Here are some funding opportunities available as at November 8:
- The Thrive Africa Challenge
To solve the problems in the AgriFood industry in Africa, Silicon Valley Global (SVG) Ventures, an investment firm has organized a competition called Thrive Africa Challenge to select promising AgriFood companies and give them financial and other forms of support to enhance their growth.
Intrested start-ups should be tech-based involved in areas such as software production, food safety, indoor farming, biotechnology, farm management, sensing and IOT, animal health & livestock, robotics & automation, ingredient innovation, big data & predictive analysis, supply management & traceability and packaging & freshness solutions.
To apply, visit https://airtable.com/shrWknTVDkRWDjku1
2. Grant for Creative, Cultural and Media Organizations
Africa-based cultural, creative and media organizations advocating empowering narratives about Africa can apply for Africa No Filter (AFN) operations support grant of up to $100,000. Owners of these businesses should be youths within the age range of 18-45 years.
AFN is a donor collaborative funded by Ford Foundation, Bloomberg Bloomberg, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Luminate, Open Society Foundation, Comic Relief and the Hilton Foundation. To apply, visit https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=6jwxHknxm06fdUyyH1IlBhAQCyvL-OVDicHAp5g8rMtUMk5BSTAyOVo1SUJSQ0k1MzRLTlVDMzBZRy4u
3. Women in Business Growth Lab 2020 For Nigerian Female Entrepreneurs.
A female entrepreneurship programme called ‘The Women in Business Growth Lab’ has been launched by Connect Lab
The 3-month programme is meant for early stage start-ups in Nigeria that are owned by women. There programme has four components: Co-creation and Value Proposition BootCamp; Incubation Programme; Women in Business Deal Day and the Growth Mentorship Exchange. 40 female entrepreneurs will be allowed to participate in this initiative. To apply, visit https://bit.ly/wibgrowthlab. Deadline for application is November 30, 2020
4. Call For Applications For Startup North-East Programme
Ventures Platform Hub’s impact arm, Venture Platform Foundation has launched an incubation programme called Startup North-East. The initiative which is supported by the US embassy in Nigeria is created to support, fund and mentor tech-based start-ups in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria. To apply, visit https://startupne.venturesplatform.com/. Six start-ups will be selected. Deadline for application is December 2, 2020
5. GVG To Support Tech-based Start-ups in Africa
Global Voice Group, a provider of ICT and reg-tech solutions for governments and regulatory bodies has partnered with Disrupt Africa to identify tech-based start-ups in Africa that it will be investing in.
According to the CEO of GVG, James Gabriel, this investments will help exceptional entrepreneurs enhance their businesses. The selected businesses will be able access up to $300,000
Areas of focus are Digital ID/Mobile ID; Artificial Intelligence/Business Intelligence, Blockchain, Data analytics, Mobility data, Digitization of national payments systems, Payment gateways —focusing on interoperability, and Digital addressing & verification systems. Any other startup in the gov-tech or reg-tech and telco space is also of interest.
For more information, visit https://t.co/onkbbHBxOO
6. Calls For Proposals To Improve Food Security And Nutrition In Africa
The Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) has announced a new funding for innovations to improve food security and nutrition in Africa. AESA is a funding initiative created through the partnership between African Academy of Sciences (AAS), the African Union Development Agency ( AUDA-NEPAD), founding and funding global partners and the resolution of the summit of African Union Heads of Government.
The innovation grants will be issued under the Grand Challenges Africa (GCA), a programme implemented in partnership with Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation. GC Africa aims promote Africa-led scientific innovations to help countries better achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by awarding seed and full grants to the continent’s most impressive
Profit, non-profit organizations, government laboratories, research institutions, colleges and universities can participate in this initiative. Maximum of $100,000 will granted for projects for a maximum of two years. To apply, visit https://africa.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c8fd3c48957cbd828f630f492&id=169faa016f&e=34549e8f98. Deadline for application is December 4, 2020
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7. Cleantech Thematic Challenge for Africa and EU Start-ups
Start-ups in Africa and Europe into clean energy production can apply for Cleantech Thematic Challenge organized by Africa-Europe Innovation Partnerships (AEIP). The aim is to encourage these start-ups in creating innovative energy solutions by linking them with African and European corporates who will help them grow and explore new markets. To apply, visit https://vc4a.com/africa-europe-innovation-partnership/cleantech-thematic-challenge-for-african-eu-startups/application/. Deadline for application is December 11, 2020
8. ‘Back To Agro’ Project By Reap Africa Initiative
Reap Africa Initiative, a Non-governmental Organization has launched project KOMANOMA (Back to Agro) to empower over 50,000 unemployed Nigerian youths and also employ Nigerians with professional training on agro production, processing and marketing of agricultural products. Youths, men, women and even retirees who are passionate about agribusiness can participate in the programme. They will be trained, certified and mentored by Reap Africa Initiative. To register, visit http://www.reapinitiative.org/