Week 13: Funding and Grant Opportunities for African Startups

Happy Easter holidays and welcome to this week’s edition of the Funding and Grant Opportunities series! 

As usual, we bring you the latest funding news and opportunities from across the continent, including seed funding, accelerator programmes, and grant opportunities. So, dive in and explore what new opportunities are out there for African startups!

St Andrews Prize for the Environment

The St Andrews Prize for the Environment is a major international initiative led by the University of St Andrews that recognises and supports innovative and inspirational responses to environmental challenges, including the climate crisis. It is overseen by the Master of the United College, Professor Ineke De Moortel FRAS FRSE.

Since 1998, the Prize has awarded more than $2 million in prize money across the world to individuals and organisations whose imaginative solutions are protecting the environment and promoting a more sustainable society.

Benefits: Up to $100,000 in prize money.

Application deadline: April 12, 2023

Learn more about the programme here.

Jenga Haki Lab 2023

Jenga Haki Lab is a programme that aims to challenge individuals to come up with innovative solutions around preventing or resolving certain justice issues using technology. The solutions are based on a theme that changes every year. We will be running 3 of these programmes in Uganda and Kenya this year focused on crime and land related problems.

The Theme for this round of applications is “How do you use technology to prevent or resolve land problems such as fraud and disputes in Uganda.”

Benefits: Up to €2,250 grant funding for the winners, training on prototyping, HCD, leadership and project management, pitching and presentation, two weeks of product development sprints.

Application deadline: April 30, 2023

Find more details here.

D-Prize Distribution Challenge

The world has already invented products and services to end poverty. Yet we have found many proven interventions with large delivery gaps. Millions of people still don’t have access to basic poverty-fighting tools. 

Can you design a new business or NGO that delivers a proven poverty intervention at scale? Submit your design for a new organization that solves one of our Distribution Challenges below. We will award the most promising teams with up to $20,000 USD to launch their new organization wherever extreme poverty exists.

Benefits: Up to $20,000 to launch your new organization.

Application deadline: June 24, 2023

Apply here.

Startup Wise Guys SaaS Accelerator Program: Africa

Startup Wise Guys SaaS acceleration Africa program will provide an optimized approach that delivers tailored guidance and support from world class mentors and experts. Our accelerator program will help you navigate the bumps in the company building road, revolutionize your go-to-market strategy and encourage you to bring your A game. 

We know you’re passionate about what you do and this program will provide you access to an constantly expanding network of like minded founders, practitioners and investors and encourage value driven partnerships with people who see the world just like you do!

Benefits: Up to €65K investment for up to 12% equity, access to accelerator program, 1:1 support in areas like sales, marketing, pitching, access to top notch industry experts.

Application deadline: September 7, 2023

Find out more here.

Don’t forget to check through our previous posts for more funding and grant opportunities to help your African startup thrive. Check them out here. 

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