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The 2023 Fintech Innovation Challenge is inviting applications from fintechs pioneering innovative financial solutions that break the persistent challenges in serving the low-income women’s market.

Women’s World Banking’s Fintech Innovation Challenge identifies and elevates 4 later-stage fintechs pioneering innovative financial solutions that break the persistent challenges in serving the low-income women’s market.

Fintechs who fit the following criteria to apply:

  • Leveraging Technology for Women - You are a fintech leveraging technology to provide financial solutions for underserved, low-income women.
  • Serving Emerging Market - Your focus is on serving customers in emerging markets.
  • Preparing for Series A or Later - Your fintech is preparing for Series A or later and can demonstrate a minimum viable product and a path to profitability.

Prizes 

The four finalists and grand prize winner will be awarded mentorships, personalized UX design and investor consultations, membership to exclusive networks and priority access to fintech events attended by investors and partners around the world.

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Green Buildings Finance Programme provides up to 100% property finance ranging from R500 000 to R50 million to established entrepreneurs with a viable business who want to invest in green buildings and achieve green building certification. We finance the purchase, construction, and/or retrofit of buildings if their designs are certified under an eligible green building certification.

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Innovate UK KTN as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund AgriFood Africa Programme (GCRF) calls for collaborative UK/Africa projects that address African AgriFood challenges to apply for the GCRFGCRF AgriFood Africa Innovation Awards Round 3 . Successful applicants will receive a grant of either £20,000 or £30,000 to support their collaborative UK/Africa AgriFood research and innovation project.

Projects should address the AgriFood challenges of an African organisation through a defined research/innovation project between one UK and one African organisation.

Join the Innovate UK KTN LinkedIn group to make connections with potential partners.

 

Click here to download to the guidelines.

Click here to download the case support template.

Click here to to submit your case for support.

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A 6-week hybrid program designed to support creatives & creators to solve prevailing problems in building sustainable and scalable businesses. The program seeks to identify, train and support creatives whose activities power the digital economy, and especially address gaps in areas of business skills and structures for growth and scalability. 

Benefits

Access to: 

  • Business Structure Setup 
  • One-On-One Business Advisory 
  • Community & More Opportunity

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TIA is calling for the submission of funding applications for developing innovative energy technologies within the Hydrogen Economy. The technological innovations may include fuel cells for mobile and stationary applications, production of green hydrogen, as well as infrastructure for storage, distribution and dispensing hydrogen.

Application are invited from the following South African institutions for consideration; 

  • Start-up companies
  • Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs)
  • Private Individuals
  • Science Councils (SCs)
  • Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)
  • Any other recognized legal entities in South Africa

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Applications are now open for the SAB Foundation Tholoana Enterprise Programme. 

The SAB Foundation Tholoana Enterprise Programme supports entrepreneurs to become successful and resilient business owners through extensive entrepreneurial skills development, mentorship and access to markets, finance and practical business tools and templates. Through connections to peers around the country, we build a powerful network of opportunities for participants long after the programme has ended. The programme prioritises entrepreneurial ventures that are owned and managed by historically disadvantaged groups (i.e. black people, women, youth, people living with disabilities and those living in rural areas) so as to help redress socio-economic challenges faced by these marginalised groups.

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Future Females Business School in partnership with UK-SA South Africa Tech Hub is inviting female entrepreneurs with a GreenTech idea or early-stage business, ready to upskill and utilise technology to bring their businesses to life, to submit applications for the Future Females Business School GreenTech Programme. 

This is a three-month programme in which entrepreneurs will have access to actionable content, weekly coaching sessions with a sustainability coach and guest feature masterclasses with industry experts; to increase the capacity of their enterprises to scale and become more sustainable.

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Technology and Human Resource for Industry Programme (THRIP) is a cost-sharing grant of up to R8 million per annum for a period of 3 years for approved projects engaged in applied research and development (R&D) in science, engineering and technology.

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The Export Marketing and Investment Assistance (EMIA) scheme develops export markets for South African products and services and recruits new foreign direct investment into the country.

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The programme support for the Clothing Textile Footwear Leather (CTFL) sectors through five policy levers of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic):

  • Clothing Textile Footwear Leather Growth Programme (CTFLGP) to boost customised financing and value chain competitiveness;
  • Designation of Clothing Textile Footwear Leather under Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act Regulation for 100% local contents;
  • Retail – Clothing Textile Footwear Leather (R-CTFL) Masterplan 2030;
  • Developing and implementing policies for improved growth, competitiveness, new decent jobs and sustainability of the Clothing Textile Footwear Leather industries; and
  • Enabling innovation and technology demonstration, value chain strategies as well as the development of relevant skills for the sectors through the various clusters.

 

Youth Technology Innovation Programme (YTIP) exists to drive and increase the participation of young people in the economy by providing funding for the development of techno-enterprises. The Programme is targeted at funding and supporting youth, between the ages of 18-30, who have innovative ideas that have the potential to establish new businesses.

Purpose of the Programme 

  • Fund development of innovative ideas to solve various social and technological problems
  • Create and enable access to infrastructure and services, mentoring and incubation, to support development and commercialisation of youth-led technology-enterprises
  • Accelerate the commercialisation and uptake of youth-led technology-enterprises

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The Critical Infrastructure Programme (CIP) aims to leverage investment by supporting infrastructure that is deemed to be critical, thus lowering the cost of doing business. The CIP is a cost-sharing incentive that is available to the approved applicant/s or infrastructure project/s upon the completion of verifiable milestones or as may be approved by the Adjudication Committee.  Infrastructure is deemed “critical” to the investment if such investment would not take place without the said infrastructure or the said investment would not operate optimally.

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