This week we’ve curated a list of opportunities flying across the globe or Africa entrepreneurs, businesses and startups. Dig into them and be sure to apply for opportunities that suit you most.
A Day In A Life In Africa by Bantu Photos Limited ($1750)
Bantu Photos stocks fresh images and footage depicting Africa and its inhabitants as we know it and not how we are perceived. This call for entries seeks to develop a portfolio of images which depict Africans at work and in business as well as in various professions – Africans in media, enterprise, technology, health and education.
Photographers get cash prizes:
- $500 and
How to participate
- You must be registered on Bantu Photos as a Contributor.
- You must upload 20 Images in the “A Day in a Life in Africa” category.
- Only images uploaded in any of these categories will be qualified — Technology, Health, Education, Finance and Media.
- Images must be taken by the person submitting them.
- Images must meet up with Bantu Photo’s technical specifications.
For more information, you may visit the website . Deadline is February 18, 2018.
Akure Tech Hub Pitch Competition ($6,250 cash prize )
Akure Tech Hub is calling on early-stage startups domiciled in Ondo State to apply for its acceleration program and a chance to win $6,250 in funding. Startups will compete for a $6,250 cash prize and an opportunity to get accepted into the Akure Tech Hub Acceleration Program
Eligibility and Details
- You must be an early stage startup
- Only startups domiciled in Ondo State are eligible to apply
- Entries to Akure Tech Hub Pitch Competition will be considered as startups as per the universal definition of a “startup” or a “startup company”.
- $6,250 cash prizes and an opportunity to accelerate within the Akure Tech Hub
- Participating startups must include at least details of two members of their team on the application profile
- The decision of screening committee and judges will be final.
How to apply
If you are a startup domiciled in Ondo state, you may proceed to the website to apply. Deadline is on February 12, 2018.
TekHeroes Animation FreeCamp 2018
The TekHeroes Animation FreeCamp is a training program designed by Techspecialist Academy to birth the next generation of skilled animators tasked with positioning Nigeria as a key player in the global animation production market. The program will be delivered as a free 6-week Training Bootcamp, where candidates will develop critical skills in Computer Animation Production and Game Design using a hands-on and practice-based methodology developed by Animation Experts, SporeDust Content Delivery Limited.
Entry into the program will be limited to candidates between 18 – 25 years of age, with a passion for Animation and demonstrated competencies in Drawing, Graphics Design and/or Story Boarding.
Upon graduation, the best trainees will be retained to commence a 6-month internship at our Technology Hub where they will work on real-life projects to hone their skills as true Animation professionals. Feeding and accommodation for the Bootcamp training duration are provided.
- Entry into the program will be limited to candidates between 18 – 25 years of age,
- Must have a passion for Animation and
- Must have demonstrated competencies in Drawing, Graphics Design and/or Story Boarding.
How to apply
Interested applicants may head to the website and register. Location is Techspecialist Academy, Airport Road, Penthouse Estate, Lugbe Abuja. Entries close on February 9, 2018.
Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program (TEEP) — $10,000
Africa’s largest philanthropy supporting entrepreneurship – The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) is now accepting applications for business ideas that can transform Africa. The Programme, in its 4th cycle, is TEF’s 10-year, $100 million commitment to identify, train, mentor and fund 10,000 African entrepreneurs by 2024.
The Programme provides critical tools for business success, including:
- Training: 12 weeks of intensive online training which guides creating and managing a business
- Mentoring: a world-class mentor to guide during the early transformation stages of the business
- Funding: $5,000* in seed capital to prove the concept, plus access to further funding
- Network: access to the largest network of African start-ups and TEF’s own global contacts
How to apply
You may visit the website to apply. Deadline is March 1, 2018.
Meltwater Entrepreneurship Program (MEST) — $100,000
Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) is calling aspiring African techies and entrepreneurs to join its next dynamic cohort of trainees, with the opportunity to become world-class software developers and receive funding for their tech startups by entering the fully sponsored year-long program in Accra, Ghana which begins August 2018.
Joining the program exposes the entrepreneurs to new and diverse cultures, builds them to become globally competitive, and makes them eligible to receive seed-funding of $50,000 – $100,000 from the Meltwater Foundation.
How to apply
Interested applicants may proceed to the website. Application closes in May.
ChallengeRocket — Anita’s Moonshot Codeathon! ($27,250)
The main goal of this online codeathon is to bring women from interdisciplinary backgrounds to produce a creative solution to a socio-cultural or socio-economic problem. Simply, a diverse team is needed to solve a problem in their community with the online hackathon. No coding experience is needed to be part of a team.
- Both individuals and teams can compete, but they must identify as a woman.
- A maximum number of contestants in one team is 5 people
- You need not have a coding experience
- A full roster of programs help women grow, learn, and develop their highest potential.
- Winners get $27,250 grand prize
- Grand Prize Winners attend Grace Hopper Celebration 2018!
How to apply
If you are a female and interested in using technology to solve problems, visit the website immediately.
USADF – All On Nigeria Off-Grid Energy Challenge Call for Proposals ($100,000)
Launched in 2013, the Off-Grid Energy Challenge was to bring affordable and renewable energy to rural communities across Africa. Since 2013, over $7 million has been invested in 75 energy entrepreneurs in 9 countries to provide off-grid energy solutions to rural communities.
The U.S. African Development Foundation and All On invites proposals for innovative off-grid solutions to “power up” underserved areas of Nigeria. Applicants should be developing, scaling up or extending energy technologies to off-grid areas of Nigeria. To be considered for the Challenge, applicants must be 100% African-owned, majority Nigerian-owned and managed private companies registered in Nigeria, and must be operating in Nigeria.
How to apply
In order to apply, applicants are required to submit an application template and some required attachments as stated on the website. Deadline is March 1, 2018.
Itanna’s call for investment in fintech startups ($120,000)
Honeywell Group and the African Economic Revolution Fund (AERF), have joined forces to launch a new innovation space for Lagos – due to open in February 2018. A surprising, if not interesting play by one of Nigeria’s most well-known corporates, the move sees a new dynamic emerging between the more traditional African business model, and the Nigerian start-up ecosystem. Honeywell, known for its ability to pivot and stay current, has now decided to invest further in tech, innovation and entrepreneurship, by creating a space in Lagos that will house 10 cohorts on a 5-month cycle. Each cohort will receive $20,000 initial funding, as well as access to the AERF and Honeywell Group networks. The top 2 graduates will also be able to access another $100,000 investment.
- 5-month programme starting mid-February in a collaborative community working space
- $20,000 investment from Honeywell Group and AERF in all participants
- $100,000 investment from Honeywell Group and AERF in the top 2 graduates
- Introductions to and guidance from Honeywell Group key decision makers
- Hands-on advice from the AERF experts
- Mentoring from leading entrepreneurs and industry experts in Africa
- The opportunity to pitch your business to Honeywell Group and AERF’s networks of investors
How to apply
The application is open from now till mid-January. Visit the website to apply immediately.
Bincom’s free PHP/MYSQL training
If you are considering delving into PHP/MYSQL programming, Bincom ICT solution is offering a month free training opportunity. During this period, you’ll be taken through the core application development training curriculum in a Montessori approach. Students, fresh graduates, corpers are eligible. To understand the PHP/MySQL in enough detail along with its simple overview, and practical examples. The Training will give you enough ingredients to start with the base from where you can take yourself to a higher level of expertise.
- Applicants should read and understand the basics of HTML, CSS, MySQL and PHP before you attempt to apply.
- Preferably, applicants should use “W3schools” as their starting point.
- Have a strong desire for IT
How to apply
Interested applicants may visit the website to apply. Deadline is January 26, 2018.
AfricaConnekt.org is an innovation platform that gives young African entrepreneurs a space to share their ideas, collaborate with their peers, and receive mentoring. The second AfricaConnekt.org Competition is now on, and your company could win funding. All you have to do to enter the competition is create an account, submit a video explaining your business or idea.
How to apply
Visit the online platform to apply.
Digital Africa startup challenge 2018
For more information and to apply for this challenge, head to the website.
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