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Africa Innovation Fellowship (AIF) - sub-Saharan Africa

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted October 8, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on October 14, 2021
Africa Innovation Fellowship (AIF) poster
Africa Innovation Fellowship (AIF) poster

Africa Innovation Fellowship (AIF) 2021 is a six-month leadership and business development opportunity for women African innovators with an early-stage engineering innovation or start up.

Africa Innovation Fellowship (AIF) kicks off in November 2021 with virtual sessions focused on idea and business incubation, leadership development and networking, followed by five months of personalised virtual support with regular check-ins and milestones, ending in April 2022.

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Eligibility Criteria:
1. Applicants must identify as women and serve as founders or co-founders.
2. Individual applicants must be citizens of a country within sub-Saharan Africa. The main applicant must be a citizen of a country within Sub-Saharan Africa.
3. The innovation must be based in a country in sub-Saharan Africa.
4. Applicants must have a Science, Technology, Engineering or Manufacturing (STEM) innovation, though are not required to be an engineering graduate or student themselves.
5. Applicants must be over the age of 18. There is no upper age limit.
6. The applicant’s innovation can be any new product, technology, or service, based in STEM.
7. Applicants should have an early-stage engineering innovation and / or startup.
8. Applicants must be able to commit for the six month-long programme commencing in November 2021 to April 2022.

a) Development of your business through personal growth and increased commercial insights.
b) Exposure to investors in the African landscape.
c) Interaction with fellow innovators across Africa.
d) Access to one-on-one mentorship and venture clinics with subject matter experts.

The deadline for submission of completed applications is 15 October 2021 at 23h59 GMT+2.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Oct 08
Oct 08

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• what they have in common, and
• how you can think ahead / plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Gather or update paperwork (certificates, attests, statements, resumes, etc.) and information usually required by calls such this one;
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start NOW!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
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c) Click on Filters;
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Best regards,
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Oct 11
Oct 11

Thanks, Ana.