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Inviting Startups to apply for the NINJA Business Plan Competition for COVID-19

Posted by | 22/07/2020 | Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020

Inviting Startups to apply for the NINJA Business Plan Competition for COVID-19

NINJA Business Plan Competition

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the agency that coordinates official development assistance for the Japanese Government in developing countries, has announced the launch of the NINJA Business Plan Competition for businesses emerging during the COVID-19 outbreak. NINJA is short for Next Innovation with Japan; the project was launched this year.

The NINJA Business Plan Competition will target startups and organizations from 19 African countries (the details are described below). The application is open for startups/organizations in all sectors with a specific focus on emerging businesses in COVID-19-related fields including, but not limited to:

  1. Health: Online healthcare support; disease-testing solutions; medical data sharing and privacy protection solutions; distribution of drugs and medical equipment; IoT, including 3D printers, in the medical field
  2. Disaster management: Geo-tracking during disasters; emergency information dissemination
  3. Business services: Support for remote workers; efficient management/operation of online events
  4. Education sector: Remote learning support
  5. Food and agriculture: Efficient food/commodity distribution technology
  6. Finance: Contactless transactions/payment; lending/insurance services to SMEs and individuals
  7. Logistics: delivery service, urban mobility management
  8. Other: Substituting imported goods with local innovative technology


  • The proposal should introduce some level of innovation in terms of a business model, a new product or service that can be more actively used, and/or profitability in the current and post COVID-19 era.
  • Proposals should be as commercially-oriented as possible.
  • JICA shall cover the budget of the activities up to USD 30,000. The use of proceed will cover costs associated with the proposed activities including, 1) remuneration of staffs, 2) other expenses, and 3) indirect local tax.
  • JICA’s finance is not equity nor debt. However, successful applicants will be obliged to report the progress of their activities, by which JICA will make disbursement.
  • JICA shall establish an evaluation board with outside evaluators experts under strict confidentiality to evaluate proposals.


Eligibility Criteria
To take part in JICA’s NINJA Business Plan Competition, startups must:

  • Have their head office or a branch in one of the target countries.
  • Be a profit/non-profit organization registered as an independent legal entity. Proposals from individuals will not be considered.
  • Have a very strong management team of at least 2 people.
  • Have innovative product(s) or service(s) in response or adoptable to the Pandemic and post-Pandemic society OR have a feasible business plan to create prototypes (MVP).


Target Countries

  • Angola
  • Burkina Faso
  • Botswana
  • Cameroon
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Madagascar
  • Mauritius
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Zambia



  1. Application deadline: Wednesday 29th July 2020 (First-come, first-reviewed base)
  2. Interview of selected startups: Mid-Late August 2020
  3. Final selection: September, 2020
  4. Contract with JICA: Around October 2020


Note: JICA will request the selected startups to be interviewed online to submit additional documents/a pitch deck if necessary.


Contract with JICA

  • When applying, each company is to submit a business plan with the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that can be achieved within about 6 months.
  • Before the contract, JICA examines the details of the proposed activity and the validity of the budget (each expense item) and JICA may request the additional documents to determine the detailed activity in the contract.
  • After the contract is signed, startups/organizations must submit monthly reports about the KPIs to JICA. (The duration of the contract will be about 6 months.)
  • JICA will make payments based on the progress of the proposed activities and the submission of the progress reports and/or the expense report with receipt.
  • The payment schedule will be determined by JICA, and in principle, no advance payment at the commencement of the contract.


JICA’s consideration about the follow-up support related to this competition

  • A final competition among the successful applicants from each country
  • Matching events to connect the successful applicants with investors/business partners
  • Visit to Japan, as a part of investment/business matching


To apply for the NINJA Business Plan Competition, please click

For any queries about the competition, please get in touch with us at the following email address:

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Acumen West Africa Fellowship 2020 for Entrepreneurs in Africa

Posted by | 03/07/2020 | Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020

Acumen West Africa Fellowship 2020 for Entrepreneurs in Africa

Acumen West Africa Fellowship 2020

Applications are open for the Acumen West Africa Fellowship 2020. The West Africa Fellowship will bring together entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and organization-builders from both the public and private sectors who are modeling leadership, and who are hungry to do more.

Practical skills meet moral imagination in this intensive year-long leadership development program designed to equip extraordinary individuals with the tools, mindset, and community to tackle poverty and injustice in their communities. The next West Africa Fellowship runs from January 2021 to December 2021.

Fellowship Curriculum

The Fellowship curriculum is centered around the principles of moral leadership:

Adaptive Leadership: Based on Ron Heifetz’s work, Adaptive Leadership is a practical leadership framework that supports Fellows’ ability to catalyse and embrace the gradual and meaningful process of creating change.
Authentic Voice: Grounded in Marshall Ganz’s life’s work, the Authentic Voice curriculum allows the Fellows to develop the capacity to articulate a hopeful vision, speak across lines of difference, and move others into action.
Good Society Readings: Modeled off The Aspen Institute, the Good Society Readings explore the meaning of a just society, and the moral and historical foundation of social change through text based dialogue
Managing Polarities: Based on Barry Johnson’s work, Polarities aims to cultivate an individual’s ability to lead effectively when opposing but interdependent and equally important values are in tension.
Systems Thinking: Fellows explore the concept of Systems Thinking by working collaboratively on live challenges—enabling them to better understand larger, systemic problems and design more effective interventions.

The fellowship is open to:

Entrepreneurs: Leaders of both for-profit and nonprofit organizations providing critical goods or services to the underserved.
Intrapreneurs: Builders from any sector tackling poverty and injustice from within by shifting the institutional culture—and building new collaborations.
Organizational Builders: Leaders (other than the Founder or CEO) supporting the growth of institutions combating poverty and injustice

The application process consists of these steps:

Apply online by August 6
Complete Stage 2 application between September 7 and September 24
Attend an in-person Selection Conference in mid-November
Fellows are announced in January 2021


UEFA Foundation for Children Call for Applications

UEFA Foundation for Children

This call for projects is aimed at any organisation that shares the values of the UEFA foundation and proposes practical measures to help children, in the areas of access to sport, health, education, employment, personal development and supporting vulnerable children.

Applications are invited from organisations anywhere in the world. Support is not limited to projects within Europe.

Eligibility criteria

The UEFA Foundation for Children will examine and evaluate each project.

The final decision on the selection of projects will be taken by the board of trustees in accordance with the foundation’s statutes and ethics code.
Specific conditions relating to funding are provided in the project criteria.

Apply now

To submit your project, click here. The application deadline is 15 August 2020.

Candidates will be notified of the progress of their application by the end of 2020.

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The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation Open to Applications

Posted by | 01/07/2020 | Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020, Funding Opportunities in Africa 2020

The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation Open to Applications

Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, is Africa’s biggest prize dedicated to engineering innovation.

It awards crucial commercialization support to ambitious African innovators developing scalable engineering solutions to local challenges, demonstrating the importance of engineering as an enabler of improved quality of life and economic development.

An eight-month period of tailored training and mentoring culminates in a showcase event where a winner is selected to receive £25,000 along with three runners-up, who are each awarded £10,000.

Project CARE is an international collaboration of academic, health and funding bodies in the UK and engineering entrepreneurs in Africa. Just over a month after it started, the programme is already helping local engineers to deliver products and services needed in the fight against COVID-19 in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.

Project CARE aims to deliver several complementary activities. One of these is to support engineering SMEs in sub-Saharan Africa to temporarily pivot or scale-up their businesses to help address the many challenges of COVID-19.

Three of this year’s Africa Prize shortlist were awarded £5,000 to pivot their businesses.

Martin Bruce of Lab & Library on Wheels, winner of Africa Prize LiveMartin Bruce from Ghana, Co-Founder and Business Analyst for Lab and Library on Wheels, a mobile, solar-hybrid cart with gadgets and e-learning resources to encourage reading and teach STEAM subjects in under-resourced schools, has been announced as winner of the public vote at Africa Prize Live. Martin pitched his engineering innovation with the other entrepreneurs shortlisted for the Africa Prize 2020 at the Royal Academy of Engineering, London, on Thursday 23 January 2020.

The event gave shortlisted candidates the opportunity to test their communication skills and expand their networks, in the run up to the June 2020 Africa Prize final event in Accra, Ghana, by explaining their business ideas to a room full of dignitaries, UK investors, entrepreneurs, engineers and media.

The Africa Prize is generously supported by The Shell Centenary Scholarship Fund and the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund.
Historical sponsors have included Consolidated Contractors Company, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Africa Prosperity Fund, ConocoPhillips and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

If you would like to know more or are interested in being involved please contact the Africa Prize team at the Royal Academy of Engineering.


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Project Kuongoza for Women and Girls

Posted by | 30/06/2020 | Funding Opportunities in Africa 2020, Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020

Project Kuongoza for Women and Girls

Project Kuongoza

Project Kuongoza is a Mentorship and Fellowship program that empowers women and girls across Sub-Saharan Africa and MESA Countries to Lead and become more experienced for the growing workforce in STEM.

This solution is a first-to-market initiative that pairs young girls aged 15 – 25 to Professional Women Mentors in STEM where we build a society that guarantees equal access to socio-economic, equitable opportunities, help young girls access new markets, work flexibly and integrate these learned skills – after the program.

This program supports pursuit of young Girls and Womens’ Academic and Career aspirations in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Engineering and Mathematics).

Our mentorship program pairs Women and Girls to experienced female STEM role models in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Innovation. A career in these fields will seem as attractive and attainable as any other.

We believe Mentorship can also increase self confidence, boost communication skills, and enhance leadership qualities that’ll benefit girls throughout their careers.

The mentorship program is recommended for girls aged 15-25, and registration opens up twice in a year.

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