stage of its development and growth (between 1 and 6 years of registered operations as date of application) with a proven business model.  
  • Business should be generating revenue from the sales of products and/or services for at least one year as of the date of the application.  
  • Business should not have raised more than USD 2,000,000 in dilutive funding (any kind of funding that requires you to give away a piece of your company, including not only future profits but possibly control). 
  • Business should demonstrate having a positive impact in its industry and demonstrate it has potential to have more impact if successful with the Awards.  
  • Business should contribute to at least one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs).  

Successful applicants will benefit from the following 

  • Financial capital support: Successful applicants will be awarded grants in three categories. The first-place awardee will receive USD 100,000; the second-place awardee will receive USD 60,000; the third-place awardee will receive USD 30,000. 
  • Human capital support: Successful applicants will be offered training and collective workshops involving coaching, mentorship, and peer learning.  
  • Social capital support: Successful applicants will gain international exposure and media visibility and access to an online and offline community of 500+ experts and peers 

To apply for the Awards, visit: Applications 


Startups Black Founders

Apply for Google for Startups Black Founders Fund Africa before 31 May 2022 

Startups Black Founders

Apply for Google for Startups Black Founders Fund Africa before 31 May 2022 

Google for Startups invites applicants for the Black Founders Fund Africa, a program that aims to support early-stage black-founded startups that benefit the black community on the African continent. The program seeks explicitly to bridge the existing fundraising gap for black startup founders in Africa’s fast-growing technology landscape. Google for Startups has set aside up to USD 100,000 in equity-free cash, up to USD 200,000 in Google cloud credits, and access to the best of Google – people, products, and practices. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to receive mentorship support to accelerate business growth and to connect with Google for Startups Accelerator & Partner program alumni. 

The Black Founders Fund Africa is intended for startups in Africa seeking seed-stage funding that meet the following criteria:  

  • Be from the following African countries including Botswana, Cameroun, Cote D’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe 
  • Have an existing product or service for Africa and the global market 
  • Demonstrate the ability to create jobs, raise more funding, and make an impact 
  • The founding team should at least have one black C-level founding member (COO, CEO, or CFO) 
  • The company should be operating as a technology startup or a business where technology is a core for the ability to scale  
  • Proposed startup products/services should be compatible with Google products 

To apply for this program, visit: Applications 


Women Agripreneur

Are you an innovative women agripreneur? Apply for the AGRA VALUE4HER Women Agripreneur of the Year Awards before 31 May 2022

Are you an innovative women agripreneur? Apply for the AGRA VALUE4HER Women Agripreneur of the Year Awards before 31 May 2022

AGRA, a farmer-centered, African-led, and partnerships-driven institution that catalyzes inclusive agricultural transformation in Africa, invites applicants for the VALUE4HER Women Agripreneur of the Year Awards (WAYA 2022). The award recognizes African women agripreneurs who have excelled in the agricultural value chain and have demonstrated exceptional innovation that addresses food security, climate resilience, and women and youth empowerment.

The WAYA awards recognize established and emerging women agripreneurs in three categories: young female entrepreneur (rising star), outstanding value-adding enterprise, and female agriculture technology innovator. Winners of each category will receive a cash prize of USD 20,000.

Women agripreneurs interested in participating must fulfill the following criteria to apply:

  • Be operating in agriculture/agribusiness value chains
  • Have an innovative product/service
  • Be a national from one of the 54 African countries
  • Have a solid digital footprint and be a VALUE4HER member
  • Be a remarkable community leader actively amplifying the voice of women.

To apply for the WAYA awards, visit: WAYA Application


GoGettaz Competition

Are you an entrepreneur in the Agri-food sector interested in scaling up your business? Apply for the GoGettaz Competition by 6 June 2022

Are you an entrepreneur in the Agri-food sector interested in scaling up your business? Apply for the GoGettaz Competition by 6 June 2022

Generation Africa, a partnership initiative aimed at strengthening the ecosystem for young entrepreneurs in the agri-food sector, invites applicants for the GoGetttaz Agripreneur Competition. This year’s edition will focus on supporting entrepreneurs whose ventures battle climate change, hunger, and poverty. Interested applicants must join theGoGettaz community before applying. Through the GoGettaz community, they will gain access to education, mentorship, and investment networks to help them launch, grow and scale their agri-food ventures. Additionally, two successful participants (one female and one male) will win USD 50,000 as a prize for the most innovative and scalable business ventures.

Interested entrepreneurs must fulfill the following criteria to apply:

  • Be aged 35 years or younger on the date of submission and be legally recognized as an adult in the country of their nationality
  • Have nationality (with an official ID) from an African Union member country
  • Be a founder/co-founder of the venture he/she represents in the Competition and play an active role in its leadership and operations
  • Have no criminal record related to corruption, tax evasion, financial impropriety, felony, or other offense and be willing to offer a signed declaration to that effect, if requested

Additionally, the business venture must also fulfill the following criteria to be considered for the Competition:

  • Be legally registered in a country that is a member of the African Union or will have commenced with the registration of such a legal entity before 1 July 2022
  • Be headquartered in a country that is a member of the African Union
  • Be designed to be financially sustainable, either as a for-profit business or a non-profit generating some revenue and aiming not to be dependent on donor funding
  • Have a role to play in the agri-food sector and/or supports the development of the agri-food sector through an innovation or process improvement
  • The agri-food sector may be defined as businesses including:
    • Agri-food research & development
    • Primary food production (farming)
    • Crop nutrition
    • Irrigation
    • Mechanization, automation, or robotics, including drones
    • Crop protection
    • Hydroponics or urban farming
    • Transport, distribution, storage, or logistics
    • Food processing
    • Packaging or marketing
    • Food retail or service
    • Waste management or recycling
    • Digital or technology solutions/services to the agri-food sector
    • Innovative finance solutions/services to the agri-food sector
    • Renewable energy or environmental solutions/services to the agri-food sector

To apply for this Competition, visit: GoGettaz Competition Application


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


Startup

Are you a tech startup interested in scaling up your business? Apply for the Microsoft for Startups challenge before 23 May 2022

Are you a tech startup interested in scaling up your business? Apply for the Microsoft for Startups challenge before 23 May 2022

Microsoft for Startups, a global program supported by a team of startup veterans and industry experts, invites applicants for the Microsoft for Startups Challenge. Microsoft for Startups aims to provide a customized set of offerings and resources to support tech startups grow from ideation to scale.

Through the challenge, participants will gain:

  • Opportunity to unlock up to $150,000 in free Azure credits (a perk offered by Microsoft to save money on your cloud bill)
  • Access to robust development and productivity tools, including GitHub and Microsoft 365
  • Mentorship guidance from business and technical experts
  • Startup-friendly offers from Microsoft partners
  • Access to VivaTech onsite event (annual networking event for tech entrepreneurs)

Interested applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a startup engaged in developing a software-based product or service that will form a core piece of your current or intended business – this software must be owned, not licensed
  • Have a startup that has not already received more than a total of $10,000 in free Azure
  • Have headquarters residing in the countries covered by our Azure global infrastructure (including…[insert ones relevant to us in Africa])
  • Have a startup that has not gone through a Series D or later funding round
  • Have a for-profit business that is not an educational institution, government entity, personal blog, dev shop, consultancy, agency, bitcoin or crypto mining company

To apply for the Microsoft for Startups Challenge, create an account at Challenge Signup


Are you an early-stage fintech startup in Rwanda? Apply for Stitch fintech startup showcase before 10 February 2022

Are you an early-stage fintech startup in Rwanda? Apply for Stitch fintech startup showcase before 10 February 2022

Stitch, a South African API infrastructure live in Nigeria and South Africa, in partnership with Paystack and Disrupt Africa, are set to host a startup showcase for African early-stage FinTechs. The showcase will provide an opportunity for early-stage FinTechs to share their solutions with local and global investors and support to prepare for the pitch from the Stitch team.

The showcase will take place in Cape Town, South Africa on 25 February 2022. Interested applicants must have a FinTechor embedded finance solution based in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, Ghana, Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania or Rwanda. Selected companies will receive several benefits, including:

  • Support to prepare for the pitch from members of the Stitch team
  • An opportunity to pitch their solutions to an audience of global and local fintech and investors
  • Access to office hours with members of the Stitch team
  • Access to a 1-hour workshop with members of the Paystack team focused on fundraising and growth
  • Free payment processing from Paystack for selected startups operating in Nigeria, South Africa and Ghana
  • Access to the Stitch API for selected companies operating in Nigeria and South Africa for six months

Note: All applicants working in Nigeria and South Africa will receive two months of free access to the Stitch API

To apply for this showcase, visit: Stitch Startup Showcase Applications