Top opportunities for Entrepreneurs and Startups Vol 2

Top opportunities for Entrepreneurs and Startups Vol 2

We have found some more exciting top opportunities for entrepreneurs and startups, you can apply for today. This is a summaries list from some of the top programmes and organisations.

Entrepreneurs – there you go, start applying today, nominate someone, the future is now.

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Our Summary for the top Opportunities for Entrepreneurs and Startups

  • UNICEF Funding Opportunity for Tech Start-Ups
  • Westerwelle Young Founders Programme
  • Women’s Economic Empowerment Accelerator
  • The Generalist Global Program
  • Inclusive digital commerce

UNICEF Funding Opportunity for Tech Start-Ups

UNICEF Innovation Fund Call for Frontier Technology Solutions for Child Online Safety.

The UNICEF Innovation Fund in partnership with the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and Giga is looking to make up to $100K equity-free investments to provide early stage (seed) finance to for-profit technology start-ups that have the potential to benefit humanity.

If you are a start-up using machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain or extended reality, registered in one of UNICEF’s programme countries, and have a working, open source prototype (or you are willing to make it open-source) showing promising results, the UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking for you.

Deadline for submission: 20 December 2020

Criteria for applications:

  • Registered as a private company
  • Registered in a UNICEF programme country (see list here)
  • Working on open source technology solutions (or willing to be open source) under the following licenses or their equivalent:
  • (i) for software, a BSD license, 
  • (ii) for hardware, a CERN license and 
  • (iii)  a CC-BY license for design or content, a CC-BY license
  • An existing prototype of the open source solution with promising results from initial pilots
  • Solution has the potential to positively impact the lives of the most vulnerable children      
  • Generating publicly exposed real-time data that is measurable

APPLY NOW: https://www.unicefinnovationfund.org/apply/child-online-safety-solutions

Westerwelle Young Founders Programme

The Westerwelle Young Founders Programme is a fully funded 6-month-long programme for outstanding young entrepreneurs from emerging and developing countries. The programme aims to connect young founders from all over the world and offers a mentoring programme tailored to their particular challenges. It supports them in further developing their entrepreneurial skills and their international network.

The 6-month-long Westerwelle Young Founders Programme Spring 2021 starts with a digital kick-off conference from 1st to 5th of March 2021. In the following six months, the young founders will have the opportunity to develop their company with the support of a personal mentor and to exchange ideas with the other young founders and obtain feedback.

Application deadline: 9 December 2020

Application Criteria:

  • You have recently (in the last 5 years) started a for-profit company with a scalable business model that has achieved Product-Market Fit and has ideally secured first external funding (if you run a business model that requires external investment);
  • your company is based in a developing or emerging country or has a strong business focus on developing and emerging economies;
  • you possess a good working knowledge of English;
  • you are available to attend the digital kick-off conference and can make time to participate in monthly mentoring and peer mentoring calls for the 6-month programme.

APPLY NOW: https://westerwelle-foundation.com/en/projects/westerwelle-young-founders-programme/

Women’s Economic Empowerment Accelerator

Applications currently open for online accelerator for social enterprises focused on women’s economic empowerment.

We want to support social enterprises that are taking a robust and holistic approach to supporting women in all aspects of business. Our goal is to bring social enterprises that have a gender lens strategy together to offer mentorship and help build sustainable and scalable businesses.

This first-ever Women’s Economic Empowerment GSBI Online Accelerator Cohort will kick off in February 2021.

Application Deadline: 1 December 2020

Criteria:

  • Address gender issues and promote gender equity by having:
    1. Women-owned or -led teams
    2. Products or services that substantially improve the lives of women and girls
    3. A focus on workplace equity in staffing, management, and boardroom representation
    4. A focus on workplace equity along their supply chain
  • Are focused on serving the poor, including people living in poverty as leaders, customers/users/beneficiaries, employees, and/or supply chain partners
  • Have a clear commitment to and a pathway toward an earned revenue model with the potential for scale
  • Has been in operation for one or more years
  • Are willing to commit 3-6 hours per week to complete program deliverables and work with mentors online.

APPLY NOW: https://www.millersocent.org/wee-accelerator/

The Generalist Global Program

The Generalist Global Program welcomes entrepreneurs from Latin America, Africa and South East Asia with ventures in all sectors. Past participants have ranged from artisanship, med-tech to cosmetics.

We follow a highly selective application process on a rolling application basis. Teams consist of one entrepreneur paired up with two university students. This year’s cohort will consist of 50 companies and 100 students.

Following an initial screening process, selected students are interviewed by two members of our management team. Accepted applicants are matched with entrepreneurs based on corresponding demands and skills.

Application deadline: 30 November 2020

APPLY ONLINE: https://www.genuinehumanconnection.io/our-programs/

Inclusive digital commerce

The Catalyst Fund Inclusive Digital Commerce Accelerator supports digital commerce companies who are building solutions designed to improve the livelihoods and financial resilience of micro and small enterprises (MSEs).

Companies selected for the Inclusive Digital Commerce Accelerator are identified via quantitative and qualitative sourcing research, to determine existing ecosystem gaps and challenges faced by MSEs. Companies are then vetted by an Investment Advisory Committee composed of experienced emerging markets investors and experts in the digital commerce space in the Ghanaian and wider African market.

Application deadline: 31 March 2022

Criteria:

  • Inclusivity – Preference for companies with current or proven desire to serve informal MSEs
  • Proven traction – Company has already raised a minimum of $100K from investors or is revenue positive, and serving at least 500 customers
  • Stage-fit – Company has a product in the market and is in the scaling stage
  • Minimum runway – Company has 6-12 months of runway
  • Geography – Company is Ghana-based (or entering the Ghanaian market)
  • Product type – Company is offering solutions across the digital commerce value chain
  • Youth focus – Company primarily serves informal MSEs and workers between the ages of 18-35
  • Scale potential – Company can contribute to the goal of reaching 25,000 additional MSEs within 2 years

APPLY NOW: https://bfaglobal.com/catalyst-fund/inclusive-digital-commerce/

Conclusion

Get your pen and paper out and get ready to start submitting those applications. These are your top opportunities for entrepreneurs and startups.

Previous opportunities volume 1 – https://blog.tati.digital/2020/10/01/top-opportunities-for-entrepreneurs-and-startups-vol-1-01-10-2010/

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