Opportunities Weekly: Tanzania Sudden Opportunity Grant, Africa’s women Development Fund, Global Change Maker 2018 and more

February 28, 2018 · 6 min read
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It’s a new week. We have curated some exciting opportunities for you. Dive in and apply for the one(s) you are up for.

Tanzania Sudden Opportunity Grant (€5,000 to €500,000)

This is an innovation grant facility from Voice is meant to support the most marginalised and discriminated people in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines and Indonesia. It is particularly meant for those using innovating tools and approaches to strengthening the influencing capacity of civil society organisations and representatives of these groups to increase their participation in mainstream development processes.

The grant comes in different categories.


  • Applicants must come from any of the above-listed countries.
  • Ideas must truly be innovative.
  • Ensure your idea is well thought through, giving details on the product, insights and strategy that will make the idea a success in Aba.

How to apply

You can check the website for details on how to apply for the various grant. Deadline for submission of ideas is 31st December 2018.

Africa’s women Development Fund ($50,000)

The Africa’s women Development Fund is a grantmaking foundation that supports local, national and regional women’s organisations working towards the empowerment of African women.

AWDF was founded to support the leadership and agency of African women in transforming society towards equality and justice.


Under its main grants programme, AWDF supports African women’s organisations that meet the following criteria:

  • Women-led, with a majority women staff and board
  • A stated commitment to supporting women and/or advancing women’s rights/ gender
    equality in their mission/vision
  • Organisations registered in any African country, and working at the local, national, subregional
    or regional African levels.

How to apply

Interested organisations should send their application to the email Application deadline is March 7, 2018.

Global Change Maker 2018

Global change maker will be bringing 60 Changemakers to the 2018 Global Youth Summit for a fully funded, life-changing youth opportunity.This is usually a week of training sessions, networking and workshops. Participants will learn skills such as campaigning, fundraising, project management, leadership, public relations, pitching and more.


  • Applicant must be inspiring, interesting, enthusiastic and determined.
  • Applicants should be volunteers and campaigners who are working towards attaining the SDGs across the globe
  • Participants should be between 18 and 23 years old at the time of the summit.

How to apply

In order to apply you need to fill in an online application which includes a two-minute video describing your motivation and your efforts to bring about a positive change in your community. There is also a 35 USD application administration fee. Here is a link on how to apply.

Techstars Atlanta Acceleration Program ($120,000)

Opportunity to interact with Techstars Atlanta on March 8, 2018

Having made its debut investment in Nigeria’s FarmCrowdy, Techstars Atlanta has started receiving applications for this year’s Accelerator program in Atlanta with a chance to get $120,000 in funding and follow-up funding. The three-month program is designed to help startups gain traction through deep mentorship engagement, rapid iteration cycles, and fundraising preparation. or founders interested in this programme, Techstars Atlanta is providing an opportunity for interaction.

A Chance to interact with Techstars Atlanta leadership team

In line with this application call, FarmCrowdy is hosting an Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) session at their office in Lagos,  with the leadership team from Techstars Atlanta, who would be joining remotely on Tuesday, 13 March 2018. This session will enable founders interested in the program to interact directly with Techstars Atlanta and ask necessary questions about the program. To register for this session, visit the website.

How to apply for the programme

To increase chances of getting selected as an applicant, you may head to the website to apply for the Q/A session. March 13, 2018.

CcHub Incubation Program ($25,000)

For 7 years now, CcHub has supported the growth of startups using technology to solve local and social problems through its incubation program. Startups that have enjoyed CcHub’s support overtime include Stutern, BudgIT, Mamalette and Lifebank to mention a few. In the hub’s quest to continuously provide support, it has opened up application for its next cohort of incubatees.


  • Access to initial $25,000 investment and more follow-on funding of up to $250,000
  • Office space and internet for your team
  • Access to CcHub’s network and cooperate, partners,
  • Handon business and administrative support
  • Access to industry experts via mentorship
  • Access to investors and post-incubation funding.

How to apply

You may head to the website to commence your application. Deadline is March 29, 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.

AfricaConnekt Competition is an innovation platform that gives young African entrepreneurs a space to share their ideas, collaborate with their peers, and receive mentoring. The second 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

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If you are engaged in an entrepreneurial adventure, have created an innovative product or service in response to the major challenges of African economies or you want to contribute to the digital transition of Africa in a dynamic of open innovation and common good, you can make your innovation known, accelerate your growth and increase your impact with the Digital Africa startup challenge 2018. The program promises network, support and acceleration to selected entrepreneurs.

For more information and to apply for this challenge, head to the website.

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Ifeanyi Ndiomewese

Ifeanyi Ndiomewese


Ifeanyi is a desk reporter-turned administrator. Outside of work, I love to read and travel.

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