Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities for Businesses: Ecobank Fintech Challenge 2021

Funding Opportunities for African Businesses


1. Ecobank Fintech Challenge 2021 for African Tech Innovators and Entrepreneurs

Fintechs located in Africa are invited to participate in The Ecobank Fintech Challenge designed to identify potential partners whose solutions can add value to the existing digital offerings of the financial institution.  Interested applicants should send the details of the products and demo through

Selected applicants will participate in Ecobank’s Fintech Innovation Fair and will also be inducted into the Ecobank Fintech Fellowship. Other benefits are product roll out, service provider partnerships, access to Ecobank’s Pan African banking sandbox, networking, and integration with existing Ecobank digital offerings. Top three finalists will receive $15,000, $12,000, and $10,000 respectively. For more information, visit Deadline for application is September 20, 2021


2. British Council Sub-Saharan Africa Cultural Exchange Programme 2021 for Creatives

funding opportunities

Artists, art organizations, festivals, arts professionals, and creative sector researchers based in Sub-Saharan (SSA) Africa, or the United Kingdom (UK) are called to apply for grant through Cultural Exchange Programme for African Arts organized by The British Council. The initiative is designed to promote international cultural exchange despite the limitation of human movement throughout the world by COVID-19. The emphasis will be on collaborating virtually to research or deliver digital arts projects with a partner based in the target countries and the UK

Interested applicants can apply for grants in three categories: 1. Grants for research between Sub-Saharan Africa and UK creatives and artists. The grant is up to £5,000. 2.  Grants for new or early-stage connections/collaborations between artists, art professionals and partners in SSA and the UK. Grants range from £5,000-£10,000. 3. Grants to support large new scale art co-creation between individuals and organizations in SSA and UK. Grants range from £20,000-£30,000.  Categories 2 and 3 require at least one SSA artist and one UK artist.

Art forms and disciplines of interest are Literature, Visual Arts, Music, Film (including Gaming, Virtual and Augmented Reality), Theatre and Dance, Architecture, Fashion and Design. For more information, visit


3. Goethe-Institut/Prince Claus Fund Mentorship Award 2021 for artists and cultural practitioners

Artists and cultural practitioners from anywhere in the world setting up initiatives and rethinking responses to environmental change and climate crisis are invited to participate in a mentorship programme organized address climate emergency using interdisciplinary approach. The initiative which is organized by Goethe-Institut and Prince Claus Fund consists of two labs (week-long mentoring intensives, one in-person and one online), bi-monthly online masterclass and peer group sessions and award ceremony/visitors programme in Amsterdam and Berlin.

Each participant will receive €6,000 to work on the concept of a body of work they outline in their application and an extra €4,000 for either a collaboration with other participants or their concept requires extra budget to be realized.

For more information, visit Deadline for application is August 26, 2021


4. Green People’s Energy Challenge 2021 for Energy Access Innovators

Sub-Saharan Africa-based non-profit and for-profit organizations and for-profit organizations with renewable energy projects are called to participate in Green People’s Energy Challenge. Through the programme, GPE aims to contribute its quota towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy (SDG7).

The areas of interest are: Increasing Off-Grid System Sustainability and Reducing Carbon dioxide through Energy Access. Solutions presented must have prospects of continuity after implementation. Evaluation of projects will be based on administrative eligibility and technical suitability.

For any inquiries, send an email

For more information, visit

Deadline for application is August 31, 2021

 Also Read: Funding Opportunities for Businesses: British Council Sub-saharan Africa Cultural Exchange Programme 2021

5. The GIZ-SAIS Investment Readiness Programme 2022 for Agtech Start-ups in Africa

Digital technology start-ups in Africa working on innovations in agriculture or food sector are called to participate in this year’s version of GIZ-SAIS Investment Readiness Programme designed to support them in improving their financial models, having access to investors and expanding their networks. Other benefits of participation include: weekly advisory and coaching sessions; additional services in terms of legal advice, marketing, coding, product optimization, etc.; hub integration; access to GIZ-SAIS network; extended services; meet-up events in terms of workshops and virtual meetings

Digital solutions addressing the impact of COVID-19 will be given special consideration.

Innovations in the areas below are of interest: eSkills, eLiteracy, eLearning, precision farming, access to market, digital payment, supply chain management, supply management, food delivery, animal and crops health, soil fertility, logistics and transport, e-commerce, gamification, big data, data analysis, open data, data protection, data security, cybersecurity, crowdsourcing, digital and storytelling.

In terms of technology, the following areas are of interest: Internet of things, precision farming, artificial intelligence, virtual/augmented reality, 3D- printer, robotics, digital learning software (eLearning system, MOOC platforms, opens educational resources), database, blockchain, information-management systems (IMS), monitoring, controlling systems, GIS (Geographic Information Systems)/Mapping, SMS-services, web platforms, Apps, social media and big data analysis systems. To apply, visit. Deadline for application is August 31, 2021


6. Princeton Arts Fellowship

Early career composers, conductors, musicians, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, poets, novelists, playwrights, designers, directors, performance artists, etc., who are interested in spending two years to teach and work in artistically vibrant teaching community are called to apply for Princeton Arts Fellowship.

The status of a fellow will be conferred on artists whose achievements have been recognized as promising in any area of artistic practice and teaching.

The normal work assignment will be to teach one course each semester subject to approval by the Dean of the Faculty, but fellows may be asked to take on an artistic assignment in lieu of a class, such as directing a play or creating a dance with students.

A stipend of $86,000 a year will be provided.

Interested applicants should submit a resume or CV and a personal statement of 500 words stating how two years of the fellowship will influence their career. Also works samples should be uploaded online.

To apply, visit Deadline for application is September 14, 2021


7. MEST Africa Entrepreneurial Training Programme

funding opportunities

Technophile youths who are degree holders living in Ghana and Nigeria are invited to participate in the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) Africa Training Programme designed to build the capacity of aspiring entrepreneurs as solution developers in regional and global markets. They will be trained on market research, product development and innovation, revenue and business modelling, branding and communications, financial management interests, market and growth hacking, legal and regulatory compliance, metric and measurements, sales and traction and preparation for investments. Some pre-learning courses must be completed before application. For more information, visit Dealing for application is September 17, 2021

Also Read: Funding Opportunities for Businesses: Energy Access Booster 2021

8. Africa’s Business Heroes Competition

African social entrepreneurs who are impacting positively on their communities are called to participate in Africa’ Business Heroes Competition founded by Jack Ma. The purpose of the competition is to spot and grant support to the next generation of African sociopreneurs in their quest for a more sustainable and inclusive economy for the future. Ten finalists will compete for a share of $1.5 million. Other benefits are: global recognition, networking, mentorship and training. To apply, visit Application opens from June 7, 2021 to November 30, 2021


9.  Milken-Motsepe Innovation Prize for Agri-tech Solutions

Innovators with agri-tech solutions which are able to increase economic value to farmers are called to participate in Milken-Motsepe Innovation Prize Programme 2021

The competition focuses on accelerating progress in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1 and 2: no poverty, no hunger. There are two competition rounds: (1) Design round where teams will submit their design and business model (2) Finalist round where teams will develop their prototypes and conduct field tests on small and medium-sized farms in Africa.

All participating teams will receive a 12-week experiential learning program courtesy of Stanford Center for Professional Development. Upon completion, a certificate will be issued. There will also be mentoring from industry experts and pitch/feedback sessions

Winning teams will receive $1m grand prize with $1m additional prizes.

They will also have access to: investors, data analysis and networking opportunities. For more information, visit Deadline for application is December 8, 2021


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