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Intafact Hero’s Foundation Kickstart Business Grant


Intafact Hero’s Foundation Kickstart is Intafact’s Beverages Limited’s corporate social investment (CSI) initiative run by its subsidiary Intafact Hero’s Foundation. It is aimed at instilling a culture of entrepreneurship among Nigerian youths by encouraging them to develop their big ideas into sustainable businesses or expand their existing businesses through the provision of material and financial support which include:

  • Business development skill training
  • Business mentoring and coaching
  • Provision of grant for business start-up and or expansion

First launched in South Africa in 1995 as a poverty alleviation initiative, the programme has also been implemented in Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Tanzania.

The Intafact Hero’s Foundation Kickstart programme is open only to Nigerians between the ages 18 to 35 who live and have their businesses in Abia, Anambra, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu and Imo states.

The ultimate goal of the programme is helping to build a young prosperous society by helping to create a culture of entrepreneurship thereby reducing youth unemployment in the Nigeria.


The competition is open to Nigerians between the ages 18 to 35 years who live and have their businesses in the following states: Abia, Anambra, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu and Imo states.

  • Applicants must be at least 18 and at most 35 years with valid identification (e.g National I.D; Drivers License; International Passport; Voters Registration, etc) as at the last day of the application period.
  • He or she must be willing to operate the business on a full-time basis.
  • Should have an innovative business idea in need of a startup capital.
  • Or already have an existing small businesses needing capital to expand operations.
  • Energetic and entrepreneurial in approach.
  • Should be able to read and write.




  • Interested individuals should apply by downloading the application form here or pick up hard copies at the various designated centres and partners’ offices across Nigeria. All forms must be filled, signed and submitted at the following centres:


Abia Vic Dave Global No 16 Mission Hill, Umuahia.
Anambra (Onitsha) Chazmax Intgrated Ltd 9 Limca Road, Onitsha.
Anambra (Awka) Ugezgold Ventures Nig Ltd Kwata by Slaughter, Court Rd, Awka.
Benue Syxim Services Ltd 28 Iorchia Ayu Way, Wurukum, Makurdi
Benue Intafact Depot 7 New Otukpo Road, Makurdi, Benue State
Delta (Asaba) Everends Lead Nig Ltd 4 DLA Road Asaba
Delta (Warri) Omejeph Global Resource, Warri Before Aeroplane Spot, Ughelli Portharcout Rd, Okpe Warri
Ebonyi Ginibo Inter Services Ltd 97 Ogoja Rd, Abakaliki.
Edo Cuneo Wedge Limited 9B Siloko Rd, Benin.
Edo Intafact Depot 91 Ekenwan Road, Oredo LGA, Benin City, Edo State
Enugu Phocles Nigeria Ltd Off Ogui Rd, by Oloko Gate, Enugu.
Imo Amadi & Sons Ltd Plot PF/3Housin Estate, Area B, Adjacent 4040 Night Club, Owerri

Scanned copies of completed forms can also be submitted online: submission@herokickstartnigeria.org

Basic requirements are contained in the application section.

Short listing

  • A number of top entries will be selected based on the merit and quality of their business proposals by a team of seasoned experts. Each form will be scored against the “Screening Sheet”. The sheet will be used to grade and rank all submitted application form, the score gotten from the submission will be debated upon by the experts to ensure alignment and common ratings. For clarity of purpose and fairness to all applicants, the Screening sheet is an internal document. Scores are not shared externally.

Training programme

  • Successful applicants will then undergo an intensive one week business training. The modules for the training will include:
  • Human Resources
  • Business Plan Writing
  • Book Keeping
  • Income Statements

At the end of the training, applicants will be given one month to write the final competing business plan.

Final Selection

  • Each judge is given a copy of each submission document for review.
  • Judges convene to interview applicants on their business plans.
  • Business plan and interviews for each applicant are rated and scores aggregated to determine winners (Kickstarters).
  • The outcome of the judges’ decision remains confidential until the day of the award ceremony.
  • The decision of the judges is final and cannot be contested.

Kickstart Awards

  • This will take a form of a grand event and winners will be announced and presented with their prizes. It will be a high profile event with government functionaries and business persons in attendance.

Mentoring & Monitoring

  • The awardees will have access to carefully selected expert assistance through mentorship and coaching for the period of a year. The Kickstarters are under the obligation to observe and implement the advice as tendered by the mentors. There will be monthly update on the progress made and business performance which will be shared with the Foundation and Intafact Management.

The Foundation’s decision on determining the winners is final and cannot be contested.


Application opens on Monday, March 20, 2017, and closes by 23: 59 hours on Friday, April 28, 2017.


Download Application form

Inspire Africa Institute Fellowship Cohort II


ABOUT US: This is a unique 2 weeks social entrepreneurship and leadership fellowship institute

program at Inspire Africa Hub that inspires and empower young African men and women by

giving them the proper tools to take control of their future.

Our Vision: … Raising the next generation of competent leaders and social entrepreneurs in


What we do:

1. We offer curated educational courses and practical curriculum activities specifically tailored to

the learning needs of young leaders in business, the development/management and public sector.

2. We offer a lifelong business and fundraising support for all alumni of the Institute and also

connect them with international funding opportunities.

3. We employ the use of leadership simulation and practical’s, also covering Design-Thinking

and Design-Driven Entrepreneurship for Innovation.

4. Inspire Africa has the support of MicroMentor Organisation to connect our students with

global mentors, Support from Former UPS Global Marketing Director (Gary Mastro), Director

for Entrepreneurship, Darthmouth College USA (Rich Nadworny and Amy Newcomb) and the

Harvard Business Publishing and Simulation Programs.

5. We are a Pan-African Institution 100% founded and led by young people. And and our

students come from other African Countries. Inspire Africa was lunched in November 2016, and

within a 2 months we received over 120 applications from across 30 African countries. This did

not only encourage us but also demonstrated the need and demand for our institute.

NB: Fellows are responsible for their travels. Accommodation and feeding only will be provided

within the duration of the 2 weeks.

Application deadline – April 30th, 2017.

website: bit.ly/Inspireafrica

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Who is eligible to apply? What are the criteria for selection?

– Anyone within the age of 20-35 years

– From any African country


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Website: bit.ly/inspireafrica

Facebook: http://facebook.com/weinspireafricans

Twitter: www.twitter.com/weinspireafrica


Application Deadline: April 21 st , 2017

Adansonia Acceleration Program 2017 for Young African Entrepreneurs


Fully Funded to Milan, Italy

Adansonia is an acceleration program that trains entrepreneurs, gives them a certificate and enables them to apply for funding.A program by a top European university, open to all African entrepreneur.

The program is free and open to all entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs in Africa. It is a collaboration between Bocconi University, one of the top business schools in Europe, and venture capitalists across the African continent.

Eligibility Requirements:

All Africa-based entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs are eligible. You just need

  • a business idea (or an existing business that you wish to expand),
  • professional proficiency in English (the online course and pitching event will be in English),
  • to be able to watch the course videos on the Internet (an Internet-connected device, e.g., smartphone or computer).


  • Take a free online course on entrepreneurship by a top university in Europe, Bocconi University.
  • Learn to build a business and to apply for funding.
  • Earn a certificate from Bocconi University, a top business school.
  • Write a business proposal and have it evaluated by pan-African venture capitalists who have partnered with the program. The top proposals get to pitch to investors.
  • Pitch to investors at the final pitching event. The partnering venture capitalists decide which proposals to fund.
  • Earn an all-expenses paid trip to Milan, Italy to learn more in a short business course at Bocconi University that lasts roughly a week. This prize is awarded to the participants who most actively help their peers refine their business ideas.

Outline of the 6-week online course

In this new 6-week course taught by professors at Bocconi University and by venture capitalists in Africa, participants will learn the following topics:

  • Ideating a new value proposition: learn how to identify spaces for innovation, and find customers.
  • Testing an idea before launch: learn how to assess market size and your competitors.
  • Marketing: learn how to develop your value proposition and segment customers.
  • Cost: learn how to identify partners, compute break-even analysis, and devise a pricing strategy.
  • Finalizing your business plan: learn how to do financial forecasts and what investors look for.
  • Get ready to present your startup: learn how to build your team, pitch your idea, and apply for funding.

For More Information:

Visit here to apply for the Adansonia Acceleration Program 2017


Application Deadline: April 30, 2017

US State Department of State Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) 2017 ( $25,000 Grant)

The State Department created the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) in 2011 to support alumni initiatives that promote shared values and innovative solutions to global challenges. The competition provides small grants to teams of past and current participants of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to carry out public service projects utilizing the skills and knowledge they gained during their exchange experiences.

Since its inception, AEIF has supported more than 300 alumni-led initiatives around the world and reached millions of people both directly and indirectly through trainings, awareness campaigns, and leadership and empowerment initiatives. In 2016, 61 grants of up $25,000 were awarded to alumni teams worldwide to support their public service projects.


  • Alumni must be verified members of the International Exchange Alumni (IEA) global online community and form teams of at least three (3) IEA community members (this number includes the team leader).
  • Alumni who are U.S. citizens may not submit proposals, however, they may participate as team members in a project.
  • All project activities and initiatives must take place outside of the United States.
  • Proposed projects must address one of the five AEIF themes below.

The following themes were selected for AEIF 2017:

  • Business Development and Economic Opportunity
  • Civic Participation: Building Resilient Communities
  • Cooperation in Science, Technology, Health and Energy
  • Education and Inclusion: Pathways to Success
  • Empowerment of Women and Girls


  • Thursday, March 2: The AEIF competition begins at 12:00 pm noon ET (U.S. Eastern Time). Alumni may start submitting proposals and budgets.
  • Thursday, March 30: Deadline for AEIF Proposals and Budget Forms is 12:00 pm noon ET (U.S. Eastern Time). This is the final and only deadline, so make sure you get your three team members and submit your final projects in before the deadline, no exceptions.
  • July: AEIF 2017 Winning Projects Announced!

For More Information:

Visit here to apply for the US State Department  Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) 2017

Application Deadline:  Thursday, March 30 2017

2017 AWARD AgTech Innovation Challenge for Southern and Central Africa


The efficiency of African agriculture is hampered by a persistent gender gap. Gender in Agribusiness Investments for Africa (GAIA) ensures visibility, commercialization, and scaling up of agricultural research innovations (AgTech) with the potential to bridge the gender gap in African agriculture by focusing on agribusinesses that demonstrate clear benefits to groups that are often marginalized in agriculture including women smallholder farmers and other women value chain actors.

We are pleased to announce that GAIA is now accepting applications from institutions and enterprises for the 2017 AWARD AgTech Innovation Challenge for Southern and Central Africa. GAIA has been launched by African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) to increase agribusiness investments in technological and business model innovations that help bridge the gender gap in African agriculture and particularly those that enhance the positive participation of African women in agricultural value chains across the continent.


Do you have a big idea that has been piloted successfully in West or North Africa?
Central Africa: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Madagascar
Southern Africa: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Sao Tome & Principe, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe


AWARD GAIA is looking for enterprises that:

  • Serve the agriculture or allied sectors;
  • Demonstrate clear benefits to groups that are often marginalized in agriculture including women smallholder farmers and other women value chain actors;
  • Have an innovative technology or business model;
  • Have a clear for-profit business model with high potential for scale;
  • Have some proof of concept on the ground, conducted pilots and are preferably generating revenues;
  • Are seeking funding to commercialize or scale.
The top 25 companies will participate in an in-depth boot camp, and then be showcased to investors, incubators, and other support organizations in Lusaka, Zambia from April 10-12, 2017. The goal of this challenge is to increase agribusiness investments in technological and business model innovations that have the potential to help close the gender gap in African agriculture.Application Procedure:

  • To apply, please complete this application form;
  • For any enquiries, contact: Arielle.molino@intellecap.com or AWARDQueries@cgiar.org.
    Submissions will be evaluated on a rolling basis until 16th March 2017.
  • Early submissions are encouraged, and winners will be notified on 20th March 2017.

For More Information:

Visit here to apply for the 2017 AWARD AgTech Innovation Challenge for Southern and Central Africa

Application Deadline: 16th March 2017.


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