Week 18: Funding and Grant Opportunities for African Startups

Opportunities for African startups this week range from those aimed specifically at edtech and healtechs to  sector-agnostic acceleration and incubation programmes for early-stage startups. If you are an African startup founder looking for funding to scale your company, keep reading.

Accelerate Africa Programme for Early-stage Startups

Accelerate Africa (A2) prepares early stage African founders for global scale. We identify partners who can provide them with access to capital, customers and channels that can catalyze their trajectory such as Global Technology Accelerators like Y Combinator, 500 Startups and Techstars; Governments; Global Technology Companies and Entrepreneur Support Organizations.

Our goal at Accelerate Africa is to transform the way you craft your startup’s narrative and package its value proposition to  best position you for successful application(s).

Benefits: Up to $75,000 in funding, personalized application support by global accelerator alumni, access to a global network of investors and startups to learn from and exchange knowledge.

Application deadline: May 19, 2023

Learn more about Accelerate Africa here.

Changemakers for the Planet (Sub-Saharan Africa) 2023

Through ‘Changemakers for the Planet’ we connect, support and amplify the work and voices of hundreds of young changemakers, activists and innovators from all regions of the world who address the planetary crisis.

The Changemakers for the Planet programme provides young leaders with in-person summits, capacity building, funding for collaborative efforts and life-long access to ChangemakerXchange’s vibrant global network of changemaker and activists.

Benefits: In-person summit, funding opportunities, capacity building, access to resources and regular opportunities to connect, learn and co-create, lifelong access to the global ChangemakerXchange community.

Application deadline: May 22, 2023

Learn more about the programme here.

Orange Corners Nigeria Incubation Programme

Our ambition is to develop and strengthen the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Nigeria. This ecosystem should enable youth to develop their business concept and become successful entrepreneurs, by providing them with the necessary opportunities, skills and access to markets.

Through Orange Corners we provide young entrepreneurs with a 6-month incubation programme. At the same time, Orange Corners serves as a bridge between these innovative entrepreneurs and the private sector. This offers a great benefit to all partners involved. Orange Corners is an initiative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in collaboration with a local service provider.

Benefits: Up to €40,000 in funding, personalized mentoring, enterprise development knowledge and capacity building, access to local and international markets, access to industry experts and peer learning opportunities.

Application deadline: June 17, 2023

Learn more about the incubation programme here.

Investing in Innovation i3 Programme for Healthtech Startups

Investing in Innovation (i3) is a pan-African initiative to support the commercialization and impact 60 promising early & growth-stage companies with grants & access to market support. i3 seeks high-potential startups who can help transform the availability, accessibility, affordability, quality and visibility of health products at scale – creating health impact and prosperity. 

If you are an African entrepreneur creating a solution to a health product distribution challenge in Africa, we invite you to apply for the 2023 cohort.

Benefits: $50,000 grant, access to industry and institutional players, financing, donors, and governments, tailored investment readiness support.

Application deadline: June 26, 2023

Find more information about the programme here.

Innovating Education in Africa 2023

Innovating Education in Africa (IEA) was established in 2018 by the African Union (AU) with the aim of identifying, promoting, and supporting the systemic adoption and replication of education innovations in all aspects of education and training in Africa. 

The IEA program is designed to generate and validate solutions to persistent education and training challenges in Africa and to support the expansion and scale of effective solutions. Since the inception of the program, over 1,500 education stakeholders across Africa have been engaged, and 180 innovations have been promoted and supported with up to 1 million USD.

Benefits: Grants of up to $100,000, capacity building for by partner organizations, media promotion, certificate of recognition.

Application deadline: June 30, 2023

For more details on this opportunity use this link.

Do not forget to go through our previous posts for more opportunities to help your startup thrive. 

Use this link to access them.

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