Opportunities for funding
Opportunities for funding: Receive up to $150,000 USD in funds from Katapult Accelerator , participate in the Busicon competition and win N1M in app challenge among others
Apply for VC4A’s AgriHack competition and you could win up to $15K.
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), with the support of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and in collaboration with the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRA), Women in Tech Africa, Wennovation Hub (Nigeria) and Suguba Africa, is launching Pitch AgriHack 2018.
The theme for this year’s edition is Women entrepreneurs innovate for agricultural transformation in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. 50% of finalists will be women and special women prizes will be awarded.
The ultimate objectives are to help develop business services offered by young e-agriculture startups as well as to contribute to accelerating the adoption of innovations for stronger productivity in the agrifood sector.
The competition is open to both male and female founders and co-founders of e-agri start-ups offering ICT services to the agricultural sector. Applicants must be aged between 18 to 35 years old.
The final will be held in Rwanda in the framework of the 2018 edition of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF 2018) in September 2018.
Winning start-ups will receive from CTA, AfDB and other partners, up to Euros 15,000 in cash (grant) to advance their services, apart from additional support that may be facilitated by stakeholders involved. apply here
Female-focused community: Win up to N2M in She Leads Africa (SLA) 3-month accelerator program.
Female-focused community She Leads Africa (SLA) is a social enterprise dedicated to supporting young African women and their journey towards professional success. The organisation has been featured on CNN, CNBC Africa, Black Enterprise and Fox Business and has more than 400,000 community members across Africa and the diaspora.
(SLA) is currently taking applications from Nigerian female tech founders who want to participate in its 3-month accelerator program. You could get up to N2 million in funding, amongst other goodies.
The competition process involves applying and then participation in a series of training by the SLA team and finally presenting your Business plan to room of stakeholders.
The first, second and third price will receive 2M,1M and 500,000 NGN respectively. Apply here, deadline is May 30th.
Norway-based Katapult Accelerator is taking applications into its 3-month program and will invest up to $150K in selected startups.
Katapult is an accelerator that is focused on making a positive impact in the world and building great business opportunities They support companies that do good but also generate significant financial value.
Applications are due by May 21st, 2018, and the program will start in August 2018, in Oslo, Norway. You’ll receive up to $150,000 USD investment into your company as part of the program in exchange for 8% equity. There is a $50K program fee that will be deducted from your investment. So you receive $100K net. The program runs for 3 months with selected companies having the opportunity to do a 1 month follow-up program in NY.
Their focus is primarily Environmental domains, Clean energy, Resource efficiency, Smart cities, Circular Economy, Ocean and Land use, Food and water, Education among others. Apply here.
Slush Global Impact Accelerator (GIA) Program
Slush Global Impact Accelerator (GIA) is a program created in collaboration with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and other multiple partners globally. The purpose is to support impact-driven startups and showcase exciting business opportunities in emerging markets, which are also vital for implementing the Agenda 2030 and solving complex challenges. In addition, the program focuses on strengthening the networks between the impact actors, engaging the Nordic community with the global impact entrepreneurs, and enhancing the mobilization of capital towards businesses.
GIA 2018 brings impact-driven entrepreneurs from emerging markets to Helsinki to accelerate their business, attract additional financing, and build long-lasting networks. For all selected entrepreneurs, we offer one-on-one, pre-event coaching online and Helsinki BootCamp program from November 27–December 7, 2018
Criteria for Selection:
• Have the vision to solve pressing challenges globally
• Have a business idea that has gained some traction, but is still in an early phase
• Have a solution that supports the sustainable development goals (SDGs)
• Have potential to scale
• Have skills and drive to succeed
• Have at least one working prototype
Deadline for Application is 31st May. Apply
THE BUSICON APP CHALLENGE
The Busicon App Challenge is an initiative of Busicon Group, a foremost IT firm in Nigeria. The Busicon App Challenge is a solution driven contest that will allow tech enthusiast come up with fantastic ideas which will be in form of an web/mobile application that will provide solutions to prevalent challenges in the business terrain.
The contest will last for six weeks. The first two weeks will be for entry submission, while contestants will spend the remaining four weeks to develop their ideas.
As the project progresses, contestants will be called in to defend their ideas and walk us through the work-ability of such indigenous proposal.
A winner will be announced at the end of this rigorous task in June and he or she will walk away with One Million Naira. But beyond the prize money, participants will enjoy exposure to both local and international companies that are ready to either partner or fund tech Startups in Nigeria.
1.The winning entry must provide a solution to an existing challenge.
2.The solution must be implementable and achievable with a minimal budget.
3.The contest is open to both male and female App developers between the ages of 18-35 years old.
Contestants are to write about their idea on their site, which will be sieved and the ones considered interesting and problem solving will be noted and the contestants that sent them in will be engaged to take part in the competition. Apply
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