Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship 2017

​Application Period:  22 June – 7 August 2017

The Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship aim to recognize some of the continent’s most innovative and impactful entrepreneurs. Over the past 8 years, AAE has attracted over 7000 applications from industries and sectors ranging from education. health, transport, energy among others.

Applications for nominations to The Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship (AAE) are now open. The awards aim to recognize Africa’s most talented entrepreneurs across 4 categories:  

1. Best Growing Business: high growth companies

2. Best Mature Business: legacy companies with significant revenue base and continental footprint

3. Youth Entrepreneur of the Year :entrepreneurs under the age of 35

4. Social Entrepreneur of the Year:social impact oriented enterprises

Previous winners of this prestigious award include Spark Schools (South Africa), Astro Mobile (Zimbabwe), Prep Class (Nigeria) and Aspen Holdings (Mauritius).

After undergoing a rigorous nomination and selection process, 12 finalists (3 per category) will be invited to attend the African Leadership Network (ALN) Annual Gathering which will be hosted in Mauritius in November this year, where one winner per category will be announced. The Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship are an initiative of the African Leadership Network.

Eligibility

  • Only African companies are eligible for these awards. You will be required to provide proof that your core operations are on the continent.
  • They look for a track record of innovation, profitability, business excellence and social impact
  • Businesses from any sector are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants interested in the Outstanding Young Entrepreneur category must be 35 years old or below.
  • Applications must be filed by a single company representative.      

Selection Criteria

1. Leadership, culture and values: This majorly points out to how your organisation invests in its employees as well as the values ethics that drive it.

2. Innovation: We look for companies that are providing creative and leading edge solutions that add real value to the lives of customers

3. Profitability:  Your business should be commercially sustainable and demonstrate a robust financial position

4. Long term Business Strategy: Your business should demonstrate a sound and coherent strategy for future growth and continued value addition

5. Social & Economic impact on communities: Your business should be adding value to their communities. We are looking for companies that have a demonstrable commitment to using business for social impact

How to apply

The first step is to fill in the application form and upload your supporting  documents online via the ALN Website. You will be notified about the status of your application by the end of August. Shortlisted candidates will the interviewed by our panel of judges via skype interview. Successful candidates will be invited to attend the  award ceremony in Mauritius.

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2017 African Development Bank Internship

Application Deadline: May 30, 2017

Established in 1964, the African Development Bank is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 80 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries). The Bank’s development agenda is delivering the financial and technical support for transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic growth. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.

Participants in the Program are selected on a competitive basis, based on business needs of the Bank.

Objectives

The broad objectives of the program are to:

  • Provide students with an opportunity to acquire professional and practical experience at the African Development Bank.
  • Provide the Bank with a pool of potential candidates for future recruitment purposes.

However applicants should not expect the internship to lead to immediate employment with the AfDB.

Terms and conditions

The fields of study from which interns are selected must be within the job families of the Bank, particularly Economics, Agriculture, Private Sector Development, Human Capital Development (Education and Health), Environment, Finance, Infrastructure Development, Human Resources Management, Information Technology, Communications, Law, Internal Audit, Budget, Governance or any other field of study that the Bank may deem relevant to its operations.

Special consideration shall be given to students who are working on projects that have a direct bearing on the mission of the Bank.

Internships shall be performed either at the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) or in any one of the Bank’s field offices or Regional Centres.

Timeline for the 2017 Program :

Summer – Session : July through December 2017.

Internships shall be granted to each candidate for a period not less than three (3) months and not more than six (6) months. The internship is authorized only once for any candidate.

Interns shall be responsible for their air travel (where applicable) to and from the Bank’s location as well as their upkeep.

Interns shall be responsible for their medical insurance coverage and for obtaining entry and residence visas in the host country of the Bank.

Eligible Interns will be provided with a monthly stipend.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for internship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Students, aged between eighteen
  • (18) to thirty (30) years, and
  • currently enrolled in a Master’s level degree program or its equivalent in a recognized public or private institution of higher learning.
  • The candidate can apply for an internship within one (1) year of having obtained such a degree.
  • Provide a letter from their school confirming their enrollment or a copy of the above mentioned Degree.
  • Citizens of one of the Bank’s member countries.
  • Applicants must be fluent in at least one of the Banks’s two working languages (English or French).

Strategic Focus areas:

The specific disciplines and specialist professional areas are aligned to the Bank’s Ten-Year Strategy (TYS) and the gender strategy. In addition to the fields that are in the job families of the Bank, focus will be on the following areas:

  • Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth;
  • Agriculture, Human and Social Development;
  • Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization;
  • Economy, Statistics;
  • Governance and knowledge Management
  • Finance
  • Legal
  • Human Resources and Corporates Services: IT, Language Services, General Service a& Procurement, HR Management
  • Audit, Anti-corruption
  • Evaluation;
  • Communication & External Relations
  • Public Relations
  • Gender.

Application Procedure

Applicants will only be considered if they submit an online application and attach a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV).

See more here

Amplify Fellowship for Content Creators and Storytellers in Africa 

Application Deadline: July 7, 2017

aKoma is now accepting applications for Amplify II, the second cohort of the Fellowship for Content Creators and Storytellers in Africa. The application process will run from May 26th through July 7th 2017. They are looking for originals, applicants cut from that unique creative ilk that defines an amazing creative. They are not looking for ordinary people. Instead aKoma wants content creators and storytellers that are non-conformists who are laser focused on making the authentic yet fantastic stories that Africa deserves, stories that the world will use as the lenses with which the real Africa is viewed. They are looking for photographers, videographers, writers, animators, graphic artists, storytellers.

Amplify applicants should be open to challenging defaults, demonstrate resilience, and embody a multitude of viewpoints. Fellow characteristics aKoma likes include rigor, ownership, vision, grit, curiosity and teamwork. In addition to tangible evidence of progress in their craft, every potential Amplify should be able to show their passion for their country and Africa 

The Selection Process

The Amplify II Fellows will be selected by the aKoma crew. They select Fellows based on their creative pursuits so far, content creation aspirations, alignment with Amplify’s vision, and other factors. They are interested in the possible range and impact of the potential Fellow’s work, the diversity of their creative work, and the ability to take full advantage of the opportunities presented by Amplify

This is a very competitive program. They will be selecting thirty (30) Fellows in total – ten in Lagos, ten in Nairobi, five in Accra, and five in Kigali.

There will be two rounds:

The first round will run through July 7th

A final round will run from the 7th to the 14th of July, when we will announce the Amplify II Fellowship recipients

Requirements

Applicants should reside or be available in one of these locations:

  • Accra, Ghana
  • Kigali, Rwanda
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Lagos, Nigeria

Applicants must commit to 8-10 hours every week to participate in Amplify activities. No exceptions will be made. Please do not apply if you can’t make this commitment

Be able to show samples of your work, and have a visible presence on social media that displays your work on the web

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Caroline Mutoko Leadership Award

About Caroline Mutoko

Caroline Mutoko is a One Young World Counsellor, the CMO of Radio Africa Group and a leading Kenyan media personality with a radio career that spans more than 15 years. Caroline is, without doubt, the first female broadcaster to command the morning airwaves with a mix of love, charity and brutal honestly for the issues that affect Kenyans most.

Caroline believes that now more than ever, media must look at where Kenya needs to be, where Kenya needs to go and actively and boldly pursue after the conversations, personalities, issues and topics that allow that reality to unfold.

This year Caroline will provide one young leader the opportunity to participate in the upcoming One Young World Summit in Bogotá through the Caroline Mutoko Leadership Award.

What does the scholarship include?

  • Access to the One Young World Summit 2017 in Bogotá, Colombia
  • Hotel accommodation on a shared basis between 4 October and 7 October
  • Catering which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Transport between the Summit accommodation and the Summit venue.
  • Summit hand-outs and support materials.
  • The cost of travel to and from Bogotá.

Who can apply?

In order to apply you must be:

  • Aged 18 – 30
  • A current resident of Kenya
  • Successful candidates will excel in the following areas:
  • Evidenced commitment to creating positive change in Kenya. This commitment can come in many forms; ranging from a high level of involvement in community initiatives to social entrepreneurship or from leading responsible business practices to public service
  • Show leadership ability
  • Show concern for local and related global issues
  • Ability to generate and articulate impactful ideas
  • Demonstrate teamwork
  • Be able to highlight why youth are so critical for the future of Kenya and Africa

How to apply

Submit an online application before midnight 26 May.

Find additional information here

2017 Free Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) Teachers Training Workshop

​WAAW Foundation is excited to announce that application is now open for 2017 Free Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) teachers training workshop.
The one-week intensive programming training is set up to train 100 secondary school STEM teachers from the 36 states of Nigeria on digital literacy training.

Carefully selected participants will have the opportunity to learn Web Development, Renewable Energy systems such as solar and wind mill systems, ICT skills, Arduino, Integrative Teaching Methods, Curriculum Development Skills and also participate in team building exercises etc.

At the end of the training, teachers would return to their schools to launch STEM tutoring and mentoring programs including integrating skills learnt in existing science clubs of their respective institution

Details of this year’s camp:

Date: July 31 st – August 4 th , 2017

Venue: 3 rd Floor, NEPZA Building, 2 Zambezi Crescent, Maitama, Abuja.

Click to apply
Registration for the STEM camp is open till July 30, 2017.

Find additional information here

Ivy Barley, a Young Ghanaian, wins big prize in Berlin, Germany

​Her name is Ivy Barley. She is a young lady who have beaten all the odds to make her country Ghana and Africa proud. Barley made it to the front row of German newspapers by winning the prestigious ‘E-Skills for Girls Competition’ in Berlin. She won the first prize of €15,000, got a mentorship from Google and also had the opportunity to meet German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

She is a leader and an example of a perfect role women play in the computer or ICT world. She started the “Developers in Vogue”, a social enterprise that connects skilled female developers and improves the digital skills of girls and women.

Her business stands to inspire a lot of women globally especially in the coding field of ICT.

Whiles more and more women are venturing into the tech sector, there is still unbalanced ratio of gender in the digital world. It is estimated that about 71% African girls and women will not get online by the beginning of the year, 2020. A lot of women in Africa do not see the hidden benefits of technology and as a fact, creates a developmental lag in their society.

It is on several agencies including government in Africa to empower women to take advantage of technology. Various individual organizations are also key to support the African girl child or woman to see what a life changing technology can have on their lives.

There are vast number of skills a girl or woman in Africa can partake and among them are coding, digital- enabled financial management, web designing/ writing and critical analysis.

Like Ivy, girls have major advantage over men when it comes to IT. They can lead companies and invent great ideas through the coding perspective. This makes them highly stable and relevant in the current state of the imbalanced gender scale.

Ivy’s innovation has generated a greater challenge to women to stand to their feet since her company has created opportunities for the universal gender. Her achievement is worth to be celebrated especially by younger ladies who want to succeed just like her.

Sourve: ghmarv.com

iDove Call for Project Proposals – up to 5,000 Euros per project!

The “Intercontinental Youth Forum on Violent Extremism” from 21 to 23 February 2017 kicked off the project “Interfaith Dialogue on Violent Extremism” (iDove) developed and implemented by the African Union Commission’s Citizens and Diaspora Directorate (CIDO) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Aiming at an innovative and youthful approach by drawing on the soft power of religion and intercultural dialogue, iDove succeeded in starting a unique counter-movement against violent extremism based on the iDove principles of employing cutting-edge (technological) approaches, advocating values of tolerance, mutual respect and better understanding centred on intra- and interfaith and intercultural dialogue, promoting youth ownership and gender equality, thinking outside the activism bubble, and regional networking.

Now iDove wants to support organizations in developing and implementing youth-focused, small scale projects that contribute to preventing violent extremism in African and Europe with a grant of up to 5,000 Euros per project. According to the ideas developed by the youth participants of the “Intercontinental Youth Forum”, the projects should fit into one of the two clusters, namely “Innovative Community Projects” or “Communication and Virtual Initiatives”.

Project ideas should be submitted before 21 May 2017 with the speaker of the project group copied in. Please consult the factsheet for annotations on eligibility, assessing and scoring of the project proposals. It will help you in understanding what they are looking for in a project proposal and how to increase the chances of your project being selected. In addition, a 1-minute video showcasing the project idea must be submitted. The final selection will be made in the beginning of June. The implementation of selected projects is supposed to start in July 2017, given the final approval and the signed contract with GIZ.

Upon submission all projects will undergo an initial eligibility check according to these criteria:

  1. Organisation: Only organisations officially registered with the authorities of a country in Africa and Europe can apply for funding. Registration documents must be provided. Please be aware that each organisation who will receive funding has to invest a certain amount of effort into book keeping and accounting. Some experience in this regard will be favourable.
  2. Youth: The person in charge of the project within the lead organisation must be 20 to 35 years old.
  3. Project Proposals: The above form must be thoroughly filled out. In addition, a 1-minute video showcasing the project idea must be submitted.
  4. Maximum number of project ideas per organisation: Each organisation can submit up to two project proposals in different categories.
  5. Budget limit: iDove supports innovative project ideas with a contribution of 1,000 to 5,000 Euro. Implementing organisations, therefore, can only apply for a grant within these boundaries.
  6. Time frame: The implementation of the projects must be feasible within the time frame of 1-8 months until the end of December 2017. First results need to be presentable in October 2017.

If you have any question, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the orgnizers through their social media platforms:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/idove00
Twitter: @_idove_

See more information here