Opportunities and updates

Funding, competitions and TA

GrowthAfrica Acceleration Program

Welcoming applications from entrepreneurs for a 6-months support program to help grow your venture.

Location: Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia and Ghana

Sector: Agribusiness, Education, IT, Financial services & Fintech, Renewable energy, Water & sanitation, Health, Manufacturing & Retail

Stakeholders: GrowthAfrica

Deadline: ASAP

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AWEC Program

Accepting applications from African female business owners for a leadership, business and capacity building program.

Location: Africa

Sector: Unspecificed

Stakeholders: African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative

Deadline: 29th January

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Business Partnership Facility Grants

Inviting applications from social enterprises involved in achieving the SDGs for non-refundable grants of up to €200K.

Location: Developing countries

Sector: Economic viability, climate change, gender and decent work

Stakeholders: Belgian Directorate-General for Development Cooperation (DGD)

Deadline: 30th January

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Grow Impact Accelerator

Welcoming applications from companies tackling the world’s biggest challenges of sustainability for a 20-week accelerator programme, USD$100K investment, product testing and development, and more!

Location: Global

Sector: Agtech and foodtech

Stakeholders: Grow and AgFunder

Deadline: 30th January

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NSSF Hi-Innovator Women Accelerator

Welcoming applications from women-led and women-managed businesses for an accelerator program, $20K catalytic financing, technical assistance, and more.

Location: Uganda

Sector: Unspecified

Stakeholders: Uganda’s National Social Security Fund (NSSF), Mastercard Foundation and Outbox Uganda

Deadline: 31st January

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Keeling Curve Prize

Inviting applications from innovators activating and accelerating climate solutions for a $50k prize.

Location: Global

Sector: Climate solutions

Stakeholders: Global Warming Mitigation Project

Deadline: 10th February

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USADF Off-grid Energy Challenge

Inviting proposals from eligible African off-grid energy companies to apply for the off-grid energy challenge and up to $250K grant capital funding.

Location: Specific African countries

Sector: Off-grid energy solutions

Stakeholders: United States African Development Foundation

Deadline: 12th February

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Standard Chartered Incubation Program

Inviting applications from women entrepreneurs for a 3-month business incubation program and $10k equity-free grant seed funding.

Location: Zambia

Sector: Women and Technology

Stakeholders: Standard Chartered and BongoHive

Deadline: 14th February

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SEED Starter Programme

Inviting applications from teams of 2 to 5 members for a three-month program offering in-person business model design workshops, expert support, networking, mentorship and €1,000 seed grant.

Location: Ghana and Indonesia

Sector: Eco-inclusive enterprises

Stakeholders: International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

Deadline: 12th and 14th February

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Westerwelle Young Founders Programme (YFP)

Welcoming applications from founders for a six-month fellowship, conferences and an opportunity to pitch their ventures in front of investors.

Location: Developing countries

Sector: Emerging markets

Stakeholders: Westerwelle Foundation

Deadline: 15th February

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Open Investment Fund

Welcoming applications from women-led businesses in Africa with an annual turnover of more than $25K to grow their business sustainably and up to $100K investment fund.

Location: Africa

Sector: Energy sector

Stakeholders: CSI Energy Group

Deadline: 19th February

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2023 Ashden Awards

Inviting applications from innovators in the UK and low-income countries for the Ashden Awards, funding grants of up to £25K, global media coverage, access to funders and more.

Location: UK and low-income countries

Sector: Innovations creating a fairer low carbon world

Stakeholders: Ashden

Deadline: 8th March

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100x Impact Accelerator

Looking for innovative social entrepreneurs to apply for a 12-week accelerator program, £150K  in catalytic capital and more.

Location: Global

Sector: Climate and environment, democracy, education, equitable economies, refugees and cohesion, and more

Stakeholders: The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Deadline: 10th March

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Milken–Motsepe Prize in Green Energy

Inviting applications from innovations to expand access to reliable, affordable, and sustainable electricity in Africa for a $2 million prize and more.

Location: Global

Sector: Green energy

Stakeholders: Milken Institute and Motsepe Foundation

Deadline: 29th March

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GAYA Small Grants Program

Inviting applications from organisations specialised in gender, youth, and program management for a grant of up to $240K over a two-year period.

Location: Global

Sector: Gender and youth

Stakeholders: Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) Network

Deadline: 17th April

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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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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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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

Webinar: Tools enabling early-stage LMDs fundraise

This webinar dives into the new GDC tools aimed at helping early-stage last mile distribution companies connect with investors. We also hear fundraising insights from GDC member Deevabits, top tips for approaching investors from Charm Impact, and more about GET.invest’s Finance Readiness Support Facility.

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