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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Energy Catalyst Innovation Funding

Welcoming grant applications from organisations looking to create new or improved clean energy access; awards of £50k to £1.5m available.

Location: sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Indo-Pacific regions

Sector: Energy access

Stakeholders: Innovate UK

Deadline: 10th August

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Clean Cooking Alliance proposals call

Accepting applications for the Innovation Expo to be organised as part of the Clean Cooking Forum 2022, set to take place October 11-13 in Accra, Ghana. 

Location: Unspecified

Sector: Clean cooking

Stakeholders: Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA)

Deadline: 10th August

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TRANSFORM Support Hub live coaching session

Welcoming applications from social enterprises looking for support with their sales pitch for a live coaching session on Wednesday, August 17th at 7pm EAT.

Location: Global

Sector: Unspecified

Stakeholders: MovingWorlds

Deadline: ASAP

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Unconventional Capital

Inviting applications from early-stage founders with at least 12 months of revenue traction and a funding need between 10.000 – 50.000 EUR.

Location: Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda

Sector: Unspecified

Stakeholders: Unconventional Capital

Deadline: 16th September

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Grant & Co capital

Aiming to help entrepreneurs find capital for their social enterprises through grant proposal writing.

Location: Africa

Sector: Unspecified

Stakeholders: Grant & Co

Deadline: Rolling

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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: Rolling

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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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LMD sector updates

Upcoming webinar on LMD-MFI partnerships: register now!

Do you work with microfinance institutions (MFIs) to help underserved customers access beneficial products; or, are you interested in doing so in future? Come along to our webinar on 25th August, co-hosted with Power Africa, to learn best practices for making the most of these kinds of partnerships, and to hear first-hand insights and top tips from our speakers, including Power Africa and GDC member MPower.

Webinar date: 25th August, 3pm EAT

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