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


Are you an innovative Agri-tech entrepreneur? Apply for the Pitch AgriHack 2022 competition before 29 July 2022

Are you an innovative Agri-tech entrepreneur? Apply for the Pitch AgriHack 2022 competition before 29 July 2022

In partnership with African Green Revolution Forum and Generation Africa, Heifer International invites applicants to the eighth edition Pitch AgriHack 2022 competition. Pitch AgriHack is a digital agricultural competition focused on accelerating entrepreneurial growth and job creation by leveraging advanced tech and youth participation in Africa’s food security agenda.

Through the competition, six successful participants from three open competition categories, including early-stage, mature/growth stage, and women-led, will be awarded cash prizes totaling USD 45,000. Additionally, participants to the competition will benefit from the following:

  • A fourth invite-only category, known as the AYuTe Africa Challenge, sponsored by Heifer International, will award up to US$1.5 million in grants to scalable ventures already generating measurable impact for Africa’s smallholder farmers.
  • Six winners will be selected from the open-application categories and two winners from the invite-only AYuTe Africa Challenge category. The winners will be announced at the AGRF Summit on September 5-9 in Kigali.
  • Top contestants will receive a one-day boot camp in preparation for their final pitches, with winners receiving continued support as they develop and grow their enterprises.
  • Business profiles of the finalists will also be published in a Deal Book for circulation at the AGRF and online, while individual profiles will be made public on the orgplatform and reviewed for relevance to their investor community.

Interested applicants must fulfill the following to apply:

  • Have a clear and defined description of how their solution is impacting smallholder farmers
  • Have a strong organizational and operational structure
  • Be aged 18-40 on the day of submission to the 2022 Pitch AgriHack Competition
  • Hold nationality (with official ID) from any of the 54 nations of the African Union
  • Be the founder/co-founder of the enterprise represented in the competition and play an active role in its operations and leadership
  • Have no criminal record related to corruption, tax evasion, financial impropriety, felony, or other offenses
  • Not be a previous Pitch AgriHack finalist or winner
  • Must submit the application form in English
  • Must agree with the Terms & Conditions

To apply for the competition, visit: Applications

For more information on the competition, visit: Pitch AgriHack 2022


Are youth-led organization, network, or coalition with an environmentally friendly solution? Apply for the Youth Green Accelerator Challenge before 12 August 2022

The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) invite youth-led organizations, networks or coalitions to the Youth Green Accelerator Challenge. Interested participants should propose new and innovative ideas and solutions to support a just transition towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies. Applicants should be youth aged 18 to 35 years old with contractual and registered capacity in IsDB-ILO common member states, which includes Uganda.

The Youth Green Accelerator Challenge seeks solutions that contribute to one or more of the following:

  • Upskilling or reskilling youth for their effective participation in the green policy-making process
  • Ensuring peer-to-peer learning on just transitions and strengthening youth coalitions on the subject
  • Creating or improving training programmes to equip youth with the technical and soft skills required for the green transition in a given sector / for a given occupation
  • Mainstreaming climate change into existing Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET)  and education curricula and programmes for youth
  • improving access to opportunities for green skills acquisition and recognition for marginalized youth
  • Supporting green skills trainers and training providers in becoming agents of a just transition for youth
  • Translating employment creation, entrepreneurship, or business ideas into solutions that accelerate upskilling or reskilling of youth

Successful participants in the Challenge will benefit from the following;

  • Financial support: The top three ideas will be awarded USD 50 000, USD 30 000, and USD 20 000, respectively, to implement the proposed solution.
  • Technical support through an online Innovation Lab: Through boot camps and remote mentoring, the winning proposals will receive technical support to turn, refine, develop, and pilot their ideas. The duration of the lab is between three and six months, depending on the stage of development of the solution.
  • Global visibility: The winning proposals will receive support to raise awareness of their ideas and solutions, including an invitation to attend COP 27, where they will present their projects, press articles in the media, and videos.
  • Access to a network of skills innovators: The winners and shortlisted entries will join the ILO Skills Innovation Network. They will be updated on the latest advances in innovation and skills development and get access to tools, resources, and knowledge-sharing events that they can use to build new ideas and solutions

To apply for the Challenge, visit: Youth Green Challenge Applications


Apply for the Supplier Development Program from Stanbic Business Incubator Limited 

Apply for the Supplier Development Program from Stanbic Business Incubator Limited 

Stanbic Business Incubator Limited (SBIL) has opened applications for its Supplier Development Program, aimed at supporting SMEs in the oil and gas sector to scale and improve their capacity to be compliant and handle tenders and contracts. Through the program, participants will part of a 3-months learning journey that covers the following topics:

  • Compliance & corporate governance
  • Bid management
  • Health and safety
  • Joint Ventures
  • ISO certification

Upon completion of the program, participants will be expected to access markets in the oil and gas sector, track impact, and position themselves as partners of choice for stakeholders in the oil and gas sector.

Interested applicants should fulfil the following criteria to apply for the program:

  • Have more than 10 employees
  • Have at least 5 business operations
  • Have a turnover of UGX 200 million
  • Demonstrate a willingness to pay
  • Priority is given to the manufacturing & service industry
  • Exposure learning visit

To apply for the program, visit: SDP APPLICATION

For more information, please get in touch with incubator@stanbic.com or call 0312226700.


Apply for the Micro Enterprise Development Program from Stanbic Business Incubator Limited

Apply for the Micro Enterprise Development Program from Stanbic Business Incubator Limited 

Operating under Stanbic Uganda Holdings Limited, Stanbic Business Incubator Limited (SBIL) aims to support and nurture SMEs in Uganda to prepare them for business growth opportunities.

With an extensive expertise in running successful and practical business development programs, SBIL, invites applicants for the 2022 intake of the Micro Enterprise Development Program (Micro EDP). Micro EDP is a 2 weeks training program that aims to support micro-enterprises and offers them early-stage entrepreneurial and business management skills to help them initiate, improve and scale their businesses.

The program will be offered across Uganda and offers the opportunity to entrepreneurs to learn about the following topics:

  • Design thinking and business modelling
  • Financial literacy & bookkeeping
  • ILO Business game
  • Business Plan writing & fundraising
  • Business formalization

To be eligible for the program, participants should fulfil the following criteria:

  • Have at least two employees
  • Possess an existing scalable business idea or running a business
  • Can be a SACCO/VSLA or group

To apply, visit: MICRO EDP PROGRAM APPLICATION

For more information, please get in touch with incubator@stanbic.com or call 0312226700.


Are you a startup entrepreneur with an innovative tech solution for global hunger? Apply for the WWF Startup Innovation awards before July 15

Are you a startup entrepreneur with an innovative tech solution for global hunger? Apply for the WWF Startup Innovation awards before July 15

The World Food Forum (WFF), an independent youth-led global network of partners, invites applicants for the WFF Startup Innovation Awards, powered by Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC). The awards aim to support and showcase innovators and entrepreneurs harnessing the power of technology to drive the sustainable transformation of agri-food systems with the goal to end global hunger and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals as introduced by the United Nations Development Programme

Successful applicants will stand a chance to win the following awards:

  • WWF better production startup award
  • WFF better nutrition startup award
  • WFF better environment startup award
  • WFF better life startup award
  • WFF startup innovator of the year award

Additionally, finalists and award winners will be able to gain potential global visibility, raise capital, access global networking opportunities, and access to WFF membership to access opportunities needed to pioneer tech breakthroughs.

Interested applicants must fulfill the following to apply:

  • Be legally incorporated as a business enterprise. The business should be privately held and not a publicly traded company.
  • Agree that only non-confidential information is being submitted and there is no confidentiality agreed implied between XTC, its partners, and applicants, regarding submitted pitch decks

For more information on the awards and application details, visit: WFF Startup Innovation Awards


Apply for the Youth Green Accelerator Challenge before 12 August 2022

Youth Green Accelerator Challenge

Are youth-led organization, network, or coalition with an environmentally friendly solution? Apply for the Youth Green Accelerator Challenge before 12 August 2022

The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) invite youth-led organizations, networks or coalitions to the Youth Green Accelerator Challenge. Interested participants should propose new and innovative ideas and solutions to support a just transition towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies. Applicants should be youth aged 18 to 35 years old with contractual and registered capacity in IsDB-ILO common member states, which includes Uganda.

The Youth Green Accelerator Challenge seeks solutions that contribute to one or more of the following:

  • Upskilling or reskilling youth for their effective participation in the green policy-making process
  • Ensuring peer-to-peer learning on just transitions and strengthening youth coalitions on the subject
  • Creating or improving training programmes to equip youth with the technical and soft skills required for the green transition in a given sector / for a given occupation
  • Mainstreaming climate change into existing Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET)  and education curricula and programmes for youth
  • improving access to opportunities for green skills acquisition and recognition for marginalized youth
  • Supporting green skills trainers and training providers in becoming agents of a just transition for youth
  • Translating employment creation, entrepreneurship, or business ideas into solutions that accelerate upskilling or reskilling of youth

Successful participants in the Challenge will benefit from the following;

  • Financial support: The top three ideas will be awarded USD 50 000, USD 30 000, and USD 20 000, respectively, to implement the proposed solution.
  • Technical support through an online Innovation Lab: Through boot camps and remote mentoring, the winning proposals will receive technical support to turn, refine, develop, and pilot their ideas. The duration of the lab is between three and six months, depending on the stage of development of the solution.
  • Global visibility: The winning proposals will receive support to raise awareness of their ideas and solutions, including an invitation to attend COP 27, where they will present their projects, press articles in the media, and videos.
  • Access to a network of skills innovators: The winners and shortlisted entries will join the ILO Skills Innovation Network. They will be updated on the latest advances in innovation and skills development and get access to tools, resources, and knowledge-sharing events that they can use to build new ideas and solutions

To apply for the Challenge, visit: Youth Green Challenge Applications


BeChangeMaker programme

Are you a social entrepreneur with a vision to solve global challenges? Apply for the BeChangeMaker programme before 6 June 2022

BeChangeMaker programme

Are you a social entrepreneur with a vision to solve global challenges? Apply for the BeChangeMaker programme before 6 June 2022

WorldSkills, an international training organization, invites applicants for the BeChangeMaker online training programme. Through the programme, participants are trained to take action on global challenges through social entrepreneurship and the power of skills development.

Successful applicants will access high-quality learning content on HP LIFE, an online learning platform for entrepreneurs, innovators, and small business owners. Additionally, participants will gain access to tools and technology for start-up acceleration, dedicated coaching and mentoring, and an opportunity to network with WorldSkills’ diverse global network of potential supporters and investors.

Interested applicants will go through three steps to complete an application:

  • Form a team of 2-5 people between the ages of 18 and 35 years who share a vision.
  • Introduce the team and share your social challenge in a one-minute video. Upload the video on Youtube as unlisted – this is to be included in your online application.
  • Submit your application. The team leader will submit the application on behalf of the team.

To submit your application for the programme, visit: BeChangeMaker Application


AMI’s Survive to Thrive Programme

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? The deadline for AMI’s Survive to Thrive Programme has been extended

Stanbic Bank Uganda, in partnership with ConsumerCentriX and the African Management Institute (AMI), invites 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, women entrepreneurs are highly encouraged to apply, 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.

New deadline: May 16th, 2022

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


e-Track Programme

Are you an early-stage venture interested in scaling up? Apply for the e-Track Programme before 29 April 2022

e-Track Programme

Are you an early-stage venture interested in scaling up? Apply for the e-Track Programme before 29 April 2022

The University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) Solution Space, in partnership with Ayoba, a free instant messaging app, invites applicants for the e-Track Programme. The e-Track Programme is a three-phase early-stage venture accelerator and capacity-building programme for high-impact entrepreneurs in South Africa and beyond. It is designed to support participants in building scalable businesses with international potential.

Successful applicants take part in the following:

  • A five-week Venture Launch course that focuses on validating the venture concept
  • A twelve-week Venture Exploitation course aimed at accelerating the development of the validated venture
  • A twelve-week Venture Scaling course where ecosystem partners and investors support ventures to expand and thrive within their markets

Interested applicants should have solutions relevant to the African market and global potential. Applicants can apply in teams or as individuals as part of an existing venture. They should have a prototype or minimum viable product ready for early-market testing to further establish the product and market fit. Additionally, the initial concept should demonstrate a deep and intimate understanding of the problem and market need or opportunity.

Selected participants will benefit from the following

  • Access to technical support and mentorship from Ayoba field experts,
  • Workshops and clinics to learn fundamentals and core business skills
  • Access to pro-bono partners and a network of consultants to support with specialist expertise such as legal, human resource, digital user experience, and venture capital
  • Feedback from the Ayoba team and network of experienced mentors and industry partners
  • Networking with Ayoba’s community of vibrant entrepreneurs

To apply for this program, visit: E-track programme applications