Are you a tech start-up with an innovative solution? Apply for the Westerwelle Entrepreneurship Program before 15 December 2022

Are you a tech start-up with an innovative solution? Apply for the Westerwelle Entrepreneurship Program before 15 December 2022

The Westerwelle Start-up Haus invites applicants for the Westerwelle Entrepreneurship Program, a 6-month program for innovative tech startups in Rwanda and Tanzania. Through the program, 30 selected startups will be offered the infrastructure, skills, and networks to advance their tech solutions.

Successful applicants will receive the following benefits:

  • Free 6-month access to workspace at the Westerwelle Startup Haus Kigali/Westerwelle Startup Haus Arusha
  • Access to Makerspace / digital fabrication lab and product development support
  • Business and leadership skills training with specialized experts
  • Technical advisory support in legal and financial issues and digital marketing
  • Individual mentoring with investors, business leaders, and industry experts
  • Virtual and in-person meetups with peers and entrepreneurial communities around the world
  • Linkages with East African corporations, investors, and other key players

Interested applicants should fulfil the following to apply:

  • Be passionate about building an innovative high-growth venture addressing a need in a market
  • Have a product built on technology: Internet of Things (IoT)/ Sensoring, Data Analytics/ Intelligence/ AI/ Machine Learning, Virtual Reality, Robotics, Drones/Aerial Imagery, Digital Platforms, Blockchain, etc.
  • Have team members that are domain experts with complimentary skills and a track record working as a team
  • Have a solution with a clear business model and scalability of its operations in East Africa
  • Have a product/service that contributes to the achievement of the SDGs (i.e. safe and fair job creation, potential to help underserved or low-income communities, climate mitigation and adaptation)
  • Have women in your management team (executive or non-executive)
  • Have operations based in Rwanda or Tanzania

To apply for the program, visit: Application form


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


Are you an entrepreneur in need of investment-readiness training? Apply for the Investment Preparation Program

Are you an entrepreneur in need of investment-readiness training? Apply for the Investment Preparation Program

Mooto Holdings Limited, an investment and business advisory firm invites applicants for the Investment Preparation Program, an SME mentorship program. The program seeks to identify and support high-potential SMEs to become ready for investment. The program will be conducted in two phases, each detailed below:

Phase 1 – Business Development: In the first phase of the program, participants will receive a series of online classes covering the aspects of business development including business planning, business profiling, digital marketing, and financial accounting. At the end of each session, participants will be tasked to complete templates of business plan and profile to be used to formulate their business.

Phase 2- Fundraising: During this phase, Mooto Holdings Ltd will identify funding opportunities that participants and also support them in acquiring the identified funds. This will be conducted on a continuous basis until the participants decide to they no longer need the support of Mooto Holdings Ltd

Interested participants must fulfill the following to qualify:

  • Must be a resident and the business must be registered in any of our target countries (Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda)
  • Have a business that is fully registered
  • Have a business that demonstrates the capacity to generate revenue through paying customers
  • Have a good internet connection because the program will be undertaken remotely with regular virtual communications.
  • Have access to an electronic device that connects to the internet, this can be a smart phone, laptop, desktop, or tablet for as long as the participant will be able to access the internet.
  • Be proficient in speaking, listening, and writing English proficiency

To apply, visit: IPP Applications


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

 


training and mentorship

Are you in need of training and mentorship to scale up your business? Apply for the fourth cohort of the SME Lab Africa Accelerator Program

Are you in need of training and mentorship to scale up your business? Apply for the fourth cohort of the SME Lab Africa Accelerator Program

SME Growth Lab Africa, a community impact project created to upskill SMEs in Africa, invites applicants for the fourth cohort of the Africa Digital Accelerator Program. Through this Program, established business owners across African countries will gain access to business training, mentorship, and support to take their businesses to a higher level.
Successful applicants will be taken through a 4-week extensive training led by exclusive facilitators in for modules in selling techniques, marketing strategies, financial literacy and management, and legal counselling. Additionally, participants will have access to community events, mentorship from experts, and a certificate of completion.

Interested applicants must fulfil the following to register:

  • Be business owners based in any African country
  • Be between 18-40 years of age
  • Commit to attending virtual sessions and group calls
  • Be willing to volunteer and participate in community events and project

​To apply for the Program, visit: Applications


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.