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Opportunities. For idea-stage and start-up entrepreneurs

We regularly receive inquiries from idea-stage and start-up businesses. While we have taken risks on highly compelling start-up entrepreneurs with scalable concepts, we would first direct you to the list we have compiled below containing links to relevant opportunities specifically for start-ups. If you are rather an early-stage business looking to scale-up your existing operations, please do contact us.

Organization Eligibility Deadline Workspace Training Mentorship Finance

Ghana

Enhancing Growth in New Enterprise (ENGINE) Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) seeking to improve skills, business plans and operations On-going Training Finance
Ghana Angel Investors Network Entrepreneurs who can demonstrate market validation of their business concept On-going Mentorship Finance
Impact Hub Accra Early-stage social entrepreneurs On-going Workspace Training Mentorship
iSpace Foundation Early-stage technology entrepreneurs On-going Workspace Training Mentorship
MBA – Global Business and Sustainability Early-stage and high-growth entrepreneurs seeking to obtain an MBA Annual Training Mentorship
Reach for Change Social entrepreneurs impacting children and education On-going Training Mentorship Finance
Startup Cup Accra Idea-stage businesses Annual Training Finance
Startup Weekend Accra Anyone seeking to partner with or launch a startup business Annual Workspace Training

Africa

Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) Entrepreneurs in agribusiness, renewable energy, access to information and financial services. Annual Training Mentorship Finance
African Leadership Network (ALN) Ventures African venture operating for 2+ years, with full-time CEO and fundraised up to US$250,000. On-going Workspace Training Mentorship Finance
Global Scholars Program (GSP) Secondary school students On-going Training
Innovation Prize for Africa African entrepreneurs in financial services, health and well-being, agribusiness, environment, ICT, energy, water. Subscribe Training Mentorship Finance
Sankalp Awards for Africa High-impact emerging enterprises in agriculture, education, clean energy, healthcare, financial inclusion, water and sanitation clearly catering to rural, low-income, disadvantaged communities. Annual Training Mentorship Finance
Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) African entrepreneurs with ideas or up to 3 year-old businesses. On-going Training Mentorship Finance

International

D-Prize Social entrepreneurs solving distribution problems of existing technologies Annual Mentorship Finance
Development Innovation Ventures Entrepreneurs with proven innovative solutions, proven cost effectiveness, and scalability On-going Mentorship Finance
Echoing Green Entrepreneurs committing 35+ hours/week to their idea or organisation which solves a social problem Subscribe Mentorship Finance
Global Good Fund Coachable social entrepreneurs with demonstrated leadership potential On-going Mentorship Finance
Global Innovation Fund Individuals, non-profit organisations, for-profit companies, governments, and universities with innovative, cost-effective solutions On-going Finance
Global Social Business Institute Accelerator Executives of social enterprises addressing the world’s most pressing problems with market-based solutions. Annual Training Mentorship Finance
Grand Challenges Entrepreneurs fostering innovation to solve key health and development problems On-going Finance
Innovate UK Innovative businesses and researchers developing solutions to global challenges On-going Training Finance
Seedstar World Entrepreneurs with quality start-ups in emerging markets Annual Training Mentorship Finance
Sustainable Business Plan Competition Entrepreneurs managing a multi-bottom line business requiring mentors to scale their business Annual Mentorship
XPrize Challenges Varies Varies Mentorship Finance