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CTIAF Enterprise Development Programme Project 2020 

Deadline: 7th March 2020

CleanTech Incubation and Acceleration Foundation(CTIAF) with the support of all on and Rockefeller foundation wishes to inform you that the Application Portal for 2020 All on/ CTIAF Enterprise development programme Project 2020.

About the Challenge

The off-Grid energy challenge is led by All on and clean Tech Incubation and acceleration foundation (CTIAF) are calling for clean energy entrepreneur with innovative clean energy ideas to pitch their ideas.  
The selected entrepreneur will receive incubation support from CTIAF.
Support to move from the ideation phase to proof of concept phase.
A chance to get a grant of up to $ 10,000

Mentorship opportunities 

Through the challenge, CTIAF and All on support energy entrepreneurs in Nigeria. 

  To Apply 
Fill the form on this link: http://bit.ly/36AXhDx

Selected applicant will be contacted to pitch their idea to our judges.
Applicant must be present on their selected pitch day.

Pitch Days 
Aba: 11th march 2020
Uyo: 19th march, 2020
Who Can Apply 

Anyone with a feasible, scalable clean energy business idea in the following categories but not restricted to:
  • Waste to power
  • Biomass
  • Clean cookstove 
  • Renewable Energy 
                      WHAT IS YOUR IDEA?
Interested applicant can apply via:http://bit.ly/36AXhDx





Registration For Port Harcourt School Of AI's Machine Learning Cohort 2020

We are opened up applications to register for practical machine learning prerequisite track which will be kicking off from March 7th

Pre - Requisite Track 

Our pre-requisite track runs for 5 Saturdays and one Friday (April 4th), you can refer to the syllabus on the specific dates for the classes in this track. This track will be free for the community but with a limited number of registrants, due to the available resources.
The weekend classes are expected to take 4-5 hours of your time.
For a glimpse of our guest facilitators for the pre-requisite track, please see the speaker flyer here. The instructors for these tracks will be announced on our social media pages and especially to those who register for the classes.

Main Track

Our main tracks run quite longer than the pre-requisite track. The main track 1 (machine learning track) runs for about 20 weeks.  The projects you get to work on are projects with resources and datasets that are synonymous to problems we face in our local society such as healthcare, retail, agriculture, logistics, and even manufacturing. 

Most Ideal Learner/Student To Take This Course

For a learner to gain the optimal benefits of the "Practical Machine Learning course" (#pmlcourse), they must;
  1. Live in the Port Harcourt city or close, because one of the cores of our methodology is the "empathetic" human connection involved in the educational process.
  2. Be passionate about learning and continuous growth.
  3. Be willing to start a career in machine learning and data technologies.
  4. Have at least 15 hours/week to spare for the duration of the program
Do you think you are up for the #pmlcourse?Register here 








Creating a world of good: Microsoft launches the Global Social Entrepreneurship program
Imagine what it would mean if communities that lack access to safe drinking water had a simple, affordable way to test their water supply for cholera, a water-borne disease that sickens 4 million people every year and causes an estimated 143,000 deaths? Or if we could skim plastic bottles, bags and microfibers from coastal waterways around the world? And what if there was a way to connect Africa’s growing community of young data scientists with organizations that have valuable data sets but lack the expertise to uncover the insights that the data might provide?
The good news is that today, this work is already happening. It’s happening at startups that are creating new businesses, built around powerful technologies and designed to make the world a better place. A smartphone-based cholera detection system developed by OmniVis is already being tested in field studies in Bangladesh and elsewhere. Our global initiative is designed to help social enterprise startups build and scale their companies to do good globally. The program is available in 140 countries and will actively seek to support underrepresented founders with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. 
The criteria to qualify for the program include a business metric that measures the impact on an important social or environmental challenge; an established product or service that will benefit from access to enterprise customers; and a commitment to the ethical and responsible use of AI.
I believe more than ever that amazing thing happens when startups work together with investors, enterprises, governments, nonprofits and communities. Through Global Social Entrepreneurship, we look forward to working in close partnership with social enterprises from around the world. I can’t think of a more compelling way to help create a sustainable, accessible and equitable world. To learn more and apply, please visit: https://startups.microsoft.com/en-us/social-entrepreneurship/
























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MS. Geek Africa competition 2020 for Young African Girls (cash prizes plus funded trip to transform Africa summit 

Deadline: 29th February 2020
The competition is aimed at inspiring more girls into science, technology, engineering and maths(STEM) by devising solutions to challenges faced in their community and across Africa.
Finalist undergoes an intensive training program conducted by successful entrepreneurs.
The training equips them with presentation, public speaking and critical thinking skills to prepare them for the competition.
Benefit:
  • All finalist have equal opportunity to learn and prepare for the day, and each of them will go home with a laptop and other prizes 
  • They also get an opportunity to participate in the transform Africa Summit where they interact with many industry leaders and their governments. aAll expenses are covered for all selected finalists.
  • The top three winners will be awarded cash prizes.
Eligibility:
  • Open to girls between the age of 13 to 21 years 
  • Be as a citizen of one of the summits Africa members states; Niger, Benin. Faso, Algeria etc.
  • Contestants must be available to travel to the republic of guinea between April19-23 2020 for training and transform Africa summit
For More Information Visit: Ms.Geek Africa Competition



THE LEARN ZONE FOUNDATION VOLUNTEER FORM

Are you friendly, responsible and reliable? Do you want to make a difference?
Then get Involved?

The learn zone foundation seeks outgoing and approachable volunteer to participate in the Readers are Leader campaign week. Volunteer is expected to reach out to the school to educate and inspire a student to rekindle the love for reading.

You will gain great experience in volunteering, communication, teamwork, and leadership. 
You will be rewarded a certificate of participation upon completion of your volunteering assignment.

Eligibility:
  • Eligible volunteers must be 20 years and above
  • Should speak English Fluently
  • Enthusiastically fun
  • Reside in Port Harcourt  
  • Complete form on or before 10th of march,2020






MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT) Legatum Center Fellowship programme 2020-2021 for Aspiring Entrepreneurs (funded)

Deadline: 2nd March 2020
The Legatum fellowship is a competitions program designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs gain a world-class education at MIT, as well as an extensive member and community support in order, maximize their likelihood of success as a principal impactful leader in an emerging market.

Eligibility:

  • Applicant must either be a current MIT student who will still be enrolled for the year-long duration of the fellowship or admitted to begin a(full-time)degree program at MIT in the fall semester of the coming academic year.
  • They are looking for principal, innovative leaders who have a track record for driving change and can demonstrate a commitment to improving lives in the developing world.
For More Information visit: Legatum Center Fellowship


WORLD BANK GROUP INNOVATE 4CLIMATE(I4C) Pitch Hub Competition 2020 For Innovators. (Funded to Pitch In Barcelona)

Deadline: 1st March 2020
The annual Pitch Hub Competition for innovators showcases ingenuity, entrepreneurship and a clear value proposition.
the competition aims at engaging startups and entrepreneurs and to create a space for innovate at I4C.
Supporting climate-smart cities those that are low-caron and climate-resilient is a critical part of addressing climate change.

  Focus Areas 
  • Energy
  • Food/Agriculture
  • Mobility/Transportation
  • Waste/Water 
  • Fintech
Eligibility:
  • Open to innovators with climate-smart solutions with potential for transformative impact in reducing emissions and/or increasing resilience to climate change.
For more information visit: Pitch Hub Competition.




UNICEF Internship Programme 2020 (Paid)


UNICEF Internship Programme 2020 (Paid)

Deadline: Varies 

The UNICEF Internship Programme offers eligible students the opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF work.
Interns will be paid a stipend as a contribution towards living expenses and a one-time lump sum as a contribution towards travel and visa costs if applicable, subject to availability of funding.

Eligibility:
  • Applicant must be at least 18 years old 
  • Have no other relatives in the line of authority which that you will report to
  • The applicant must be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or PhD degree programme or have graduated within the past two years.
  • Be proficient in at least one of UNICEF's working languages; English, French or Spanish 

For more information SeeUNICEF Internship.






UN Youths Envoy/UN Volunteer in Social Media- No more Paid Internship 2020.

Deadline: 20th February 2020

They are looking for three young people to get on board the UN Youth Envoy's Fellowship which aims at providing you, a young talented, a chance to get involved in the implementation of sustainable development goals.

UN Volunteers are required to:
  • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take an active part in UN activities. 
  • Assets with the UNV buddy programme for newly arrived volunteers.

UN Volunteer Eligibility:
  • Strong ability to multi-task and a drive for on-time delivery
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skill and positive working attitude 
  • Fluency in English(both oral and written) excellent writing skills
  • Candidates should be between 18 and 29 throughout the entire duration of their assignment 

For more Information Visit No more paid internship

Elon Musk (Learn from him. Take the risk)


Part of achieving your goals has to do with risk-taking. So for that topic, our example for today is Elon Musk.


Elon Musk was born in South Africa and his father was an engineer. 
At 10, the introverted boy developed a deep interest in computers.
Things at school weren't going well for him as he was constantly bullied. 
One day, the bullies threw him down the stairs and beat him until he blacked out.

After 2 days of admission in PhD at Stanford, he dropped out of university just to try out his luck with the idea he had. But later, he ended up getting kicked from the company he created himself (PayPal).


At that time, he started reading books to learn how to build rockets. While on his trip to Russia to buy a rocket to send to Mars, he realized that rockets were artificially overpriced. So, he decided to start a company "SpaceX" to build his rockets with his own money.

In the meantime, he founded an electric car company called TESLA.
Unfortunately, his first 3 rocket launches failed and exploded causing a loss of millions.

Both his companies SpaceX and Tesla were running out of cash. But that didn't stop him. The project that was so close to his heart barely escaped bankruptcy, when his 4th launch finally succeeded. Hours before Tesla was about to close down, he received a big investment.

Today Elon Musk is one of the richest Tech Billionaires with a net worth of more than 20 Billion. Elon's story teaches us that, when something is important enough you do it even if the odds are not in your favour.
Take that Risk!

RICE BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION 2020 FOR STUDENT STARTUPS




RICE BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION 2020 FOR STUDENT STARTUPS

Deadline:27th January 2020
The rice business plan competition is the world's richest and largest graduate-level student startups competition. The competition is designed to give collegiate entrepreneurs a real-world experience to pitch their startups to investors and learn what it takes to launch a successful startup

Eligibility:
You are eligible for the competition if your startup is student-driven, student-created and/or student-managed
It should have at least two current student founder or management team members, and at least one of those is a current graduate degree-seeking student.
Is seeking funding and is a potentially viable investment opportunity.
There is no number limit on the numbers of applicant per school.
For more information visit the Rice Business Plan Competition





HARVARD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF DESIGN'S WHEELWRIGHT PRIZE 2020 FOR EARLY-CAREER ARCHITECTS.

Deadline: 26th January 2020 
The wheelwright prize is an open international competition that awards $100,000 to a talented early-career architect.
The prize is dedicated to advancing original architectural research that is informed by cross-cultural engagement.
Eligibility
 Applicant must have graduated from a professionally accredited architecture degree program in the past 15 years, holders of multiple degrees may apply, provided their professional degree is between January 2005 and January 2020.
The wheelwright prize is intended for independent study and may not be applied to university tuition, however, the grant may be applied to fees for workshops and conferences
 For more information visit Harvard GSD wheelwright fellowship





What is leadership?


“A large chair does not make a king” – Sudanese Proverb
This proverb rightly defines leadership.

The position is not what defines a leader but his/her actions. Leadership is the ability to inspire or influence others towards achieving a specific goal.

Take Timi for example, Timi was in a Private Secondary School in Lagos Island and was a member of Junior Achievement Nigeria in his school.

During the summer holiday, when Timi was 14 years old, he volunteered at a Youth Centre in a part of Ajegunle known as Dustbin Estate, where children and their parents lived on refuse dumps.

When Timi got back to school, he spoke to the president of his club about starting a book drive for the Centre in Dustbin Estate.

Timi was made the head of the book drive and together with his teammates, they collected used books, which were sent to the Centre.

In the above example, Timi became the head of the book drive after he observed a problem and wanted to provide a solution. He used his leadership position to achieve his goal.
 
Leadership has nothing to do with age, race, gender or background. It is simply the ability to influence people, which can be used in a positive way to serve others or in a negative way that shows no consideration for others.

Therefore, a good leader is someone who uses his/her abilities to influence others to achieve positive results.

To find out more about what leadership is, read the Wikipedia article: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leadership.

Kindly place an order for a copy of a copy of The Young Leader’s Guide by sending us a DM or calling 08171988475.

My KIR Foundation story: The Resource Centre



According to the article published by AllAfrica.com “No fewer than one million students seeking admission through the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), every year have failed to get slots in tertiary institutions in Nigeria as the system cannot admit more than 600,000 in any given year.” Because of this, most students write JAMB multiple times.


I was no exception; my name is Cornerstone Wisdom and I wrote JAMB last year (2018) scoring 207 hoping to get admission into River State University of Science and Technology but did not get in and decided to try again this year.


I started preparations for my JAMB but I did not have the materials needed to study effectively for the exams.
I discovered Keeping It Real (KIR) Foundation in February 2019 and began using the resources (CBT (Computer Based Test) simulators, Past Questions and Textbooks) provided by its Resource Room to help prepare me for my upcoming exams. I sat for my exams and scored 237 in JAMB.
The cut-off mark to study Electrical Engineering at Rivers State University of Science and Technology was 180. I was glad because I passed their cutoff mark and qualified to write their Post Utme. I sat for my post Utme, met the Cutoff mark of the University, and recently got admission to study and get my Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.
In September, I joined the Games Club; there I learnt how to play Scrabble. I learnt new words when playing scrabble and it has helped in building my vocabulary.
KIR Foundation has inspired change through learning in my life by giving me access to books, games and educational materials that have helped me to further my education and improve my creative and critical thinking ability.
Thank you very much for giving me and other youths out there learning opportunities.