Are you a woman entrepreneur interested in scaling up your business? Apply for this programme before 18 July 2022 

Are you a woman entrepreneur interested in scaling up your business? Apply for this programme before 18 July 2022 

 The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) and the Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) initiative of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) invite applicants for the “Solutions Catalysing Increased Access to Capital for the Success of Women Entrepreneurs” programme. The programme aims to accelerate efforts to address gender inequality and drive inclusive economic transformation. Through the programme, AFAWA and AWIEF seek to drive increased access to finance and markets for women-owned and women-led small and medium enterprises (WSMEs) across Southern, East, and West Africa.  

Over 510 WSMEs will be supported to scale, access markets, and receive investment readiness training. The programme is eligible for WSMEs from 8 African countries, including Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Interested participants can apply for any of the following programme components:  

  • AWIEF Growth Accelerator (in partnership with Nedbank) – to enhance investment readiness and increase access to finance. 
  • eCommerce Capacity Development (in partnership with UNIDO) – for building knowledge, capacity, and skills in digital channels to increase participation and success in online business. 
  • Digital Skills (in partnership with Amazon Web Services) – strengthen WSME’s capacity to embrace technology innovation. 
  • Mentorship and Advisory – enhancing the visibility and access to role models for WSMEs through a mentorship platform. 

To apply for the programme, visit: Applications 

 


Are you an innovative Agri-tech entrepreneur? Apply for the Pitch AgriHack 2022 competition before 29 July 2022

Are you an innovative Agri-tech entrepreneur? Apply for the Pitch AgriHack 2022 competition before 29 July 2022

In partnership with African Green Revolution Forum and Generation Africa, Heifer International invites applicants to the eighth edition Pitch AgriHack 2022 competition. Pitch AgriHack is a digital agricultural competition focused on accelerating entrepreneurial growth and job creation by leveraging advanced tech and youth participation in Africa’s food security agenda.

Through the competition, six successful participants from three open competition categories, including early-stage, mature/growth stage, and women-led, will be awarded cash prizes totaling USD 45,000. Additionally, participants to the competition will benefit from the following:

  • A fourth invite-only category, known as the AYuTe Africa Challenge, sponsored by Heifer International, will award up to US$1.5 million in grants to scalable ventures already generating measurable impact for Africa’s smallholder farmers.
  • Six winners will be selected from the open-application categories and two winners from the invite-only AYuTe Africa Challenge category. The winners will be announced at the AGRF Summit on September 5-9 in Kigali.
  • Top contestants will receive a one-day boot camp in preparation for their final pitches, with winners receiving continued support as they develop and grow their enterprises.
  • Business profiles of the finalists will also be published in a Deal Book for circulation at the AGRF and online, while individual profiles will be made public on the orgplatform and reviewed for relevance to their investor community.

Interested applicants must fulfill the following to apply:

  • Have a clear and defined description of how their solution is impacting smallholder farmers
  • Have a strong organizational and operational structure
  • Be aged 18-40 on the day of submission to the 2022 Pitch AgriHack Competition
  • Hold nationality (with official ID) from any of the 54 nations of the African Union
  • Be the founder/co-founder of the enterprise represented in the competition and play an active role in its operations and leadership
  • Have no criminal record related to corruption, tax evasion, financial impropriety, felony, or other offenses
  • Not be a previous Pitch AgriHack finalist or winner
  • Must submit the application form in English
  • Must agree with the Terms & Conditions

To apply for the competition, visit: Applications

For more information on the competition, visit: Pitch AgriHack 2022


Entrepreneurship School

Are you an early-stage justice entrepreneur interested in training and funding? Apply for the Justice Entrepreneurship School before 30 June 2022 

Entrepreneurship School

Are you an early-stage justice entrepreneur interested in training and funding? Apply for the Justice Entrepreneurship School before 30 June 2022 

The HiiL Innovation Hub, a social enterprise dedicated to supporting justice entrepreneurs in East Africa, invites applicants for the Justice Entrepreneurship School incubation programme. The programme supports early-stage entrepreneurs preventing or resolving pressing justice needs in their communities. Entrepreneurs will be offered high-quality action learning through the program on business modelling, storytelling, pitching, and justice design thinking. 

The programme is suitable for start-up entrepreneurs who: 

  • Have a solution that meets the needs of those who struggle to access adequate, easy-to-understand, affordable, and accessible means to prevent or resolve their justice problems 
  • Have a basic product or service, that is, an existing prototype or minimal viable problem 
  • Have no traction; that is, the product is still not in the hand of users, or it’s only in the hands of a small number of early adopter users, where we still do not see enough evidence that this product or business can work 
  • Led by a team of 2 or 3 committed and passionate co-founders who shares a drive for justice and impact 

Successful applicants to the programme will benefit from the following: 

  • A one-week residential boot camp delivered by industry specialists on topics such as business growth, team & leadership, design thinking  
  • Coaching sessions and mentorship on topics of your choice 
  • Access to HiiL’s regional network of justice leaders, legal tech organisations, and top-level researchers 
  • Certification and a learning platform for self-service 
  • Chance to win up to €1000 at the end of the programme during the Justice Innovation Circle demo day 

To apply for the programme, visit: Justice Entrepreneurship School 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 


Survive to Thrive

Apply for the Survive to Thrive Programme

Are you a member of KCB Bank Rwanda Biashara Club or a client of Bank Populaire Rwanda? Apply for the Survive to Thrive Programme 

KCB Bank Rwanda, in partnership with ConsumerCentriX and the African Management Institute, invite their SME clients to participate in an exciting 4-month entrepreneurial journey with online courses, virtual learning labs, and practical tools.

The Survive to Thrive Programme will allow an entrepreneur and one (1) senior staff from their business the opportunity to learn how to set SMART growth goals and implement new business habits and tools to support business growth. Upon completing the programme, participants will have access to AMI’s Growth Network, an exclusive community of ambitious African entrepreneurs who have successfully graduated from AMI programmes. Participants will gain access to premium services such as AMI’s Finance Link for funding opportunities, mentoring and coaching networks, exclusive networking events, and continued access to AMI’s world-class business tools, courses, and resources.

New deadline: June 7th, 2022

Apply here: https://bit.ly/AMI-CCX-Entrepreneurship 


BeChangeMaker programme

Are you a social entrepreneur with a vision to solve global challenges? Apply for the BeChangeMaker programme

BeChangeMaker programme

Are you a social entrepreneur with a vision to solve global challenges? Apply for the BeChangeMaker programme before 6 June 2022

WorldSkills, an international training organization, invites applicants for the BeChangeMaker online training programme. Through the programme, participants are trained to take action on global challenges through social entrepreneurship and the power of skills development.

Successful applicants will access high-quality learning content on HP LIFE, an online learning platform for entrepreneurs, innovators, and small business owners. Additionally, participants will gain access to tools and technology for start-up acceleration, dedicated coaching and mentoring, and an opportunity to network with WorldSkills’ diverse global network of potential supporters and investors.

Interested applicants will go through three steps to complete an application:

  • Form a team of 2-5 people between the ages of 18 and 35 years who share a vision.
  • Introduce the team and share your social challenge in a one-minute video. Upload the video on Youtube as unlisted – this is to be included in your online application.
  • Submit your application. The team leader will submit the application on behalf of the team.

To submit your application for the programme, visit: BeChangeMaker Application


Tourism Challenge

Are you a startup in the tourism sector with a solution to the UN SDGs? Apply for the Awake Tourism Challenge before 30 June 2022

Tourism Challenge

Are you a startup in the tourism sector with a solution to the UN SDGs? Apply for the Awake Tourism Challenge before 30 June 2022

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), a United Nations agency responsible for promoting responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism, invites applicants for the Awake Tourism Challenge. Through the Challenge, UNWTO seeks to support the most innovative startups working to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Challenge seeks solutions to six challenges: local and community involvement, green and blue economies, ecological and sustainable capita creation, tourism tech for good, tourism education, and women empowerment.

Successful applicants will benefit from the following:

  • Pitch at a UNWTO Demo Day
  • Curated mentorship programme including one-on-one and in-group sessions focused on Intellectual Property (IP), sustainability, business, and leadership
  • Connection to the UNWTO Innovation Network for meeting public and private stakeholders to explore funding and piloting opportunities
  • Potential matchmaking with partners to scale up the startups, including investors, corporations, and governments

The Challenge targets startups that meet the following criteria:

  • Innovative in nature, providing value-added solutions
  • Sustainability-driven
  • Scalable potential for international growth or to be applied by corporations and in other countries or regions
  • Early-stage or series A startup
  • Introduction or adoption of digital and technological elements
  • Have a tested pilot and business plan
  • Have been accelerated before
  • Have a full-time team including at least 2 members under 35 years; gender balance will also be considered.

Applicants will be subject to further evaluation to assess their contribution to SDGs, potential business impact, maturity of the product or technology, team and organisation maturity, and partnership readiness.

To apply for this Challenge, visit: Applications

For more information on the Challenge, visit: UNWTO Awake Tourism Challenge


early-stage venture

Are you an early-stage venture interested in scaling up? Apply for the e-Track Programme before 29 April 2022

early-stage venture

Are you an early-stage venture interested in scaling up? Apply for the e-Track Programme before 29 April 2022

The University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) Solution Space, in partnership with Ayoba, a free instant messaging app, invites applicants for the e-Track Programme. The e-Track Programme is a three-phase early-stage venture accelerator and capacity-building programme for high-impact entrepreneurs in South Africa and beyond. It is designed to support participants in building scalable businesses with international potential.

Successful applicants take part in the following:

  • A five-week Venture Launch course that focuses on validating the venture concept
  • A twelve-week Venture Exploitation course aimed at accelerating the development of the validated venture
  • A twelve-week Venture Scaling course where ecosystem partners and investors support ventures to expand and thrive within their markets

Interested applicants should have solutions relevant to the African market and global potential. Applicants can apply in teams or as individuals as part of an existing venture. They should have a prototype or minimum viable product ready for early-market testing to further establish the product and market fit. Additionally, the initial concept should demonstrate a deep and intimate understanding of the problem and market need or opportunity.

Selected participants will benefit from the following

  • Access to technical support and mentorship from Ayoba field experts,
  • Workshops and clinics to learn fundamentals and core business skills
  • Access to pro-bono partners and a network of consultants to support with specialist expertise such as legal, human resource, digital user experience, and venture capital
  • Feedback from the Ayoba team and network of experienced mentors and industry partners
  • Networking with Ayoba’s community of vibrant entrepreneurs

To apply for this program, visit: E-track programme applications


Future to Work program

Are you an impact-driven company with a focus on solving unemployment? Apply for the Future to Work program before 29 April 2022

Are you an impact-driven company with a focus on solving unemployment? Apply for the Future to Work program before 29 April 2022

Village Capital, an impact investment company in partnership with Moody’s Foundation, invites startups across Sub-Saharan Africa to apply for the Future to Work 2022 program. Future to Work supports impact-focused startups leveraging highly sensitive data to improve quality and access to digital, financial, and healthcare services. Venture Capital aims to help entrepreneurs with investment readiness training through the program.

Successful applicants will benefit from the following during the program:

  • Networking with fellow impact-driven founders in their cohort
  • Mentorship from investors
  • Interactive, tailored training sessions to support startup companies identify early milestones and preparing them for the next round of capital
  • Coaching from an investment analyst on building a financial model, identifying unit economics, and using financial metrics
  • Feature on Village Capital’s program website and other collateral

Interested applicants must have ventures addressing unemployment through the following:

  • Technical, professional, upskilling, or reskilling programs
  • Testing and credentialing programs
  • New approaches to apprenticeship or employment matching, such as gig, job matching, and distributed manufacturing platforms
  • Financial health for informal workers and/or
  • Edtech for post-secondary and tertiary institutions

To apply for this program, visit: Future to Work Applications


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