Do you have an agribusiness with a climate-smart innovative solution? Apply for funding and business development support from CGIAR before 22 December 2022

The Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), a global research partnership that unites organizations engaged in research on food security, invites applicants for the CGIAR Food Systems Accelerator program. The program aims to support agribusiness in scaling climate-smart innovations to solve pressing challenges in agribusiness value chains.

Successful applicants to the program will receive the following benefits:

  • Technical assistance from CGIAR scientists that encourages agribusinesses’ adoption and strengthens their compliance, safety, and accountability practices.
  • Technical assistance on impact measurement and management (IMM) from CGIAR scientists and experts.
  • Technical assistance on investment readiness from IFDC-2SCALE and its network to help secure private sector financing.
  • Provision of a de-risking Grant of USD 20,000 to four successful companies at the end of the program.
  • Access to investors and corporate partners to attract follow-on funding and potential business opportunities.

Interested agribusinesses must fulfill the following to apply:

  • Be legally registered and compliant with regulatory authorities. Applicants should present the following supporting information:
  • A Certificate of Incorporation for a Limited Company or Partnership Deed for a Partnership Business.
  • Two years of audited accounts.
  • Contact details of the company’s references.
  • Team composition.
  • Curriculum Vitae for the management
  • Tax Compliance Certificate.
  • Have a clear inclusive strategy for smallholder farmers, women, and youth within the business model in at least one of the dimensions: ownership, management team, workforce and policies, supply chain, and/or customers.
  • Be a for-profit company and demonstrate commercial viability and either be profitable or on the path to profitability. NGOs, corporate companies, and consultants will not be considered
  • Be operating in the following countries: Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia

For more information on the program, visit: CGIAR Food Systems Accelerator

To apply, visit: Application

 


Are you a woman entrepreneur with a tech solution? Apply for the Les Margaret Awards before 9 January 2023

JFD, an international growth accelerator operating in Europe and Africa for women in tech invites applicants for the Les Margaret Awards. Women in tech will be awarded in three areas – entrepreneur, intrapreneur and junior, with each having a European and Africa winner. This year’s edition of the awards will focus on addressing the gender investment gap with “Invest in Her” theme.

Interested participants must have innovative solutions that address one or several societal or environmental issues and also create jobs and value for their country’s economies. Interested participants can apply for one of the three categories:

  • Entrepreneur: for female founders or co-founders of tech start-ups
  • Intrapreneur: for women working for companies that have developed an innovative project in agreement with their employer while still being employed
  • Junior: for girls aged between 7 and 18 years with an idea, concept or start-up project that addresses a problem through the application of technology or who have developed a prototype using one or more technologies

Successful participants in the entrepreneur and intrapreneur categories will receive media exposure worth EUR 1 million for a year along with access to major international events, digital equipment, mentorship, and funding through JFD partners. Juniors will receive tailored support for the development of their projects, digital equipment, and a EUR 1,000 scholarship. They will also be mentored and coached by the JFD partners and will benefit from high media exposure.

To apply for the Awards, visit: Applications

 


Are you a FoodTech or AgTech company in need of funding? Apply for the Growth Impact Accelerator program before 30 January 2023

GROW, a global agriculture and food technology accelerator invite applicants for the Growth Impact Accelerator Program, backed by AgFunder. The program seeks to support foodtech and agtech startups tackling the global challenge of sustainability. Through the program, successful applicants will receive USD 100,000 in investment funding from AgFunder. Participants will receive additional benefits including:

  • Access to growth partners for product testing, development, and scaling
  • Matching with global agrifood multinational corporations to support customer validation and feedback, deploying pilot projects, and securing new sales contracts
  • Access to AgFunder’s private and institutional investment global networks to support fundraising
  • Access to an experienced team of coaches and mentors
  • Access to physical workspace in Singapore (or virtual office address, if overseas) throughout the program duration
  • Access to media exposure and publicity through AgFunder’s news platform, events, and a demo day at the conclusion of the program
  • Support with Singapore EntrePass visa application through GROW’s partnership with Enterprise Singapore

Interested applicants should have solutions in the following areas:

  • Advancing smallholder farmers
  • Supply chain rationalization
  • Alt-proteins and novel foods and ingredients
  • Climate-smart agriculture and aquaculture
  • Personalized nutrition & health
  • Food waste valorization
  • Circular economy

To apply for the program, visit: Application form


Are you a woman entrepreneur with a solution that addresses climate change? Apply for the TVARAN program before 20 November 2022

Villgro, in partnership with Cisco, invites applicants for the TVARAN Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs driving Climate Change program. The program seeks to support the growth and expansion of women-led social enterprises focused on climate action.

During the six months of the program, participants will be required to share their go-to-market plans. From this, five women entrepreneurs will be selected to receive pilot facilitation, market access, technical assistance, and mentorship from Villgro and Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility.

Entrepreneurs interested in the program must have social enterprises in areas like renewable energy, water and waste management, and climate-smart agriculture. To be eligible for the program, interested applicants need to fulfil the following criteria:

  • Have a social enterprise with a minimum of 50%-woman ownership
  • Have a solution that addresses climate change
  • Have a market-ready solution or a solution that is already in the market

To apply, visit: TVARAN Applications


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Call for applications for the Anzisha Prize Fellowship program. Apply before 27 November 2022

The Anzisha Prize Fellowship program opened applications for young African entrepreneurs with businesses that have created job opportunities for youth in their communities. Through the program, successful applicants will be equipped with tools and resources to help them run successful businesses.

During the course of three years, the program will track the performance of the business and the entrepreneur. Businesses that demonstrate exceptional growth and initiative will be rewarded with benefits and services such as short courses, cloud services, and cash stipends. At the end of the second year, entrepreneurs will pitch their businesses for a chance to win their share of grand cash prizes valued at over $50 000.

The grand prizes are split into four categories:

  • Job creation prize
  • Revenue growth prize
  • Storytelling prize
  • Integrating systems and processes prize

The program is open to all young African entrepreneurs who fulfill the following criteria:

  • Be between 15 and 22 years old with an ID document or passport to present as evidence.
  • Be a national of an African country with a business based in Africa for African customers/beneficiaries
  • Have an operational business
  • Be a founding member or one of the founding members of the business

To apply, visit: Anzisha Prize Application


Are you in need of training and mentorship to scale up your business? Apply for the fourth cohort of the SME Lab Africa Accelerator Program

SME Growth Lab Africa, a community impact project created to upskill SMEs in Africa, invites applicants for the fourth cohort of the Africa Digital Accelerator Program. Through this Program, established business owners across African countries will gain access to business training, mentorship, and support to take their businesses to a higher level.
Successful applicants will be taken through a 4-week extensive training led by exclusive facilitators in for modules in selling techniques, marketing strategies, financial literacy and management, and legal counselling. Additionally, participants will have access to community events, mentorship from experts, and a certificate of completion.

Interested applicants must fulfil the following to register:

  • Be business owners based in any African country
  • Be between 18-40 years of age
  • Commit to attending virtual sessions and group calls
  • Be willing to volunteer and participate in community events and project

​To apply for the Program, visit: Applications


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Are you an Agripreneur startup in need of capital investment? Apply for the AgriPitch Competition from Africa Development Bank

The Africa Development Bank (AFDB) invites African youth Agripreneurs to the AgriPitch Competition. The competition aims to support Agripreneurs focusing on building the profitability of their businesses and becoming investment ready.

Selected Agripreneurs will be trained and mentored in an interactive and tailored two-week training program to prepare them for presenting their businesses to investors. Participants will access virtual training sessions covering product development, marketing, business management logistics, revenue channel identification, and investment readiness. Additionally, winning Agripreneurs will have access to a total grant pool of USD 140,000 at the end of the competition.

The competition is open for three categories of youth Agripreneurs: early startups (at least three years), mature startups (more than three years), and women-empowered businesses. Interested participants must fulfill the eligibility criteria depending on their category.

For early startups, they must:

  • Be at the very early stage of developing ideas or concepts for Agripreneurship
  • Have a clearly defined prototype or proof of concept or a product introduced to the market

For mature startups, they must:

  • Have market traction with an existing product, technology, or service already in the market
  • Have a clear investment growth strategy or plan
  • Be a legally registered corporate entity

For women-empowered businesses, they must:

  • Meet eligibility requirements for either early startups or mature startups
  • Have a women founder or have women owning at least 51% of the business

The deadline for applying is on 4 November 2022

To apply for the competition, visit: Application forms


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Call for applications for the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Uganda Program Cohort 5. Apply before 22 October!

The Academy for Women Entrepreneurs, an initiative launched by the US Embassy Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, invites women applicants to cohort 5 of the program. The initiative will equip women entrepreneurs with the skills needed to create sustainable businesses and enterprises. Through facilitated online training, women entrepreneurs will further their skills, network with mentors and have their business ideas scaled up. Additionally, successful participants will receive the following benefits:

  • Receive business training to acquire new business knowledge and skills
  • Access to capital
  • Grow their network
  • Scale up their businesses
  • Receive a certificate of accomplishment

Interested applicants must fulfill the following criteria to apply:

  • Be based in Kampala, Arua, Lira, and surrounding districts
  • Be between 25-40 years of age
  • Have between 1 – 5 years of business experience
  • Own or manage a for-profit business that is legally registered with Uganda Registration Services Bureau or other local authorities
  • Demonstrate potential to expand and grow the business with the initiative’s support
  • Be fluent in English
  • Be computer literate and have reliable access to the internet and a computer or smartphone.

To apply, visit: AWE Applications


Does your business address educational challenges? Apply before 1 December 2022 for an opportunity to win $20,000 and other benefits

Does your business address educational challenges? Apply before 1 December 2022 for an opportunity to win $20,000 and other benefits

World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), an international, multi-sectoral platform for creative thinking, debate and purposeful action, invites applicants for the 2023 WISE Awards. The awards are a celebration of six successful and innovative projects addressing global educational challenges.

Interested applicants should have ongoing or existing projects in the field of education with the following qualities:

  • Have an excellent record of proven success
  • Be financially sustainable
  • Have a clear plan indicating the project’s future objectives and development
  • Be scalable
  • Be replicable in other contexts and regions of the world
  • Have a clear understanding and knowledge of:
  • Its innovative nature
  • Its distinctiveness within its sphere of action
  • The type and depth of its impact on its beneficiaries

Successful participants in the WISE Awards will be supported through different channels including:

  • Cash prize of USD 20,000 awarded to the winning projects.
  • Outstanding projects will be featured on the WISE website, showcased and shared with the WISE community via social media.
  • Special documentaries and videos will be produced to showcase the work of the winning projects.
  • Opportunity to be featured in WISE Books which explore current challenges and solutions facing 21st-century education.
  • Opportunity for winning projects to present and discuss their work at dedicated sessions during the global biennial summit in Doha, Qatar or WISE regional summits. In addition, projects are offered an opportunity to participate in global events organized in collaboration with WISE.
  • Opportunity for representatives of former winning projects to be involved in other WISE projects through mentorship, participation in the selection processes, and fellowship programs.

To apply for the WISE Awards, visit: Applications


Do you have an agricultural tech solution improving African agriculture? Apply for funding from the Africa AgTech Startup Showcase before 30 November 2022

The International Fertilizer Association IFA, in partnership with the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), invites applicants for the Africa AgTech Startup Showcase. The challenge will focus on six thematic areas, including:

  • Soil Health and plant nutrition
  • Advisory and information services
  • Access to markets
  • Supply chain services
  • Financial services

Through the challenge, participating startups will have an opportunity to showcase their solutions at the IFA annual conference, network with fertilizer industry experts, and a cash prize of EUR 20,000 to the winning startup.

Interested participants in the AgTech Startup Showcase must fulfill the following to apply:

  • Have an existing minimum viable product (MVP).
  • Has received less than € 20 million in funding since its establishment from external sources and is less than 10 years old.
  • Have an innovative solution to improve crop yield and quality, soil health, nutrient management performance, or facilitate market access.
  • Have a product or service that has been operational or has been demonstrated.
  • Be active on the African continent or has strong potential to solve one of the continent’s agricultural challenges.

To apply for this Showcase, visit: Registration