In this article we will outline the top opportunities for entrepreneurs that you can apply for now, online. If you are a small business, hopeful entrepreneur and start-up: you have come to the right place.
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List of opportunities in this article
- Female Founder Challenge
- ASIP Accelerator Program
- Extreme Tech Challenge 2021
- Google Global Impact Challenge
- Stanford Seed Transformation Program 2021
Female Founder Challenge
For the third year in a row, VivaTech, in partnership with 50inTech, launches the Female Founder Challenge (FFC) with two main objectives: (1) facilitate VC-startup meetings to accelerate the financing of women-led startups, (2) urge VC funds to commit to more gender equality at all levels.
Closing Date: 18 April 2021
For the first time, the Female Founder Challenge is going hybrid! We are inviting the world’s most influential VCs and investors to meet virtually and in-person on June 17, for a pitch contest with the top 10 finalists while celebrating female entrepreneurs.
After the pitch contest, two finalists will still be in the running. The FFC 2021 winner will be officially announced during an award ceremony on June 17, which will be held on stage in front of a live audience at VivaTech.All participants
Apply and access a free online bootcamp to master your fundraising campaign.
Pitch in front of a high-level jury and an audience of global investors
Boost your visibility and get access to 1:1 meetings with influential VCs. Involve 30+ VC funds to meet the finalists and the winner.
30+ global VCs
Involve 30+ VC funds to meet the finalists and the winner
ASIP Accelerator Program
Backed by anchor partner Telecel Group, the program is ideal for startups with a mobile tech focus. Additional corporate partners are lining up to engage with startups through pilots and Proof of Concepts projects that can open the doors for longer-term commercial agreements.
The Africa Startup Initiative Program was launched by Telecel Group as part of CSR activities. Telecel Group then partnered with Startupbootcamp AfriTech to create the ASIP Accelerator Program which contributes in a meaningful way to the African community to help the young Startups in Africa whose innovative ideas are creating a difference in their communities.
Starting in 2017, the first SBC AfriTech program accelerated 29 incredible African startups that have set an incredibly high bar for the next program.
- 90% are still operating and scaling at impressive rates
- 40% have raised follow-on rounds of funding
- 50% of the startups raising capital have closed rounds at valuations more than 10x since Demo Day
Closing Date: 21 May 2021
Extreme Tech Challenge 2021
The XTC Competition is open to all product or service submissions based on a new technology or an innovative application of an existing technology built by the submitting company that has the potential to address one of XTC’s Tech for Good categories. Applicants must be legally incorporated – or registered – in an eligible country. The proposed business cannot be in violation of any intellectual property rights, including but not limited to patents, copyrights and trade secrets. See the Official Rules for more details.
XTC does not have any restrictions on the current revenue level or capital raised to date.
XTC competitors will be evaluated by a team of highly experienced investors, entrepreneurs, and executives. Submissions will be judged based on their quality, ability to address the corresponding U.N. Sustainability Development Goals, and long-term viability. Each application will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Tech for Good and Impact on the Sustainable Development Goals of both the product and the Company’s operations
- Product Market Fit
- Product/Service Innovation
Google Global Impact Challenge
There will be a two-stage application process, and applications must be submitted in English. In Stage 1, organizations submit their proposals for charitable projects creating pathways to prosperity for women and girls. Applications close at 23:59 GMT on April 9, 2021. Google.org will invite high-potential organizations to submit additional project information in Stage 2.
Our panel of experts and our partners will review and provide input to help Google.org select organizations that will receive funding.
Funding and support
Each selected organization will receive between $300,000 and $2 million in funding and other support from Google. The selected organizations will be announced in late 2021.
Closing Date: 9 April 2021
Stanford Seed Transformation Program 2021
PROGRAM DATES: September 2021 – October 2022
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 15 April 2021
PROGRAM FEE: US $5,000* COVID Discount Price
OPEN TO: CEOs/founders of for-profit companies and for-profit social enterprises, and up to five senior managers.
REQUIREMENT: Companies based in Africa with annual revenue between US $300,000 and $15 million.
COMMITMENT: Approximately 5-8 hours per week for CEO/founder; 2-4 hours per week for managers.
LOCATION: Virtual, in-person elements may be added if the health and safety situation improves.
*The cost of the program has been significantly subsidized through philanthropic contributions. In Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa, the cost of the program has been further subsidized by the De Beers Group.
Closing Date: 15 April 2021