Opportunities and updates

Funding, competitions and TA

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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USADF Accelerate Africa Entrepreneurship Challenge

Welcoming proposals from African youth and women-led enterprises to apply for up to $250k grant funding.

Location: 18 countries

Sector: Entrepreneurship and Off-Grid Energy

Stakeholders: United States African Development Foundation

Deadline: 30th September

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TaroWorks Enterprise Grant

Offering one social enterprise a $20k grant to subsidise the use of  TaroWorks field service management app.

 

Location: Global

Sector: Technology

Stakeholders: TaroWorks

Deadline: 16th October

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D-Prize Global Competition

Welcoming applications from entrepreneurs who can design a nonprofit or social venture that delivers interventions to end poverty.

Location: Global

Sector: Health, water, education, agriculture, livelihoods, energy, public services

Stakeholders: D-Prize

Deadline: 16th October

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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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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

Job opportunity at Solar Sister

GDC members Solar Sister is seeking to hire a full-time Program Associate to join their team in the United States. The incumbent will support researching and designing new programs, program components, and/or programmatic tools. To apply, email jobs@solarsister.org immediately since applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Webinar on LMD-MFI partnerships

This webinar explores lessons learned around last mile distributor (LMD)-microfinance institutions (MFI) partnerships; sharing insights from GDC members’ first-hand experiences of working with MFIs in different contexts, as well as best practices and recommendations from Power Africa’s latest, practical guide on this topic.

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Webinar series on clean cooking solutions

This webinar, first in the series, introduces market-based approaches for the delivery of clean cooking solutions in displacement settings. It aims to provide a common understanding of market-based approaches, highlighting pitfalls as well as opportunities to scale up.

Date: Thursday, 6th October 3 PM EAT

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