Funding and Grant Opportunities for Startups in Africa – Week 32

If you are an African startup founder looking for funding to scale your business, you should look into these programs. From equity investments and cash prizes to mentorship and technical support, each program provides unique benefits that could help your business grow.

Misk Accelerator Program for Seed-Stage Tech Startups

Misk accelerator is calling for seed-stage startups in MENA seeking to expand their operations into Saudi Arabia to participate in its 2024 accelerator cohort. 

Misk runs a 3-month zero equity accelerator program aimed at empowering seed-stage tech startups to scale their ventures, giving them a platform to grow in the largest market in MENA.  

The program incorporates in-persion and virtual capacity development sessions for the participants, giving the startup representatives an opportunity to experience Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

To be eligible, applicants must be an early-stage tech startup operating in or planning to expand into Saudi Arabia

Benefits: Participating startups will gain access to a global network of founders, investors and communities.  They’ll also be exposed to business development and funding opportunities in addition to post-program support from Misk.

Application Deadline: 31st Jan, 2024

Find more information about the Misk Accelerator Program here

Qualcomm Make in Africa Startup Mentorship Program 2024 for early-stage startups

Qualcomm Make in Africa Startup Mentorship program is an equity-free mentorship program that identifies and supports promising early-stage startups that develop innovative end-to-end solutions with access to business coaching, engineering consultation and intellectual property protection guidance.

Benefits: Participating startups will gain access to mentorship, skill acquisition and visibility through demos and connection with various industry leaders.

Application Deadline: 18th Feb, 2024 

Apply to the Qualcomm Make in Africa Startup Mentorship Program Here

South Pole and D-RECs Initiative

South Pole is a leading global carbon project developer and climate solutions provider that connects energy projects to buyers globally.  The company has unveiled a new initiative via the Distributed Renewable Energy Certificates (D-Rec) awarded to renewable energy providers and distributors globally. 

The initiative is intended to provide funding support for companies operating solar PV projects in Ghana.

Benefits: Support in registering and connecting to the D-Rec platform, strategic support in generating additional revenues on projects, and a valuable network. 

Application Deadline:  December 31, 2023

Apply to the South Pole and D-RECs Initiative Here

RIoT Accelerator Program (RAP)

The RIoT Accelerator Program is a 12-week high-touch training cohort for startups across the IoT technology ecosystem. The program aims to increase the impact of traditional business development resources by connecting startups with an industry consortium of more than 90 companies across the IoT technology stack to learn, partner, and bring their products to market.

The RIoT Accelerator Program facilitates entrepreneurial processes for startup companies, from commercialization to startup growth to corporate innovation project research.

Only early-stage startups are eligible to participate in the accelerator program. Being sector-agnostic, the application is open to all startups regardless of their product. 

Benefits: Coaching and capacity building, and support and networking avenues with a consortium of more than 90 companies for eligible startups. 

Application Deadline: December 15th, 2023

Apply to the RIoT Accelerator Program Here

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