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***FUNDING & NEW BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES***

Jua Kickstarter Fund (Startups)

The US$1 million fund aims to provide entrepreneurs with capital to kickstart or expand their enterprises. African businesses can apply, whether they have a concept or are mature businesses that need that kickstart into the next level.

To enter, individuals will be required to sign up for the JUA Kickstarter Startup Olympics.

Finalists will be selected to take part in question-and-answer sessions over five days with a panel of judges. Each day will have a different theme. Successful participants will proceed to the next round.

The deadline for the Olympics’ applications is 31 January 2021.

Apply here

The 7th Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (SMEs)

The TEF Entrepreneurship Programme, is a 10-year, $100 million commitment.

Its mission is to identify, train, provide mentorship and fund 10,000 entrepreneurs, who are capable of changing the face of business across Africa.

According to the programme website, this year’s intervention prioritises the economic recovery of small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) and young African entrepreneurs, following the Covid-19 disruption to economic activities.

The pillars of the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme are:

1. Mentoring

2. Start-up Enterprise Toolkit

3. Online Resources

4. Meetups

5. Elumelu Entrepreneurship Forum

6. Seed Capital Funding

7. TEF Entrepreneurship Programme Alumni Network

Applications to apply for this programme close on 31 March 2021.

Apply here

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***TRAINING & SUPPORT PROGRAMME OPPORTUNITIES***

Women Enabled Enterprises (Women)

The organisation offers a 12-week long business basics virtual programme to women of colour.

Participants will receive mentorship and training from top startup experts. The opportunity is open for women who want to kickstart a business idea or take their business to another level.

Criteria:

– You must be a woman of colour (Black, Coloured, Indian, Asian)

– Must be over the age of 18.

– You must have a South African ID or valid Visa.

– Once the applicant is accepted into the incubator, she will need to pay a registration fee of R500.

– Scholarships may be awarded to participants that meet scholarship requirements.

– Micro-funding or grants are not guaranteed, these are selection/effort based.

The deadline for applications is 13 January 2021.

Register here

1000 Tech Entrepreneurs Movement (Tech)

Those who have an interest and willingness to start and lead a tech startup can register to join this five-day bootcamp. No prior entrepreneurship experience is required.

This is a is a nationwide campaign with ideation and MVP bootcamps. From January, the bootcamps for entrepreneurs will start in the Free State, Northern Cape, North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

More info here

Grow with Google (All)

The Google digital hub provides free tools and resources to businesses and individuals. It has initiatives like Google My Business, Marketing Kit tool and Market Finder tool.

Examples of tools is the free marketing kit from Google My Business which allow users to create custom posters, social posts and more; from reviews and highlights on your Business Profile on Google.

The Market Finder recommends the best market for your business.

More info here

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*** INCUBATORS & ACCELERATORS ***

Future of Work Africa 2021 (Startups)

Village Capital, with the support of IFC, is launched the Future of Work Africa 2021. It is an accelerator which aims to provide support and scale startups across Sub-Saharan Africa.

The accelerator will support entrepreneurs of early-stage ventures building for-profit, market-based solutions across the education, employment, and benefits spectrum that can help young people in Sub-Saharan Africa better prepare for and manage the future of work.

Participants can expect an investment readiness curriculum, engagement with mentors and investors, and peer collaboration.

The deadline to apply for this program (for both cohorts) is January 22, 2021.

More info here

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