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 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 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

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

Invest2Impact is looking for 100 women-led businesses in East Africa to support with a range of access to funding programmes, business support, and multi-national networking. Invest2Impact starts with an online competition for women-led businesses in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

The competition is open to both small and medium-sized businesses. The Invest2Impact sponsors and partners are looking for businesses that require funding in the following categories:

  • Funding up to USD100,000
  • Funding between USD100,000
    and USD3-million
  • Funding between USD3-million
    and USD8-million
  • Funding for more than USD8-million

|Deadline 19 September 2019

The Swedish International Center for Local Democracy (ICLD) is calling for policy-relevant research proposals on local democracy. The aim of the call is to better understand the role of local governments and local democratic institutions in addressing global challenges.

Proposed research should focus on problems and opportunities where there is a potential to generate innovative and transformative policies that can increase the influence of vulnerable people in the decisions made by local governments that affect their lives. ICLD will prioritise research projects that include the following African countries: Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

|Deadline 20 September 2019

The Africa-China Reporting Project (ACRP or the Project) at Wits Journalism, with support from Omidyar Network, are inviting all journalists to submit proposals for reporting grants and workshop participation to investigate issues related to digital identification, data privacy, and technology in Africa. The Project will provide reporting grants of up to US$1,000 to successful applicants, who will also participate in a Digital Identity Training Workshop and the Civic Tech Innovation Forum in Johannesburg during the week of 28 October 2019.

Deadline | 20 September 2019

The Impact!Africa Summit is seeking social entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 to 35 to enter contest the Global Social Thinkers contest as part of the Impact!Africa Summit December 4 and 5 in Nairobi, Kenya. Contestants must share a story in 250 words or a video that showcases their journey transforming Africa. The shortlisted stories will be posted online for the public to choose the 10 best stories.

The winners will receive a two-day pass for the Summit, airfare and accommodations.

|Deadline 1 October 2019

The GlobalGiving Accelerator is looking for nonprofit organizations around the world to enter the accelerator programme. The GlobalGiving Accelerator is a virtual training program and crowdfunding campaign that can help to take your fundraising to the next level. Following an optional one-week training curriculum, you’ll be entered into an Accelerator campaign where you’ll raise at least $5,000 total from a minimum of 40 different donors in order to graduate and secure a permanent fundraising spot on the GlobalGiving platform.

| Deadline 18 October 2019

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