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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


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Swiss Africa Business Innovation Initiative for Ghanaian Startups

Posted by | 10/07/2019 | Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020

Swiss Africa Business Innovation Initiative for Ghanaian Startups

If you are an entrepreneur or a startup from a Sub-Saharan African innovation hub in the field of Mobile health, Pharmacometrics, Innovative Financing or Digital Humanities then join the Swiss Sub-Saharan business development program.

It aims to boost the entrepreneurial know-how and exposure of Sub-Saharan Africa graduate-student-entrepreneurs seeking growth opportunities by offering a unique program bringing entrepreneurs to innovation hotspots in Sub-Sahara Africa and Switzerland.
Offered free of charge to ambitious young entrepreneurs, this highly competitive program comprises a 3-days workshop for advanced innovation entrepreneurs, and for the top eight candidates, a 4 days intense business development Venture Leaders program in the Swiss startup and business ecosystem. The participants will also be qualified for the AfriLabs Annual Gathering starting October 28th.
The program is free of charge. All expense are covered by the program for Addis Ababa and the Swiss week.
  • Meeting with selected entrepreneurs from the SABII program
  • Participating in the AfriLabs’ Annual Gathering 28 – 30 October in Addis
  • Guidance to market validation and market entry in Sub-Sahara Africa
  • Exposure to Venture Capitalists – from Africa and Overseas
  • This year, for the first time, a group of 10 Swiss entrepreneurs will join the Entrepreneurship Camp in Addis.
3-days workshop in Addis Ababa
  • Day 1: Learn to deliver a unique customer value and define a striking business plan
  • Day 2: Shape a winning team and secure funding for growth
  • Day 3: Master a convincing pitch and individual coaching sessions
  • Presentation to an African – Swiss jury and selection of eight candidates for a 4-days action packed entrepreneurial development week in Switzerland.
Eligibility Criteria
  • The call is open to graduate-student-entrepreneurs and startups from Sub-Saharan African innovation hubs, with a strong link to academia, developing products or services in the fields of mobile health, pharmacometrics, innovative financing and digital humanities/knowledge transfer.
  • Applicants project or company must be based on research or technology developed at a local university/research institute.

Click here for further application instructions

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Call for projects 2019 – UEFA Foundation for Children

Posted by | 10/07/2019 | Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020

Call for projects 2019 – 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.

To submit your project, click on this link. The application deadline is 31 July 2019.

Candidates will be notified of the progress of their application by the end of 2019.

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Unilever 2019 Young Entrepreneurship Awards Are Now Open

Posted by | 19/06/2019 | Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020

Unilever 2019 Young Entrepreneurship Awards Are Now Open

We are on the hunt for inspiring young innovators who are tackling a social or environmental problem head on! Enter our Awards by 30 June 2019!

If you’ve got an initiative, product or service already in action that’s tackling a sustainability problem, we want to hear from you. This year, the Awards will recognise initiatives in three key areas. Read more about our focus for 2019.


We believe the world will only succeed in delivering the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals if we all start to think and work differently. That means a real shift towards meaningful partnerships and collaboration across the whole range of players – from governments to NGOs, and big businesses to start-ups. Imagine what we can achieve together.

That’s why six years ago we started the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards to recognise and support brilliant young innovators tackling the planet’s biggest environmental and social challenges, and to help them achieve scale for impact.

Since the launch of the Awards in 2013, we’ve reached over 5,800 inspiring young sustainability entrepreneurs and their organisations and provided tailored support and funding to 37 winners. From simple solutions with far reaching impacts for child nutrition, to ground breaking technologies to cut greenhouse emissions, these changemakers are challenging business as usual and leading the way to a more sustainable future.

Each year we provide up to eight winners with financial support to help them grow – with the overall winner of the HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize receiving €50,000. All winners attend a residential Accelerator Programme run by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, followed by a year of mentoring support completely tailored to their needs.

That could range from business support through to personal development coaching – whatever is most needed to help that entrepreneur and their business succeed. And where it’s right for both sides, we’ll support the entrepreneur to open doors and make new business connections – whether that’s within Unilever or elsewhere.

We know that the world’s problems will only be solved with the ideas and talents of a new generation of leaders and future-makers who are challenging business as usual, and who are the future of sustainability. We see a big opportunity to support, inspire, reward and collaborate with them, to help them scale and grow – both as individuals and as enterprises.

So, if you are working on an innovative and scalable technology or initiative – or know someone who is – which is contributing to one or more of these three categories, then we want to hear from you.

Click here to access full details

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Digital Innovation Sought for Pitch AGRIHACK 2019

Posted by | 14/05/2019 | Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020

Digital Innovation Sought for Pitch AGRIHACK 2019


Wageningen, the Netherlands April 25 2019. Pitch AgriHack, the annual competition that awards young entrepreneurs in ICTs for agriculture (ICT4Ag) is open for applications. Now in its fourth year, Pitch AgriHack is an initiative by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) that supports ICT4Ag entrepreneurs through capacity building and funding to accelerate youth employment and agricultural transformation.

In addition to cash prizes, finalists of the competition benefit from a financial management and investment readiness bootcamp, grants and access to investments, capacity building and promotional opportunities. Selected finalists will pitch their innovations to ICT4Ag and business experts at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Accra, 3-7 September.

Since the launch the AgriHack Talent initiative over 1 million farmers and agricultural stakeholders have been reached by the services provided by competition entrants. In 2018 there were 325 applicants from 36 countries. And, of 26 finalists, 14 were women-owned companies. Winners were awarded in the presence of four Heads of States and Governments.

The competition is organised with support from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), OCP GroupGreenTec Group and with the contribution of the World BankFAO and other partners.

“We are proud that Pitch AgriHack has become such an important part of the AGRF. More importantly we are proud to see how so many of our alumni have grown. Since the inception of the AgriHack talent initiative we have worked with more than 1,000 young digital innovators with around 100 entering the final stages of the competition. Many have gone on to win additional funding close to €2 million from various players and created jobs,” said Michael Hailu, Director of CTA.

Welcoming the partnership with CTA for 2019’s competition Karim Lofti Senhadji CEO of OCP Africa: “OCP firmly believes that the agricultural sector will play a vital role in enabling young people’s access to employment in Africa. As such, the group has integrated the promotion of youth agribusiness into its strategy. In this spirit, OCP also partners with organistions thriving to accelerate entrepreneurial initiatives in agriculture, especially those promoting women like CTA’s AgriHack.”

Up to €15,000 will be awarded to seven start-ups in different categories including three new special prize categories: data analytics services, public choice and the GreenTec Prize. Interested parties are encouraged to applyby the closing date of May 24, 2019. 50% of finalists are planned to be women and this year the competition is open to North Africa for the first time.

Pitch AgriHack is part of the CTA’s AgriHack Talent initiative which is designed to help develop business services offered by young ICT4Ag start-ups and to accelerate e-agriculture entrepreneurship for growth, job creation and improved livelihoods among African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) member states. It targets start-ups founded by entrepreneurs between 18 and 35 years.

Other Pitch AgriHack 2019 partners include BongoHiveSilicon CaribeYeesal AgriHubAgribusiness TV,IceAddisAfrican Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development and Africa Projects Development Centre.

For more information or to request an interview, contact Toby Johnson, Team Leader Communications, CTA, +31 (0) 6 10 88 50 80,

About CTA

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.