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Week 5: Funding and Grant Opportunities for African Startups

Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 14

Credit Suisse is proud to support the Lead 2030 Challenge for SDG 14. The Challenge seeks to identify and support impactful enterprises working to close the SDG 14 gap. Credit Suisse encourages entrepreneurs to submit their business plans for consideration if they have for-profit enterprises that help improve ocean health in any way.

Benefits:$50,000 grant from Credit Suisse, 12 months of mentorship from a team of Credit Suisse professionals, sponsorship to participate in the One Young World Summit 2023

Application deadline: March 1, 2023.

Learn more here.

ABGHI Global Health Innovation Challenge

The AB Global Health Initiative’s Global Health Innovation Hub is a community that brings together innovators, critical thinkers, students, researchers, young professionals, and creators to foster ideas for strengthening local health systems.

It is aimed to be a center of global public health innovation that inspires collaboration and serve as a catalyst for new ideas and help innovators develop low-cost, high-impact, sustainable and scalable global health solutions.

Through this Challenge, we will identify and support novel solutions that draw on the experiences of affected communities to significantly improve – and in many cases, save – the lives of vulnerable people.

Benefits: Two projects will receive up to one million Naira in funding for implementation, unique mentorship, and exposure opportunities. All applicants will become members of the Innovation Hub and will benefit from mentorship and networking with peers.

Application deadline: March 15, 2023.

Apply here.

CSI Energy OPEN Funding Programme for African Female Entrepreneurs in the Energy Sector

OPEN by CSI Energy seeks to invest in African women-led businesses in the energy sector or along the energy value chain. In addition, the program seeks to invest up to $100,000 in equity alongside a comprehensive support package tailored to your business’s needs.

Women-led businesses in Africa with an annual revenue of more than $25,000 and at least three employees are encouraged to apply.

Benefits: Up to $100,000 in equity investment, comprehensive support package tailored to your business needs, access to investments, expertise and networks.

Application Deadline: February 19, 2023

Learn more here.

Echoing Green Fellowship Programme for Leaders and Early-stage Startups

Echoing Green supports courageous leaders from around the world who see possibility in the face of our time’s most existential challenges. We work together to create a world that does not yet exist: a future free of racism and its far-reaching consequences, in which all people can thrive.

This Fellowship is for people whose businesses are in their early stages and who are experts in the problem they’ve chosen to tackle. We seek leaders who are representative of the communities they serve and who bring a deep understanding of the issues to their work as they co-design solutions with and for their communities.

Benefits: Leadership development, access to expert resources and up to $80,000 in seed funding, virtual and in-person convenings.

Application Deadline: February 7, 2023

Learn more here.

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