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

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


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

tech start-up

Are you a tech start-up interested in funding? Apply for the Africa Startup Initiative Accelerator Program before 11 November 2022

Startupbootcamp Afritech, in partnership with Telecel Group, invites applicants for the Africa Startup Initiative Accelerator Program (ASIP). The program seeks to support tech start-ups in agritech and supply chain, fintech, internet of things (IoT) and connectivity, machine learning (data analytics), cybersecurity, lean tech, and regulatory technology.

Ten selected start-ups will receive EUR 15,000 in cash, more than EUR 500,000 in cloud credits, and exclusive deals from top tech providers such as Google, Miro Hubspot, and Amazon Web Services. Five to ten start-ups will be chosen to receive additional funding backed by Enrich in Africa, a project under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program. These five to ten start-ups will also have access to  other benefits, including:

  • Access to Euroquity community
  • Access to networking events
  • Follow-up support from Enrich in Africa project

Interested applicants must fulfill the following to apply:

  • Be formally incorporated/registered
  • Have at least two people working on the project and devoting 50% of their time to the business
  • Have existing customers using the product or services
  • Have proof that the business is generating revenues from the product or service

To apply, visit Applications.

Are you a woman SME interested in scaling your business? Apply for VV GROW Fellowship before 18 October 2022

The Vital Voices Global Partnerships, a non-profit organization invites female applicants for the VV GROW Fellowship 2023 Global Accelerator program. The program is focused on supporting women-owned SMEs to sustainably increase their business’s impact in the world. The 10-month virtual program fosters growth and skills advancement in strategic planning, financial management, marketing and sales, strategic networking, leadership, human resources, and communications.

Through the program, participants will be offered the following benefits:

  • Support with strategic planning for growth
  • Access to a new network of peers and informal advisors
  • Official certification as a Vital Voices Grow Fellow
  • Access to the Vital Voices network of global women leaders

Interested applicants should fulfil the following criteria to apply:

  • Be a woman (inclusive of identities including cisgender women, transgender women and, non-binary people that are comfortable in a space that centres on experiences of women)
  • Have or lead a purpose-driven for-profit business offering innovative solutions to global challenges or to advance SDGs
  • Hold a key leadership and management position in the business with decision-making authority
  • Have a business that is beyond the start-up phase with a proven business model and product/service, and committed customer base
  • Business breaks even in terms of annual revenue
  • Have at least one full-time employee
  • Have proficiency in speaking and writing English


To apply, visit: VV Grow Fellowship Applications


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


Are you an early-stage social entrepreneur interested in funding? Apply for the Roddenberry Foundation Catalyst Fund

The Roddenberry Foundation invites innovators with early-stage ideas or projects addressing pressing global challenges to apply for the Foundation’s Catalyst Fund. The Fund will provide grants between USD 2500 and USD 15000 to projects or ideas demonstrating a high potential for lasting impact. Ideas or projects will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Innovative: Approaches or strategies that innovate on existing models — What are you building on? What other solutions already exist?
  • Community-based: You deeply understand the communities you work on behalf of and have a good understanding of their needs. How are they engaged in the process? How will they be able to maintain the solution over time?
  • High potential for impact: Does your solution address a  recognized issue that affects a significant percentage of people?
  • Sustainable: Experienced team and an intelligent strategy for driving change — Who and what is driving the change? Why is this the right team? What makes this the right strategic bet right now?


Candidates for the Fund can be individuals, non-profit organizations, or social entrepreneurs. Interested participants must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Submit the application in English
  • Include completed responses to all required application questions
  • Agree to all legal terms and conditions of the Catalyst Fund grant program
  • Be able to receive grant funding legally

To apply for the Fund, visit: Application for Catalyst Fund

Internship Program

Are you an aspiring youth entrepreneur? Apply for the CCW Tech Africa Internship program before 31 August 2022

CCW Tech Africa, an initiative of CCW Technologies, invites applicants to the CCW Tech Africa Internship program for young Africans.  Through the program, successful applicants will have the chance to build skills in tech and entrepreneurship while also working on those soft skills that are key to running a business. Benefits include the following:

  • Hands-on practical classes, working on real-life projects with real companies
  • Mentorship from the program’s alumni
  • Soft skills development
  • Instructor-led training from experts in the industry
  • Access to internships offered on the basis of performance and commitment to the program

Interested applicants must fulfil the following to apply:

  • Be a youth citizen of an African country
  • Be between 18-35 years of age
  • Be able to understand and communicate in English
  • Commitment to fully complete the 6 weeks of the program

To apply for the program visit: CCW Tech Africa Applications


Are you an agri-SME interested in investment opportunities? Apply for the Growth and Investment Programme

Aceli Africa in partnership with TechnoServe invites Agri-SMEs in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania to apply for the Growth and Invest programme. The five-month virtual training programme will provide 30 agri-SMEs with an intensive tailored advisory in business strategy, operations, financial management, sales and marketing.

Through the programme, TechnoServe will enable portfolio SME companies to expand their businesses, increase revenues, and create economic opportunities. Upon successful completion of the programme, selected agri-SMEs will be invited for a pitching session with potential investors.

The programme will run from September 2022 to February 2023 and include the following:

  • A virtual training platform comprised of five online modules and resources designed to strengthen agri-SME business skills
  • Interactive virtual group sessions for agri-SMEs facing similar challenges or operating in the same sector with real-time support from TechnoServe staff
  • Monthly one-on-one targeted business coaching focused on helping entrepreneurs overcome the constraints that are most critical to the growth of their particular businesses
  • A pitching session with potential investors at the end of the training program

Interested applicants need to fulfil the following to apply:

  • Complete an online application form
  • Confirm access to reliable and regular internet
  • Have access to a smartphone or computer
  • Have a growth strategy
  • Have an annual revenue between USD 150,000 – USD 500,000
  • Have 7-25 employees

To apply for the programme, visit: Applications

Food Security

Call for Africa Food Security and Resilience Partnerships

Through the Prosper Africa initiative, the USAID Africa Trade and Investment (ATI) program invites applicants for the Africa Food Security and Resilience Partnerships grant opportunity. ATI seeks partners to work with USAID to scale access to and availability of agricultural inputs, technologies, and food that directly respond to the food security and resilience impacts of ongoing price and availability shocks associated with the Russian-Ukraine conflict.

Interested applicants are required to submit a concept note that works towards one or multiple of the following comprehensive objectives:

  • Increased food security
  • Support to established businesses, farming associations, and sourcing partnerships that can rapidly scale access to crucial inputs such as seeds and fertilizers
  • Partnerships with companies to scale production of food crops critical to food security and nutrition across multiple markets
  • Export deals for critical inputs to food insecure regions
  • Facilitate trade deals that deliver food from areas of surplus to those of scarcity
  • Resilience of food systems
  • Transaction identification, facilitation, and deal structuring related to Africa’s resilience and food security
  • Development of new financing solutions addressing issues of Africa’s resilience and food security to accelerate access to key inputs or food products and scale production of essential value chains
  • Expand farmers’ access to technologies that reduce reliance on rain-fed agriculture, reduce post-harvest loss, and reduce/replace the use of diesel/fuel
  • Strengthening and optimization of supply chains, such as through the use of technology and data to quickly drive decision making and respond to new resilience shocks

Shortlisted applicants will be sent a request for an application. Successful applicants will be offered grants ranging from USD 500, 000 – USD 5,000,000.

Apply before 31 March 2023.

For more information on the programme and application details, visit: ANNUAL PROGRAM STATEMENT

digital entrepreneur

Are you a woman digital entrepreneur interested in growing your business? Apply for the eTrade Women Initiative Masterclass before 10 September 2022

eTrade for Women initiative, led by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, invites participants for a Masterclass for women digital entrepreneurs. The Masterclass, which will be held in Lagos, Nigeria, addresses the barriers women entrepreneurs face in exploiting business opportunities from digital technologies to grow their business. The Masterclass is organized in partnership with Damilola Olokesusi, Founder and CEO of Shuttlers, and eTrade for Women Advocate.

Participants in the Masterclass will have an opportunity to engage with renowned business leaders and experts in their fields. The Masterclass will combine inspirational talks, learning sessions, networking, and policy dialogues. Interested applicants need to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Be a woman founder of an e-commerce business or of a company that uses digital technologies as part of its business model
  • Have a business based in one of the following countries: Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda
  • Have a track record of 2 to 5 years in this role
  • Have an intent to make a difference and impact your ecosystem

To apply for the Masterclass, visit: Applications