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The $100 Million Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme was established by
Mr Tony Elumemlu, the Chairman of UBA bank and Heirs Holdings. It is an annual programme,
designed to empower the next generation of African entrepreneurs.
The $100 million program, announced at the Tony Elumelu Foundation headquarters in Lagos,
Nigeria, will identify and support 1,000 entrepreneurs from across the continent each year over
the next 10 years.
The 10,000 start-ups and young businesses selected from across Africa will ultimately create
one million new jobs and add $10 billion in annual revenues to Africa’s economy.
The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Program is open to citizens and legal residents
of all 54 African countries.
Applications can be made by any for-profit business based in Africa in existence for less than
three years, including new business ideas.
To apply, visit http://tonyelumelufoundation.org/programme/
2. SEEDSTARS AFRICA
Seedstars Africa is a member of Seedstars Group, a Swiss-based venture builder that is active
and invests in 35+ countries around the world especially in emerging markets in Asia, South
America, The Middle East and Africa. Seedstars recently invested $330,000 in SimplePay, a
young Nigerian third-party payment processing company that has created a solution which will
likely disrupt payment services in Nigeria and Africa.
Visit www.seedstars.com to apply
3. ACUMEN FUND
Acumen is a charity organisation incorporated in 2001 with seed capital from the Rockefeller
Foundation, Cisco Systems Foundation and three individual philanthropists. The Acumen Fund
invests in entrepreneurs who have the capability to bring sustainable solutions to big problems.
In May 2014, The Acumen Fund co-invested $1.5 million in Esoko Networks Limited (“Esoko”), a
Ghanaian-built technology platform that connects African farmers to markets via mobile
phones. In October 2014, Acumen announced a $1.4 million investment in SolarNow, a
company that sells and finances solar home systems in Uganda.
Acumen is always looking for entrepreneurs who have new and innovative models for tackling
poverty and who also meet their investment criteria.
To qualify for investment, entrepreneurs must be located in, or have significant operation or
impact in East Africa, West Africa, India, Pakistan or Latin America.
+233 030 298 4098 (West Africa)
+254 736 073036 (East Africa)
4. AFRICA ENTERPRISE CHALLENGE FUND
The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund is a US$ 207m fund capitalized by multilateral and
bilateral donors (the AECF donors) to stimulate private sector entrepreneurs in Africa.
The AECF is supported by the governments of Australia, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden and
the United Kingdom, as well as the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
The Fund awards grants and repayable grants to private sector companies to support
innovative business ideas in agriculture, agribusiness, renewable energy, adaptation to climate
change and access to information and financial services. The AECF makes its funding available
through competitions. Private sector companies are invited to compete for AECF funds by
submitting their new and innovative business ideas to a particular AECF competition. The best
ideas are awarded up to US$1.5m in grants and interest free loans.
The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund
10th Floor, ABC Towers, ABC Place
Waiyaki Way, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 20 269 9137/8/9
5. AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
The African Development Foundation (ADF) is an independent Federal agency of the United
States government that was established to support African-led development that grows
community enterprises by providing seed capital and technical support.
USADF connects community enterprises with capital and technical support. It helps
organizations and businesses in Africa to create and sustain jobs, improve income levels,
achieve greater food security, and address human development needs.
In 2014 alone, the USADF gave out 336 grants worth over $50 million and impacted over 1.3
million people in Africa.
The USADF focuses on Small holder Farmers, youths, women and girls, and recovering
communities. It provides grants of up to $250,000 directly to hard to reach and underserved
community enterprises that are ready to do their part.
1400 Street NW, Suite 1000,
Washington. D.C. 20005-2248, USA
P: 202-673-3916 | Tel: 202.673.3810
Tel: +254 20 269 9137/8/9
6. AFRICAN WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT FUND (AWDF)
The AWDF is the first pan-African women’s grant maker in Africa. Since the start of its
operations in 2001, AWDF has provided US$17 million in grants to 800 women’s organizations
in 42 African countries. The AWDF is an institutional capacity-building and program
development fund, which aims to help build a culture of learning and partnerships within the
African women’s movement. In addition to raising money and awarding grants, the AWDF will
attempt to strengthen the organizational capacities of its grantees.
The AWDF only funds local, national, sub-regional and regional organizations in Africa working
towards women’s empowerment in six thematic areas:
Women’s Human Rights, Economic Empowerment and Livelihoods, Governance, Peace and
Security, Reproductive Health and Rights, HIV/AIDS, Arts, Culture and Sports.
The AWDF only awards grants to organizations, not individuals. It awards grants ranging from
$8,000 up to $50,000.
Office: Plot 78 Ambassadorial Enclave, East Legon, Ghana
Email: AWDF@awdf.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: + 233 302 521257
Fax: +233 302 521257
Agri-Vie is a private equity investment fund focused on food and agribusiness in Sub-Sahara
Africa. Since it started in 2008, it has invested over $100m in Africa’s food and agribusiness
Its investments in Africa include: Dew Crisp (South Africa), Africa Juice (Ethiopia), Fairfield Dairy
(South Africa), New Forests Company (Tanzania), Hygrotech (South Africa), Kariki Group (Kenya)
and Vida Oils (Mozambique). Entrepreneurs with viable projects in Nigeria and other African
countries are free to apply.
Agri-Vie focuses on the following areas: food and beverages, convenience foods (including
fresh-packed and prepared foods), protein products including poultry, aquaculture and beef;
value-added dairy products, including yoghurts, desserts, cultured milk; health & wellness
products; forestry and timber products; agricultural inputs including seeds, bio-friendly
fertilizers and crop-protection; food logistics – cold chain, warehousing, distribution; and
Tel +27 (0)21 913 5662
Fax +27 (0)21 913 8954
E-Mail : email@example.com
8. eVA FUND
The eVentures Africa Fund (eVA Fund) was launched in January 2010 and is dedicated to
mobilising capital and experience in the Netherlands/Europe to invest in small and
medium-sized African internet related companies.
eVA Fund exclusively provides funding to startups in sub-Saharan Africa. Some of its
investments include: Nomanini, Verviant, Umuntu Media, and MoboFree.
The eVA Fund focuses on and invests only in companies that use technology within Africa to
build world-class platforms that deliver local content for Africa. This includes startup businesses
in the following areas: internet and/or mobile applications, platforms, e-commerce and
solution-providers (i.e. not in infrastructure and hardware).
E-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow us on Twitter: @evafund
Follow us on Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/eventures-africa-fund
9. SHELL LIVEWIRE NIGERIA:
Shell LiveWIRE is a social investment program that aims to help young Nigerians explore the
option of starting their own business as a real and viable career option.
It provides support, access to training, guidance, and business mentorship to young
entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35.
The program operates mainly in the Niger Delta region and aims to inspire, encourage and
support young people aged 18-35 to start up their own businesses through the provision of
finance and training for young entrepreneurs.
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), operator of the
NNPC/Shell/Total/Agip Joint Venture announces the commencement of the 2014 Shell
LiveWIRE Nigeria Program.
Shell LiveWIRE Nigeria Program is a youth enterprise development program supported by
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC).
Shell LiveWIRE Nigeria
Sustainable Development and Community Development (SDCR)
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited,
P O Box 263 Port Harcourt,
Tel: +966 1 477 4402 +966 1 477 4402
10. ACCESS TO LEARNING AWARD: A PROGRAM OF THE BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION:
The Access to Learning Award honors “innovative organizations that are opening a world of
online information to people in need.”
The foundation’s Global Libraries initiative invites applications from libraries and similar
organizations outside the United States that have created new ways to offer these key
Free public access to computers and the Internet;
Public training to assist users in accessing online information that can help improve their lives;
Technology training for library staff;
And outreach to underserved communities.
Applications are open to institutions outside the United States that are working with
To be eligible, the applying institution must allow all members of the public to use computers
and the Internet free of charge in a community space.
In addition Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation looks for organizations that:
Help reduce inequities in neglected areas
Produce measurable results
Catalyze increased momentum, scale, and sustainability of change
Collaborate with government, philanthropic, private-sector, and not-for-profit partners
Favor preventative approaches
Leverage support from other sources
Advance our current strategies, accelerating the work we are already supporting
The award recipient will receive $1 million.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, P.O Box 23350, Seattle, WA 98102.
11. AFRICAN WOMEN IN AGRICULTURAL R & D – (AWARD)
AWARD – investing in Africa’s future by increasing the talent pool of African women in African
research and development.
A two-year fellowship for fast-tracking the careers of African women scientists and
professionals is at the heart of AWARD.
Fellows chosen from across sub-Saharan Africa receive opportunities to strengthen their
leadership and science capacities, and are paired with senior scientists in their fields who serve
as their mentors.
AWARD grew from a highly successful pilot fellowship program conducted by G&D in
collaboration with the Rockefeller Foundation, USAID and the Syngenta Foundation for
12. BAMBOO FINANCE
Bamboo Finance is a commercial private equity firm specializing in investing in
business models that benefit low-income communities in emerging markets. It has offices in
Luxembourg, Geneva, Bogota, Nairobi and Singapore.
Launched in 2007, the firm seeks to demonstrate that private capital can be
profitably deployed as a tool for effective change around the world. To date, Bamboo Finance
manages about $250 million; representing two global funds
and a combined portfolio of 46 investments operating in 30 emerging market countries.
Bamboo Finance usually invests in businesses that satisfy the following
The business must provide essential goods and/or services affordably
to low income communities unreached (or underserved) by existing
The usage of its products/services should result in improvements in
quality of life and/or efficiencies that translate into increased income
or reduced expenses?
Tel: +41 22 544 2070 (Switzerland)
Founded in 1997, Endeavor is a non-profit organization dedicated to High-
Impact Entrepreneurship; identifying and supporting the continued growth of a select group of
entrepreneurs in emerging market countries (like in Africa).
Endeavor selects and supports extraordinary emerging-market entrepreneurs who have the
potential to transform industries, communities, and even countries. It selects individuals of all
ages, ethnicities and educational
backgrounds, delivering a meritocratic message to the developing world: that
through hard work, creativity and values-driven leadership, individuals living anywhere, from
any background, can turn an entrepreneurial idea into a
world-class venture. Endeavor screens thousands of entrepreneurs each year and selects those
with exceptional, high-impact potential. Through a rigorous, multi-step selection
process (12-18 months), candidates pass a series of local and regional
interviews before presenting to panelists from its global business network at International
Selection Panels held four to five times each year.
1 (212) 352-3200
The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is a partnership of The Rockefeller
Foundation and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation working with African governments,
other donors, NGOs, the private sector and African farmers to significantly and sustainably
improve the productivity and incomes of poor, small-scale farmers in Africa.
AGRA is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, and maintains an office in Accra, Ghana, and also
undertakes policy advocacy and resource mobilization.
The Program for Africa’s Seeds Systems (PASS) is an AGRA initiative to improve food security
and reduce poverty in Africa by promoting the development of seed delivery systems that allow
small-scale farmers to gain access to improved, adapted crop varieties in an equitable and
AGRA invites proposals from duly qualified organizations for funding of a maximum of $150,000
over two years for activities which will allow the grantee to improve the production and
distribution of certified seed of improved, adapted crop varieties among poor, small-scale
farmers through both private and public channels, including seed companies, community-based
seed systems and public research and extension services.
Proposals should include activities which increase farmer awareness of the value of improved
seed and strengthen seed dissemination channels through agro-dealers and other seed
Priority will be given to proposals which focus on production and delivery of large quantities of
high quality seed of a wide range of crop species to poor, small-scale farmers at the lowest
AGRA Call for Proposals – Eligible countries include Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda,
Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Ghana, Nigeria, Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso.
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
West End Towers, 4th Floor
Kanjata Road, off Muthangari Drive, Off Waiyaki Way
P.O. Box 66773
Tel: +254 (20) 3675 000 / +254 (703) 033 000
USA : +1 650 833 7010
15. AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS – BILL AND
MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help people lead healthy and productive lives in
It focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of
hunger and extreme poverty.
The foundation is working on breaking the cycles of hunger and poverty by providing small
farmers with the tools and opportunities to boost their productivity, increase their incomes,
and build better lives for themselves and their families.
Foundation’s Agricultural Development initiative aims to help small-scale farmers in developing
countries improve their productivity and gain access to markets.
Agricultural development funds are focused in four areas:
1. Increased farmer productivity – Work to provide poor farmers with access to improved
inputs, training, and support networks to help them make better choices and improve their
productivity while protecting natural resources.
2. Links to markets – Seek to link farmers to new and existing markets and provide them with
access to information to support their decision-making.
3. New technologies – From traditional seed breeding to the newest biotechnologies, the
partners employ a range of approaches in the search for solutions that will help small farmers.
4. Data, research, and policy analysis – This is done by supporting data collection, research and
policy analysis related to agricultural development. This is critical in evaluating the impact of
various approaches, getting accurate information to small farmers and assessing the effects of
national and international agriculture policies.
For more information, visit: Agricultural Development Grants – Bill and Melinda Gates
16. AMERICAN JEWISH WORLD SERVICE – AJWS:
American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development organization dedicated
to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless
of race, religion or nationality.
American Jewish World Service (AJWS) grants from $3,000-$30,000 per year and preference is
given to small organizations with annual budgets lower than $300,000.
The grants are awarded for a year at a time and they may be renewed annually.
American Jewish World Service (AJWS) only funds the following countries in Africa:
Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal,
Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The American Jewish World Service funds non-governmental (NGOs) and community-based
organizations in Africa working in the following thematic areas:
1. Sustainable Livelihoods and Sustainable Development
Sustainable Agriculture and Biodiversity
Land and Resource Rights
Slum and Urban Development 2. Community Health
HIV/AIDS care and support
Anti-stigma efforts, and advocacy
Disease prevention and control through health education and nutrition with a focus on
TB and Malaria
Reproductive Health and Rights
Maternal and Child Health and Rights
Efforts to strengthen community and government health systems
3. Education for All
Facilitating access to quality primary and secondary education for all. This include:
Access to government and non-formal education with a focus on retention for girls and
orphans and vulnerable children.
Improving the quality of education, including teacher training, curriculum development and
fostering community engagement and oversight of schools.
Vocational and literacy training for youth and adults Early Childhood Development.
4. Community Engagement in Conflict and Emergencies
Supporting local organizations affected by disasters and conflict to move to move toward peace
5. Community Voice: Civic and Political Participation
AJWS funds policy advocacy and community mobilization efforts that are led by
community-based organizations working for:
Religious and Ethnic Minority Rights
Sexual Minority Rights
Refugee and Internally Displaced Persons Rights
Youth and Adolescent Participation AJWS does not fund:
Letters of inquiry are accepted throughout the year.
17. ASHDEN AWARDS FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY
The International Awards are designed for schemes in the developing world.
Award winners use local renewable energy to reduce poverty, improve people’s health,
wellbeing and economic prospects, and at the same time tackle climate change and other
environmental threats, notably deforestation.
There are five international awards in total, each with a first prize of £30,000 and a second prize
Prizes will be awarded for schemes which address at least one of the following areas:
1. Food security
2. Health and welfare
One of the five awards will take the form of a special African Award, reserved specifically for an
outstanding scheme from that continent.
This Award was introduced in recognition of the particular challenges which climate change and
poverty play in threatening the future of Africa, and the vital contribution which local
renewable energy can make in tackling both.
Past winners are the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (Rwanda) for using biogas
systems to improve sanitation and supply cooking fuel in large institutions, and the Mwanza
Rural Housing Program (Tanzania) for developing small businesses which produce high-quality
bricks fired using agricultural waste.
18. BBC WORLD CHALLENGE COMPETITION
BBC World Challenge for Grassroots Projects: BBC World News and Newsweek in association
with Shell have launched the World Challenge competition to identify and award projects or
small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a
The World Challenge is organized annually.
It is currently seeking nominations for innovative projects or ideas that demonstrate an
entrepreneurial spirit working for the benefit of the community whilst adopting a responsible
The winner of the challenge will receive a grant of US $20,000 and the second and their finalist
will receive a grant of US $10,000.
The grants can be used by the winners for their own use and furtherance of their enterprise
In addition to this, the winners will also have the opportunity to attend the ceremony to receive
This ceremony will be held in the Netherlands and it will be filmed and telecast on the BBC
World News channel.
Note: This is a competition and one must enter the completion in order to have a chance to
win the grant.
19. CAPTAIN PLANET FOUNDATION GRANTS
The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to fund and support hands-on, environmental
projects for children and youths.
The Foundation objective is to encourage innovative programs that empower children and
youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems
in their neighborhoods and communities.
Through environmental education, the Foundation believe that children can achieve a better
understanding and appreciation for the world in which they live.
In order to be considered for funding, proposals must:
Promote understanding of environmental issues
Focus on hands-on involvement
Involve children and young adults 6-18
Promote interaction and cooperation within the group
Help young people develop planning and problem solving skills
Include adult supervision
Commit to follow-up communication with the Foundation (specific requirements are
explained once the grant has been awarded)
Grant Proposals are reviewed over a period of three months from the date of the submission
20. COMMON FUND FOR COMMODITIES GRANTS
The Netherlands-based Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) has issued a call for proposals to
support commodity development activities that benefit the poor in more than hundred
countries around the world.
CFC is a membership-based organization comprising of 105 countries and 10 institutional
members such as the European Union (EU), the African Union/African Economic Community
(AU/AEC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa(COMESA) and most recently,
the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
Through financial support, the CFC seeks to support implementation of innovative interventions
that target new opportunities in commodity markets leading to commodity based growth,
employment generation, increase in household incomes, reduction in poverty, and
enhancement of food security.
The intervention should be scalable, commercially viable and financially sustainable and have a
measurable positive impact on the stakeholders in commodity value chains.
The objectives of the CFC-supported projects are:
· Social: Create employment particularly for youth and women, increase household
incomes, reduce poverty, and enhance food security.
· Economic : Enhance production and productivity, achieve higher local value addition;
improve competitiveness of producers, producer organizations and small and medium
sized industries; support the financial sector development.
· Building Partnerships: Build effective and cost efficient collaboration between
producers, industry, governments, civil society organizations and other stakeholders for
commodity based development
The CFC supports organizations and enterprises engaged in commodity value chains.
Through financial support, the CFC seeks to promote innovation to encourage established
organizations and enterprises to extend their core activities in ways that create additional
opportunities for commodities and the stakeholders in the commodity value chains.
The CFC partner organizations can be bilateral and multi-lateral development institutions,
cooperatives, producer organizations, small and medium enterprises, processing and trading
companies, and local financial institutions
Organizations have to submit an initial application following which on review, full and detailed
proposals can be submitted.
21. COMMONWEALTH YOUTH AWARDS
The Commonwealth Youth Awards encourage and sustain investment in youth-led
development. The awards highlight contribution young people make to achieving development
Youth workers are encouraged to nominate young people, who are driving innovative projects
in any number of areas, including agriculture, small enterprise, skills training, climate
change/environment protection, sustainable livelihoods and poverty reduction.
The Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP), promotes the awards as an attempt to raise the
profile and highlight the contribution of young people who are integrally involved in the process
of change and are working side by side with decision-makers for a more secure future.
The awards also give international, regional and national recognition to the young men and
women who are selected.
CYP works with 54 Commonwealth member countries through four regional centres based in
Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
There will be four finalists per Commonwealth region with the top entry from each region
receiving a regional winner award and the top regional winner receiving the
Winners are awarded grants to advance the work of their projects and they also liaise closely
with the CYP on the best way to use the funding.
Nominees for the awards should be aged between 15 and 29 years. Applications close on 30
Evans Wadongo, a Kenyan, recently won both the pan-Commonwealth and Africa region
Commonwealth Youth Awards. He received a £5,000 grant for the charity he founded, ‘Use
solar, save lives’. Regional winners for Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific each won a £3,000
At 19, Mr Wadongo designed a solar-powered lantern using recycled materials.
Over 27,000 of these lanterns have been produced and distributed across Kenya, providing a
safer, cheaper and environmentally friendly lighting alternative to kerosene lamps.
His programme has expanded to include building regional youth centres, which provide skills
training for young people.
22. CONSERVATION FOOD AND HEALTH FOUNDATION GRANTS
The foundation supports special projects and programs of non-profit organizations in three
primary fields of interest: conservation, food and health.
Food grants will support efforts to develop or improve access, availability and safety of food for
consumption in the Third World.
Areas of interest include projects to:
promote sustainable agriculture;
offer education and training to small-scale food producers and farmers;
control pests and diseases affecting crops of importance to developing countries.
The foundation concentrates its grant making on research, technical assistance and training
projects of benefit to the Third World; favors grants for pilot projects and special programs that
have potential for replication; prefers to support projects that employ and/or train personnel
from the developing world; and favors research concerning problems of importance to the
Preference will be given to projects, including research projects, in areas that tend to be
under-funded. A total of $700,000 is distributed to grantees annually.
The foundation has a two-phased application system composed of a short concept paper,
followed by a limited number of full proposals.
This system screens out projects at the concept paper level that appear unlikely to receive final
Full proposals requested have a fair chance of success. Submit 2 copies of a short concept
paper, following the foundation’s concept paper application form.
The concept paper should be no longer than 1 typed, double-sided page, plus a preliminary
budget of no more than 1 page.
The concept paper must be submitted in English, and the budget information must be
translated into US dollars.
Applications are not accepted by fax transmittal or via E-mail, unless prior approval has been
given by foundation staff.
address fuel and resource problems related to food production and preparation in
The geographic focus of the foundation is the developing world.
Preference will be given to organizations located in developing countries or to developed
country organizations whose activities are of direct and immediate benefit to developing
23. DELL SOCIAL INNOVATION COMPETITION
The Dell Social Innovation Competition has been launched jointly by the University of Texas and
Dell for college students around the world who want to improve areas of critical human need
Providing a vehicle for taking student innovations from idea to reality, Dell’s Social Innovation
Competition is a real-world exercise for perfecting your skills in:
Project/business plan development
Pitching ideas to investors
Building resource networks
If you have a groundbreaking idea in mind or if you can mobilize people and resources to affect
wide-ranging, scalable social change with your fortitude and personality, then you can submit
your idea for the competition.
Issues can cover poverty alleviation/economic development, human rights, peace & security,
digital inclusion, global health/AIDS, education, energy/environment/climate change,
child/youth development, volunteerism, food/potable water, microfinance, drugs/crime,
elections/Government and others.
The team or individual with the most ingenious entrepreneurial idea to change the world wins
the grand prize of $50,000 in seed funding to launch or expand their idea.
Competition entries addressing the environment are eligible to win a special $10,000 Tomberg
Prize in Environmental Sustainability prize.
Each of the three finalist teams automatically qualify for a spot on the GlobalGiving website,
providing the opportunity to secure additional capital and exposure to donors worldwide.
24. EDUCATING AFRICA AWARDS FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN
Educating Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education is a competition initiated by Teach A
Man To Fish and generously sponsored by a partner organization – Educating Africa.
It continues to reward organizations in Africa that use innovative and entrepreneurial
techniques to fill gaps in educational services across the continent.
The competition is open to all organizations based in Africa working in education, from primary
through to tertiary, as well as in non-formal and adult education.
As well as a first prize of $10,000 and two runners-up prizes of $5,000, there are 50 awards of
$1,000 available for the best entry from every country on the continent.
Entrepreneurship in Education Awards
TeachAManToFish are looking for the very best programs and models for education.
They create impact. Entry Criteria:
Entry is open to all organizations actively carrying out education work in Africa – however
preference will be given to those which have been in existence more than two years, are legally
registered, and which maintain good financial records of their activities.
For an institution to be eligible it must be based in one of the 54 African countries for which
prizes are available.
Entrants must supply the work contact details of a suitable referee who can confirm that
their entry is true and accurate.
Referees must be independent of your organization and or a government official, qualified
professional, or internationally recognized institution.
Education Awards Entry Details
Entrants will be required to briefly describe the background to their program and its success in
rising to the challenges of education in Africa.
25. FEED THE MINDS GRANTS
Working in partnership worldwide, we fund a wide variety of innovative, indigenous
By improving access to knowledge and learning, we help give people the opportunity to
experience life in all its fullness.
Feed the Minds supports discrete projects that aim to transform lives in marginalized
communities through education, communication and the provision of information to
Feed the Minds awards grants ranging from £1,000 to £25,000. In the past two years, we have
supported projects in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, South America and the Eastern
Applications can be submitted for funding for up to three years, up to a maximum of £25,000
Feed the Minds emphasizes the importance of developing indigenous responses to issues and
we expect all applications to reflect the involvement of local people in the project design and
Feed the Minds funds education across the developmental spectrum, as well as culturally
relevant teaching in local languages. Feed the Minds also emphasize indigenous creativity and
publications written for local audiences.
Feed the Minds support for training is ecumenical and we welcome proposals from all
Feed the Minds will not support projects that discriminate between people because of religion,
sex, race, disability or sexual orientation.
Feed the Minds does not fund projects that advocate allegiance to political parties or regimes.
We also do not fund research, tuition fees or capital expenditure projects
26. GEF SMALL GRANTS
The Small Grants programme (SGP) is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) as a
corporate program, implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on
behalf of the GEF partnership, and executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services
To date the program funding from the GEF is approximately US$401 million. In addition, the
program has raised US$407 million from other partners in cash or in-kind equivalents.
For almost two decades, the Small Grants Program has been working with communities around
the world to combat the most critical environmental problems and has successfully
demonstrated that supporting communities in their efforts to achieve more sustainable
livelihoods is not only possible, but extremely important in bringing change and achieving
global environmental benefits.
With presence in 122 countries and more than 12,000 grants awarded worldwide, SGP supports
projects of non-governmental and community-based organizations in developing countries
demonstrating that community action can maintain the fine balance between human needs
and environmental imperatives.
The main focal areas of the program are climate change abatement and adaptation,
conservation of biodiversity, protection of international waters, reduction of the impact of
persistent organic pollutants and prevention of land degradation.
Several different kinds of activities are eligible for funding by SGP:
Community-based assessment and planning (planning grants): Small amounts of grant funds
(typically no more than US$2,000) are available to support pre-project participatory assessment
and planning activities designed to strengthen community participation in project identification
Pilot demonstration activities: Most funded projects are activities that test and demonstrate
the viability of innovative community-level approaches to global environmental problems.
Although most demonstration projects include capacity development components, grants may
be awarded for targeted technical assistance and training activities which focus on developing
CBO and NGO capacities in the GEF focal areas.
Monitoring and analysis: Grants funds may also be made available to intermediary NGOs and
research centers (including universities) to support program monitoring; to help identify,
assess, and document best practices; and to prepare case studies of SGP-supported projects.
The use of participatory methods in monitoring and analysis activities is encouraged.
Dissemination, networking, and policy dialogue: In order to leverage SGP project experience,
grant funds are available to support dissemination of innovations and best practices, relevant
networking activities, and policy dialogue efforts aimed at promoting a supportive policy
environment for community-level action in the GEF focal areas.
27. BANK OF INDUSTRY GRADUATE ENTERPRENUSHIP FUND (GEF):
The Graduate Entrepreneurship Fund (GEF) is a special N2.0 billion empowerment programme
for serving members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) which was launched on
October 5, 2015. This novel scheme, which is a joint initiative of the Bank of Industry (BOI) and
the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has the following objectives:
· Encourage graduates of tertiary institutions currently undergoing the compulsory
one-year NYSC programme, to venture into business and become employers of labour
rather than job seekers.
· Address the entrepreneurship capacity gap of the NYSC members who are expected to
produce bankable business plans after the three-day capacity building programme.
· Deepen financial inclusion by de-risking the NYSC members and making them eligible for
concessional loans ranging between N500,000 and N2 million to be provided by BOI.
· Ensure sustainability of the businesses of the eventual loan beneficiaries through
effective monitoring by the NYSC Directorate and BOI.
27. GEOTOURISM CHALLENGE AWARD
This collaborative competition is designed to identify and show case innovators, both
individuals and organizations, that directly or indirectly promote tourism that sustains or
enhances the geographical character of a place, its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage,
and the well-being of its residents.
The competition is open to all types of organizations (charitable, private, or public) from all
Entries must describe how a program or activity is new and different. Projects must be beyond
the idea stage and able to prove success on the local, regional, or global level.
The innovation should demonstrate the potential to be successfully replicated in other places
and to become self-sustaining.
The three winners will each receive a cash prize of $5,000. Entries must be submitted in English
Founded in 1948, CDC is the UK’s Development Finance Institution (DFI) wholly owned by the
UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID). It is the world’s oldest DFI
with a history of making successful investments in businesses which have become industry
CDC actively supports businesses throughout Africa and South Asia, and its portfolio of
investments is valued at over £2.5bn (year end 2013).
In November 2013, CDC announced a US$18.1m investment into Feronia, an agricultural
production and processing business focused on palm oil plantations and arable farming in the
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
29. WORLD SUMMIT YOUTH AWARD
World Summit Youth Award: The WSYA (World Summit Youth Award) selects and promotes
best practice in e-Content and technological creativity, demonstrates young people’s potential
to create outstanding digital contents and serves as a platform for people from all UN member
states to work together in the efforts to reduce poverty and hunger, and to tackle ill-health,
gender inequality, lack of education, lack of access to clean water and environmental
WSYA is therefore both a showcase to the world for young e-content creators, journalists and
writers, application designers, technologists and as well as a contribution on a global scale to
adressing poverty, protecting the environment, sharing knowledge and empowering young
The WSYA is promoted in all UN member states through the networks of the World Summit
Award (WSA) the UN Global Alliance for ICT, other participating UN Organisations and Agencies,
governments and NGOs, youth organisations and all those committed to making a real
difference in the achievement of the MDGs.
Award Application Eligibility Criteria:
To be eligible for the WSYA,
1. The project must be initiated and executed by youth under the age of 30.
2. The product should be fully functional and operational at the time of submission; projects
which do not function will not be juried.
3. It must be accessible over the Internet (whether it is designed for fixed line, broadband or
Submissions must be:
1. Made under one of the six categories: Fight Poverty, Hunger and Disease; Education for all;
Power 2 Women; Create your Culture, Go Green and Pursue Truth.
2. Free of offensive or plagiarized content which violate dignity or human rights will not be
3. Made by an authorized person.
30. WORLD INNOVATION SUMMIT FOR EDUCATION AWARDS
World Innovation Summit for Education Awards: The World Innovation Summit for Education
(WISE) is accepting submissions for the WISE Awards.
The awards identify, showcase and promote six innovative educational projects every year;
that are having a transformative impact on societies and education.
Each winning project receives international recognition and a prize of $20,000 (US).
In addition to this, the WISE Awards winning projects and finalists are given support and
visibility through WISE media and communication channels such as film productions;
participation in the annual WISE Summit and collaborative events where the projects are
presented on a global stage; and the WISE Books.
WISE brings to light these educational models for their positive contribution within a
community or society and their potential for scalability.
Year by year, WISE is building a community of educational innovators which offers a fertile
environment for groundbreaking collaborations.
Innovations can be of many different kinds depending on the context. WISE therefore seeks to
higlight today’s most innovative solutions and approaches to educational challenges
confronting the world at large.
Project holders from any region, educational sector or level may submit applications which
demonstrate the quality and impact of their activities in accordance with the criteria.
Whether you are involved in a project that provides access to quality education, creates new
opportunities for lifelong learning or develops innovative educational technologies and
approaches, WISE invites you to apply for the Awards.
31. WORLD FOOD PRIZE
The Food Prize is a $250,000 award formally presented at the Laureate Award Ceremony in
mid-October, on or around World Food Day, in conjunction with the Borlaug Dialogue
This award will recognize exceptional, science-based achievement in international agriculture
and food production by an individual under 40 who has clearly demonstrated intellectual
courage, stamina, and determination in the fight to eliminate global hunger and poverty.
The award will honor an individual who is working closely and directly “in the field” or at the
production or processing level with farmers, animal herders, fishers or others in rural
communities, in any discipline or enterprise across the entire food production, processing, and
World Food Prize Eligibility & Criteria
· Nominees must be under the age of 40
· Nominees must be actively working in the discipline, research area, position, or on the
project(s) for which they are being recognized. They may be associated with a public or
private educational, research or development organization or related entity.
· Nominees remain eligible for consideration beyond the year of their nomination, at the
discretion of the Award Jury, as long as the award criteria and age requirement are met.
· The award is intended to be presented to one person. In unusual and rare
circumstances, another person may share the award for pronounced collaborative
efforts and achievement.
World Food Prize – Documents Required
· All nominations must be submitted in English online.
· A concise statement (3000-word limit) explaining and describing-
1. The nominee’s work and accomplishments, with details and examples that illustrate
several of the criteria specified for this award
2. How, in doing this work, the nominee reflects the attributes demonstrated by Dr.
Borlaug during his early career
3. The impact or results of the nominee’s work.
· Nominee’s Curriculum Vitae or resume, including date of birth, country of origin,
education, and professional background.
· One (1) nomination letter and two (2) letters of support describing, explaining and
emphasizing the main achievements of the nominee must be provided with the
nomination. Due to the high volume of nominations, please do not submit more than
two support letters.
· Photos: A head shot of the nominee is required (minimum 300 dpi resolution); 2
additional action photos of the nominee at work may also be submitted.
32. USAID DEVELOPMENT GRANTS PROGRAM
USAID Development Grants Program: The United States Agency for International Development
(USAID) through the Office of Innovation and Development Alliances (IDEA), Local Sustainability
(LS) Division, is inviting applications from local NGOs (LNGOs) and also US private and voluntary
organizations to apply for grants under the Development Grants Program.
The IDEA Office seeks to reach development goals more quickly, cost-efficiently, sustainably,
and at wider scale through innovation (meaning significant, not incremental, improvements in
development impact) and partnership.
The LS Division of IDEA works to improve the sustainability of civil society organizations by
focusing on supporting innovative local development projects and capacity development.
The overall objective of the DGP is to contribute to improved and sustainable grass roots
development by supporting development projects and strengthening capacities of nascent
development partners in countries where the DGP is active.
The DGP has a priority of strengthening LNGOs and US PVOs, recognizing that a vibrant and
active NGO sector is fundamental to promoting a healthy democracy that is accountable and
responsive to citizens’ needs.
NGOs in select countries can apply for select sectors which can include rural development, basic
education, micoenterprise, health- HIV and AIDS, water, democracy and governance, business
advocacy, energy efficiency awareness etc.
33. UNHCR NANSEN REFUGEE AWARD
UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award: The Nansen Refugee Award is offered to an individual or
organization annually “in recognition of extraordinary and dedicated service to refugees and is
the most prestigious honour conferred by UNHCR.”
It is offered to any person or organization from any country irrespective of creed, colour, age or
Anyone can nominate an organization or individual for the Award. There is a special committee
appointed by UNHCR to select the final winner.
The Award has a commemorative medal and a US $100,000 monetary prize which is donated by
the governments of Norway and Switzerland.
The monetary prize that accompanies the Nansen Award is intended to enable the recipient to
pursue refugee assistance projects drawn up in consultation with UNHCR.
“The monetary prize that accompanies the Nansen Award is intended to enable the recipient to
pursue refugee assistance projects drawn up in consultation with UNHCR. To date, so-called
Nansen Fund projects have benefitted refugees in places such as Cambodia, Botswana and
Nominations can be submitted online through the UNHCR website
34. UNFPA SPECIAL YOUTH PROGRAMME GRANTS
This programme is designed to give young people from developing countries opportunities to
engage in policy development and programming; to help build the capacity of young people;
and to sensitize both the young people and UNFPA staff on partnering to address adolescent
and youth issues.
All selected candidates will be provided:
Cost of return travel from country of origin
Assistance with travel documents and visa requirements
Subsistence allowance (for meals and other basic needs)
A workstation and internet access
Opportunities to be mentored by UNFPA staff on issues of interest
Administrative assistance as required
be between 20-24 years old during the fellowship
be residents and nationals of a developing country (Applicants from developed countries will
not be considered for this programme, but are invited to apply for UNFPA’s regular internship
have established interest and dedication to development issues through previous
experiences or affiliation with a youth network or NGO working on development issues
have basic leadership and advocacy skills
have basic understanding of issues of importance to UNFPA and what the organization
have English language skills (written and oral)
have a commitment to return to home country to undertake follow up work with young
35. THE NESTLE PRIZE:
The Nestle Prize: The Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value will be awarded every other year to
an individual, a non-governmental organization (NGO), or a business for developing an
outstanding innovation that:
clean water, or having a significant impact on water management.
The Nestle Prize in Creating Shared Value will encourage and reward innovative approaches to
the problems of nutrition, water and rural development.
Nestle believes that developing countries deserve more investment in key social sectors, and
that rewarding truly significant and innovative efforts to meet the global challenges creates
shared value for us all.
The Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value will commit to the Prize Laureate an investment of up
to CHF 500,000 for a specified period of time to assist in the development of the innovation to
bring it to scale.
That’s what makes the Nestlé Prize unique – a financial commitment that may continue for
several years to ensure success.
The Nestle Prize in Creating Shared Value will recognize local efforts to practice the Creating
Shared Value principle and will be awarded to an individual, NGO, or a business, which has
demonstrated innovative techniques for improving access to and management of water,
improving the lives of farmers and rural communities, or delivers high nutritional value to
populations suffering from nutritional deficits.
For more information, visit: http://www.nestle.com/csv/what-is-csv/nestleprize
36: IsDB BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION
for Sub-Saharan Countries. The Islamic Development Bank Business Plan Competition is a
recently introduced initiative of the IsDB Group. In this competition, candidates come together
to develop and further refine their business plans to launch their start-ups or grow ventures,
while competing for the cash prizes! As at 2014 Cash prizes ($25,000 for the 1st Place Winner,
$15,000 for the 2nd Place Winner, $10,000 for the 3rd Place Winner for each track of the
competition); Mentorship; Networking Opportunities. (not offered in 2015)
Follow this link: IsDB Business Plan Competition
37. ARGIDIUS-ANDE FINANCE CHALLENGE (AAFC),
The Argidius Foundation and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) have
announced the Argidius-ANDE Finance Challenge (AAFC), a new competition designed to
support innovative ways to provide capital to small businesses in emerging markets that require
$20,000-$250,000 in early stage capital. The goal of the challenge is to accelerate the
development of innovative and sustainable solutions in a number of emerging markets, ideally
establishing models that can be replicated.
Follow this link to apply: Argidius-ANDE Finance Challenge (AAFC),
38. AFRICAN DIASPORA MARKETPLACE
In 2011, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Western
Union launched the second African Diaspora Marketplace(ADM II). ADM II encourages
sustainable economic growth and employment by supporting U.S.-based African Diaspora and
other entrepreneurs through grant funding and technical assistance facilities. ADM II Awardees
are individuals with demonstrable connections to or experience in Africa, who have innovative
and high-impact start-ups and established businesses on the continent. Each business venture
can receive matching partnership grants up to $50,000 and other forms of technical assistance.
Follow this link: African Diaspora Marketplace
39. TOTAL STARTUPPER OF THE YEAR AWARD:
In Africa as elsewhere, many young people aspire to start their own business and build a
brighter future, which is why Total created theStartupper of the year challenge. If you’re
currently preparing a business plan or are in the early stages of creating your own business,
you’re eligible to enter this challenge! Each winner will receive a customized coaching to help
him/her to create and/or develop its business. Total will provide financial support up to
$30,000 (in winner’s local currency).
Follow this link to apply: https://startuppers.total.com/en/challenges/startuppers/rules
40. DIAMOND BANK’S BET – BUILDING ENTREPRENEURS
Diamond BET business grant marks another great opportunity for entrepreneurs all over Nigeria
in the following industries (fashion and lifestyle, agriculture, information and communication
technology) to present their businesses and innovation and have the opportunity of being
selected as one of the top 50 businesses that will be provided with extensive training,
mentoring and advisory by the Enterprise Development Centre with the top 5 businesses
winning 3 Million naira each.
Follow this link for details: www.diamondbankbet.com
41. ROLEX AWARDS FOR ENTERPRISE
Since 1976, Rolex has honoured extraordinary individuals who possess the courage and
conviction to take on major challenges. Each Rolex Award for Enterprise is given for a new or
ongoing project anywhere in the world – one that deserves support for its capacity to improve
lives, or protect the world’s natural and cultural heritage. These projects have touched all
aspects of humanity by expanding knowledge or improving life on the planet.
Rolex Laureates are of all nationalities and backgrounds. They are united by a talent for
independent thinking and the capacity to embrace projects that require creativity and
determination in the face of considerable odds.
Focus Areas: They support pioneering work in the areas of the environment, applied science
and technology, or exploration.
Application Deadline: 30th June 2017.
Offered annually: Yes
Eligible Countries: Any nationality
Eligibility Criteria: The Rolex Awards are open to anyone;
· over 18 years of age and under 30 years,
· of any nationality,
· Whose ground-breaking project is helping to expand the knowledge of our world and
improve the quality of life on the planet.
Selection Criteria: Projects are assessed on their originality, potential for impact, feasibility,
and, above all, on the candidates own spirit of enterprise.
Prizes: The five winners will each receive 100,000 Swiss francs, double the amount of prize
money previously offered to Young Award winners. They will also benefit from worldwide
publicity and receive a Rolex chronometer.
How to Participate: There is a two-phase application process: a pre-application, which can be
submitted by any eligible candidate, followed by a full application to be submitted by some
candidates, upon invitation only.
It is important to go through the program webpage for eligibility details before applying.
For more details and application, visit: http://www.rolexawards.com/about/apply
42. HULT PRIZE STUDENT ENTERPRISE CHALLENGE
Moving forward with the seventh annual Hult Prize, thousands of university students worldwide
will team up to create start-ups aimed at solving an issue faced by billions in need. More than
10,000 applicants will begin the journey, and only 300 start-ups from around the world will
move on to pitch their start-up ideas at one of five global locations: Boston, San Francisco,
London, Dubai and Shanghai.
Grand Prize of $1,000,000 will be awarded at Washington D.C
About Award: The Hult Prize Foundation is a start-up accelerator for budding young social
entrepreneurs emerging from the world’s universities. Named as one of the top five ideas
changing the world by President Bill Clinton and TIME Magazine, the annual competition for the
Hult Prize aims to create and launch the most compelling social business ideas—start-up
enterprises that tackle grave issues faced by billions of people. Winners receive USD1 Million in
seed capital, as well as mentorship and advice from the international business community.
Theme: The 2017 Hult Prize “President’s Challenge” is “Refugees – Reawakening Human
Potential” and will focus on restoring the rights and dignity of people and societies who may be,
or are forced into motion due to social injustices, politics, economic pressures, climate change
1. Hult Prize Foundation is estimating the total number of global refugees to be at 1 billion,
not the UN and generally accepted number of 60M.
2. The refugee cycle has been re-defined into 4 stages; pre-movement, in-motion, temp
relocation, permanent status
3. The 2017 Challenge outlines very clear areas for disruptive innovation in each stage of
4. Refugees present one of the world’s largest untapped economic opportunities
5. Reawakening human potential in refugees in motion unlocks the need for social
innovation across a range of social service categories.
This case study is your guiding document to constructing your social venture. It will be released
in early October. It has been written exclusively for this year’s Hult Prize, and takes a deep
dive into the journey of a refugee, from the moment in time that movement becomes a
possibility – not a reality. Where other organizations have failed, we believe the Hult Prize can
be successful by challenging young people around the world to reimagine how to turn one of
modern days fastest growing challenges into the greatest renaissance of entrepreneurship the
world has ever seen. Rather than focus on aid and charitable approaches to refugee migration,
we focus this challenge on the reawakening of human potential. We want to restore pride,
dignity and self-worth back to those what have been impact by social injustices, war and
economic depression. We believe that reaching our target of 10M people by 2022 is realistic
The “2017 President’s Challenge” and guiding document can be downloaded in link below.
· You will be asked to form a team of 3-4 students from your university and submit an
application to participate at any of the five regional finals locations held in: Boston, San
Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai. Alternatively, your university may be hosting a
Hult Prize@ on-campus event, in which case you can fast track your team’s participation
through competing in your local university edition. You can view a preliminary 2017
timeline here, which outlines submission deadlines, finalist announcements and key
· Regional Finals will be held on March 03-04, 2017. Approximately 50-60 teams per
region, will move on to present their innovative start-up ideas to an executive jury made
up of regional CEOs, Non-Profit Leaders and Social Entrepreneurs. When you apply, you
should carefully consider which regional final you would like to attend. While we
encourage you to pick a region within proximity to where you currently live, you are free
to choose any of the five regions. A regional champion will be selected live at the
conclusion of each regional final event and that team will move onto spend the summer
at the world-class Hult Prize Accelerator – an innovative incubator for the start-ups of
· Following the conclusion of your time working in the Hult Prize Accelerator, you will
attend the Hult Impact Forum where the Hult Prize Global Finals will be hosted in
September, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Within the meeting agenda, regional champions
will pitch their start-ups in-front of a world-class audience, including Muhammad Yunus,
who along with other notable global leaders will select and award the winning team the
Hult Prize, along with USD1 million in start-up capital.
For details and application, visit:
43. FACEBOOK INTERNET.ORG INNOVATION CHALLENGE IN
The Internet.org Innovation Challenge in Africa supports Internet.org’s vision of a connected
world. To this end, the goal of the Challenge is to recognize individuals and organizations that
are working on internet-based solutions to promote education and economic empowerment in
countries throughout Africa.
Five of the ten fastest growing economies in the world are African countries. The challenge
hopes to insure that communities in these quickly growing economies are well-equipped with
internet technologies for learning and economic empowerment. Internet.org believes that
education and economic empowerment will enable equitable economic growth and
development in these communities.
The Challenge will encourage the development of apps, websites and online services that
provide real value for people under the following pillars:
(1) Learning/Education: Apps, websites or online services that make use of technology to
inspire and deliver learning
(2) Economic Empowerment: Apps, websites or online services that help to advance the
economic strength and ability of communities
Who is eligible to participate?
Individuals and organizations around the world are eligible to participate so long as their
applications, websites or services are designed to meet the needs of the above mentioned
categories. (Note: Residents of countries where the United States has trade restrictions will not
be eligible. See the “Rules” section above for details.)
Entries will be judged based on innovation, impact, scalability and launch-readiness.
· Innovation: How original, groundbreaking or creative is the app, website or service?
· Impact: Will the app, website or service impact numerous lives in meaningful ways?
· Scalability: Does the app, website or service scale technically? What percentage of the
designated population will it reach? Is the content localized? Is multilingual support
· Launch-readiness: How soon will the app, website or service be publicly available,
beyond prototypes and limited trials, if it isn’t already? If it’s already publicly available,
how stable and consistent is its performance?
Selection of winners will take place at the judges’ sole discretion.
One Innovation Challenge Award prize in the amount of $150,000 USD will be presented to the
app, website or service that the judges determine best meets the needs of each of the two
categories: Learning/Education and Economic Empowerment (2 awards total).
Each of the Innovation Challenge Award winners will also be eligible to receive more than
$60,000 USD in tools and services from FbStart, a Facebook program designed to help early
stage mobile startups build and grow their apps.
In addition, two Impact Award prizes in the amount of $50,000 USD will be presented to two
apps, websites or services designed for each of the two pillars (4 awards total).
Application period: Entry will be accepted from on December 1, 2015 to May 1, 2016. Winners
will be announced in September 2016.
How to enter
You may develop your app, website or service on any platform, so long as it works on a mobile
device. Keep in mind that the platform you choose will affect your application’s potential reach,
which is a consideration in the judging process. In order to maximize your potential reach,
consider widely accessible platforms like mobile web and Android. If you are looking for a
hosting platform, Parse offers free application tools and limited hosting
44. Google RISE Awards
The RISE program supports and connects not-for-profit organizations around the world to
increase equity in Computer Science education with a focus on girls, minorities who are
historically underrepresented in the field, and youth from low-income communities.
Google believes that technology will continue to play an important role in shaping our future,
and the youth of today will help innovate and drive these technologies for years to come.
We hope that all students will one day have the chance to reach their potential and achieve
great things in science. To that end, we aspire to help students take one step closer to achieving
their potential by offering organizational growth and development opportunities through the
Google RISE Awards.
Value of Award: RISE Awards include:
· Capacity Building: Access to a 12-month capacity programme that exposes candidates to
· Financial: Grants of $10,000 – $25,000
· Operational Support: Customised to the needs of the organisation such as volunteers or
· A community of Practice: Continued peer engagement through a community of practice
connects awardees, alumni, and beyond so that communities around the world can
learn from best practices and lessons learned.
· Fields of Interest: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), as well as
Computer Science (CS)
· Who is Eligible?: Organizations from around the globe who are working to promote and
support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), as well as
Computer Science (CS). with emphasis on increasing engagement of socioeconomically
disadvantaged students, girls, and under-represented minorities are eligible for
· Google RISE Awards are specifically geared towards STEM and CS educational and
outreach programs around the world
· Applications are encouraged from organizations and educational institutions regardless
of the socio-economic status, race, or gender of the students they serve
· Please note that the RISE team is not able to provide one on one consultations during
the review process (both prior to applying and after applications have been submitted)
to ensure no bias is given to specific organizations
If you have additional questions about whether or not your organization meets these eligibility
requirements, please contact: email@example.com
45. AFRICA PRIZE FOR ENGINEERING INNOVATION
Eligible Countries: Countries within Sub-Saharan Africa. For the purposes of the competition,
sub-Saharan countries include:
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African
Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte
d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea,
Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius,
Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles,
Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda,
Zambia and Zimbabwe.
To be taken at (country): Sub-Saharan Africa
Brief description:The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation is open for ambitious and talented
sub-Saharan African engineers from all disciplines to demonstrate innovative and engineering
Eligible Field of Study: Any engineering field
About the Prize
The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation aims to stimulate and reward engineering
entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa. The Africa Prize will encourage ambitious and talented
sub-Saharan African engineers from all disciplines to apply their skills to develop scalable
solutions to local challenges, highlighting the importance of engineering as an enabler of
improved quality of life and economic development.
Crucial commercialisation support is awarded to a shortlist of innovative applicants through a
six-month period of training and mentoring. Following this period of mentorship, finalists will
be invited to present at an event held in Africa and a winner will be selected to receive £25,000
along with runners-up, who will each be awarded £10,000.
Eligibility Criteria : To be eligible:
· Applicants must be individuals or groups of no more than three people.
· Individual applicants must be citizens of a country within sub-Saharan Africa and
currently reside there. For teams of two or three, the lead applicant must be a citizen of
a country within sub-Saharan Africa and currently reside there.
· Applicants must have an engineering innovation and provide a letter of support from a
university of research institution.
· Industrial researchers and establishments are not eligible.
· The applicant’s innovation can be any new product, technology or service, based on
research in engineering defined in its broadest sense to encompass a wide range of
fields, including: agricultural technology, biotechnology, chemical engineering, civil
engineering, computer science, design engineering, electrical and electronic
engineering, ICT, materials science, mechanical engineering, and medical engineering. If
you are in any doubt that your area of expertise would be considered engineering then
please contact the Academy to discuss your application.
· Applicants should have achieved the development of, and be in the early stages of
commercialising, an engineering innovation that:
1. will bring social and/or environmental benefits to country/countries in sub-Saharan
2. has strong potential to be replicated and scaled up;
3. is accompanied by an ambitious but realistic business plan which has strong commercial
Number of Awardees: not specified
Value of Prize: Finalists will be invited to present at an event held in Africa and a winner will be
selected to receive £25,000 along with runners-up, who will each be awarded £10,000
Duration of Program: Crucial commercialisation support is awarded to a shortlist of innovative
applicants, through a six month period of training and mentoring.
To apply, visit:
46. SHIFFON STARTUP COMPETITION
To overcome the challenges women face, Shiffon has launched a startup competition where 5
entrepreneurs will be given the opportunity to kickstart initiatives in their respective countries.
Application Deadline: 18th January, 2017.
Winners will be announced on 25 February.
About the Award: Economic growth is inextricably linked to women’s participation in the
workforce. In many corners of the globe, women have limited access to opportunities and
financial resources to build a life of their own; Shiffon, a luxury jewelry design enterprise,
combines business and social purpose to break this cycle and empower women and girls
Shiffon was launched by two Harvard University students determined to foster a world where
women and girls from around the world are empowered to pursue boundless opportunities.
Made with ethically-sourced material, 50% of Shiffon’s proceeds go towards women
empowerment; social good is woven into every aspect of the business. Shiffon actively
collaborates with partners including United Nations Women and the Startup Girl foundation.
Type: Entrepreneurship, Contest
· The competition is open to budding entrepreneurs passionate about launching
enterprises that are driven to empower women and provide employment opportunities.
· Applications are open to those who are in the ideation/early stages of a social venture,
or are launching a new subsidiary or offshoot of an existing social enterprise.
· Submissions are not only limited to women; men with initiatives whose purpose is to
support women’s empowerment are welcome to apply.
Number of Awardees: 5
Value of Program: Shiffon is offering five $5,000 prizes and mentorship from leading fashion
and tech companies and consultancies to successful applicants. They understand that
mentorship in addition to capital is crucial for the success of young businesses.
To apply, visit: https://www.oneyoungworld.com/shiffon-startup-competition
47. TECHNOVATION CHALLENGE 2017
Deadline: 8 March 2017
Applications are open for 2017 Technovation Challenge in partnership with Google’s Made with
Code and UN Women in order to learn and apply the skills needed to solve real-world problems
through technology. Technovation offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the
necessary skills to become tech entrepreneurs and leaders.
Girls ages 10 to 18 learn to identify a problem in their community and create a mobile app
solution to address that problem, and then learn how to communicate these ideas and
translate them into a fully launched business.
The Technovation program takes students through 4 stages of launching a mobile app startup,
inspired by the principles of design thinking: Ideation, Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Pitch.
The problem your app solves should fall into one of the following categories.
Over the course of the project applicants will learn how to:
· Create an app prototype with MIT App Inventor
· Conduct market research and financial analysis
· Carry out effective business planning
· Anyone can access and use Technovation’s free online curriculum.
· Technovation is inviting teams of girls from all over the world.
· All girls up to age 18 may enter the official Technovation competition.
How to Apply
Interested applicants must apply online via given website.
For more information, visit http://www.technovationchallenge.org/get-started/
48. JOHNSON & JOHNSON AFRICA INNOVATION CHALLENGE
FOR CONSUMER HEALTH ENTREPRENEURS 2017
Johnson and Johnson’s Africa Innovation Challenge (AIC), an initiative to support Africa’s vibrant
and growing innovation ecosystem is now accepting submissions to the AIC 2017 challenge.
Individuals and companies that have locally sustainable consumer health solutions can submit
their solutions to receive funding and mentorship from Johnson & Johnson.
Application Deadline: 17th January, 2017
Award recipients will be announced in February 2017.
Eligible Countries: Countries in Africa
Eligible Fields: There are three different categories, however you can apply to all three:
· Promoting Early Child Development & Maternal Health: Improving maternal health
helps nurture happy, healthy babies and generates positive child development. We are
looking for non-pharmaceutical product and technology solutions that will help ensure
women and newborns in Africa stay healthy during pregnancy, childbirth and
throughout child development.
· Empowering Young Girls: Access to good education and basic needs such as feminine
care products is important to make sure young girls across Africa realize their full
potential. We are looking for consumer product, technology and educational
innovations that address these needs, making a brighter future possible for young
· Improving Family Well–being: Families need reliable healthcare information and access
to healthcare professionals and effective products in order to thrive. We are searching
for innovative technology-driven solutions that help promote access to healthcare
knowledge, advice and products and enhance the well-being of consumers in Africa.
About the Award: With its focus on consumer health care, the Africa Innovation Challenge will
help tackle important issues impacting local communities. We are looking for an idea that has a
clear project plan to progress towards commercialization. Commercialization is the process of
introducing a new product or solution into commerce – making it available on the market. As
you are submitting your application, you will find a downloadable project plan template that
will guide you step-by-step so that we can better understand the feasibility of your idea. If you
have a business plan to share, that is great.
· Any and all citizens or permanent residents of a country in Africa, aged 18 years or
older, who may have an innovative solution and detailed project plan, are welcome to
· You could be a student at a university or an engineer in the field. If you think you have a
great idea, we want to hear from you.
· Early-stage startups or projects that have currently raised less than the equivalent of US
$100,000 (for example: equity funding, public funding and/or grants) can also apply.
Selection Criteria: One or more individuals, teams or companies from Africa are encouraged to
make their submissions. Solutions will be evaluated based on their ability to meet the following
· Solution submission addresses at least one of the three critical health areas mentioned
· Submission must be innovative and creative.
· Submission must be scalable.
· Submission outlines a commercialization plan and how the award would help the
applicant reach a critical milestone within the timeframe of a single yea
Number of Awardees: Not specified
Value of Scholarship: Participant(s) with the best solutions will receive up to $100,000 in
funding and mentorship from scientists, engineers and researchers in the Johnson & Johnson
Consumer Research & Development organization. The winner(s) of the challenge could also
receive dedicated space at a lab facility in Africa throughout their product or service
development, dependent on the needs of the solution submission.
How to Apply: To apply to the challenge, visit https://jnjconsumer.fluidreview.com/
49. WORLD PRESS PHOTO FOUNDATION MASTERCLASS WEST
Deadline: 15 January 2017
The World Press Photo Foundation invites applications from documentary photographers in
West Africa for the World Press Photo Masterclass West Africa.
The Masterclass West Africa will take place in Accra, Ghana, from 8 to 12 March 2017, and will
support the most promising young visual journalists in their professional development.
All photographers who have worked on visual stories about daily life, nature, politics and
society are encouraged to apply for the Masterclass West Africa. The masters, who will be
chosen to meet the learning needs and wishes of the selected participants, will share their
expertise and provide individual advice to all participants. The masterclass curriculum is
structured around thematic photo essays that participants are required to work on in advance
of the masterclass. The masterclass week also includes lectures by, and individual instruction
with, all masters.
The Masterclass West Africa is the third in the World Press Photo Foundation’s series of
satellite masterclasses, after previous editions in Mexico and Kenya, and is based on the
formula of the annual Joop Swart Masterclass, which is run annually for the world’s most
talented emerging visual journalists.
Participation in Masterclass West Africa is free for those selected, and all travel and lodging
expenses will be covered by the World Press Photo Foundation.
Professional photographers with experience working on documentary photo stories who:
· Are nationals or permanent residents of the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso,
Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon,
The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia,
Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo;
· Are under the age of 35; and
· Have a good understanding of English.
How to Apply
· Interested applicants must submit their portfolio, biography with age and nationality,
full contact details, as well as a short statement of their motivation in English describing
what the masterclass might mean to their professional development.
· All required documents and information must be submitted via email.
For more information, please visit
50. ONE Africa Award
ONE Africa Award: ONE invites innovative individuals, civil society organizations or advocacy
groups based in Africa that demonstrate a commitment to and success in advancing one or
more of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to apply for the ONE Africa Award.
This award is designed to honor, celebrate and recognize Africa-driven and African-led efforts
that are changing lives, communities, and countries one step at a time.
ONE will honor the awardee at an international conference in Africa in November, and,
together with the top four finalists, will be invited to share success stories and lessons learned
through The ONE Blog.
The ONE Africa Award seeks to recognize, reward, and advance the exceptional work of an
individual or civil society organization based in Africa dedicated to helping Africa achieve the
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at a community, national or regional level.
The ONE Africa Award Recipient will receive an award up to $100,000 to help advance and
expand upon its outstanding work within the civil society community in Africa.
Scholarship Application Eligibility Criteria:
The following types of individuals and organizations are eligible to apply for the ONE Africa
Individuals or civil society organizations based in Africa that demonstrate a commitment to
and success in helping Africans meet one or more of the Millennium Development Goals
Applicants may also include advocacy/pressure groups and think tanks engaged in
governance activities such as the monitoring of resource flows and/or holding governments
accountable to their MDG commitments.
To apply, please visit: https://www.one.org/africa/the-one-africa-award/
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