Category: Start-ups Accelerators/Incubators

Apply: She Leads Africa Accelerator Program 2018

Applications are now open for the She Leads Africa Accelerator 2018, a 3-month program designed to identify, support and fund the next generation of Nigeria’s brightest entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs building technology-enabled businesses across Nigeria are eligible to apply for coaching, networking opportunities and the chance to receive funding for their business. The She Leads 2018 Accelerator will consist of three 1-week residencies in Lagos where entrepreneurs will receive training from the SLA team, business leaders and experts. During these residencies, training will be focused on business strategy, growth, marketing, finance and distribution. Participants will also receive a host of on and offline training, features in local and international media, and an opportunity to pitch their business to stakeholders and investors.

The 2018 SLA Accelerator is run in partnership with the Work in Progress! Alliance – a consortium of Oxfam , Butterfly Works and VC4A focused on driving job creation and youth employment in Nigeria. The Accelerator is also supported by Lagos Innovates ,  an initiative of Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) .

Program dates : July 2nd – October 8, 2018

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Business with at least one woman aged 18-35 as a shareholder or owner
  •  Technology companies only i.e. a business that manufactures or develops any form of technology e.g websites, software etc or leverages technology to build its business model.
  • Less than 3 years in operations

Benefits:

  • 3 months intensive training on business and operational skills
  • Online and offline learning resources
  • Exclusive access and mentorship from some of Nigeria’s leading business personalities
  • Opportunity to pitch your business in front of local and international investors
  • Features in local and international media

Application Process:

  1. Put together a top-notch application package, ace the semi-final interviews and get selected by the review committee.
  2. Attend three 1-weekboot camps being trained by the SLA team and connecting with some of Nigeria’s most prominent business and operational experts.
  3. Complete bi-weekly online workshops.
  4. Join us in Lagos for the Demo Day in October and pitch your business to a room of local and international investors and media.

Application Deadline: May 20th 2018

To apply click here

For further information, visit the webpage

 

Apply: MEST Africa Challenge Scale-up Pitch Competition 2018

MEST Africa scale-up pitch competition: Accra, Lagos, Nairobi and Cape Town. For 10 years, MEST has trained aspiring entrepreneurs and invested in exceptional businesses with Pan-African ambitions. These companies have gone on to enter new markets, with MEST growing alongside them as we’ve learned about the opportunities and challenges they face as they scale.

This year, we are excited to host our first Pan-African startup pitch competition, the MEST Africa Challenge! We’re looking for the continent’s most exciting African startups who are looking to scale into new markets, to participate in the Challenge.

If you are a post-revenue tech business, in any vertical, who can show why you should be taken seriously as a leader in your space, apply now for the chance to pitch at our regional events in Accra, Nairobi, Lagos and Cape Town!

The winners of the regional competitions will be flown to Cape Town in June to pitch in the finals. You could receive $50k in equity investment from MEST, as well as a home in any of our incubators. Come meet the leading investors, corporates and ecosystem partners from across Africa, Silicon Valley and Europe, who will take your business Pan-African.

Regional pitch events

The regional events will be held on the following dates, at MEST Incubator campuses:

  • April 28th: Accra, Ghana
  • April 28th: Lagos, Nigeria
  • April 30th: Nairobi, Kenya
  • May 5th: Cape Town, South Africa

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Companies must be post-revenue
  • Companies must operate in the market in which they are applying
  • Companies must be primarily tech-focused

Applications are open from April 3 -22nd, 2018

Click here to Apply now.

Further information Click here

Apply: FATE Foundation ScaleUp Lab Agribusiness Accelerator Programme 2018

ScaleUp Lab is a unique Accelerator Programme aimed at providing targeted support to early-stage high-potential and growth-driven ventures within the growth sectors of the Nigerian economy namely; Agribusiness, Creatives, Health and Education. The programme is implemented by FATE Foundation and supported by Africa Capital Alliance (ACA) Foundation.

Programme Sessions: The sessions are designed for capacity building through workshop and coaching sessions, peer learning and feedback, one-to-one mentoring and a tailored follow-up on each company’s progress. Entrepreneurs will have opportunities to meet and interact with several entities including partners, mentors, investors, and experienced entrepreneurs. Finally, a demo-day will be held at the end of the workshop sessions for business showcase and pitching to key funding partners.

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant must be

  • A Nigerian citizen (male or female)
  • Between ages 21-35 as at April 30th, 2018
  • An entrepreneur operating in the agribusiness sector
  • A CAC registered business in growth stage (Only one participant per business will be accepted)
  • Available to participate FULL-TIME in the one-week bootcamp in Lagos between (Monday, May 21, 2018 – Saturday, May 26, 2018) and ALL other activities required throughout the duration of the programme.
  • Able to cover all personal, transportation or communication costs.

Expected outcomes are:

  • Increased capacity to scale and build sustainable Agribusinesses
  • Mentoring support provided by Nigerian entrepreneurs and expert Agribusiness professionals and Institutions
  • Access to target market
  • Increased revenue and profitability potentials
  • Improved people and financial management practices
  • Access to specialised funding opportunities

How to Apply:

If you are interested in this opportunity, kindly visit the link below:

Click here to apply for the FATE Foundation ScaleUp Lab Agribusiness Accelerator Programme 2018

Application Deadline: 5:00 PM on Friday April 20th, 2018.

Apply: USAID Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs Prize 2018 ($50,000 prize)

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) at the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit ,announced that Feed the Future would launch a new competition for women-led enterprises to access investment advice, business analysis, and other services to take their agribusinesses to the next level. To support this initiative, Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation is issuing a competitive request for applications (RFA) from women-owned or operated agribusinesses in sub-Saharan African countries where USAID operates.
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Applicants must be a woman-owned or operated (i.e. women in leadership positions including founder, CEO, president, or managing director) commercial enterprise that is selling products or services in smallholder agricultural or livestock markets.
  • Companies must be headquartered in a sub- Saharan African country where USAID currently operates
  • Companies should have viable business models and incorporate and ultimately benefit smallholder farmers in at least one the following areas:
1. Increased access to agricultural inputs (e.g. seeds, fertilizer, crop protection products, equipment), technology (e.g. information and communication technology, cold chain logistics, mechanization, irrigation), financial and/or risk management services, and/or better agricultural practices.
2. Expansion of market access through improved services by off takers or processors.
Benefits:
  • This prize will help woman-led enterprises access capital to scale improved agricultural products and services in smallholder markets.
  • The selected finalists will receive investment readiness consulting services and investor matchmaking support.
  • This RFA will identify woman-owned or women-operated, for-profit businesses that match the evaluation criteria set forth in Section IV. Up to two companies will be awarded a package of technical assistance valued at $50,000. The technical assistance package will include:
• An assessment of investment readiness, including a review of the enterprise’s corporate
systems and a summary of key challenges and overall readiness for external investment
• Co-development of a five-year business strategy and financial projections, preparation of an
investor overview document and outreach materials including a pitch deck, a landscape review of potential investors, and initial introductions to principals of the funds. Application review
will take place in April 2018. Shortlisted finalists will be notified of application status and next steps in May 2018.
Selected finalists will undergo additional due diligence between May and June 2018. Notification of due diligence is not a guarantee of continuing service. If selected, prize awardees will receive investor readiness and matchmaking services between June and July 2018 (subject to change).

Application Procedure:

Please submit an application addressing the points in Section IV and using the attached application form.
  • The application must be typed with a minimum 11-point font. Please do not include any hyperlinks to external documents, websites, videos, or other sites in your application as these will not be considered by the reviewers. Any information about your concept should be captured in the application form.
  • Applicants may submit questions to innovation@fintrac.com until March 26, 2018. All questions and responses will be posted on the AgTechXChange (http://agtech.partneringforinnovation.org) no later than March 29, 2018.
  • All applications must be submitted via e-mail to innovation@fintrac.com with the name of your organization and “Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs” in the subject line. Receipt of submitted application will be confirmed. Only documents in Microsoft Word or PDF format will be accepted.
  • Issuance of this RFA does not constitute an award or commitment on the part of Partnering for Innovation, nor does it commit the US government or Partnering for Innovation to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of an application.
  • Applications must be received by April 25 , 2018 at 18:00 Eastern Daylight Time.
  • Applications will not be considered if delivered in hard copy form. Applications will not be considered if incomplete or received after the deadline. Review of applications will take place in April 2018.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be notified of next steps in May 2018.

Application Deadline: April 25, 2018 at 18:00 Eastern Daylight Time

How to Apply and more information:

Visit the link below to learn more and how to apply

Click here to apply for the USAID Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs Prize 2018

 

Halcyon Incubator Program 2018 for Early stage Social Entrepreneurs

The Halcyon Incubator is committed to solving 21st-century challenges throughout the nation and the world. By helping social entrepreneurs transform audacious ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures, the Halcyon Incubator acts as a catalyst for measurable social outcomes. It’s perhaps the most immersive incubator in the world that focuses on both social impact and profit.

During this 18-month fellowship, a diverse cohort of fellows receives free residency and workspace, mentorship and leadership coaching, robust support from business consultants, and a living stipend to develop their entrepreneurial vision into reality.

Fellows engage with the program in two major stages:

  • Residency (5 months): Fellows live and work at the Halcyon Incubator with unfettered access to expert guidance. They also participate in core programming that includes pitch sessions, a skill development series and other events, ultimately taking part in a “Demo Day” in front of partners and investors.
  • Post-Residency (13 months): Fellows continue to work at the Halcyon Incubator, with free access to all resources to further build their networks, secure funding, and grow their venture.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Halcyon Incubator:

  • Applicant(s) must be at least 21 years of age by the start of the program.
  • Applicant(s) must be fluent in English.
  • The venture must be the original idea of the applicant(s).
  • The venture must be in start-up idea, MVP, or pilot phase.
  • The venture must have less than $500,000 annual revenue.
  • The venture must be independent and autonomous. Ventures cannot be considered independent or autonomous if they were started under the direction of an existing organization.
  • The applicant or applicant’s team must be the primary decision maker for the venture’s development and management.
  • Applicant(s) must be able to make a full-time commitment to the venture’s development during the first twelve months of the fellowship.
  • Applicant(s) who will be enrolled in a college or university during the time of the fellowship are not eligible.
  • Applicant(s) must have legal work status in the United States or be able to obtain a visa for the Residency and Post-Residency phases.
  • Applicant(s) must complete the entire online application and submit it and all required documents before the closing date.

Benefits:

Residency, Business, and Living Expenses – The Halcyon Incubator was founded to ensure that all social entrepreneurs, regardless of their economic background, can succeed. The program reduces the financial barriers to starting a social venture by providing:

  • Five months of free housing at the historic Halcyon House (Residency Phase)
  • 13 months of free workspace at Halcyon House (Post-Residency Phase)
  • A $10,000 stipend per venture for food and living expenses during the Residency Phase

Strategic Venture Resources – The Halcyon Incubator has partnered with some of the leading firms in the community to advise and directly support the fellows’ ventures. During the course of the program, fellows receive more than 1,000 hours (in aggregate) of:

World-Class Network of Mentors and Advisors – The Halcyon Incubator builds a community of support around the fellows by bringing together a robust network of seasoned entrepreneurs, experienced change-makers, and leaders across sectors.

  • Each venture is paired with an experienced, field-specific mentor who provides weekly guidance and support during the Residency Phase.
  • Select dinners and events engage fellows with a robust network of supporters, advisors, and potential funders.

Critical Audiences – The program helps fellows gain exposure for their ventures to support their long-term sustainability. The Halcyon Incubator provides fellows:

  • Access to entrepreneurs, press, and supporters during a formal debut at Kick-Off, an event at the beginning of the Residency Phase
  • Access to potential funders, investors, and partners during the Halcyon Showcase, an event at the end of the Residency Phase
  • Access to key community figures and innovators at conferences and other events

Selection Criteria and Process

Here is the Halcyon Incubator program timeline for Cohort 8:

  • Application Opens – February 15, 2018
  • Application Closes – April 4, 2018 at 5:00 PM EDT
  • Pitch Day – May 8, 2018
  • Selections Committee Notification – May 23, 2018
  • Residency Phase – August 27, 2018 to January 20, 2019
  • Post-Residency Phase – January 21, 2019 to February 29, 2020

How to Apply:

Click the link below to apply

Click here to apply for the Halcyon Incubator Program 2018 

Application Deadline: April 4, 2018 at 5PMEDT.

MTN Solutions Space Venture Incubation Programme for digital Entrepreneurs 2018

Application Deadline: 28th February, 2018

The Venture Incubation Programme (VIP) is designed to provide a supportive ecosystem to help startups build viable and scalable innovation-driven companies. Startups have access to a range of resources including co-working space, practical learning clinics, mentors, weekly check-ins and staff advisors, and a community of peers who learn and grow together.

The VIP offers startups several key advantages. We’re located in the heart of the V&A Waterfront, where startups are on the doorstep of Africa’s fastest growing tech hub. We offer proof-of-concept (POC) collaboration opportunities with our industry partner MTN Group and a pool of early-stage investors.

MTN Group is looking for startups that are either building a sustainable Africa through digital solutions for health, education, agriculture, fintech, energy and IoT, or enabling businesses through digital solutions for religion, sport, news and e-commerce.
The programme takes place in Cape Town, South Africa, between 3 April- 30 June 2018. The lead participant needs to be physically in Cape Town for the duration of the programme.

Benefits

  • The programme is fully funded, however, that does not include living and travel expenses.

Requirements:

Digital Startups

For the current program at the Solution Space Waterfront we are looking for startups that are developing digital solutions across health, education, agriculture, fintech, energy IoT, religion, sport, news and e-commerce.

PROTOTYPE / MVP

Most of the startups enter with some sort of business case, early version of a product and a couple of team members. They have a working prototype with a minimum feature set ready to conduct early-market testing to further establish product and market fit.

TEAM OF 2+

We’re not looking for single founders, but teams of at least two with the right balance of skills and ability to build, test and deliver. The founder or majority shareholder must be the lead participant and must have the ability to commit full-time to the programme over the three months.

OPPORTUNITY & TRACTION

The initial concept development demonstrates deep and intimate understanding of the problem and market need or opportunity. The idea must have progressed beyond concept and should demonstrate evidence of early market testing, customers, revenues, patents or intellectual property filings.

Benefits:

MTN INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP

Selected startups will gain access to MTN APIs, MTN Service Delivery Platform, MTN technical experts and mentors to provide feedback and guidance and a package of support from technology partners.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP SKILLS

We apply a learning-by-doing approach. At workshops and clinics, startups learn founder fundamentals and core skills focused on moving the business forward. Startups apply what they learn through practical outcomes from each session.

ADVISORY SERVICES

Access to pro-bono partners and a network of consultants to support with specialist expertise e.g. legal, HR, digital user experience, venture capital.

FEEDBACK & GUIDANCE

Startups receive valuable feedback and guidance from our Entrepreneur-in-Residence and network of experienced mentors and industry partners. Each startup is paired with a mentor for the programme and have access to the Solution Space’s network of GSB alumni and corporate partners.

CO-WORKING & COMMUNITY

We focus on building a vibrant community of entrepreneurs and offer a calendar of regular events designed to increase a startup’s knowledge and expand their network. We prioritize peer learning and mentoring through access to our co-working space and regular office-hours.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, kindly visit the link below

Click here to apply for the MTN Solutions Space Venture Incubation Programme 2018

 

Global Social Benefit Institute Accelerator Programme 2018/2019 for social enterprises

Miller Center delivers world-class accelerator programs that connect global social enterprise leaders with Silicon Valley business executives to develop more sustainable, scalable market-based solutions to the problems of those living in poverty around the world.

Miller Center are launching a 6-month accelerator program for social enterprises that serve or are led by migrants, refugees, and human trafficking survivors. The program will culminate in an Investor Showcase in the Bay Area, timed so that program participants can meet impact investors at SOCAP18.

Benefits to selected social entrepreneurs:

  • PROVEN PROGRAM.  Experience Miller Center’s structured, validated curriculum that has helped over 800 social enterprises attain operational excellence and prepare for investment.
  • MENTORS. You will be accompanied by Silicon Valley mentors with expertise in innovation and entrepreneurship who are your trusted advisors
  • INVESTOR SHOWCASE.  An opportunity to pitch your plan for scaling with a justifiable ask at an Investor Showcase in San Francisco.
  • NO CHARGE.  All Miller Center GSBI accelerator programs are offered at no charge to selected social enterprises.

Miller Center GSBI accelerator seek applicants who:

  • Lead an existing for-profit, nonprofit, or hybrid social enterprise (not microenterprise), in operation for one or more years.
  • Deliver products or services to undocumented migrants, refugees, or human trafficking survivors, OR provide infrastructure to address challenges facing these vulnerable populations, OR are led by migrants or refugees.
  • Are willing to commit 3-6 hours per week to complete program deliverables and work with your mentors online.

Social entrepreneurs selected into GSBI Online or GSBI Accelerator receive:

  • Two mentors to work with for the program duration
  • Program management from GSBI staff with regular communications to keep you on-track and provide support as needed, along with useful sector resources
  • Content tailored to your business needs with templates, tools, and resources
  • A full scholarship for the program costs*

*GSBI In-residence Accelerator participants are expected to pay for round-trip airfare for the 10-day in-residence portion of the program in August at Santa Clara University.

Key Dates

  • March 16, 2018 | Applications due March 16, 2018
  • Week of April 23, 2018 | Finalists notified
  • May 15, 2018 | GSBI Online accelerator program commences
  • October 19 – October 23, 2018 | In-residence in Silicon Valley
  • October 23, 2018 | Investor Showcase in San Francisco Bay Area
  • November 2018 | GSBI Online accelerator program completion

How to Apply:

If you are interested in this opportunity, kindly visit the link below to apply

Click here to apply for the Miller Center GSBI accelerator Program 2018

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