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Apply for the GIST Tech-I Business Plan Competition


The GIST Tech-I Competition is an annual competition for science and technology entrepreneurs from emerging economies worldwide. Aspiring innovators submit their ideas and startups online in an application consisting of an executive summary and promotional video. Their applications are then reviewed by experts and voted on by the global voting public in order to determine the finalists. Up to thirty finalists receive a trip to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), this year in Silicon Valley, to showcase their ventures and to receive intensive training. GIST Tech-I winners, selected by experts at the GES, win prizes, and receive one-on-one mentorship and training.

Since 2011, innovators from around the globe have showcased their science and technology ventures to the world through GIST Tech-I Competitions. Thousands of expert reviews have taken place and the online voting public has cast over 1 million votes in support of these talented young innovators.

Now is your turn to participate and share your amazing ideas with the world! The GIST Tech-I 2016 application opens December 7, 2015!

How to Apply

Are you interested in applying to compete in the GIST Tech-I 2016 competition? The process is simple and this page will help guide you through.

Before you apply, you should first confirm that you are eligible to compete. The basic eligibility requirements are that:

  • You must be a citizen of a GIST eligible emerging economy; and
  • You must be between the ages of 18-40 years old on January 15, 2016.

For a full list of the eligibility criteria including rules on teams, please consult the Program Announcement. For translated versions please see the Materials and Translations page.

Once you have established that you are eligible to apply, you will next need to get together a few promotional materials for your application including:

  • A Short Summary This short summary should be one to two sentences describing the idea or startup and must not exceed 100 words. Should the application advance on to the voting phase of the competition, the short summary will be provided to the voter to provide a quick understanding of the idea or startup.
  • An Executive Summary The Executive Summary narrative must be completed online in the application tool, must not exceed 750 words, and must be written in English. It should include the information outlined in the Program Announcement which includes significance of idea, scientific and technical merit, and commercial potential.
  • A 90 Second Promotional Video Each application must include a 90 second promotional video, which should highlight the value and purpose of the product or service to customers. The video must be presented by the applicant in English or include English subtitles. The video should focus on the concept, product, or service being promoted and its potential market value. This is your opportunity to really sell your idea so your video should be both engaging and creative. Further advice can be found here. Videos from last year’s startup and idea stage winners are also available to use as examples.

During the application, you will be asked several questions including whether you are submitting an Idea or Startup science and technology product, research, or service. The following criteria should be applied to help you to decide which category you fit in:

Idea Stage Application

  • The entrepreneur has research or a technology with commercialization potential.
  • The entrepreneur has not started a business yet and is willing to start a business.
  • The entrepreneur has defined the qualifications of a management team needed to execute the idea.
  • The entrepreneur has started to identify advisors.
  • The entrepreneur has started market research.

Startup Stage Application

  • The venture is for profit
  • The venture is less than three years old from date of startup.
  • The venture has some funding already—either through revenue, through external financing (from public or private sources), or a combination of both.
  • The venture has a product or service that is currently in a testing or pilot stage and that can be made available for commercial release.

The Tech-I team will also be hosting a series of webinars to assist you in the application process and the time and dates for these are:

  • December 9, 2015 at 10:00am US EST
    Topic: Is Tech-I for me? What is Tech-I?
    To register for this webinar, click here
  • December 16, 2015 at 10:00am US EST
    Topic: How to make a promotional video
    To register for this webinar, click here
  • January 6, 2016 at 10:00am US EST
    Topic: Advice on how to complete your proposal
    To register for this webinar, click here

Please note that the webinar platform, gotowebinar (Citrix), requires you to download and run a small software application to participate in the webinar. We advise you arrive to the webinar a few minutes early to ensure that you are able to participate.

If you have any questions regarding the application or would like us to assist you as you complete your application, please feel free to contact us at tech-i@gistnetwork.org.

Think you’re ready to apply? Then Apply Now!.

Apply for the 2016 Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI)


The Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) seeks to develop a select group of young Nigerians into ethical and impactful leaders by connecting them with mentorship, networking, training and funding opportunities over the course of an intensive fellowship year.

The CYFI fellowship is built around year-long social innovation projects that are designed by fellows and supported by the U.S. Consulate and private partners. Following successful completion of their projects, fellows remain involved with CYFI and the U.S. Consulate through the CYFI Alumni Program.

The 2016 application is open to all citizens and permanent residents of Nigeria currently residing in Lagos and Port Harcourt.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Passion
    You are committed to making a significant contribution to your community and country
  • Skill & Experience
    You have a unique set of skills and experiences that you can use to make an impact
  • Strategic Thinking
    You are excited about the opportunity to launch an innovative CYFI project.
    You know how to design a project that is based on sound research, uses resources creatively, builds or improves on existing systems, and leverages partnerships with complimentary organizations
  • Vision
    You know the area of social change in which you would like to work, and you can articulate the positive change that you would like to make


  • Implement concrete, youth-oriented solutions to issues that concern you
  • Access U.S. Government resources and contacts
  • Catch the attention of American and Nigerian leaders in the public and private sectors
  • Work alongside talented and motivated peers with diverse backgrounds, but similar visions
  • Participate in CYFI Alumni Program


Applicants selected for an interview will be notified by the CYFI Board. Interviews will be held at the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos.


Application Deadline: January 11, 2016

Interviews : February 2016

Notification of Admission : February 2016

How to apply

Click here to apply

Apply for the 2016 TechWomen program


TechWomen empowers, connects, and supports the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East by providing them the access and opportunity needed to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and inspire women and girls in their communities.

Through mentorship and exchange, TechWomen strengthens participants’ professional capacity, increases mutual understanding between key networks of professionals, and expands girls’ interest in STEM careers by exposing them to female role models.

Selection Process

TechWomen participants are selected based on the eligibility requirements below. Applications are reviewed by independent selection committees composed of industry leaders and regional experts. Semifinalists may be interviewed by United States Embassy personnel in their country of permanent residence.

2016 TechWomen Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must

  • Be women with, at minimum, two years full-time professional experience in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math)
  • Have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree/four year university degree or equivalent
  • Be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Be citizens and permanent residents of Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, the Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan or Zimbabwe at the time of application, and while participating in the program
  • Be eligible to obtain a U.S. J-1 exchange visitor visa
  • Not have applied for an immigrant visa to the United States, or participated in a visa lottery in the past five years
  • Not hold U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. legal permanent resident

Preference will be given to applicants who

  • Demonstrate themselves as emerging leaders in their chosen professional track through their work experience, volunteer experience, community activities, and education
  • Are committed to return to their home countries to share what they have learned and mentor women and girls
  • Have limited or no prior experience in the United States
  • Have a proven record of voluntary or public service in their communities
  • Have a demonstrated track record of entrepreneurialism and commitment to innovation
  • Demonstrate a willingness to participate in exchange programs, welcome opportunities for mentoring and new partnership development, and exhibit confidence and maturity

TechWomen encourages people with diverse backgrounds and skills to apply, including individuals with disabilities.

Women committed to addressing concerns of global climate change and environmental issues are particularly encouraged to apply.

Selection Timeline

Semifinalists will be contacted via email in/around April 2016. Final decisions will be made in May 2016. All applicants will be notified of the results of their application.


How to Apply for TechWomen

Click here to apply

Apply for Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme TEEP 2016


The 2nd edition of the $100m Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme TEEP 2016 for emerging African Entrepreneurs has been announced by Tony Elumelu Foundation.

The business plan competition started in 2015 and is an annual business grant competition targeting entrepreneurs in Africa. 1000 African entrepreneurs are selected and are given $5,000 each.


TEEP, the flagship programme of The Tony Elumelu Foundation, is a $100m initiative to support emerging entrepreneurs across Africa over 10 years, aiming to generate a projected $10bn in revenues for the Continent and one new million jobs for its citizens.  The 2015 round drew over 20,000 applicants from 51 countries and has created partnerships with entrepreneurs, the private sector and governments across Africa and internationally.


The first edition saw 1000 entrepreneurs selected from 51 African countries and were given $5000 each:

  • In 2015, TEEP empowered 1,000 African entrepreneurs, selected from over 20,000 applicants, with start-up investment, active mentoring, business training, an entrepreneurship boot camp and regional networking across Africa.
  • Entrepreneurs, with an average age range of 21-40, from 51 African countries completed the programme and received $5,000 in seed capital for their start-up businesses.
  • The Tony Elumelu Foundation invested a total of $4,860,000, including $1,405,000 in agriculture; $410,000 in education and training; and $365,000 in manufacturing.  The sector-agnostic programme funded start-ups across a further 20 industries, all based in Africa.

TEEP opens for entries at 00:00am WAT on 1st January 2016 and will accept applications until midnight WAT on March 1st, 2016.  To be eligible, entrepreneurs must complete the online application form with questions on their background, experience and business idea, plans for growth and proposed pan-African impact.  Further guidance and application procedures can be found on the online portal: http://TonyElumelufoundation.org/TEEP.  Applications are reviewed by an Advisory Board of distinguished African entrepreneurs.

“I set out to institutionalise luck with the Foundation and give back to the Continent that made me”, said Tony O. Elumelu, the serial entrepreneur investor and philanthropist, who established the Tony Elumelu Foundation in 2010.  “Entrepreneurship can chart a new course of development for Africa, with Africans taking responsibility for wealth creation, creating value adding businesses here in Africa and this is why I encourage applications from across the Continent, regardless of age, gender, religion or colour.” TEEP is driven by Elumelu’s philosophy of Africapitalism, which calls for the African private sector to focus on long term investments that create social and economic prosperity in Africa, and take the lead role in Africa’s transformation.

In addition to directly supporting African entrepreneurs with “Empowerment Capital”, the Tony Elumelu Foundation uses data gathered to conduct research and advocate for policy improvements to the enabling environment. Earlier this year, the Foundation released a report titled “Unleashing Africa’s Entrepreneurs: Improving the Enabling Environment for Start-ups”, which includes insights based on the most comprehensive and diverse data set on African entrepreneurs ever compiled.

The Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme is open to citizens and legal residents of all 54 African countries.  Applications for 2016 open on 1st January and can be made by any for-profit business based in Africa in existence for less than three years, including new business ideas.

Application Deadline

TEEP opens for entries at 00:00am WAT on 1st January 2016 and will accept applications until midnight WAT on March 1st, 2016.

To Apply

Visit http://TonyElumelufoundation.org/TEEP

Apply for the 2016 Commonwealth Foundation Grants Programme for Civil Society Organizations ( £30,000 in Grants per Year)


2016 Commonwealth Foundation Grants Programme for Civil Society Organizations

With more than 2.3 billion citizens, the Commonwealth provides a potentially huge pool of ideas for advancing societies. The Commonwealth Foundation’s grants help civil society organisations get their ideas across to policymakers.

The Commonwealth Foundation awards grants for sustainable development projects that contribute to effective, responsive and accountable governance with civil society participation.

The Commonwealth Foundation awards grants for projects that contribute to effective, responsive and accountable governance with civil society participation. In addition to awarding grants to civil society organisations (CSOs),the grants programme will broker knowledge and ideas. It will support innovation, share replicable and sustainable models, and promote good practices across the participatory governance sector.
At a Glance:
  • Open to civil society organisations (CSOs)
  • Up to £30,000 per year
  • Multi-year funding available (up to three years)

Delivered in Commonwealth Foundation

Focus areas

Grant projects must focus on one or more of the following:

  1. Creative expression
  2. Capacity development
  3. Constructive engagement
  4. Learning and sharing
  5. The SAMOA Pathway
To be eligible for a grant, the following criteria must be met:
  • The applicant is a registered national or regional civil society organisation (CSO).
  • The applicant is seeking £30,000 per year or less.
  • The applicant is applying for funding for one to three years
  • The average of the applicant’s total income over the last two years is less than £3m
  • The project must address one of the five focus areas
  • The project will take place in an eligible Commonwealth Foundation member country
  • The project has not yet started
  • The application includes counterpart resourcing of a minimum of 10% of the total project budget. Applicants will be required to provide a detailed budget at full application stage where counterpart resourcing must be clearly reflected.
  • The applicant does not have an existing grant from the Commonwealth Foundation at the time the application window is opened. Please note that in order for a recent grantee
    to be eligible they must have submitted all reports on existing grants and received notification that the existing grant is closed.


  • The applicant will provide the following documents as part of the application:
    1. a completed logic model using the Commonwealth Foundation template
    2. a copy of the organisation’s registration certificate (the official registration document provided by the relevant authorities in the country concerned)
    3. a copy of the organisation’s most recent audited accounts (it must include both the accounts and the opinion of the external auditor who has certified them)
    4. a copy of the registration certificate for all partner organisations


  • The call for applications opens at 12.00 GMT on 1 December 2015
  • The deadline for submission of the preliminary application form is 17.00 GMT on 5 January 2016
  • Preliminary applications will be assessed in January and February 2016
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full application in March 2015
  • The deadline for submission of full applications is 29 March 2016
  • All applicants will receive a formal notification on the outcome of their application by the end of July 2016 at the latest
For this grant cycle, projects should start between and October and December 2016.
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