Are you an early-stage startup with a tech solution for the world’s most significant challenges? Apply for the Norrsken Impact Accelerator by 13 February 2022!

Norrsken Foundation, a non-profit foundation based in Switzerland, seeks applicants for its Impact Accelerate programme. The 2022 edition of the Impact Accelerator programme is designed to identify the world’s most promising impact startups and support them to scale. The programme targets early-stage startups globally that leverage technology to create and scale innovative solutions to new and old societal and environmental challenges.

The program includes an eight-week growth sprint and Norrsken House in Stockholm and a mentorship roster of 50 entrepreneurs, investors and unicorn founders. Applicants will have an opportunity to pitch their ideas to over 300 top international investors. Successful applicants will receive a USD 125,000 upfront or pre-seed investment from the Norrsken Foundation.

For more information about the programme, visit: Norrsken Impact Accelerator

To apply, visit: Impact Accelerator Application

Are you an early-stage startup with a scalable business idea? Apply for the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme by 31 March 2022!

The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), an African private-sector-led philanthropic foundation empowering young African entrepreneurs across 54 African countries, opened applications for the 2022 TEF Entrepreneurship Programme. The programme, which started in 2015, has supported over 15,000 entrepreneurs in 54 African countries with training, mentoring, and startup capital.

The TEF Entrepreneurship Programme is a 10-year flagship initiative with a commitment of USD 100 million to identify, train, mentor and fund 10,000 entrepreneurs able to change the face of business in Africa. TEF training is designed to be self-paced for each entrepreneur to allow necessary flexibility for participants to learn while managing their businesses and other responsibilities.

Through the programme, successful applicants will be offered the following:

  • 12 weeks of business management training
  • Seed capital of USD 5,000
  • Networking with business leaders from the TEF network
  • Access to business advisory services and market linkages via the TEFConnect proprietary platform

Interested applicants are required to fulfil the following eligibility requirements:

  • Have a scalable business idea or early-stage company operating for less than five years
  • Be above 18 years of age
  • An application must only focus on one business entity or idea
  • Business must not adversely affect the environment, lives, and property
  • Business ideas must be the original work of those making the submissions

To apply for the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme, visit: TEF Entrepreneurship Programme Application

Do you have a business that is keen on sustainability? Apply for the Swedish Institute Management Programme by 13 February 2022!

The Swedish Institute, a public agency that encourages interest and trust in Sweden globally, invites applicants for its Swedish Institute Management Programme 2022. The programme is set to support 60 African businesses interested in bridging the gap between desire and action on sustainability. Through the programme, participants will be given tools and have access to knowledge from experts in the field to support them in putting sustainability at the core of their business strategy and improving their leadership skills.

The programme will be conducted online and at local conferences where participants will benefit from:

  • Access to in-depth knowledge and skills about sustainable business practices focusing on human rights, climate and the environment, decent working conditions and anti-corruption
  • Access to capacity building and knowledge transfer to lead change and promote sustainable business practices in an entrepreneur’s organisation
  • Learn from insights into business cases for sustainability in Sweden, one of the leading countries in sustainable business practice
  • Access to knowledge that allows entrepreneurs to use design thinking to develop creative and sustainable solutions to complex problems
  • Access to customized expert coaching based on an entrepreneurs’ organisation and their personal needs
  • Unique opportunity for close collaboration and exchange with colleagues from several other countries, developing strong, long-lasting professional networks
  • Access to the global Swedish Institute alumni network with leaders committed to sustainable business and responsible leadership

The programme seeks to support entrepreneurs keen on sustainably running their businesses and advocate for sustainable business practices in their respective countries. Additionally, interested applicants should fulfil the following to apply:

  • Be a citizen and resident of Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda or Zambia
  • Be between 25 and 50 years old
  • Have an entrepreneurial mindset and a track record of making things happen
  • Demonstrate a willingness to support and share their experience and knowledge with other participants
  • Have a high level in both written and spoken English
  • Have a post-secondary education

To apply, visit: SIMP Application

Are you an early-stage startup seeking to build a successful impact-driven business? Apply for the 2021 Savvy Global Fellowship!

Savvy Global Fellowship, a virtual fellowship program, seeks to support early-stage startup entrepreneurs to build impact-driven business solutions. Savvy Global Fellowship is a 12-week program that has trained over 2,500 early-stage startups from 113 countries across the globe. Through the program,  fellows benefit from business training on topics like fundraising, team building to execute business strategies, creating publicity for products or services, scaling into a new market, and ensuring customer retention and loyalty.

Applications are open to early-stage entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 40 years. Interested applicants should demonstrate a willingness to learn and create sustainable change in society and the world. Selected applicants will go through the following during the program:

  • E-learning: Fellows will learn all aspects of business, ranging from ideation to scale
  • Assessment: Fellows will take a combination of multiple-choice quizzes to identify their strengths and weaknesses
  • Peer mentorship: Fellows will be paired with peers with more experience to facilitate guidance and knowledge transfer
  • Expert mentorship: Fellows will benefit from expert mentorship from over 100 renowned experts across different industries
  • Certificate of completion: After 12 weeks, fellows will receive a certificate of completion and have access to the Savvy platform for information on impact entrepreneurship, personal branding, capacity building, and professional opportunities

To apply for the Savvy Fellowship Program, visit: Application

Register for the NSSF’s Financial Intelligence Program today!

The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Uganda, a national saving scheme, launched a Financial Literacy Action. Through this initiative, NSSF seeks to support Ugandans by equipping them with financial and investment knowledge to enable them to make informed financial decisions.

Entrepreneurs and business owners will have the opportunity to enroll in a three-month program free of charge. Training topics cover entrepreneurship, business hubs, personal investment, increasing income inflows, and professional growth.

In order to enroll, participants are only required to subscribe to the program online. The training is offered via several channels, including an online platform, workplaces, peer cohorts, and institutional setups such as rotary and churches. Upon completion of the program, participants will be awarded certification in personal finance management.

This program is implemented in partnership with financial regulators such as the Capital Market Authority, Insurance Regulatory Authority, Bank of Uganda and Uganda Retirement Benefits Regulatory Authority.

To register visit: Financial Intelligence Program

Do you have a tech solution that positively impacts society? Apply for the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge by February 11, 2022!

Cisco, a multinational technology conglomerate, seeks to support tech startups through their Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge. The aim of this competition is to recognize and reward early-stage entrepreneurs worldwide whose tech business solutions are focused on social impact in their communities.

Successful applicants will benefit from peer and industry validation of their tech solutions and an opportunity for global recognition and publicity for their businesses. Additionally, successful applicants will receive the following cash prizes:

Panel vote:

  • A single team will be awarded USD 250,000 as a grand winner
  • Three teams globally (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia, Asia Pacific, Japan and China) will be awarded USD 75,000 each as regional first runner ups
  • Three teams will be awarded USD 50,000 each as second runners ups

People and employees’ choice:

  • The finalist entry who will receive the most votes will be awarded a people’s choice award, and they will receive USD 10,000.
  • The finalist entry who will receive the most votes will be awarded the Cisco Employees’ Choice award and will receive a cash prize of USD 15,000

Special prizes:

  • Special prizes for climate impact and regeneration prize won by a single team with a cash prize of USD 100,000 for the winner, USD 50,000 for the second runners up and USD 50,000 for the HBCU startup prize.

Interested applicants should fulfil the following conditions to be eligible for the Challenge:

  • Have tech solutions that use digital technology to positively impact society or the environment.
  • Applicants should have tech solutions focusing at least on one of these areas, including water or food security, health care, financial inclusion, education, accessibility, and the environment.
  • Applicants registering as individuals or a team must be above 18 years of age.
  • Applicants registering as business entities should be legally registered with the local authorities.

To apply for the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge, visit: CGPSC Application

Have a solution that aims to improve the lives of children in Uganda? Apply for the UNICEF Innovation Fund Challenge today!

UNICEF Uganda has launched its 2nd cohort of the UNICEF Innovation Fund Challenge, which seeks innovators whose ideas or solutions aim to improve the lives of children, especially those from marginalised communities in Uganda.

Successful applicants will receive several benefits, including:

  • Access to free technical assistance to realise or grow your business.
  • Access to mentors and expert coaches to provide tailored support.
  • Access to networks via Outbox, a tech innovation hub in Uganda, to enable you to pilot or further validate your concept.
  • Grant funding of up to UGX 80 million to validate your idea further.

Interested applicants must fulfil the following to apply:

  • Have cost-effective, efficient and scalable market solutions/ideas that aim to improve the lives of children in Uganda.
  • Have a team of at least two people.
  • Be a Ugandan citizen or currently living or working in Uganda.
  • Have the ability to use frontier technology in your approach, including data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, the internet of things, augmented reality drones, blockchains.
  • At the time of submission, have raised less than UGX 185 million in either grant, convertible grants, venture capital, or private equity.

The deadline for applications is January 10th 2022.

To apply for the Innovation Fund Challenge, visit: Application

For more information, visit: UNICEF Innovation Fund Challenge

Stanbic Business Incubator Limited - Master Class on Health, Safety & Environment training open for businesses in the oil and gas sector

Stanbic Business Incubator Limited – Master Class on Health, Safety & Environment training open for businesses in the oil and gas sector


HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) is a set of processes and procedures identifying potential hazards to a certain environment, developing best practices to reduce or remove those hazards, and then training employees for accident prevention, accident response, etc.

The Master Class will provide participants with knowledge on how to evaluate, manage and minimize risks related to HSE. Entrepreneurs will learn ways of protecting their employees from injuries and property from damages.

Compliance with HSE measures opens opportunities within the oil and gas sector. The training is open to entrepreneurs and practitioners in the oil and gas sector and those intending to join the industry.


Date: 05th November 2021

Time: 10:00am to 12.30 pm EAT


  1. Jordan Tumwesigye, Director Glauben Industries
  2. Serge Wamba Fosso, Founder and CEO PRODEOS


You can join the Zoom Master Class using: 

Meeting ID:   878 0631 3693

Passcode:       974074

For details contact Stanbic Business Incubator on: 

Phone: 0312226700


The Stanbic Business Incubator Limited (SBIL) is a private company duly incorporated under the Laws of the Republic of Uganda. The Incubator started in 2018 as an initiative of Stanbic Bank to support and nurture SMEs to prepare for and harness business and growth opportunities.

Are you a social business with a solution for sustainable food systems looking to scale up? Apply for the Grow Up Social Incubator by November 21!

Yunus Environment Hub, a global social business network focused on creating solutions for the environmental crisis, is launching its 2022 cohort of the GrowUp Incubator for social businesses focusing on sustainable food systems in East Africa. The GrowUp Incubator aims to support and grow the skills of early-stage entrepreneurs who can create sustainable environmental and social impact. The cohort will support social business entrepreneurs in Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Burundi. The program provides critical support to social business entrepreneurs in a post-revenue stage.

Why should you join the Grow Up Social Incubator?

Successful applicants will receive access to the following benefits through the 6-month program:

  • Bi-weekly tailored mentorship
  • Interactive capacity-building bootcamp and training
  • Networking with local partners
  • Peer-to-peer support to share challenges and discover solutions

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible, your business must:

  • Be located in one of the above-mentioned target countries in East Africa
  • Solve a challenge within one or more thematic areas related to food systems
  • Be beyond the experimentation stage
  • Have your product/service on the market for 6 months to 3 years
  • Be legally registered or plan on doing it during the incubation program
  • Be led by a person or by the community (i.e., through a cooperative model)
  • Be able to demonstrate substantial environmental and social impact
  • Be in pre-seed investment but the post-revenue stage
  • Have accumulated sales to date of approximately UGX 35 million – UGX 89 million
  • Have 2-3 people from the team who will participate in the program
  • Have regular access to stable internet to participate in mentoring sessions and cohort events

How to apply 

Social businesses that are eligible can apply by completing the application form here.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor for the cohort, please find the Terms of Reference and apply here.

Application Deadline: 21 November 2021

Are you an early or growth stage startup interested in scaling your business? Apply for the THRIVE VIII Accelerator program 2022

The THRIVE Accelerator program seeks applicants for the THRIVE VIII Accelerator program 2022. The program targets and supports early and growth-stage startups active in various agriculture value chains to facilitate their business growth. The annual program offers a three month virtual and in-person training that provides investment opportunities and direct access to practical learnings from Central California’s largest agriculture companies.

Why should you join the program?

By joining the program, successful applicants will get the following benefits:

  • Investment funding of up to UGX 178,000,000 in cash
  • Access to an extensive partner network inclusive of over 6,000 farmers, growers, and agriculture partners for technology adoption
  • Mentorship and coaching from experts and industry leaders from our extensive global entrepreneur network
  • Participation in our award-winning program that will validate your startup to potential investors and give you access to THRIVE’s ecosystem

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible, applicants must have technologies that drive towards a more efficient, sustainable and secure agriculture future with a focus on:

  • Supply chain management and traceability
  • Big data and predictive analytics
  • Biotechnology
  • Indoor farming
  • Animal health and livestock

How to apply

Eligible startups can apply by filling in the form here.

Application Deadline: 05th November 2021.

For more information, visit