April Funds Roundup : Here is a list of funds African entrepreneurs can apply for this month

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Here is a curated list of funding opportunities African entrepreneurs can apply for this month. While some of these opportunities are open all-year round, there are some whose deadline closes this Month. So hurry with your application, you never can tell you might just be taking the first step in taking your business forward.

USAID Grants for African entrepreneurs in the power and energy sector

Power and energy

African entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to problems bedeviling Africa in the power and energy sector, can now apply to secure funding from the Scaling Off-Grid Grand Challenge for Development, an initiative backed by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Shell Foundation, and the U.K. Department for International Development (UKID). Application deadline is April 30, 2017.

Under this scheme, the USAID is announcing a new funding opportunity designed to increase private-sector investment in the household solar market. USAID will support innovative technology solutions and business models across the household solar value chain in sub-Saharan Africa.  According to USAID, “up to $4 million in matching funds, with estimated grant awards ranging from $500,000 to $1,500,000 will be provided.”

For more information on application, go here

Zunde Africa Fund for Student-led startups

Africa Fund

Applications are being accepted from student-led businesses in Africa to stand a chance of securing an investment up to $5,ooo from the Zunde Africa Funds (ZAF). Application deadline is May 1, 2017.

ZAF is an initiative of Zunde Africa Venture, a company domiciled in Kenya. The entrepreneur-focused venture platform identifies and invests an average of $5000 in student-led startups across Africa.

For more information on eligibility and application, proceed here

Intafact Hero Kickstart Programme (Strictly for Nigerians)

Hero Kickstart

Nigerians with existing businesses or business idea can apply to the Intafact Hero Kickstart programme to stand a chance of winning grants to help them grow their business. Application ends April 28, 2017.

The programme is open only to Nigerians between the ages 18 to 35 who live and have their businesses in Abia, Anambra, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu and Imo states.

More information here.

 

SASWARE Fund for African Startups

Funds for African Startups

African startups  looking to scale their business/ideas to the next level can now pitch to SASWARE for funds to scale their innovations.

SASWARE is a Nigerian technology investment company providing seed fund for technology and technology-enabled African start-ups and those in their growth phase. With a mission to provide entrepreneurs with tools and resources needed to scale their business to the next level, SASWARE will not only provide startups with seed fund, but also expose them to workshops, mentorship and a network that will ensure they become successful.

Go here, to learn more

 

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