Funding Opportunities for African Businesses:
- World Trade Organization (WTO) Young Professionals Programme 2022
Citizens of developing and least-developed country (LDC) WTO members with advance University degree in Law, Economics or other international trade-related subjects in line with the work of the WTO can apply for WTO Young Professionals Programme 2022. The programme gives selected young professionals the chance to gain work experience with the WTO. They will be paid CHF 3,500 monthly. Areas of work may include: Accessions, Agriculture, Council and Trade Negotiations, Dispute Settlement, Economic Research and Statistics, Government Procurement, Intellectual Property Rights, Market Access, Media and External Relations, Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures, Technical Barriers to Trade, Trade and Development, Trade and Environment, Trade Facilitation, Trade and Gender, Trade in Services and Investment, Trade Policy Analysis, Trade-related Technical Assistance, and Trade Remedies. Interested applicants must have a minimum of two years professional experience relevant to the work of WTO is required.
Interested applicants should not be more than 32 years as at January 1, 2022. Ability to write and speak English fluently is compulsory. Writing and/or speaking French or Spanish fluently will be an added advantage.
For more information, visit https://erecruitment.wto.org/public/hrd-cl-vac-view.asp?jobinfo_uid_c=6066&vaclng=en. Deadline for application is April 29,2021
2. Africa Startup Initiative Programme (ASIP) 2021 for African startups
Startups in the fields of FinTech, InsureTech, AgriTech, E-commerce, Digital Health and CleanTech are called to participate in theAfrica Startup Initiative Programme (ASIP)2021. 10 selected startups will receive benefits valued at more than €500,000 including credits from Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Services and Hubspot. Startupbootcamp (SBC) AfriTech will also invest €15,000 in cash to each startup. For more information, visit https://www.startupbootcamp.org/accelerator/afritech-asip/. Deadline for application is May 14, 2021
3. She Leads Africa High Growth Coaching Program 2021
Women-led startups in Nigeria operating in any sector or industry are invited to participate in the She Leads Africa High Growth Coaching Program 2021. Selected participants will get 3- month intensive training on business and operational training, networking access, check-in calls with a personal business coach on a monthly basis, monthly virtual support group meetings, scorecards every fortnight and support in creating a roadmap of tangible business goals. To apply, visit https://vc4a.com/she-leads-africa/she-leads-africa-high-growth-coaching-program-2021/application/. Applicants should upload their Pitch Deck/Growth Strategy plan during application. Deadline for application is May 31, 2021.
4. Call for Applications: Responsible AI Innovations
African innovators leveraging AI to develop solutions capable of enhancing Africa’s development can apply to the Artificial Intelligence for Development in Africa (AI4D) programme designed to support innovations, policy research and skills to spur responsible AI development in Africa. The fields of interest are: Health, Agriculture, Climate Action and Finance. Only nationals from East, West or Southern Africa that are attached to university, research institution, private company or other related organization can apply. Selected innovations will have to initial investment funding of up to $10,000. They will have access to networks, mentorship and training. For questions or more information, send an email to email@example.com. To apply visit, https://vc4a.com/villgro-africa/responsible-ai-innovation/application/application-form/
Deadline for application is April 9, 2021
5. CBN AGSMEIS Loan
To support agribusinesses and SMEs , the Federal Government of Nigeria has developed the Agri-Business/Small and Medium Enterprise Investment Scheme. Fields of interest: Agriculture & Agro-allied processing; Art & Entertainment; Automobile Services; Fashion and Dressmaking; Catering & Event Management; Courier & Delivery Services; Creative Industry; Apparels and Textiles; I.C.T 10. Cottage Industry; Media; Publishing; Telecommunications; Hospitality; Health Services; Welding & Fabrication; Animal Husbandry; Cosmetics, Beauty and Makeup Artistry; Electrical and Electronics; POP and Tiling; and Carpentry. Successful applicants will get trained, apply for a loan, receive funds and get business support services to adequate make sales. For more information, visit https://nirsalmfb.caderp.com/account/landingpage
6. Calls for Expressions of Interest: Managing Organization (Hub) for Responsible Artificial Intelligence for Climate Action Innovation Research Network in Africa
Individual organizations or groups of organizations from low and lower-middle income countries in Sub-Saharan Africa with a proven track record in the design, development, and scaling of climate change and artificial Intelligence (AI) Innovations can express interest to host the Climate Action Innovation Network organized by Artificial Intelligence for Development in Africa (AI4D Africa) in collaboration with Climate Change AI. The opportunity will provide funding to an organization or groups of organizations to design and implement an innovation research network of researchers and innovators applying responsible AI techniques to advance climate action in Africa and contribute to a global AI for Climate Action Initiative. For more information, visit https://africa.ai4d.ai/calls/climate-action-hub/. Deadline for application is April 5, 2021
7. WE EMPOWER UN SDG CHALLENGE
Africa based women entrepreneurs whose businesses generate at least $100,000 annually can participate in the WE EMPOWER UN SDG CHALLENGE. The programme acknowledges and elevates the valuable contribution their innovative work can make toward the SDGs and solving the world’s greatest challenges by providing awardees with capacity- building training sessions and opportunities to connect with an unparelleled global network to advance their enterprises. Awardees will also have the opportunity to receive a $20,000 grant. For enquiry about the application process, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: 2021 WE Empower UN SDG Challenge Application. For more information, visit https://sustainability-innovation.asu.edu/we-empower/. Deadline for application is April 15, 2021
8. Africa’s Got Style Fashion Design Competition 2021 (Funded)
Fashion designers, illustrators and enthusiasts based in Africa can apply for a freestyle online fashion design contest called Africa’s Got Style Fashion Design Competition 2021. The initiative is meant to support designers who can combine African textiles and styles to make innovative wears.
A maximum of 108 contestants will participate and 5 of them will emerge winners with the first, second and third winning prizes of $1000, $500 and $300 respectively together with sponsorship, endorsement and equipment empowerment.
To apply visit, https://forms.gle/MTdANmzJPLy5EstaA. Deadline for application is May 17, 2021
9. THET Small Grants for UK Partnerships For Health Systems (UKPHS)
Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) is welcoming grant application from new and established partnerships in any low and lower middle income country in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia that are addressing one or several of the following themes: innovation; gender equality and/or social inclusion; climate change; blended and remote learning. Health start-ups looking for partnerships or having the intention to formalize existing ones can visit http://www.thet.org/get-involved/support-for-health-partnerships/. Grants of up to £50,000 are available. All funded projects are expected to last from 12 to 18 months. For access to all application documents, visit https://www.thet.org/ukphs/ukphs-small-grants-wave-1/. Deadline for application is May 12, 2021.