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Applications Open for Orange Social Venture Prize 2018 Competition

Why do entrepreneurs apply to competitions such as Orange Social Venture Prize? For the money; coaching; increase in reputation and credibility and of course a number of opportunities that may follow?  Here’s another incredible opportunity to apply for Telecommunications giant Orange eighth Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East.

Applications, opened on 1 March and will close 31 May.

What Is It?

The Orange Social Venture Prize aims to reward innovation in information and communication technology — particularly in education, healthcare, agriculture, mobile payments and sustainable development — which improves the living conditions of people in Africa and the Middle East.

Orange Social Venture Prize applicants have to be over 21 years old and must be resident in one of 17 countries where Orange has subsidiaries

The prize, which was launched in 2011, has since its launch provided support to 20 projects.

“1,200 projects were submitted in 2017, a 60% increase over 2016. Support for talented startups is at the heart of Orange’s development strategy. With the Orange Social Venture Prize, we reaffirm our commitment to being a partner for the innovators working to improve daily life ever year,” said Bruno Mettling, Orange Middle East and Africa CEO said in a statement.

How Can I Apply?

To be eligible, applicants have to be over 21 years old.

The competition will start with a national phase during which each of the 17 participating Orange subsidiaries — namely Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Tunisia, Jordan, Liberia, and Burkina-Faso — will assess the projects submitted and select three winners in their respective countries.

Thereafter, the 51 finalists will compete before an international panel of judges, which will then present the Orange Social Venture Prize to the three final winners at AfricaCom in Cape Town this November.


What’s In It For Me?

This are the prizes involved:

  • 1st winner: €25 000
  • 2nd Winner: €15 000
  • 3rd Winner: €10 000

Plus six months of tailored support from startup incubation and financing experts.

Apply Now For This Seedstars World Competition For Startup Entrepreneurs 2016

Seedstars World offers exclusive and global startup competition to promote, connect and invest up to $1.5mn for Entrepreneurs in emerging markets in 60 countries.

Application Deadline: December 31, 2016 (see specific deadline for African cities below)

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: Africa, Asia, Latin America, CEE and MENA

To be taken at (country): Switzerland

Area of Interest: Entrepreneurship in any field

Seedstars World have been ongoing for the fourth year and it reaches over 65 countries across Asia, Africa, LatAm, CEE and MENA to find the best seed-stage startup.

They are lookingfor companies that are less than two years old, MVP ready, think global and with less than $500k raised so far. These companies can apply to become the 2016 Global Winner!

Selection Criteria:

  • Maximum 2 years since founding date
  • Maximum USD 0.5m funding
  • Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

How It Works:

At each Local Event, the top 10-15 pre-selected startups are invited to pitch in front of an expert jury and quality audience to determine the winner. The event brings together key entrepreneurs, investors, corporates and institutions from the local ecosystem combined with a unique global Seedstars World flavour. The winner of each Local Event gets a free trip to the Final Event and loads of cool tech prizes.

The winner of each Local Event will be invited to Switzerland to represent his startup and country at the global finals. The Final Event is a week long adventure consisting of a bootcamp, international conference and investor forum. It’s an amazing chance to meet with investors, build a global network and grow your business.

Award Value:

  • Equity investment: There is a prize package consisting of USD1mn in equity investment and more in cash and in-kind prizes. You’ll be exposed to VCs, corporates and angels searching for investment opportunities. Maximum USD 0.5m funding
  • Coverage & Prestige: All Seedstars World events are heavily covered by local and international press with around 500 articles on Seedstars last year. Represent your country at the worldwide Seedstars Summit in front of an international audience.
  • Partnerships & Family: Join the close knit Seedstars Family of talented entrepreneurs in 65+ countries. Find potential partners and business opportunities through the community and at the various events.
  • Learn & Grow: We hand pick top-quality mentors from all over the world with experience in relevant industries. Benefit from the knowledge of corporate leaders, serial entrepreneurs, accelerator directors and investors.

Duration of Scholarship: 2 days for the Local Event + 7 days if you are selected for the Seedstars Summit (includes: online application, preparing for pitching event, coaching, traveling and attending the events).

Application deadline: Go to Seedstars website below to see specific deadline for each African city.

For Lagos, click here

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Make sure you have a venture profile published on VC4Africa platform with your most recent pitch deck attached.
  • Step 2: Apply to one of the 15 local events in Africa through the online form.

Apply from VC4Africa website

Visit Seedstars Webpage for details

Note that you must be prepared to talk about your startup in public. Pitch and application documents must be in English or you must provide a translator. Your startup can be from any sector but must be for profit.


Apply for this grant and take a step towards achieving your dreams!

How ambitious, avant-garde and authentic are you? Dare: How innovative and driven are you? Create: The quality of your presentation and the quantity of elements created to make your dreams come true. The program is open to all creatives who have a dream they want to materialise: whether it’s launching a clothing line, opening your own restaurant, or becoming a professional photographer or filmmaker.

Remember when Betty Irabor of Genevieve magazine and other Nigerian fashion industry members launched The ‘Dream, Dare, Create’ initiative? Click here if you missed it. The Funding grant initiative was inspired by the work of Louisa Cointreau, wife of the founder of the Cointreau brand Edouard Cointreau, well known for her tireless feminism.

The initiative which will see one Nigerian entrepreneur awarded 20,000 to support a creative project is now receiving applications. Nigerian creatives from any field – Cointreau mentions cocktails, food, art, music, design and film – are invited to apply for the grant.

Following the successful launch of the global philanthropic programme Cointreau Creative Crew in Nigeria in April 2016, CCC aims to use this initiative to promote promote the development of women’s creative freedom and expression as well as encourage women to work towards taking their initial dream and turning into a tangible creative reality.

The lucky entrepreneur will win a prize of  €20,000 as a means of support towards their creative project.

The grant is not only limited to women, men are also encouraged to apply.

We dare you to apply and dare you to dream. Tell a friend and share to someone who is looking for funding to advance in their business plan.

Here is how you can apply below:

To apply click here http://cointreau.com.ng

All applicants must be over 23 and resident in Nigeria.

Don’t forget to use the following hashtags –> #CointreauCreativeCrewNG #WillYouDare #DareDreamCreate

South Africa Top Millenials Bonang Matheba, Aisha R Pandor, Thato Kgatlhanye & Claire Reid Cover Forbes Woman Africa New Issue

Four South African women have been revealed as top millenials on the February/March 2016 edition of Forbes Woman Africa magazine now on newsstands. Tagged “The Millennials:The New Biz Kids On The Block”, the magazine profiles Bonang Matheba, Aisha R Pandor, Thato Kgatlhanye & Claire Reid. Check out the GirlBosses below:


The Millennials, or Generation Y (born 1980 to 2000), are scripting a new lexicon of business, and Africa Inc. is in the midst of a quiet transformation as a young army of start-up entrepreneurs are shifting paradigms with their (disruptive) ideas in a sharing economy. Our cover package delves into the world of the millennials, and why they matter.

They came of age during the global financial crisis.They have seen the twin towers of capitalism torn down by terror, and are not willing to take success for granted.They have grown up in a digital world, roaming with apps and aptitude in their back pockets.

The four female millenials featured on the cover of Forbes Woman Africa are Bonang Matheba – media personality and style icon, Aisha R Pandor – scientist, PhD holder and co-founder of cleaning company sweepsouth.comThato Kgatlhanye – social entrepreneur, founder of Repurpose Schoolbags for children in need and Claire Reid, founder and CEO of Reel Gardening.

The Issue also discusses the following topics:

  •  A Joburg girl loses 120 members of her family in The Holocaust. She returns to the ghosts of her past. More in the latest issue of Forbes Woman Africa.
  • Is the world of stand-up comedy still male-dominated? Yes, says SA’s leading comedienne in the Feb/March issue of Forbes Woman Africa.

Editorial Credits:
Photography:Jay Caboz Photo
Styling:Athi-Afikile Myataza

Apply NOW For The 2016 Gist Tech-I Global Competition

Got a great business idea that you believe will help the society? Calling all African startuppers/entrepreneurs to check out the latest competition by Gist Tech-I for aspiring entrepreneurs:

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the U.S. Department of State are taking applications for the 2016 GIST Tech-I competition.

The GIST (Global Innovation through Science and Technology) Technology Idea (Tech-I) competition is now taking applications from scientists, innovators, and entrepreneurs between ages 18 and 40 who have ideas for a startup in science and technology.

GIST Tech-I is open to citizens from all the 135 emerging economies.

In order to apply, the ought to present a summarised description of your product, research, service, or concept, together with a larger 750-word executive summary describing the proposed work and the science and technology behind it.

Only thirty applicants will be picked for the final round where they can pitch their ventures to a global audience at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley.

Winners of GIST Tech-I will be presented with seed capital prizes and all finalists will receive three months of mentoring.

For application, click here.

Application deadline: January 15, 2016

Apply Now For 2015 Entrepreneur Of The Year Competition In South Africa

The Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year® awards aims to honour, benefit, and uplift South African SMEs.

2015 Entrepreneur Of The Year Competition

“Success breeds success!”

2015 Entrepreneur Of The Year Competition celebrates excellence in entrepreneurship, serving as an inspiration to others to succeed in the world of business.

Entrepreneurs who enter may be considered for the following categories in the Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year® competition:

  • Emerging Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur who has been in their present business for a maximum of 5 years and with a turnover not exceeding R5 million on the date the entry form is received by the steering committee.

  • Small Business Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur who runs a business, irrespective of length of time during which it has been active, with a turnover of between R5 million and R20 million in the tax year immediately preceding the date of entering the competition.

  • Medium Business Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur who runs a business, irrespective of the length of time during which it has been active, with a turnover of R20 million or more in the tax year immediately preceding the date of entering the competition. Controlling owner must be stated.

  • Job Creator of the Year

An entrepreneur who not only employs a significant number of employees, but also plays a key role in uplifting, up-skilling and training them. They help towards making a dent in the unemployment rate of the community, area, province and country where the business is situated.

  • Lifetime Achiever Award

An entrepreneur who has, over the years, shown fortitude and strength in the entrepreneurial arena, and developed a business that has size, longevity and profitability.

  • Innovator of the Year

An entrepreneur who has the ability to:

  • Reinvent the way business is done in his/her industry; and/or
  • Be innovative in the product or service being offered to the market; and/or
  • Finds a way of drawing the best qualified and technical people in the industry and keeping them because of creating a special environment where employees can flourish.


Entrepreneur of the Year®

The overall winner is selected out of the emerging, small, or medium categories.

DEADLINE: June 16, 2015

Click HERE to apply.


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