GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize 2021 for Young Agri-food Entrepreneurs (Up to $50,000)

GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize 2021 for Young Agri-food Entrepreneurs (Up to $50,000)

Deadline: June 14, 2021

Eligibility

The Entrepreneur

  • Entrepreneur is aged 35 or below on the date of submission to the competition, and is legally recognised as an adult in country of nationality.
  • Entrepreneur holds nationality (with an official ID) from a country which is a member of the African Union.
  • Entrepreneur is the founder/co-founder of the venture he/she represents in the competition and plays an active role in its operations and leadership.
  • Entrepreneur has no criminal record related to corruption, tax evasion, financial impropriety, felony or other offence, and will provide a signed declaration to that effect, if requested.

Applications are open for the GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize 2021. The GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize aims to find Africa’s brightest young agri-food entrepreneurs. They are searching for agribusinesses that bring technology, innovation and passion to the agriculture and food industries.

You could win one of two US$50,000 cash prizes that will help you change your world and transform the agri-food business in Africa. We need strong agriculture and food businesses to grow our communities and economies as we recover from the pandemic. They want to support your businesses, so you can lead the way.

GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize is a fantastic opportunity for young African agripreneurs to take their business venture to the next level. In addition to the US$50,000, the competition also offers these agripreneurs the chance to attend the Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) virtual meeting and make their mark. The finalists will also receive mentorship, programming linkages and guidance to continue their entrepreneurial journey.

Benefits

  • Two entrepreneurs, one woman and one man, will each win $50,000 US Dollars for the most innovative and scalable business ventures.

The Venture

  • Venture is already legally registered in a country which is a member of the African Union or will have commenced with the registration of such a legal entity prior to July 18, 2021.
  • Venture is headquartered in a country which is a member of the African Union.
  • Venture is designed to be financially sustainable, either as a for-profit business or a non-profit generating some revenue and aiming not to be dependent on donor funding.
  • Venture plays a role in the agri-food sector and/or supports the development of the agri-food sector through an innovation or process improvement.
  • The agri-food sector may be defined as businesses including:
    • Agri-food research & development
    • Primary food production (farming)
    • Crop nutrition
    • Irrigation
    • Mechanisation, automation or robotics, including drones
    • Crop protection
    • Hydroponics or urban farming
    • Transport, distribution, storage or logistics
    • Food processing
    • Packaging or marketing
    • Food retail or service
    • Waste management or recycling
    • Digital or technology solutions/services to the agri-food sector
    • Innovative finance solutions/services to the agri-food sector
    • Renewable energy or environmental solutions/services to the agri-food sector

Other Requirements

They want to hear from businesses that show:

  • originality and innovation,
  • market potential and traction,
  • social and commercial impact,
  • environmental sustainability,
  • and an inspiring and investible team.

Application

The application includes questions such as:

  • “Give an example of your entrepreneurial mindset.”
  • “How does your venture make money?”
  • “Who are your main customers?”
  • “Who are your main competitors?”
  • “What are your biggest business challenges so far and how have you overcome them?”

Applicants must fill out each section of the application to be considered. Be sure to allow enough time to complete all sections.

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African ChangeMakers Initiative Awards 2021

African ChangeMakers Initiative Awards 2021

Deadline: May 31, 2021

Eligibility

  • Nominee must have a company/project/initiative you had been working on/working with the impact that can be verified.
  • Nominee company/project/initiative must be beneficiary to Africa people or the African continent.
  • The nominee will make a 60 seconds (one minute) video of themselves telling us the following in the video – Nominee Full Name, Country name, name of your company/project/initiative, impact it had in the community or across Africa, why nominee deserves the award and why you are Africa’s Changemaker.

Applications for the African ChangeMakers Initiative Awards 2021 are now open. The Awards identifies and celebrates excellence, leadership, entrepreneurial ingenuity of social entrepreneurs, businesses, technologist, and social innovators in individuals, programs, teams, groups, or organizations across Africa and the world.

The African ChangeMakers Initiative identifies people or organizations turning problems into solutions on a large scale, defender of humanity, peace & freedom, and planet protection. ACI Awards honors dedicated life works, careers, impacting businesses, philanthropic, educationist, social or civic servant, and other deserving causes in Africa. Awardees will be honored during African ChangeMakers Leadership Summit (#ACLeads2021) event.

Categories

Group A

  • African ChangeMakers Rising Star Award – Emerging Leader pursuing careers with a portfolio or doing extraordinary things related to tech innovation, social innovation, design thinking, and changemaking.
  • African ChangeMakers Courage Awards — Emerging Leader – that choose to make education a priority while facing life challenging events, such as homelessness, heartache, financial hardship, family turmoil, illness, substance abuse and physical disabilities.

Group B

  • African ChangeMakers Agricultural Award
  • African ChangeMakers Health & Wellness Award
  • African ChangeMakers Innovative Education Award – quality education, accessibility, affordability.
  • African ChangeMakers Environmental & Climate Award -climate, water, land
  • African ChangeMakers Industry & Infrastructure Award
  • African ChangeMakers Humanity, Peace & Civil Rights Defender Award
  • African ChangeMakers Women Advancement Award – reduce inequalities, domestic violence, education etc.
  • African ChangeMakers Clean & Renewable Energy Award- reduce, reuse, recycle, consumption and production – Innovative & Digital Cities
  • African ChangeMakers Partnership & Community Development Award – diaspora, friends of Africa, country for Africa, company for Africa
  • African ChangeMakers Governance Leadership – Strong Institution & Policymakers Award- public figures for their significant contributions to the country and its communities
  • African ChangeMakers Future of Work & Employment Award- workforce, employment
  • African ChangeMakers Creative Arts & Entertainment Award
  • African ChangeMakers Tech & Innovation Award
  • African ChangeMakers Diversity & Inclusiveness Award

Group

  • African ChangeMakers Men/Women of the Year Awards
  • African ChangeMakers Lifetime Leader Award

Award

  • Award Recipients outside Nigeria will be given e-plaques, e-Badge and e-certificates which can be printed out and framed for display.
  • Award Recipients in Nigeria will be given a plaque and e-Badge.
  • ACi will also recognize some high-level organizations/individuals in some categories for the well-known impact they are making.

Application

ACiAwards 2021 is an online application and e-voting system process thereby enabling all African nations to send in nominations across the world.

Submit an entry

Women in Africa 54 (WIA54) Programme for Women Entrepreneurs 2021

Women in Africa 54 (WIA54) Programme for Women Entrepreneurs 2021

Deadline: May 7, 2021

Applications for the Women in Africa 54 (WIA54) Programme 2021 are now open. The WIA 54 programme promotes women entrepreneurship in Africa since 2017. Each year, it endows 54 African women entrepreneurs from 54 African countries with a comprehensive support package consisting of training, communication, mentoring and networking.

In 2021, WIA rolls out its 2030 plan, which multiplies the number of beneficiaries of the programme by 10! This year, before appointing the 54 laureates, the jury will make an initial selection of 10 finalists per country. Thus, 540 women candidates will benefit from training and coaching. Through this newly introduced initiative, WIA aims at supporting more than 10,000 women entrepreneurs, indirectly contributing to the creation of 100,000 jobs, by 2030.

From this strengthened pool of entrepreneurs, the jurors will then select the 54 country laureates and 9 sectoral prize winners who will receive a comprehensive package of support to further boost their success!

Benefits

  • Training & Mentoring
    • Take part in an online training Bootcamp.
    • Receive an offered training by one of the 58 campuses of their partner Honoris united universities.
    • Be mentored and coached by an experienced leader.
  • Network
    • Integrate a network of more than 100,000 members worldwide.
    • Have access to privileged consulting sessions with their partners.
    • Have direct contact with pan-African and global experts.
  • International Exposure
    • Speak at international webinars.
    • Broadcast your projects on WIA platforms.

Eligibility

  • Open to business created or led by an African woman.
  • Startup created less than 5 years ago.
  • First traction on the market (sales, number of users, funds raised).
  • Be part of one of the 8 categories (primary business category):
    • Education
    • Health
    • Agriculture
    • Environment
    • FinTech
    • Digital & Technology
    • Creative Industries
    • Beauty Industries

Selection Criteria

The selection criteria for the projects:

  • Innovative product, service or technology
  • Proven business model scalability
  • Strong growth potential
  • Ambitious team with strong execution ability
  • Market traction (revenue, number of users, funds raised)
  • Potential impact in Africa

Application

For all your questions related to your application contact WIA at: WIA54@wia-initiative.com and for your questions related to WIA in general: contact@wia-initiative.com.

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(Fully-funded Scholarship) Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program 2021/2022 at the University of British Columbia | OneCareerApp

(Fully-funded Scholarship) Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program 2021/2022 at the University of British Columbia | OneCareerApp

Deadline: December 11, 2020

Eligibility

Applicant must:

  • have completed a Bachelor’s degree;
  • must not already have a graduate or PhD degree;
  • be 35 years old or younger (i.e. born in 1985 or after);
  • be a citizen or a refugee of a Sub-Saharan African country;
  • have lived a significant part of their life in a Sub-Saharan African country;
  • present economically disadvantaged financial circumstances, and be able to show lack of financial means from family or other sources to pursue graduate education in their home country or elsewhere;
  • have achieved academic excellence under difficult circumstances and show leadership qualities or potential;
  • demonstrate an interest in and commitment to giving back to his/her home community in ways that enhance the economic growth and social development of Africa, through engagement in activities in their current profession, university or community;
  • be a person who requires a Canadian study permit to study in Canada;
  • commit to returning to Africa in order to apply their training and skills to the betterment of others;
  • be applying for a Master’s degree in one of the following faculties and programs at UBC’s Vancouver campus;

Applications for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program 2021/2022 at the University of British Columbia are now open. The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) provides opportunities for students from Sub-Saharan Africa to pursue graduate studies at UBC.

The University of British Columbia is pleased to partner with The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program to provide comprehensive scholarships to students from Sub-Saharan Africa. The Program provides access to education for academically talented, yet economically marginalized young people. Scholars in the Program have a demonstrated commitment to giving back to their communities and develop the leadership needed to contribute to social and economic transformation across the continent.

Scholarship

  • The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program covers all expenses associated with UBC tuition, housing and food.
  • Scholars also receive a stipend each month to support their lives in Vancouver.

Application

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Applications are due on December 11, 2020. They ask that all applications be submitted electronically in a single document PDF, via email as this is faster and costs less. Late or incomplete packages cannot be accepted and UBC is not responsible for any packages not received by the deadline.

You must:

  • Complete the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Eligibility Form.
  • Submit the Personal Statements
  • Submit a CV/resume
  • Provide two reference letters
  • Transcripts

Submit the Checklist, Eligibility Form, Personal Statements, CV, two reference letters on official letterhead, transcripts, and signed declaration. Upon completion of your Eligibility Package, please submit a copy of your package as one pdf. document via email to mcfsp.admissions@ubc.ca. Note that the declaration must be signed by hand, electronically, or typed, otherwise, the package will be considered incomplete.

WGH/Novartis Foundation #BuildBackBetter Digital Innovation and AI Challenge 2020 (up to $15,000 prize)

WGH/Novartis Foundation #BuildBackBetter Digital Innovation and AI Challenge 2020 (up to $15,000 prize)

Deadline: October 23, 2020

Eligibility

  • Your start-up must be (co-)founded by a woman;
  • Your start-up must be based in a low-middle income country, as defined by the World Bank. See list of countries here.
  • Your start-up must have a health emergency-focus and your idea must support greater gender parity in global health security during COVID-19 and for future pandemic preparedness;
  • Your idea must be a digital or AI innovation;
  • A member of your team must be available to pitch during the finals in November 2020.

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In addition:

  • You provide two professional references. References will only be contacted if you reach the final.
  • Preference will be given to WGH Chapter members and partners, but anyone can apply. 

Applications are open for the WGH/Novartis Foundation #BuildBackBetter Digital Innovation and AI Challenge 2020. As the world learns to live with the Coronavirus, the #BuildBackBetter Digital Innovation and AI Challenge will offer a platform for women-led start-ups to advance both gender equity in health security and systems, with a special focus on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Specifically, the #BuildBackBetter Digital Innovation and AI Challenge will identify innovative digital and AI solutions addressing health security during COVID-19 and future health emergencies with the potential to

  • Increase the number of women as creators of digital health and AI solutions.
  • Increase the number of women as leaders of digital health and AI companies and initiatives.
  • Ensure that digital health solutions enable health systems to meet the health needs of all genders.

Prizes

  • The winners of the challenge will be awarded $10,000 and the runners-up will receive $5,000 to develop their innovation further.
  • Both the winner and the runner up will receive guidance from an innovation mentor. These mentors will be assigned by Women in Global Health.

Application

  1. Create a short 90 second video pitch that answers the following questions:
    • How will your solution advance gender parity in global health security for COVID-19 and the future of pandemic preparedness?
    • Why is your solution an innovation in digital health and AI?
    • Why does your solution deserve to win this challenge?
  2. Upload your video pitch onto YouTube. Make sure your video pitch is private. Copy your URL as you will need it to submit your application. 
  3. Submit your application by filling out the google form, pasting your URL and uploading a 1-page proposal that details:
    • Your idea for an innovation
    • The perceived impact of your innovation
    • Potential scalability of the innovation

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Afya Bora Consortium Fellowship in Global Health Leadership 2021 (Stipend available)

Afya Bora Consortium Fellowship in Global Health Leadership 2021 (Stipend available)

Deadline: October 9, 2020

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of Botswana, Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, or Uganda
  • They must meet one of the following education requirements:
    • Medical applicants need to have a M.D. or MBChB with a MMed or Master’s degree in related field.
    • Nursing applicants need to have a Master’s degree in nursing, public health or a related field (PhD preferred), or substantial work experience.
    • Other public health professionals (those without a clinical degree) must have a Doctoral degree in public health or a related field.

Applications for the Afya Bora Consortium Fellowship in Global Health Leadership 2021 are now open. The Afya Bora Fellowship will provide trainees with a set of practical skills that will prepare them for leadership positions in government, non-government, and academic health institutions in developing countries.

The 9-month training program has two components

  • Distance learning modules.
  • A mentored, project-based assignment to an attachment site at academic, local government, or non-governmental health organizations in partner African countries.

The Afya Bora Consortium is a partnership of five African and four US universities formed to provide future global health leaders with practical skills that are currently not part of traditional training in the health professions. There is an urgent need for training programs based in Africa that will provide local health professionals with leadership, program management and evaluation skills. Partnership between African and US academic institutions are ideally suited to provide such training because they promote resource sharing and create linkages between the universities and both governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that provide health services in communities.

Benefit

  • The Afya Bora Fellowship will provide each African fellow with a monthly stipend.

Application

In order to complete your application, submit the following items by October 9, 2020.

  • Application for Training (the online form)
  • Statement of Training Objectives
  • CV or Resume
  • Two Recommendation Forms (emailed to afyabora@uw.edu). Further detailed instructions are in the Letter of Recommendation section of the application.

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