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Saturday, 6 August 2022

YALI RLC West Africa Emerging Leaders Program

Keeping It Real (KIR) Foundation





The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) was launched by the United States Government, to train the next generation of African Leaders who will shape the future of African business and entrepreneurship, civil society leadership, and public sector management.


Requirements

Are 18 to 35 years of age at the time of application submission, Are citizens and residents of one of the following countries: Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Liberia, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and Burkina Faso.
Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Are eligible to receive any necessary visa to Ghana, and Are proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking English.

Benefits

If you are selected to participate in the YALI West Africa Emerging Leaders Program, all of the following expenses will be covered by the program: Visa to Accra (if required) Round-trip travel from your country of citizenship* to Accra, Ghana Transportation to/from Kotoka International Airport to/from the YALI Regional Leadership Center, West Africa – Accra, for all non-Ghanaian participants

For Ghanaians, transportation to/from the YALI Regional Leadership Center, West Africa – Accra will be provided for you, from your location of residence. Customized academic and leadership course; Accident and sickness benefit plan during the course Housing and meals


Offers

Business and Entrepreneurship
This track caters to the range of emerging or aspiring entrepreneurs who expect to take on leadership roles within the private sector or build their own business ventures on the continent.


Civil Society Management
This track is oriented to those who are or aspire to be civically engaged and serve the public through non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, or volunteerism.


Public Policy and Management
This track is tailored to those who work or aspire to work in any level of government (including elected positions), regional organizations such as the African Union or the West Africa Community, international organizations such as the United Nations, or other publicly minded organizations or think tanks. 

Only successful applicants will be contacted. To apply, click here.

Monday, 11 July 2022

ASPIRING ENTREPRENEURS DIGITAL PROGRAMME 2022

Keeping It Real (KIR) Foundation

 



Deadline:  August 06, 2022

FATE Foundation in partnership with Meta launches the 5th edition of the “Aspiring Entrepreneurs Programme: Digital (AEP Digital)” which is targeted at startup Founders with innovative business ideas between the ages of 25 and 45 years.


The Program leverages on FATE Foundation’s AEP’s unrivalled enterprise development curriculum which covers the basics of starting and growing a successful business in Nigeria and Meta’s digital strategy and literacy programming support for small and growing businesses.

In 2022, they would be supporting 240 Aspiring Entrepreneurs from across different sectors in the Nigerian Economy with special consideration for entrepreneurs in Education, Agriculture, Hospitality & Tourism, Creatives. Their intent in selecting these sectors is their consideration as high growth, high impact, and job-creating sectors for the Nigerian economy.


As with previous AEP Digital editions, this program is designed to provide qualified founders with relevant knowledge, tools, and skills to grow sustainable and digitally-enabled businesses while also impacting the economy positively. Key components of this year’s program are:

  • It will run in a hybrid format (in-person and virtual learning and support sessions).
  • Improved curriculum building on the previous year’s learnings and experience.
  • Integrating the program with established state and local level industry associations, trade groups, and the FATE Alumni network; and
  • As with previous editions, it is absolutely Free with the grant from Meta covering tuition and direct program expenses for reading materials and resources during the program. Participants are however expected to get themselves to and from the program venue location.

The AEP Digital curriculum is designed to provide insight to aspiring entrepreneurs to see diverse hidden market potentials despite the ravaging unforeseen changes in the world, help create a structured and practical business model, and learn the diverse opportunities available through the various digital tools to grow their businesses. The curriculum is designed to bring business owners into a face-to-face position with the realities of running a successful enterprise in the new and/or arising entrepreneurship ecosystem with implementable strategies that will ensure online visibility using different digital tools and strategies.


These sessions will be facilitated by various industry leaders and professionals across the entrepreneurship ecosystem using a pedagogy approach to build networks amongst the entrepreneurs and encourage group/teamwork for better learning. The robust learning structure is a combination of hybrid interactive class sessions which will run for four (5) weeks per cohort, workshops, case studies, entrepreneurship book reviews, plenary sessions, masterclasses, and group activities.


Key Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Business Model Development/Review Strategies
  • Digital Marketing Strategies & Knowledge
  • Financial Literacy and Cashflow Management
  • Business Financing Strategies
  • Insights into relevant local and industry networks/business groups
  • Access to Free Digital Tools and Platforms
  • Facebook Ad Credits for Winners of the state level/national Pitch Competition
  • Access to FATE Foundation’s Business Advisory and Support Services

  • Access to Funding and Market Linkages


To apply CLICK HERE


Saturday, 2 July 2022

WESTERWELLE YOUNG FOUNDERS PROGRAMME 2022

Keeping It Real (KIR) Foundation





Application deadline: Tuesday, August 9 at 11:59 CEST



The Westerwelle Young Founders Programme (YFP) is a six-month fellowship for 25 leaders uplifting emerging and developing markets towards a sustainable future. We offer targeted support to scale our founders' ventures and develop their leadership abilities, with the following programme plan:


  • Kick-Off Conference: A two-day digital kick-off conference will take place in the first week of September 2022.

  • Remote Programme: From September 2022 – February 2023, the Young Founders will receive six months of support including a personal mentor, monthly peer mentoring sessions, monthly expert workshops and networking opportunities with corporates and investors.

  • Berlin Conference: The ten best performing Young Founders will be invited to a five-day conference in May 2023. During this conference, the founders will have the opportunity to pitch in front of investors, participate in workshops, join networking events and get insights into the German start-up scene.

 


Selection Criteria

 

They are looking for entrepreneurs with high potential for impact and growth to become leaders of a sustainable future, with the following criteria:

  • You are a citizen or resident of a developing or emerging country.
  • You have recently (in the last five years) started a for-profit company focused on developing or emerging markets.
  • Your company possesses a scalable business model that has ideally generated revenue or secured the first round of external funding.
  • You or your business possesses disruptive qualities that can increase the quality, impact or inclusiveness of the industry.
  • You possess a good working knowledge of English.
  • You are available to attend the digital kick-off conference and can make time to participate in programme activities for six months.

 

Application Process

 

The following application will provide our Programme Team with an understanding of your startup and profile. Please have the following key elements ready:

  • Your startup pitch deck
  • Basic financial information (i.e. revenues, funding)
  • Your LinkedIn profile

With these on hand, the application will take approximately 20 minutes. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

 


Interviews with shortlisted candidates: August 22-27, 2022

Notification of all applicants: 30 August 2022


To apply CLICK HERE

Monday, 20 June 2022

Call For Application: PIN@15 Essay/Debate Competition is Now Open

Keeping It Real (KIR) Foundation


Application Deadline: June 30th, 2022

Age Limit: 18 – 25 years


This year, Paradigm Initiative is celebrating its 15th anniversary in a dual event that will bring together partners, Friends of PIN, alumni, volunteers, PIN team members, and digital rights and inclusion stakeholders. These events are PIN@15 in Lagos, Nigeria, on July 23rd, 2022, to commemorate PIN’s milestone, and PIN Festival (PINFest) in Harare, Zimbabwe, from October 10th to 14th, 2022.

As part of activities to commemorate this day, Paradigm Initiative is organising an Essay/Debate Competition for young and outstanding African youth between 18-25 years with passion and drive for digital rights and inclusion in the continent who want to make their voices heard.


This is an excellent opportunity for you. Read the competition procedures carefully, 

1st Round: 

– Argumentative Essay: Share an essay of not more than 1500 words on the topic: Are the Social and cultural norms in Africa impeding the realization of digital rights and inclusion ?.

– In the essay, take a stand for either FOR or AGAINST.


2nd Round:

– A total of 8 candidates will be selected and divided into two groups of 4 each ( FOR and AGAINST ) to prepare for the virtual debate via zoom on Thursday, July 20th, 2022.

– Debate winners will be announced during PIN Anniversary Dinner on Saturday, July 23rd, 2022.

– 4 outstanding candidates will be selected, two from each team, to compete at the grand finale.


3rd Round / Finale

– The debate finalists will win an all-expenses-paid trip to Zimbabwe and a laptop set at the PIN Festival slated on October 10th – 14th.


CLICK HERE to apply now.