Westerwelle Start-Up Haus seeks applicants for its Young Founders Program

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 their leadership abilities in contributing towards 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 April 2022
  • Remote Program: Beginning from April to October 2022, the participants will 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: The ten best performing Young Founders will be invited to a five-day conference in December 2022. During this conference, the founders will have the opportunity to pitch in front of 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 the 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 can make time to participate in program activities for six months.

The deadline for applications is March 13, 2022, at 11:59 am.

To apply, visit: Westerwelle Young Founder Program

Are you an early-stage fintech startup in Uganda? Apply for Stitch fintech startup showcase before 10 February 2022

Stitch, a South African API infrastructure live in Nigeria and South Africa, in partnership with Paystack and Disrupt Africa, are set to host a startup showcase for African early-stage FinTechs. The showcase will provide an opportunity for early-stage FinTechs to share their solutions with local and global investors and support to prepare for the pitch from the Stitch team.

The showcase will take place in Cape Town, South Africa on 25 February 2022. Interested applicants must have a FinTechor embedded finance solution based in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, Ghana, Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania or Rwanda. Selected companies will receive several benefits, including:

  • Support to prepare for the pitch from members of the Stitch team
  • An opportunity to pitch their solutions to an audience of global and local fintech and investors
  • Access to office hours with members of the Stitch team
  • Access to a 1-hour workshop with members of the Paystack team focused on fundraising and growth
  • Free payment processing from Paystack for selected startups operating in Nigeria, South Africa and Ghana
  • Access to the Stitch API for selected companies operating in Nigeria and South Africa for six months

Note: All applicants working in Nigeria and South Africa will receive two months of free access to the Stitch API

To apply for this showcase, visit: Stitch Startup Showcase Applications

Are you a social entrepreneur interested in gender equity? Apply for the Acumen Gender Equity and Advancement Accelerator Program by April 21, 2022

Acumen Academy, a global institute for social change, invites social enterprises to apply for the Gender Equity and Advancement Accelerator Program. The program seeks to support social entrepreneurs with moral leadership lessons and business skills. Selected participants will also learn from portfolio companies to confidently scale their enterprises and embed gender-inclusive approaches in their business models.

The program is available to social entrepreneurs who:

  • Run a social enterprise (nonprofit or for-profit) based in East Africa and West Africa
  • Have a demonstrated track record of at least 12 – 18 months with some market traction and readiness to scale
  • Have a minimum of three team members who are full-time staff
  • Commit to serving women across three entry points and demonstrate evidence of action in at least one, including:
  1. Market (products and services)
  2. Internal organisation (workforce and policies)
  3. Value chain (supply and distribution)

During the program, participants will have access to the following:

  • Six learning labs alongside fellow entrepreneurs
  • Three one-on-one consultation calls with Acumen’s team
  • Video tutorials on customer discovery, sales and marketing, financial modelling, pitching, and more
  • Unconscious bias training, workshops, and self-assessment strategies for embedding gender inclusivity into your scaling plan
  • Case studies from social enterprises that have successfully scaled and contributed to gender equity and advancement

Eligible entrepreneurs can apply here

For details about the program, visit Gender Equity and Advancement Accelerator

Are you a university student or a recent graduate with an innovative digital idea? Apply for the  Digital Innovations for Business Resilience in the EAC program before 21 February 2022

Digital Innovations for Business Resilience in the East African Community, a program under Digital Skills for an Innovative East African Industry (dSkills@EA) project, seeks to support young innovators from universities from the EAC member states. Through the program, young innovators will be supported to develop and implement digital innovations for business resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The dSkills@EA project is part of the technical development cooperation between the EAC and Germany.

Ten selected teams per country will be offered an opportunity to participate at the National Pitch-Event, where they will present their digital innovations to the industry, academia, investors, government representatives and the EAC entrepreneurship ecosystem stakeholders. Additionally, selected participants will benefit from the following:

  • Opportunity to finetune their innovative idea via online ideathon to acquire skills in customer insights, product development and business modelling
  • Access to connections from the East African Innovation Ecosystem
  • An opportunity to be selected for the boot camp to receive in-depth support through mentors and trainers to shape their innovations further.
  • Team winners will receive grants of a pool of USD 10,000

Interested applicants must fulfil the following to apply:

  • Be university students or recent graduates (not more than one year in the past)
  • Be from an East African University
  • Be between 18  and 35 years  of age
  • Have fluency in English
  • Possess an idea for digital innovation or are in early implementation stages.
  • Have a team of a minimum of two people.

To apply for this program, visit: Digital Innovations for Business Resilience in the EAC

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