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Apply Now ! Eight new opportunities you can apply for February

Here is a list of opportunities you can apply for this February

African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative Programme

The African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative (AWEC) is the accelerant behind hundreds of African female entrepreneurs who have transformed and grown their businesses. It is seeking the next 200 women who are ready to join its cohort for a high-impact applied learning experience.

It’s seeking Women who are:

  • Founders of businesses that have been in operation for at least two years in any industry and have at least two employees (either full time or part-time) OR women who have a strong business concept and plan to launch their business within the next year
  • Founders of social enterprises are encouraged to apply; founders of NGOs or nonprofit organizations are no longer eligible for the 12-month program
  • Citizens of any African country, currently living on the continent or in the diaspora
  • Comfortable with remote teamwork and collaboration, especially using digital tools
  • Proficient in verbal and written English
  • Able to regularly (at least weekly) access the Internet through a computer or tablet

Learn More and Apply Here

Deadline: 31 January 2021

Civicus: The Youth Action Lab - Strengthening Youth-Led Movements

The Youth Action Lab is a one-year co-creation lab for grassroots youth activists based in the global south which works to support their movements to become more resilient and sustainable in their pursuit of a more equitable world. The Lab is an innovative, safe, active, inclusive, collective, representative and connected space, online and physical for grassroots activists, which thoughtfully considers diverse contexts and ecosystems to better resource them to flourish with their communities.

Participants in the Lab work to build political solidarity and networks, strengthen capacities in engaging with policy processes, and access resources to support their movement. The Lab will act as a hub for testing new ways of working within civil society and mobilizing learnings from across sectors in support of youth-led movements

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| Deadline: 01 February 2021

#DATA4COVID19 AFRICA CHALLENGE

From now through February 5, 2021, l’Agence française de développement (AFD), together with Expertise France and The GovLab, is soliciting innovative proposals (re)using data in a collaborative and responsible way to provide actionable intelligence for decision-makers and people to respond to COVID-19 and future pandemic challenges across Africa.

AFD, together with Expertise France and The GovLab, is seeking ideas and proposals that (re)use data to provide actionable insight on COVID-19 along with the following domains:

  • Public Health
  • Economic
  • Socio-Political

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| Deadline: 05 February 2021 

TICTeC Show and Tells 2021 - Call for Proposals

This series of TICTeC Show and Tells provides the opportunity for individuals and organisations to apply to make 7-minute presentations followed by a short Q&A at a TICTeC Show and Tell.

“We encourage presentation proposals to focus on the specific impacts of civic technologies, rather than showcase new tools that are as yet untested.

TICTeC is all about bringing together those interested in civic tech so they can learn from each other, so ultimately better digital tools are developed.”

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|  Deadline: 14 February 2021 23:59 GMT

The African Civic Engagement Academy (ACEA)

The African Civic Engagement Academy (ACEA) is a free online training program and networking opportunity offered to selected mid-career NGO and public sector leaders across sub-Saharan Africa.

Who is the ACEA Intended For? The Academy is intended for mid-career individuals with demonstrated leadership experience in NGO, non-profit, or public sector roles. Space is limited and applications are competitive.

Participants will:

  • Be between the ages of 30 and 45 as of January 1, 2021.
  • Serve in a leadership role with a civil society organization (including NGOs and non-profit community organizations) or a government unit responsible for engaging with the public.
  • Have a demonstrated record of leading civic engagement efforts, including projects and programs to advocate, engage, and communicate in an inclusive way.

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| Deadline: 15 February, 2021 AT 5PM GMT

The U.S. - Africa Tech Challenge

Seeking innovative responses to counter disinformation and propaganda in Africa.
Disinformation and propaganda pose a threat to trust, cohesion, and security. We need the tools to understand, expose, and counter these threats.
The U.S. – Africa Tech Challenge invites technologists from across Africa to submit an application to present their solution against disinformation and propaganda to an audience of government, civil society, and private sector stakeholders. Up to eight organizations will be chosen to demo their technology. Up to three organizations will be selected as winners of the Challenge and will receive funding totalling $250,000 USD.

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| Deadline: 28 February, 2021

Propella Future Makers Programme

Future Makers is an intensive programme “from concept to market” process run by Propella for IT innovators.

• You need a great idea and some determination

• An app, a service or an IT application that no-one else has thought of yet or requires help to commercialise and scale

• OR, you need a product or service that will facilitate the commercialisation and growth of a tech business eg social media, bookkeeping, CAD-CAM design, software development etc

• Idea must fit into the operations of a Smart City or Community, such as Industry 4.0, IoT, etc.

• Approximately 100 ventures are selected to attend a two day Stage 1 “Bootcamp”

• No cost to participate

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| Deadline: Not Supplied

The Africa Young Innovators for Health Award

The Africa Young Innovators for Health Award is launching its first competition designed to highlight and support the work of pioneering young entrepreneurs developing health innovations.

We want to encourage business entrepreneurship and help advance promising health care solutions that support and empower healthcare workers – those on the frontline of delivering healthcare to communities. Therefore, we are looking for innovative healthcare solutions aimed at supporting, protecting, and empowering healthcare workers through solutions like training programmes, providing protective equipment or improving the quality of healthcare.

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| Deadline: 31 March 2021

Disclaimer

While CTIN encourages its community to apply for these opportunities, CTIN takes no responsibility for these opportunities. Our opportunities are collated from various sources. While we make every attempt to ensure this information is as accurate as possible, we take no responsibility for its authenticity, application processes and/or results. The current information is derived from each initiative’s website.

Apply for these opportunities for December

Here is a list of opportunities you can apply for this December

Open Up is looking for Product Owners, Project Managers, and Researchers.

OpenUp is a civic technology organisation that seeks to empower people and government,
through data, technology and innovative thinking, to become active agents in creating positive
social change. We partner with government, civil society, and industry leaders and to identify,
gather and make accessible information that supports open communities and an empowered
citizenry.

OpenUp is currently looking to fill the following fixed-term, part-time positions in 2021:
1. Product Owners
2. Project Managers
3. Researchers

Apply by sending an email with your CV and a brief cover letter of no more than 300
words to jobs@openup.org.za. Please clearly indicate in the subject of the email the
position you are applying to.

Read More About the opportunity: OpenUp is looking for Product Owners, Project Managers and Researchers.

Deadline: Please note the above job calls are open-ended and the roles will close once we’ve found the suitable candidates.

Energy, Mobility and Agriculture Innovation program

Seedstars and Shell Foundation have joined forces to look for sustainable, scalable and innovative working towards access to energy, sustainable agriculture* and mobility.

The objective of this program is to support, catalyse and train early-stage (seed) tech startups addressing challenges related to access to energy (household energy, energy for business, energy nexus), sustainable agriculture (value chain innovations improving access to finance, technology, market or knowledge) or sustainable mobility (safe rural and last-mile mobility for people and goods) in Africa.

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| 20 December 2020

Change Makers Seed Grant Opportunity 2021

Application open for social enterprises, for-profit companies, non-profit organizations, government agencies, international organizations, and researchers. Priority is given to early-stage and growth-stage startup or a social enterprise working in an innovative product or idea.

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| 31st December 2020 (23:59 GMT)

The Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity (AFRE)

The Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity (AFRE) is a leadership development programme based at Columbia University in the US and the Nelson Mandela Foundation in SA.

The programme is looking for 20 high-impact change-makers from South Africa and the United States to participate for the 18-month long, immersive and dialogue-based fellowship programme. To apply for the programme respond to the call for applications

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|  11:59PM SAST / 4:59PM EST, 20 January 2021

Decolonising Digital: A British Council fellowship

The British Council, in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh, has developed a bespoke fellowship opportunity for early-career researchers from Africa who are living and working on the continent.

The successful candidate will undertake a 7 month research fellowship based with IASH at the University of Edinburgh, starting in April 2021. They will receive a stipend of £1,300 per month, a £1,000 travel grant and assistance with the UK visa application process and costs.

During their fellowship they will work closely with British Council experts in the UK and Africa to refine and shape the direction of their research and its outputs. There will be further opportunities to share, disseminate and apply the findings of the research in collaboration with the British Council in Africa once the fellowship is completed

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| 24:00 – 10 January 2021

Apply for these opportunities in June

Here is a shortlist of fellowships, grants, funds and other opportunities available for social innovation, NGOs, start-ups and more

The Africa Data Science Intensive

The Africa Data Science Intensive (DSI) program is a hands-on skills training data science course based on solving real-world problems.

Big Data, data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence are driving a revolution around the world as companies rush to take advantage of their data and turn it into a competitive advantage. However, there is a shortage of skilled data scientists and managers worldwide and this shortage is much worse in Africa. In this program, participants will master the data science process, from statistics and data wrangling to advanced topics like machine learning and data storytelling, by working on real projects.

Read more here

|   Deadline 31 May 2020

BOOST UP start-up support programme

Are you a startup entrepreneur eager to learn how to better pitch your business and become more investable? Is your startup using technology to make a societal impact in Southern Africa? Are you based in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, or Zambia? Then apply for BOOST UP 2020.

BOOST UP is a three-part startup support programme organised by the Connected Hubs network and the Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme (SAIS 2) in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia. BOOST UP targets startups that use technology to solve a societal challenge and are looking for skills that could help them articulate their business. The BOOST UP series comprises the Set Up online training events, Stand Up pitching competitions, and Scale-Up incubation programme.

Read more here

|   Deadline 31 May 2020

Call for digital francophone African startups and SMEs

As part of this program launched by the AFD, the GCAF will select digital, francophone-based, early-stage startups and SMEs and will offer them two types of support:

  1. A free interest repayable advances for companies demonstrating a capacity for development.
  2. A venture building support, in the form of strategic, financial, technical, and operational advice and capacity building

Read more here

|   Deadline 17 June 2020

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Apply for these opportunities for August and September

Here is a list of fellowship, grants, funds, competitions and other opportunities that have been made available beginning in August.

CIPESA Forum on Internet Freedom Call for Proposals

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and Paradigm Initiative (PIN) are pleased to announce the 2020 edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica20) and to invite session proposals. This landmark event convenes a spectrum of stakeholders from across the internet governance and digital rights arenas in Africa and beyond to deliberate on gaps, concerns and opportunities for advancing privacy, free expression, non-discrimination and the free flow of information online. In light of the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic, FIFAfrica20 will adopt a hybrid approach which blends online and physical interactions.

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For those who want to be part of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2020 (#FIFAfrica20)submit your ideas for sessions that support #InternetFreedomAfrica

|   Deadline: 21 August 2020

Digital Accelerator for Tech & Innovation Start-ups originating from townships

Akro is a company dedicated to helping entrepreneurs turn ideas into businesses. The accelerator programme aims to get companies investment-ready and funded within five months of starting the programme. This is who can apply for this programme:

  • Businesses founded by South African passport holders.
  • Businesses that are at least 51% black-owned.
  • Businesses that were Either founded in a township, operating in a township or founders were born in a township.

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|   Deadline: 21 August 2020

Hillary Rodham Clinton Scholarship Programme 2021 for International Masters Students

The Hillary Rodham Clinton Global Challenges Programme, supported by Sky, aims to facilitate international cooperation to address urgent national and transnational challenges. This graduate scholarship seeks to develop the next generation of outstanding, forward-looking, real-world focused leaders in legal scholarship, activism and practice.

The scholars will follow a one-year (12 months) Master of Arts degree in Global Challenges: Law, Policy and Practice; a degree programme that is based on experiential learning and includes a research project placement. Scholars will also benefit from a range of additional activities, including mentorship, guest speakers, visits and media training. Candidates accepted onto this master’s programme will receive a scholarship which covers the full tuition fee as well as a stipend of c.£15,000 to contribute towards their living costs.

Read More

|   Deadline: 28 August 2020

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Apply for these opportunities in July

Here is a shortlist of fellowships, grants, funds and other opportunities available for social innovation, NGOs, start-ups and more

CDD Call for Fellowship Applications

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) is now accepting fellowship applications for 2021–2022. CDD’s fellowship program aims to bring together people working in areas related to democracy and development from across a broad range of disciplines. CDD commits to leveraging its profile and resources in West Africa and internationally to advance CDD fellows’ research and reputation.

Read more here

|   Deadline Accepts applications on a rolling basis

Call for Innovators for the Future

As the world lives through a crisis unprecedented in recent history, Innovators for future has launched its first Global Open Call to Action for Innovators for the Future. They want your help to turn this severe global challenge into an opportunity — an opportunity to address the urgencies of the moment and the problems of our futures. This Call to Action is organized by the Futures Project as a contribution to the UN75 Global Conversation Initiative.

Read more here

|   Deadline 15 July 2020

SA-Egypt Joint Call for Proposals in Applied Research and Innovation Projects in Disruptive Technologies

South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and Egypt’s Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT) hereby invite interested participants to submit applied research and innovation project proposals in the domain of Disruptive Technologies with a focus on real-world solutions in agriculture, water, renewable energy and health.

Read more here

|   Deadline 17 July 2020 by no later than 16H30 am CAT

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Apply for these opportunities in May

Here is a shortlist of fellowships, grants, funds and other opportunities available for social innovation, NGOs, start-ups and more

Media regulation in a democratic framework fellowship, Africa

This International Training Programme (ITP) is a fellowship programme that provides a forum and platform for constructive, creative dialogue between high-level representatives from media, government and civil society on how to improve self-regulatory and regulatory frameworks for media.

Find out more here

Deadline | 1 May 2020

Alibaba GET Global Challenge

Alibaba GET Global Challenge is an international youth digital solution competition with more than 10 countries taking part in the event. The objective is to encourage young entrepreneurs to exhibit their creativeness and talents in developing unique digital solutions for businesses, individuals and institutions affected by the pandemic outbreak.

Alibaba GET Global Challenge 2020 is a qualifying competition that caters toward millennials and young entrepreneurs aged 18–30 to exhibit their creativeness and entrepreneurial talents in developing unique digital solutions for businesses, individuals, and institutions impacted by the epidemic. This is an initiative to inspire and empower youth with innovative ideas in technology to create an influential impact for entire communities in Malaysia and even globally.

Find out more here

Deadline | 5 May 2020

GSMA Innovation Fund for Mobile Internet Adoption and Digital Inclusion

Are you a start-up or SME in Sub-Saharan Africa or Asia? Are you helping people get online for the first time using mobile internet?

The GSMA Innovation Fund for Mobile Internet Adoption and Digital Inclusion aims to support innovative solutions to increasing mobile internet adoption and use for those currently not using mobile internet services.

You could be eligible to apply for an equity-free grant of between £100,000 and £250,000 to scale your innovation over a 15- to 18-month period.

Find out more here

Deadline | 22 May 2020

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Apply for these opportunities in February

Here is a shortlist of fellowships, grants, funds and other opportunities available to anyone interested in social innovation and start-ups

2nd C40 Women4Climate Tech Challenge 2020

The 2nd C40 Women4Climate Tech Challenge is calling for women-led innovative tech solutions for the climate with a measurable impact to experiment them in C40 cities.
The selected innovators, entrepreneurs and startups will be eligible to receive financial or technical support from C40 and their partners, plus acceleration or implementation in C40 Cities.

C40 support will be custom-designed for each solution, depending on the project’s level of maturity and the needs: acceleration; incubation; residence within the city; urban space for experimentation; co-design of experimentations on citizens/users.

Learn more here

|   Deadline: 31 January 2020

Go Global Africa 2020 (Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa)

The International Tech Hub Network’s Go Global Africa is seeking applications for the Go Global Africa program. Innovative startups working in FinTech, AgriTech, HealthTech and Clean Energy from across Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa are invited to apply.

The International Tech Hub Network says Go Global Africa aims to give the entrepreneurs from Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa who have developed products that are ready to go to market and raised investment and the tools they need to grow their business globally, build links with the UK’s thriving digital sector and pave the way for future economic partnerships.

Learn More here

|   Deadline: 3 February 2020

Youth Action Lab

Civicus’ Youth Action Lab is seeking participants to participate in the one-year co-creation lab for grassroots youth activists based in the global south which works to support their movements to become more resilient and sustainable in their pursuit of a more equitable world. In the Lab, work to build political solidarity and networks, strengthen capacities in engaging with policy processes, and access resources to support their movement. The Lab will act as a hub for testing new ways of working within civil society and mobilizing learnings from across sectors in support of youth-led movements.

Civicus says the Lab is an innovative, safe, active, inclusive, collective, representative and connected space, online and physical for grassroots activists, which thoughtfully considers diverse contexts and ecosystems to better resource them to flourish with their communities.

Learn More here

|   Deadline: 5 February 2020

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Opportunities for September and October

Here’s a shortlist of local and global fellowships, grants, funds and other opportunities available to anyone interested in social innovation and start-ups

Google Developers Launchpad Accelerator Africa

Google Developers Launchpad is looking for startups located in some African countries to apply for the global accelerator programme. It will help startups build and scale products by matching them with the best of Google — its people, network, and advanced technologies.

The countries eligible to apply are Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

|  Deadline Not provided

The 5th AppsAfrica Innovation Awards

The fifth AppsAfrica Innovation Awards, celebrate the best in mobile and tech from across Africa, showcasing the continents best innovations in 14 categories. The awards are open to corporates, established ventures or start-ups who have launched services in at least one African market. The Awards continue to be a leading barometer of innovation from across the continent and provide winners with industry recognition, global publicity, and networking with 300+ industry peers at the Awards party in Cape Town on November 11th on the eve of AfricaCom.

|  Deadline 11 September 2019

Regional Health Innovation Exchange 2019, Africa

The Health Innovation Exchange is seeking innovations that have the potential to make an impact on health to showcase at the regional Health Innovation Exchange event for Africa which is planned for November-December 2019.

They are looking for innovations which are new or improved solutions for the health needs of individuals and populations that create value such as better health outcomes, improved efficiency, increased protection of human rights etc. They can be products or technologies, as well as improved service delivery models, policies etc.

|  Deadline 15 September 2019

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Opportunities for September and October


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Grants and other opportunities with upcoming deadlines in July

Here’s a shortlist of local and global fellowships, grants, funds and other opportunities available to anyone interested in social innovation and start-ups

Merck — Make-It Africa Startup Programme

Merck is looking for startups working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and are based in Africa. Startups with innovations related to healthcare, life sciences, performance materials, and Merck’s innovation focus areas can apply.

Read more here

|   Deadline 17 July 2019

ITU innovation challenge

|   Deadline 31 July 2019

The HiiL Justice Accelerator Challenge

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Grants and other opportunities with upcoming deadlines in July


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