Opportunities and updates

Funding, competitions and TA

Wadhwani IGNITE programme

Welcoming applications from aspiring start ups and entrepreneurs who want to transform nascent ideas into real world ventures. On completion of the course, participants also get the chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to Silicon Valley.

Location: Africa

Sector: Unspecified

Stakeholders: Wadhwani Foundation

Deadline: ASAP

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GrowthAfrica Accelerator

Welcoming applications from entrepreneurs, for a six month business support programme.

Location: Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia and Ghana

Sector: Agri, energy access, WASH and retail/e-commerce

Stakeholders: GrowthAfrica

Deadline: ASAP

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Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator

Welcoming applications from social enterprises working to address challenges faced by children, with a particular focus on achieving SDG6: clean water, sanitation and hygiene for all. Winners will receive grant funding and accelerator support.

 

Location: East Asia and the Pacific

Sector: WASH

Stakeholders: Duke University and UNICEF

Deadline: 29th May

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Watson Institute Accelerator

Seeking impact-driven entrepreneurs for this intensive business support programme. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and international applications are advised to apply early.

 

Location: Global

Sector: Unspecified

Stakeholders: Watson Institute

Deadline: 1st June

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D-Prize Challenges

A range of challenges open to early-stage or new enterprises whose focus is enabling underserved people to access essential products and services.

 

Location: Global

Sector: Agriculture, Energy access, Water

Stakeholders: D-Prize

Deadline: 5th June (early submission: 15th May)

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Modern Cooking Facility for Africa (MCFA)

Welcoming proposals to its new financing programme, which supports access to and scale-up of higher tier clean cooking solutions. The process is divided into a pre-qualification stage and a final application stage.

 

Location: DRC, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Sector: Improved cooking

Stakeholders: NEFCO

Deadline: 21st June (pre-qualification stage)

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Miller Center Accelerator Programs

Accepting applications from social entrepreneurs working on women’s empowerment, climate resilience, or both; and who are seeking investment to grow.

 

Location: Global

Sector: Unspecified

Stakeholders: Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Deadline: 30th June (for Sept – April 2023 cohort)

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Bayer Social Innovation Award

Seeking applications from social entrepreneurs working to improve access to clean water for communities around the world. Selected companies receive grant funding, networking and more.

 

Location: Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Asia Pacific

Sector: Water, health, agriculture

Stakeholders: Bayer and Get in the Ring

Deadline: 1st July

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Spark+ Africa Fund

Actively seeking to invest debt and mezzanine capital in leading companies throughout the clean cooking value chain, including cooking fuels, biofuels, electric appliances, and efficient biomass stoves.

 

Location: Africa

Sector: Improved cooking

Stakeholders: Spark+

Deadline: Rolling

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Transform support hub

Welcoming applications to this on-demand, free accelerator programme for social enterprises.

 

Location: Global

Sector: Unspecified

Stakeholders: TRANSFORM

Deadline: Rolling

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LendHer Capital Pre-Screening Questionnaire 

Looking for women-led businesses working in non-tech enabled sectors (such as personal care and hygiene), who would benefit from debt investment and business advisory.

Location: Kenya

Sector: Non-tech enabled

Stakeholders: LendHer Capital

Deadline: Rolling

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African Small Business Catalyst

Bolstering early growth-stage small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in sub-Saharan Africa.

Location: sub-Saharan Africa

Sector: Agriculture, food security, healthcare, education, and WASH

Stakeholders: USADF and DFC

Deadline: Rolling

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AirAsia Foundation Grant Application

Aiming to help social enterprises scale up, as a way of empowering communities and enabling them to build sustainable livelihoods.

 

Location: ASEAN

Sector: Unspecified

Stakeholders: AirAsia Foundation

Deadline: Rolling

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P4G Partnership Fund

Accepting concept notes for high-impact partnerships implementing innovative business models to accelerate achievement of the SDGs.

 

Location: Bangladesh, Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa and Vietnam

Sector: WASH, energy access

Stakeholders: P4G

Deadline: Rolling

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MIF Scale-Up Programme

Offering a rigorous business mentoring programme for social businesses offering an innovative service, product or operational model that are keen to scale.

 

Location: Global

Sector: Unspecified

Stakeholders: Marico Innovation Foundation

Deadline: Rolling

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Innovation 4 Agriculture

Welcoming applications from organisations whose innovations cover at least one of five priority areas: mechanisation, digitalisation, energy access, agriculture research and private sector.

 

Location: Global

Sector: Agriculture, energy access

Stakeholders: GIZ

Deadline: Rolling

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Energy Access Relief Fund

Providing loans starting at $50k to viable energy access companies facing liquidity challenges due to COVID-19.

Location: Africa and Asia

Sector: Energy access

Stakeholders: SIMA and 16 partners

Deadline: Rolling

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Innovation Fund

Supporting the development of innovative approaches to solving a challenge faced by people living on less than US$5 a day e.g. a new business model, technology, or new ways of delivering products.

Location: Global

Sector: Not specified

Stakeholders: Global Innovation Fund

Deadline: Rolling

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Bridge loans for impact

Helping companies that have been hit by unexpected obstacles to keep on track with impact aims.

Location: Global

Sector: Not specified

Stakeholders: Open Road Alliance

Deadline: Rolling

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S-GRID program

Welcoming applications from social enterprises keen to access coaching and partner with corporations.

Location: Global

Sector: Not specified

Stakeholders: MovingWorlds

Deadline: Rolling

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Learning opportunities and upcoming events

 

Last Mile Distribution (LMD) Investor Forum 2022

Building on the success of our 2021 Investor Forum, this year’s event will bring together key stakeholders to build understanding of the LMD capital continuum and design solutions to plug the gaps in the continuum; particularly for smaller, earlier-stage companies. The event is invite-only, and is open only to investors and donors interested in LMD as well as GDC members. If you are a funder interested in attending, get in touch with the GDC team.

Event: 22nd June (online)

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Join us to dig into what it takes to sell PUE products, such as solar water pumps, egg incubators and sewing machines, and to hear lessons learned from GDC members’ own experiences; including from Solar Sister’s recent pilot in Tanzania, which tested the sale of products such as solar-powered hair clippers and fishing lights.

Webinar: 9th June, 1.30pm BST

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