Investing in Africa

Interested in finding an investor? Apply for the Africa Investment Event before 9 October 2022

Investing in Africa

AFSIC, a large-scale event focused on matching business and investment opportunities in Africa, invites applicants for its annual Investing in Africa event. The 2022 event, which will be held in London on October 10th and 11th, is focused on ensuring attending companies seeking funding meet the right African investors to access the investment they need.

Participating companies will be offered a unique opportunity to discover and develop a robust network of the highest quality business leaders and investors. Additionally, participants will be given access to two days of VIP keynote discussions and premium panels for industry sectors in banking, agriculture, sustainable growth, infrastructure, education, power, and fintech. County-focused sessions will offer insights into individual countries’ investment climates and regulations with attractive investment opportunities.

Interested participants should register with the Africa Business Community to be offered affordable registration rates for the event.

For more information about the event and registration details, visit:  Africa Investment Event 2022


Acceleration

Apply for the CATAPULT Inclusion Africa Acceleration program before 15 September 2022

The LHoFT Foundation, a public-private sector initiative for the Inclusive Finance Network Luxembourg (InFiNe.lu), invites applicants to the Catapult Inclusion Africa Acceleration program. The program targets start-ups focusing on financial inclusion in Africa, aiming to build bridges with Luxembourg’s Microfinance Industry. The start-ups should also be aligned with the sustainability goals of Luxembourg’s finance centre.

Interested applicants are invited to apply for the 5th edition of the program, which will be held in Luxembourg from October 24-28, 2022. The acceleration program is a unique one-week boot camp supporting 10 selected fintech companies in Africa. The program covers a wide range of topics including:

  • Business model mapping
  • Scaling strategies
  • Investment readiness
  • Business plan presentation
  • Legal strategy
  • Pricing
  • Marketing strategy

Interested participants must fulfil the following criteria to apply

  • Selected firms will have, at least, a demonstrable Minimum Viable Product (“MVP”) and will likely be in the pre-seed to seed stage of funding.
  • Companies must be active in the financial inclusion field, helping underserved and unbanked populations in Africa get access to financial products and services.
  • Companies will submit all necessary information to the LHoFT in order to assess the viability of the project, company, background of owners and key shareholders to limit the risks of non-compliance or doubtful application to the programme.
  • Companies must agree and shall provide ongoing performance metrics and business status for a period of three years post program completion to the LHoFT for the purposes of program evaluation.
  • The selected firm must guarantee that a founding team member, typically the CEO, will attend the program for the duration of the week.
  • We are particularly interested in hearing from firms in payments and related services.

The 10 successfully selected Fintechs from the one-week boot camp will have the opportunity to connect with partners, sponsors, investors, microfinance institutions, and public financial institutions as well as access to InFiNe.lu mentorship.

To apply for this program, visit: CATAPULT Applications


EdTech

Are you an EdTech innovator or entrepreneur? Apply for the EdTech Evidence for Entrepreneurs course before 18 August 2022

EdTech Hub, a global research partnership, invites Africa-based EdTech innovators and entrepreneurs to enroll in the EdTech Evidence for Entrepreneurs course. The course aims to support innovators and entrepreneurs to improve their products by offering practical, evidence-based lessons from fellow entrepreneurs, industry experts, and education leaders.

Interested applicants must fulfill the following to apply:

  • Be developing or have developed an EdTech product or service for primary-level teachers and learners in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Be based in East Africa (applications for the first cohort)
  • Be eager and available to actively participate in the course with fellow peers and experts for at least 5-10 hours per week for six weeks
  • Have professional proficiency in English (both written and spoken)
  • Be at least 18 years of age

To apply for the course, visit: Applications

 


digital solutions

Are you a digital or tech enterprise with an innovative trade or green infrastructure solution? Apply to the AUDA-NEPAD call for digital solutions before 31 August 2022

The Africa Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), in partnership with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), announced a call for digital solutions for small and medium enterprises. The call seeks enterprises that provide digital solutions to support trade and/or green infrastructure. Through the programme, successful applicants will receive business development support, investment-readiness support, business-specific advisory, and capacity building.

Interested applicants will have to meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • Be an early-stage business
  • Be registered as a for-profit entity
  • Must have a team of at least three (3) people
  • Have proof of concept established either by a pilot or by similar, pre-existing projects elsewhere
  • Have a business idea with a digital or tech focus
  • Digital/tech must be central to the business strategy/value proposition.
  • Have a focus on trade and/or green infrastructure
  • Digital solution must have a demonstrable climate change adaptation (increasing resilience) or mitigation (reducing greenhouse gas emissions) impact
  • Digital solution must have a beneficial environmental impact (e.g., clearing invasive species, reducing plastic waste, repurposing hazardous waste)
  • Digital solution must demonstrate their impact on trade and/or trade-related activities, especially across the national border (within a country is acceptable)
  • Business must be based in an Africa Union Member State with its largest market (>75% turnover) and employment base (>75% of personnel) in Africa.

For more information and application details, visit: Call for Digital Solutions


Masterclass

Apply for the GAIN-AFREXIM Masterclass on Entrepreneurship and Intra-African Trade before 31 July 2022

Masterclass

Grand Africa Initiative (GAIN), a non-governmental pan-African organization, in partnership with Africa Export-Import (AFREXIM), invites applicants for the GAIN-AFREXIM Masterclass on Entrepreneurship and Intra-African Trade. The masterclass is a program aimed at unlocking the potential of young African entrepreneurs to benefit from the opportunities in the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA) comprising more than 1.2 billion people and to promote intra-African trade.

The program is designed to equip 200 young entrepreneurs from across Africa with skills to build and scale their businesses across the continent and beyond,  leverage partnerships, attract more significant trade volumes/revenues, and explore new opportunities.

Upon successful completion of the program, applicants will be able to:

  • Grow and position their business favourably in the global market
  • Identify new and exciting business opportunities
  • Build partnerships in Africa and beyond
  • Expand business and revenues
  • Take payments and manage trade finance

Interested applicants should fulfill the following to qualify for the program:

  • Be an African business owner under 40 years of age
  • Have a registered business
  • Be at a stage where the business is already generating revenue
  • Demonstrate interest in scaling their business

To apply for the program, visit: GAIN AFREXIM Applications


Call for Expression of Interest for Digital Entrepreneurs based in Africa.

Digital Square, a PATH-led initiative, has opened its first call for Expression of Interest (EOI) for digital entrepreneurs based in Africa. The call seeks to connect local digital entrepreneurs’ solutions to financial and technical assistance and opportunities to scale. This initiative is funded as part of the Digital Health Ecosystem (DHE) project, funded by USAID and the Bayer Foundation.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to:

  • Become part of a continent-wide list that will be shared with donors, investors, and implementing partners across the globe for potential funding
  • Be alerted to third party funding opportunities
  • Access a self-assessment tool that supports organizations in becoming direct recipients of international funding

Additionally, a subset of respondents will be invited to participate in a DHE-funded request for applications. Successful applicants in the request for application round will:

  • Have access to the financial capital required to develop, deploy and implement scalable digital health products, initially be through a grants program and later through a partnership with existing donor programs and government co-investment
  • Gain visibility into existing developer communities for co-learning and collaboration
  • Know what open-source health tools exist and what is available for adaptationto save time and resources in local development
  • Have support adapting open-source solutions—even and especially from digital public goods
  • Gain increased visibility in the global health development sector
  • Grow stronger in business and operational capabilities and sustainability, as well as technical skills

This call is open to African organizations, and businesses with the following profiles:

  • Demonstrated ability to support the implementation of software tools and products
  • An interest in engaging in the digital health space of a country and willingness to work with local governments, private sector health providers, and health insurance schemes
  • Willingness to engage populations at scale, including populations that cannot directly purchase from vendors but maybe government beneficiaries
  • Team includes members with software expertise
  • Registered as a formal organization or business in the World Health Organisation Sub Saharan Africa Region, with sufficient accounting mechanisms to track revenue and expenditure

Those not selected for the initial round of grants but who apply to the EOI will automatically be considered for future funding rounds.

To submit an expression of interest for this call, visit: Call for Digital Entrepreneurs


standards

Apply for the Occupational Health and Safety Standards Program from Total Energies EP Uganda

Total Energies EP Uganda, through Sunmaker Energy Uganda Ltd, an ISO Certified Training Provider, invites applications from qualifying Ugandan enterprises to participate in sponsored accredited training, coaching, and eventual certification in ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Standards. The program aims to support Ugandan enterprises to competitively participate in tendering in the Oil and Gas sector through improved Health, Safety, and Environmental practices and standards.

Interested applicants should fulfil the following to apply:

  • Be registered on the National Suppliers’ Database (mandatory)
  • Have a valid NSSF Clearance
  • Have at least 5 years of business operations with proof of business growth in terms of turnover and employment
  • Have existing HSE policy and procedures
  • Have a Uganda Revenue Authority certificate of registration
  • Be registered in Uganda (preference is for indigenous Ugandan companies)
  • Demonstrate proof of the need for support measures (expected effectiveness of this training) to increase the chances of tender procedures
  • Demonstrate motivation to participate in the training and potential for further development once HSE knowledge is improved and applied
  • Be active in sectors relevant to the Oil and Gas industry (logistics/transport, manufacturing, construction, engineering, waste management etc.)
  • Have a permanent office location

Interested applicants should send their applications (all documentation requested merged into one pdf) to hse@brpetro.com before 29th July 2022.


Apply

Are you an early stage or growth stage e-health company interested in funding? Apply for the Investing in Innovation (i3) program before 5 September!

With support from the Gates Foundation, the Investing in Innovation (i3) program, a pan-African initiative, invites applicants to register for the 2022 cohort. The program seeks to support 30 e-health companies in Africa solving supply chain challenges with data-driven solutions. Companies should be in the early or growth stages and address challenges such as:

  • Health product availability
  • Accessibility to health products
  • Health product quality
  • Health product affordability
  • Visibility of health product movement

Through the program, successful applicants will gain access to a grant of USD 50,000, regional events providing market access, and networking connections to stakeholders in the e-health ecosystem.

Interested applicants must fulfill all the following eligibility criteria to apply:

  • Serve Africans
  • Be owned, led and, operated by Africans
  • In the early or growth stage
  • Offer services in health product distribution or plans to provide services in the short term (2-3 months)
  • Business model demonstrates improvements in one or more of the following public health impacts:
  • Quality
  • Availability
  • Affordability
  • Accessibility
  • Visibility of key health products in Africa

To apply for this program, visit: i3 Application


program

Westerwelle Start-Up Haus seeks applicants for its Young Founders Program – Apply before 9 August 2022

The Westerwelle Start-up Haus invites young entrepreneurs to participate in their Westerwelle Young Founders Program (YFP). The six-month program aims to support young entrepreneurs with targeted support to scale their ventures and develop leadership abilities in contributing toward building a sustainable future.

During the program, successful applicants will participate in the following activities:

  • Kick-Off Conference: A two-day virtual kick-off conference will take place in September 2022
  • Remote Program: From September to February 2023, receive six months of support, including a personal mentor, monthly peer mentoring sessions, monthly expert workshops, and networking opportunities with corporate representatives and investors
  • Berlin Conference: Ten best-performing participants will be invited to a five-day conference in May 2023, where they will have the opportunity to pitch to investors, participate in workshops, join networking events, and participate in the German start-up scene.

Interested applicants should demonstrate high potential for impact and growth while fulfilling the criteria below:

  • Recently (in the last five years) started a for-profit company focused on developing or emerging markets;
  • Have a company that possesses a scalable business model that has ideally generated revenue or secured a first round of external funding;
  • Have a business that possesses disruptive qualities that can increase the quality, impact, or inclusiveness of the industry;
  • Possess a good working knowledge of English;
  • Be available to attend the digital kick-off conference and participate in program activities for six months.

To apply, visit: Westerwelle Young Founder Program


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 Sankalp Global 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