Opportunities Weekly: Check out opportunities this week

June 21, 2017
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Looking for an opportunity? Go through this list of available opportunities and be sure to apply for any you are interested in.


StartUp Battlefield Africa

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The African continent is rich with diversity – in language, culture, and perspectives – which has fostered innovation and creativity across a broad spectrum of categories. TechCrunch is bringing its experience with Startup Battlefield, one of the world’s premier startup competitions, to Sub-Saharan Africa to discover great early stage companies that have created technology to solve problems and develop the ecosystem within the region. Application ends July 14th, 2017 at 5pm.


Program Benefits

Apart from the exposure that comes from pitching to the global TechCrunch audience as well as distinguished technologists, entrepreneurs, and investors live in Nairobi, the overall winner will receive $25,000 in no-equity cash plus an all-expense paid trip for two to San Francisco to compete in Battlefield at TechCrunch’s flagship event, Disrupt SF 2018.

How do I participate?

Startups must fit into one of three categories (social good, productivity and utility, gaming and entertainment) to participate. Five startups in each category will be selected to join us on stage for the Battlefield Africa in Nairobi.

Apart from clear relevance to one of the three themes, qualifying startups should:

  • Be early-stage companies in “launch” stage
  • Be a resident of our eligible countries
  • Have a fully working product/beta, reasonably close to or in production
  • Have received limited press or publicity to date
  • Have no known intellectual property conflicts

How to apply

Interested applicants must apply online.


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HealthTech Innovation Challenge

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Applications are open for HealthTech Innovation Challenge which is a part of Accenture’s broader HealthTech Innovation program. This initiative include acceleration and venture opportunities, innovation labs and more. The program supports innovative technologies and drives creative solutions to improve the way people access and manage healthcare. The Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge is in full swing to recognize early stage start-up businesses that can play a major role in improving the way people around the world manage their health and associated costs.

Program Benefits

  • The opportunity to identify and engage with cutting-edge startups with a focus on solving healthcare and life sciences problems.
  • Network with peers, investors and leading influencers.
  • Access to the StartUp Health Festival (invites only) during the JP Morgan Healthcare Investor Conference in San Francisco.
  • Media exposure as a partner to the program.
  • The opportunity to build deeper relationships with dynamic industry-shapers and industry innovators; including collaboration and co-innovation.
  • Practical experience with Accenture’s Innovation Architecture and design-thinking approach.

The application process is open to all companies, regardless of size, provided you meet the following criteria:

  • A growth stage company where access to executives at large, established life sciences and health companies is critical to your business.
  • A beta product to demonstrate and are prepared to share access to program partners under NDA (and where reasonable for no additional cost).
  • If selected as one of the ­finalists, one can attend the StartUp Health Festival final event in San Francisco on Monday, January 8, 2018 to present your solution.

How to apply

Interested applicants must apply online. For more information, please visit Healthtech Innovation Challenge.


GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund ( £100,000 and £250,000)


The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund (“the Fund”) supports innovative start-ups in emerging markets to achieve sustainable growth and improved socio-economic impact. The Fund is open to projects from start-ups registered and operating in Africa and Asia-Pacific.  The funding is between £100,000 and £250,000  and application deadline is July 16th, 2017.

Program Benefits

  • Establish partnerships with mobile operators and start-ups in order to increase the reach of innovative mobile services.
  • Test business models with the greatest potential for growth and impact.
  • Get lessons and examples on the ways in which mobile is driving positive socio-economic change. The
  • Fund supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Australian Government, the GSMA and its members.

The Fund will run a number of rounds between 2017 and 2020. For each round, there will be specific areas of focus. The area of focus for the second round (‘Round 2’) are:

  • Sharing economy: for mobile-based platforms, products or services which enable low-income citizens in emerging markets to generate income from ‘underutilized assets’ through sharing those assets with their peers.
  • Services for SMEs: for mobile-based solutions, products or services designed for micro, small and medium Enterprises (MSMEs) – formal or informal – in emerging markets which unlock improved productivity and growth.

How to apply

Applicants are expected to submit and justify their requirements for the project to be funded, as well as funding amount and duration. Visit the homepage to apply.


Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation Awards for 2018

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The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, is looking for talented sub-Saharan African engineers, from all disciplines, to develop local solutions to challenges in their communities and stand a chance to win £25,000 equity-free, to bring their businesses to the market.

Program Benefits

  • The Prize selects a shortlist of innovators from across the continent and provides training and mentoring to help turn engineers with incredible ideas into successful entrepreneurs.
  • The Prize aims to stimulate, celebrate and reward engineers who have developed innovations that will benefit Africans.
  • Crucial commercialisation support is awarded to a shortlist of innovative applicants through a six-month period of training and mentoring.
  • Following this period of mentorship, finalists are invited to present at an event held in Africa and a winner is selected to receive £25,000 along with runners-up, who are each awarded £10,000.

How to apply

If you would like to know more or are interested in being involved apply here.


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