Funding and growth opportunities open for startups in Nigeria

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iCreate Africa Skillsfest 2019
The Olympics of Skills, iCreate Skills Competition is an annual Technical & Vocational Skill Competition, which promotes skill excellence, showcases skills standards and careers, demonstrates benchmarks of excellence in teaching and learning, and creates interest for public sector agencies, private organizations, and individuals to invest in skills development across the continent.
Application Deadline: December 3rd 2019

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Small and Growing Business Fund

GroFin is a pioneering development financier specializing in financing and supporting small and growing businesses (SGBs) across Africa and the Middle East. GroFin combines patient capital and specialized business support to grow emerging market enterprises.
Focus on Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs) that are grossly underserved by other funds or financiers. Delivers a unique integrated solution for patient risk capital and end-to-end business support to start-up and growing businesses at the SME base.
Application Deadline: December 2021 

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Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition
Offering a unique platform for upcoming generations of Innovators and entrepreneurs, the competition aims to reimagine cities into smart, sustainable and resilient communities. 
Organized by the Institute of  Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) at SMU (Singapore Management University), the competition introduces various verticles on sustainable Urban innovations. Applicable technologies that facilitate solutions include blockchain, virtual and augmented reality, data analytics and artificial intelligence, IOT, robotics and more
Application Deadline: November 17th

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British Council Ideas Change Lives Innovation Challenge 2019

 The #IdeasChangeLives Challenge is a global innovation challenge to find solutions to some of the world’s greatest problems. The application calls for individuals or groups with an entrepreneurial mindset and an idea that has the potential to make an impact on communities across the globe. The winning pitch will receive 20,000 USD to invest in their idea, as well as mentorship and support from the British Council for a year.
Application Deadline: January 10th 2020

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AFD Digital Africa Challenge 2019
For the fourth consecutive year, the French Agency for Development commits alongside high impact digital actors in Africa. For this new edition, the AFD Digital Challenge wished to combine the challenge of digital transition with that of sustainable cities, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG).
If your start-up, association, or research center is developing a digital solution that promotes the development of inclusive and sustainable cities in Africa and falls under one of the categories below, you can apply!

  • Creation of Quality Urban Services
  • Urban planning for the most vulnerable
  • Stimulation of Local Economic Development
  • Improving the relationship between citizens and local authorities

 Applications Deadline: November 18th

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Startupx Changemakers Seed Grant Program 2020

  StartUpX has launched the Changemakers seed grant program for startups and social enterprises who want to change their communities with innovative business ideas.
The Program aims to identify early-stage ideas from entrepreneurs and social enterprises and support them through the early stages of company development with resources, finance, and sustainability measures.
Application Deadline: December 31 2019 

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Act Foundation 2020 Grant Cycle

Calling on Non-profit organizations and social enterprises in the area of health, environment, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Are you creative, innovative and passionate about improving human capacity and development?

Do you have ideas that can change the African business landscape?
The ACT foundation supports businesses in the Non profit sector through Grant making and Capacity Building and Training
Applications Deadline:October 31st
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Labs by Arm 2.0

Ventures platform is gearing up to launch Labs by Arm 2.0. Labs by ARM is designed to engage post MVP early growth stage startup in a series of activities aimed at exponentially advancing the growth of their companies within a short time frame, and ensuring their investment readiness.
Selected Start-ups will be provided with financial investment, distribution, access to investors and much more
Application Deadline: November 4th 2019

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Courtesy: Network of Incubators and Innovators in Nigeria (NINE)

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