UGEFA programme

Are you a sustainable enterprise interested in accessing debt financing? Apply for the UGEFA programme before 14 April 2022

On 1 March 2022, the Uganda Green Enterprise Finance Accelerator (UGEFA), an EU-funded programme supporting Ugandan enterprises, opened applications for its fourth edition. UGEFA seeks high potential small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) interested in debt finance to grow their businesses. The programme targets SMEs specialising in eco-tourism, clean energy, sustainable transport, waste management and green manufacturing, including Agro-processing (turning raw crops into finished products such as textiles and dried fruit).

Successful applicants will be offered capacity building workshops to support them scale through a series of hands-on interactive sessions to refine their business models, financial systems management, and impact measures. The workshops aim to bridge the gap in accessing finance for SMEs by enabling them to meet the requirements from UGEFA partner financial institutions.

Interested applicants must fulfil the following criteria to apply:

  • Have a registered and revenue-generating businesses
  • Business must be engaged in a green sector, specifically clean energy, sustainable transport, sustainable tourism, waste management or green manufacturing, including in the supply chain of sustainable agricultural products
  • Have a business operational for at least two years
  • Have an interest in accessing support to access debt finance

 

Applicants must register with UGEFA online platform, where they receive a platform account to apply for the programme.

To register on the UGEFA online platform, visit: UGEFA Registration


Unsure of whether to register your business? Here's why you should!

Unsure of whether to register your business? Here’s why you should!

Business registration is one of the most crucial steps in any entrepreneur’s journey and the first step in legally establishing your business. Registering comes with several benefits, including easier access to capital, limiting personal liability, better business reputation and many others.

Watch the video below to learn more about the benefits of registering your business.


Are you a Stanbic Bank client who is interested in growing your business? Apply for AMI’s Survive to Thrive Programme

AMI Survive to Thrive

Are you a Stanbic Bank client who is interested in growing your business? Apply for AMI’s Survive to Thrive Programme

Stanbic Bank Uganda, in partnership with ConsumerCentriX and the African Management Institute (AMI), invite their clients to participate in AMI Survive to Thrive Programme. Selected participants to the 6-month entrepreneurial Programme will be offered online courses, access to interactive learning labs (delivered virtually and in-person), peer networking and practical business tools.

The Programme is open to one individual entrepreneur and one senior staff member from their business to offer them an opportunity to learn how to set SMART growth goals and implement new business habits and tools. Upon completing the Programme, participants will have access to AMI’s Growth Network, an exclusive community of ambitious African entrepreneurs who have successfully graduated from AMI programmes.

As part of the network, participants will connect with entrepreneurs from across Africa and access premium services such as AMI’s Finance Link (for access to funding opportunities). Additionally, participants will have access to mentoring and coaching networks, exclusive networking events and continued access to AMI’s world-class business tools, courses and resources.

Interested entrepreneurs must fulfil the following criteria to apply:

  • Have a business that has been in operation for more than 1 year
  • Have a revenue between USD 10,000 – USD 50,000 in at least one of the last two financial years
  • Have a minimum of two full-time employees.

To apply for the info session, visit: AMI Survive to Thrive Programme Application


SBC Virtual Accelerator Program

Are you an African startup interested in taking your company to the next level? Apply for the SBC Virtual Accelerator Program

 Startupbootcamp Afritech (SBC) invites African startups for a virtual acceleration program powered by Enrich in Africa, a project funded by the European Commission. The aim of the program is to encourage and facilitate the mobility of startup entrepreneurs from African or European countries. The program promotes skills development and transfer and the globalization of innovative solutions. Ten successful applicants will benefit from virtual acceleration sessions with lifetime access to the Accelerator Squared Platform to learn from dozens of modules.

Interested applicants must fulfil the following to apply for the program:

  • Company must be at least 2 years old
  • Turnover of at least $15,000 in 2021
  • At least 2 employees and/or co-founders
  • Headquarters based in an African/European country

To apply for the program, visit SBC Virtual Accelerator Application


ALX Young Entrepreneurs Programme

Are you an early-stage entrepreneur looking to scale up your business? Apply for the ALX Young Entrepreneurs Programme before 28 February 2022

ALX, a career accelerator for young professionals under the African Leadership Group, seeks to support African entrepreneurs to build thriving businesses through the ALX Young Entrepreneurs Programme (YEP). YEP is a four-week programme sponsored by Mastercard Foundation and partners. Successful applicants will benefit from mentorship and skills transfer from expert entrepreneurs. The programme is designed for early-stage entrepreneurs who have demonstrated commitment to building their enterprises but require tools and accountability to scale up and increase their customer base.

Participants will go through key five programme modules, including:

  • Launch: Set the goals and learn best practices to launch a successful plan.
  • Traction: Experiment with different strategies to attract prospective customers.
  • Sales Skills: Get the frameworks and practice to close customers and generate revenue.
  • Show & Sell: Wrap up your programme in a demo day-styled event where you can present your progress.

Interested applicants must fulfil the following programme requirements to apply

  • Be a founder or co-founder of a business in Africa
  • Be ready to commit to 4 weeks, 10 hours/week
  • Be between 18-35 years of age
  • Have a product or service ready to go to market within a month
  • Have proficiency in English.

Upon completing the programme, participants will be invited to join The ROOM community, where they will access a global network of resources and support to grow their business.

To apply, visit: ALX Young Entrepreneurs Programme Application


MEST

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur? Apply for the year-long MEST Africa entrepreneurial training program to build your skills!

The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology offers 12-month graduate-level training to aspiring entrepreneurs from Africa. MEST is an African-wide tech entrepreneur training program, seed fund and network of hubs offering incubation for tech startups in Africa. The MEST program is a fully sponsored opportunity.

Through MEST, successful applicants will receive tech and entrepreneurship skills training and gain experiences to build globally successful tech companies. Additionally, participants of the program will stand a chance to access funding, business incubation and access to a global network of tech entrepreneurs.

Interested applicants must fulfil the following to be eligible to enrol:

  • Have a degree from a university or technical college or equivalent experience with at least 2 years of corporate and startup experience
  • Have excellent skills in either communications, business or software development, enthusiasm for tech entrepreneurship and knowledge of how to use tech to achieve business results
  • Demonstrate a willingness to commit to a complete residential program for a whole year
  • Be a disciplined self-starter that can work and deliver assignments and projects
  • Have the ability to work well in teams with proven academic or professional excellence
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities

Interested applicants should apply before 20th April 2022.

To apply, visit MEST Application


Oracle for Startups program

Are you a startup with a tech solution? Apply for the Oracle for Startups program

Oracle, a multinational cloud computing company, seeks to support African tech startups to drive business growth across different industries through the Oracle for Startups program. African tech startups will benefit from USD 10,000 of cloud credits to improve the essential tasks of their early operations, such as running a simulation and creating a rendering. Additionally, selected participants will receive hands-on technical support, executive mentoring, access to go-to-market resources, and new customer engagements.

Interested applicants must fulfil the following to qualify for the program:

  • Have a registered startup business in Africa
  • Have been founded within the last ten years and have a functioning website or public profile and LinkedIn profile
  • Be associated with one or more of the following: accelerators, seed/ventures capital firms, and startup enabling organizations/initiatives

The following are not eligible for the Oracle for Startups program:

  • Previous graduates of the program
  • Public companies
  • Oracle customers (including their subsidiaries)
  • Oracle partner network members

The Oracle for Startups is a two-year program after the enrollment date. To apply for this program, visit:

Program Application


Young Founders Program

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 Founders 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