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In order to best assist the needs of techhubs and entrepreneurs in Africa and Europe, the AEIP gatheres and continuously updates a list of more than +50 useful resources on topics such as European funding opportunities, techhub management and business models, innovative approaches to startup support and technology transfer.

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Global Water Foundation Grant

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Repayable grants that are given to SMMEs and local entrepreneurs to develop or make available simple technologies or services and create the necessary local markets. Local entrepreneurs often lack access to capital markets to develop a business. These grants assist them to get going. In the spirit of sustainability, the grants are repaid after a set time when the business is established.

 

What types of support will be offered?

ONE YOUNG WORLD Young Leaders fund

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This is a programme designed to support young leaders who are tackling the Covid-19 pandemic on the frontlines.

 

Eligibility

  • Focussed on the SDG’s with a clear connection to combatting Covid-19, for example:

    • SDG 3: producing medical supplies to tackle the infection or symptoms of the virus

    • SDG 4: providing resources to disadvantaged children to support the continuation of education during school closures

    • SDG 5: protecting victims of domestic violence during lockdown

    • SDG 6: providing sanitation resources to help prevent the spread of the virus

    • SDG 8: creating work for unemployed persons in vital sectors​

  • All countries around the world

  • Producing direct, quantifiable impact

  • Apolitical in nature 

  • Must not be operated for profit

  • Impacting >500 people directly

  • Focussed on assisting the most vulnerable in society

  • Operational (or ready to start within 3 weeks of application submission)

  • Founded and/or managed by young leaders (aged approximately 18-35)

  • Applications must be submitted in the English language to be reviewed

  • Operating in accordance with WHO’s scientific guidance

DWF Foundation

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The DWF Foundation (also referred to as the Foundation) is an independent charity, founded by DWF. It has the sole aim of providing funds, resources and mentoring support to help individuals, groups and communities to achieve their full potential. 

 

If you are a registered charity working in a country where DWF has a presence and would like to make an application for a grant, please complete the online DWF Foundation application form.

 

Only requests received via the online application process will be considered.

 

Please refer to the grant guidelines before you submit your application HERE.

Fund for Innovation in Development (FID)

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The ambition of the FID is to support innovation in the service the fight against poverty and inequality. It allows innovators from all types of organizations – research institutions, NGOs, governments, companies – to test new ideas, experiment and demonstrate what works on the basis of proven scientific evaluation approaches, and scale the most effective solutions with the most positive and lasting impact. FID offers flexible financing via staged grants for emerging or growing innovations.

 

The FID deploys different stages of funding, depending on the level of maturity of the innovation

  • Stage 0: Prepare grants -These grants support the development of proposals for Stage 1, 2 or 3 they go up to €50K
  • Stage 1: Pilot - Pilot stage of innovations that are early in development and need real-world testing to refine the basic model and establish the viability of the innovation at small scale. The grants go up to €200K
  • Stage 2: Test and Position for Scale - The further testing and continued growth of innovations to assess the likelihood that they can achieve both impact and viability at a larger scale. The grants go up to €1.5M
  • Stage 3: Transition to Scale - Transition of rigorously tested and validated solutions to widespread scaling. The grants go up to €4M.
  • Transforming Public Policy - Innovations that have reached a mature stage and that are intended to be highly catalytic for public policy transformations. The grants go up to €150K.

 

Choose Africa

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AFD Group is convinced that start-ups play an essential role in developing innovative solutions that meet the needs of developing and emerging countries. They have real potential in terms of job creation and impacts on Africa’s development. It is for this reason that AFD and PROPARCO combine financing, resources and their expertise to support African entrepreneurs and their entrepreneurial ecosystems. They do so through three financing solutions:

 

1) The Digital Africa funds for start-ups at seed stage (SEED FINANCING);

2) VENTURE CAPITAL INVESTMENT Via local partner funds;

3) VENTURE CAPITAL INVESTMENT Direct investments by PROPARCO or FISEA.

 

Click here to apply and find more information about these financing options. 

 

Case studies in funding innovation

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The book "Case studies in funding innovation" illuminates some of the ways that organisations might embrace supporting breakthrough ideas as part of funding portfolio.

 

The innovation processes described in the cases here are inherently complex, full of stops and starts, iterations, and failures. And one of the clearest takeaways looking across the sto- ries is that there is simply no straightforward recipe for funding breakthrough ideas. But the cases do help to illustrate an emerging set of “innovation funding principles” that can allow funders to better identify and support early- stage, high-risk, high-reward projects:

 

• Seek out ideas from new places. Finding ideas with the potential to create lasting transformation means reaching beyond the usual suspects to find promising new solutions.

• Select ideas to support based on their poten- tial for transformation. As Eric Toone, vice- provost and director of the Duke University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative, explains, “When you’re doing innovation,the first question is not ‘Is this going to work?’ but rather, ‘If it works, would it matter?’”

• Provide risk capital. Many nonprofits and social activists operate with limited resources and are so focused on accomplishing their goals that they have little time and money available to experiment with new ideas. Providing flexible, unrestricted financing that can be used to try new approaches can be critical to promoting innovation.

CFC’s Open Call for Proposals - Funding Innovation

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The Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) is seeking applications for financing projects along the commodity value chains. CFC provides a range of financial and technical instruments to support projects proposed by SMEs/enterprises, cooperatives, and institutions along the entire commodity value chain in its member countries.

 

CFC follows a more human and environment-centered approach in business. Such business activities are expected to cover all segments of the value chain (including production, processing, financing, marketing, research etc.). This includes services and support functions, that help all participants in the process of value generation to improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of its poorest participants at the bottom of the pyramid.

 

The support is offered mainly through loans for equipment, working capital or trade finance to invest in productivity and value chain upgradations. The CFC seeks applications of projects that have reached a state of economic, social and environmental sustainability. These applications should clearly show operational and financial viability, with a proven track record. Women entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply.

 

INNO4COV-19 Open Call

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INNO4COV-19 Open Call aims to provide financial support to companies with the goal of accelerating the development and commercialization of innovative solutions that tackle COVID-19 and that have already been validated in lab environments (TRL6 or higher).

 

Eligibility criteria:

Companies or small consortia of companies established in one of the EU Member States or H2020 associated countries.
The sectors of focus may include healthcare / medicine / biotech / biopharma, and IT-related topics (e.g. robotics, automation, electronics, nanotech, etc).

 

What we offer:

Financial support
Up to EUR 100,000 (100% of the total cost of the project)

Tailored support
Guidance from a network of experts at a technical, business and regulatory level for bringing your innovation to the market

Access to specific facilities and infrastructure
Providing added value to your innovations

Media exposure
Highlights through our network

 

Key dates

We will consider applications in two different rounds.

NOVEMBER 2020 ROUND
Deadline: 30/11/2020 Closed- Funding decision: +40days

APRIL 2021 ROUND
Deadline: 30/04/2021 (17h00 CET) – Funding decision: +40days

AEIP webinar: Startup Support & Fundraising: PreparingTech Hub Managers to be financial Mentors

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On the 27th of January 2021, the AEIP, in partnership with the Ventures Platform, organised a webinar “Startup fundraising and Preparing tech hub managers to be Financial Mentors”. This webinar is a follow-up from the training provided by the AEIP in June 2020 “Acceleration innovation in times of crisis”. Preparing Hub managers to be financial Mentors and understanding what a financial mentor is. The topics which have been discussed during the webinar include:

Pitch Competition at this year’s EU-Startups Summit (April 28-30)

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competition "The Aggregator 2020"

As announced a few days ago, EU-Startups is going to host this year’s edition of the EU-Startups Summit as an online event on April 28-30. They will have inspiring speakers like Glovo CEO Oscar Pierre, Unbabel CEO Vasco Pedro, HolaLuz founder Carlota Pi (and many more!), great networking opportunities, but most importantly: An exciting Pitch Competition with 15 of Europe’s most promising early-stage startups!

 

As now they are re-opening the application phase for our annual pitch competition, their goal is to find and showcase Europe’s best seed and pre-seed startups out there! For this year’s pitch competition, they expect a total of about 1,000 applications.

 

JACOBS STARTUP COMPETITION

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The Jacobs Startup Competition is an international competition for student entrepreneurs from all over the world - organized entirely by students. Every year, we welcome teams from all over the world, give them access to a large network of founders, mentors and experts, and provide a platform to pitch their ideas to judges and investors, according to our slogan - dare to stand out!

 

We offer a wide range of mentorship, webinars, workshops and coaching opportunities to our participants in order to support them in founding their own business in the best way possible. Therefore, we appreciate anyone who would like to offer their expertise, time and experience – be it teaching, working for a large multinational corporation or founding their own startup – and support our participants throughout the competition.

 

Additionally, as JSC is entirely student-run, we rely solely on sponsors and are always looking for financial support. We offer a wide range of opportunities for advertisement and cooperation and are more than happy to discuss individualized partnerships.

 

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

FIRST PRIZE - 3000

SECOND PRIZE - 1000

THIRD PRIZE - 500

 

ALSO…

  • Many special prizes, including incubator programs and individual coaching sessions.

  • Access to a large network of founders, mentors and experts.

EU-Startups Summit 2021

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EU startup summit

Overview

The EU-Startups Summit is the annual flagship event of EU-Startups.com - the leading online publication about startups in Europe. At the event we showcase a selection of Europe's hottest startups and come together to learn from some of the most successful European entrepreneurs of our time!


Details

The EU-Startups Summit 2021 will gather over 1,500 founders, startup enthusiasts, corporates, angel investors, VCs, and media from across Europe. The two-day event is a great opportunity for networking, and a meeting point for aspiring entrepreneurs and investors who are aiming to build international tech companies. We’ll have fireside chats with internationally successful founders, great networking opportunities (with a dedicated networkink app), workshops, and an exciting pitch competition with 20 startup teams – selected from about 1,000 applicants!

Competition is with a prize package worth €75,000.

The EU-Startups Summit will also gather hundreds of Europe’s leading Venture Capital investors, business angels and accelerators. As a startup, you can directly engage with them, and we are proud to have one of the best startup-investor ratios of any startup event out there.

 

The Speakers

In total, we’ll welcome about 70 high-profile speakers (successful entrepreneurs, investors, etc.) on stage at next year’s EU-Startups Summit. More info will be announced soon!

 

Webinar series on the H2020 Green Deal Africa Call

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Following the launching of the H2020 Africa Green Deal call by the European Commission, the AEIP organised a series of webinars to enlighten innovation actors from Africa and Europe on the benefits of participating in a H2020 call as well as on the specifics of the Green Deal Africa Call. 

 

The first webinar took place on 1st December 2020. It was attended by over 40 organisations, mostly from Africa. The webinar informed participants about the application procedure for the H2020 calls, advised on how to build a consortia and provided insights into specifics of the H2020 calls. The presentation of the Green Deal Africa call was given by two Senior Officials of the European commission: Dr. Piero Venturi, Science Counsellor to the African Union, Delegation of the European Union to the African Union; and Philippe Schild, European Commission, DG RTD.

 

Hackathon for Good: International talent hacks for a better world

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Hackathon for Good: International talent hacks for a better world

During the weekend of 27, 28, and 29 November the third edition of the Hackathon for Good takes place. This edition is the first edition that is completely online. Business pioneers, tech talents & experts in artificial intelligence, big data and coding are challenged to develop data solutions for a better world. They will work on challenges by Municipality of The Hague, the Police, EVE & The Hague Legal Tech Alliance.

 

The Hackathon for Good - The Hague is hosted by the Municipality of The Hague and organised by The Hague Tech, in close collaboration with the Hague innovation ecosystems consisting of the hubs: The Hague Security Delta, The Hague Humanity Hub, and the programs YES! Delft, WorldStartup, Data Science Initiative, and Digital Competence & Education Center. During the weekend of 27, 28, and 29 November, talent from all over the world develop innovative solutions for global social issues. Each team works on a data solution for one of the participating organisations. The total prize money is € 3,500.

 

To apply, please go here: https://hackathonforgood.org/hackathons/the-hague

 

About Hackathon for Good The Hague:

Apply to the Humanitarian Grand Challenge!

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Apply to the Humanitarian Grand Challenge!

Apply to the Creating Hope in Conflict: a Humanitarian Grand Challenge program to receive funding of up to $250,000 for new ideas, and up to $3,000,000 for proven solutions ready to scale up, as well as mentorship, resources and ongoing supports.

 

Today, over 168 million people require humanitarian assistance. Millions of the most vulnerable people in conflict zones are currently unreachable by traditional humanitarian aid delivery. As the length and complexity of armed conflicts increase, it is progressively more difficult to reach affected people in insecure areas with life-saving and life-improving humanitarian assistance.

 

We’re looking to fund and accelerate solutions to reach the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach people in conflict-generated humanitarian crises. We seek solutions that have the potential to create wider, transformative changes within the humanitarian sector in order to provide: safe water and sanitation; energy; life-saving information; and health supplies and services to help conflict-affected people.

 

Further details about our application review process can be found here.

 

Project Call "COVID-19-relevant Medical and Pharmaceutical Products”

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COVID-19-relevant Medical and Pharmaceutical Products

The Secretariat of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the European Union (EU) and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany have launched the “COVID-19-relevant Medical and Pharmaceutical Products” (CMPP) project.

 

CMPP is calling for project proposals from companies and initiatives (e.g. university and national technology initiatives) in SADC with the objective to increase the local production of affordable and innovative Covid-19-relevant medical and pharmaceutical products. The deadline for submission of applications is August 24 2020.

 

Apply now to the UNIDO Global Call “Innovative Ideas and Technologies vs. COVID-19 and beyond"

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UNIDO Call

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is inviting to apply to the call “Innovative Ideas and Technologies vs. COVID-19 and beyond” organized by its global network of Investment and Technology Promotion Offices.

The international contest aims to identify the most innovative solutions that are tackling the effects of COVID-19 in developing countries and make their economies more resilient, in alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The call is open to companies, startups, universities, incubators, research and technology centres and other potential applicants.

Additional info on the initiative can be found on the dedicated website: https://www.unido.org/global-call-itpos

Applications must be submitted by 30 June 2020 filling in this form.

The Award Ceremony will be held in live streaming on 14 July 2020. Among other benefits, the winners will be given the opportunity to showcase their winning proposals at EuroScience Open Forum 2020 in Italy and EXPO Dubai 2021.

Booklet on EU-Africa cooperation in science, technology and innovation

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Investing in European success - EU-Africa cooperation in science, technology and innovation

Think of Africa and surely you will think of breathtaking natural landscapes, astounding biodiversity and of rich cultural and linguistic heritage. But Africa has also long been brimming with scientific and technological promise. This publication highlights some of many fascinating projects through which the EU and Africa are currently innovating side by side. Each one, an opportunity to learn from one another: paving the way for deeper, mutually beneficial cooperation in the future.

 

The research set out in this booklet is revealing what we can learn from traditional African medicines, how we can collaborate to tap into gamma ray astronomy, how we can harness the desert sun to produce clean energy and even how we can bring Africa’s culinary diversity to European markets.

Training material from the second AEIP event: Supporting innovative entrepreneurship in Francophone Africa

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The second AEIP event was held on the 2nd - 5th December 2019 in Marseille, France. During that event the capacity upgrading training on building sustainable business models for tech hubs was provided. 

 

Participants of the training gained practical insights in the following areas:

• Matching the tech hub support services with the entrepreneurs and startups’ needs over time

• Fundraising for tech hubs 

• Sourcing projects and entrepreneurs

 

Africa-Europe Innovation Partnership Booklet

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The booklet of Africa-Europe Innovation Partnership presents activities and importance of the initiative for both continents. It outlines the AEIP approach and innovation system strategy to build on the strongest potential of new partnerships and collaboration. Have a look at testimonies of participants and stakeholders involved! In order to access the booklet please download the file below.

EU Funding Opportunities for African Tech Hubs and Entrepreneurs

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The European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) has launched a pilot initiative with the aim of fostering Africa / Europe cooperation in innovation. The Africa Europe Innovation Partnership initiative supports the creation of partnerships between tech hubs and incubators in different countries. Within the framework of the project, capacity building activities are proposed to increase knowledge of the European institutions and to support entrepreneurs and tech hubs. Finally, the project aims to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation in Africa and generate partnerships on new technologies between the EU and Africa. The main objective of the webinar is to present the existing EU funding programs which are accessible to entrepreneurs and tech hubs. A session of "questions / answers" is planned to answer all the questions that the subject could raise.The webinar focused on four main categories of EU programmes and actions:

  1. Horizon 2020 programme;
  2. European Investment Bank;
  3. Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid prize; and
  4. European development policy or EuropeAid.

For those who were not able to attend, the PPT presentation and a registration of the webinar can be found below in English. The French version can be found here.

Ignite Africa Challenge - Seeding Funding Opportunity

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Ignite Africa Challenge - Seeding Funding Opportunity

This funding opportunity is for African start-ups and social enterprises.

For the African tech hubs, this funding scheme is a great opportunity for your portfolio start-ups to submit a proposal if they are addressing pressing social challenges in concordance with the African Union 2063 Agenda, specifically on education and health care challenges.

Seed funding value size: 100 000 USD

Eligibility Criteria: You need to be African or based in Africa to apply. You need to be a student or 35 years or below as of January 31 2020 to be eligible.

INNOWIDE Funding Scheme

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This funding opportunity is for European start-ups and SMEs.

We are pleased to share with you that the INNOWIDE 2nd Call for applications for the Viability Assessment Projects (VAPs) – is open for applications. The INNOWWIDE programme helps innovative European SMEs gain access to new international markets by funding viability assessment projects to be deployed in cooperation with local stakeholders around the world.

LGT Venture Philanthropy (Switzerland)

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LGT

A global venture philanthropy organization aiming to create positive societal impact across developing and emerging countries. LGT invests philanthropic capital in social organizations and offers capacity building support to drive innovation and maximize societal return. LGT focuses on education, healthcare, energy, agriculture, and information and communication technologies. With their sector focus they also align with the UN’s SDGs.

LGT Impact invests growth capital in companies with scalable solutions to societal challenges. They focus on private equity investments in developing and emerging countries.

Argidius Foundation (Switzerland)

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Argidius

The Argidius Foundation is a Swiss-based charitable foundation that aims to help entrepreneurs to build profitable businesses and contribute to the sustainable development of their communities. 

Their mission is to promote the growth of small and medium sized enterprises (SME) in order to improve the lives of the poor through increased income generation.

 

Eligibility

They fund projects and organizations that:
•    support business and revenue growth; 
•    are cost effective;
•    involve innovation and reasonable risk; 
•    are scalable or replicable;
•    reflect capable management and a sound approach;
•    have social and/or environmental benefits;
•    have a potential for poverty reduction;
•    include robust partnerships beneficial for project implementation;
•    have a sound exit strategy;
•    have a potential to leverage Argidius’ funding. 

 

Geographical Eligibility

East Africa

Global Innovation Fund (UK)

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GIF

GIF invests in social innovations that aim to improve the lives and opportunities of millions of people in the developing world. Through grants and risk capital, it supports breakthrough solutions to global development challenges. There are three stages applicants can apply for:

Pilot: Your innovation is still in an early phase. You are testing core assumptions around operational, social and financial viability.
Test and Transition: Your innovation has completed initial testing and is now transitioning to larger scale. You have some information on your operational, social and financial viability. You want to solidify this before you scale.
Scale: Your innovation has solid operational, social and financial viability. You have strong evidence that my innovation improves the lives of those living on less than $5 PPP per day. Now you want to replicate your innovation in new countries and context, reaching millions of people. 

 

Type of Fund & Amount

Pilot projects: The maximum per project is $230,000 USD. 
Test and Transition: The maximum per project is $2.3 million, although the average investment size is smaller
Scale: The maximum per project is $15 million, although the average investment size is much smaller

 

Eligibility

Anyone may apply, including social enterprises, for- profit companies, non-profit organizations, government agencies, international organizations, and researchers in any country

Innovate UK Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) AgriFood Africa Innovation Awards

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The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund to support cutting-edge research which addresses the problems faced by developing countries. GCRF forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment and will be awarded in a manner that fits with ODA guidelines.  For further information see: UK Research and Innovation: Global Challenges Research Fund.

Innovate UK has recently secured GCRF funding to extend activities initiated through the Department for International Development (DFID) funded Agri-Tech Catalyst.

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is pleased to announce a call for GCRF AgriFood Africa Innovation Awards as a means to encourage UK research partners, including Universities and Research Technology Organisations (RTOs), to address AgriFood challenges in Africa. Up to £800k will be available to support a maximum of 20 awards, which will be committed over a series of competition rounds. The call for Round 1 is now open, with up to ten awards available. The deadline for applications is midnight Monday January 6th 2020

ACP Innovation Fund

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ACP Innovation fund

The new programme is to improve the capacity of research and innovation stakeholders, policy development and knowledge transfer. The ultimate goal of the programme is to have a structuring effect on the innovation-ecosystems and capabilities of ACP countries. Grants will be awarded to projects advancing solutions in the areas of: digital literacy and emerging technologies, skills development, synergies in the innovation ecosystem, technology transfer, research uptake, local and indigenous knowledge.

International partnership building between European and African innovation hubs

The aim is to foster coordination between actions taken in Africa and the EU to implement the recommendations of the EU-AU task force on digital economy, in particular in the area of research and innovation, through support to, engagement with, and monitoring of ICT-related activities and organisation of events in a critical mass of African countries. 

To reinforce cooperation and strategic partnership with selected countries in Africa to support the strengthening of existing digital innovation hubs (DIHs) in Africa and to facilitate the collaboration between EU and African DIHs in order to strengthen a common EU-Africa innovation and start-up ecosystem

 

Deadline

19 November 2019 - 22 April 2020

 

Type of fund & Amount

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of around EUR 1 million for a duration of three years would allow this area to be addressed appropriately.

 

Eligibility

Proposals should be submitted by a partnership complementing each other with a particular focus on the participation of relevant Member States or associated countries digital Innovation/tech Hubs, as well as African digital Innovation/tech Hubs. Due to the specific challenge of this topic, in addition to the minimum number of participants set out in the General Annexes, proposals shall include at least one participant from a low or middle income country in Africa.

Erasmus+ Capacity Building in the field of higher education 2020

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Erasmus+ Capacity Building in the field of higher education 2020

Capacity-building projects in the field of higher education are transnational cooperation projects, based on multilateral partnerships, primarily between higher education institutions from Programme and eligible Partner Countries. Erasmus+ provides the opportunity for organisations from eligible Partner Countries, mainly higher education institutions (HEIs), to promote cooperation through actions that: -improve the quality of higher education and its alignment with labour market needs, -improve the level of skills in HEIs through new education programmes, -strengthen the capacity of management, governance, and innovation, as well as internationalisation, -build the capacity of national authorities to modernise their own higher education systems, and -foster regional integration and cooperation across different regions of the world.

Deadline
5 November 2019 - 05/02/20

Type of Fund & Amount

The level of grants awarded as well as the duration of projects vary depending on factors such as the type of project and the number of partners involved.

Eligibility

Any public or private body active in the fields of education, training, youth and sport may apply for funding within the Erasmus+ Programme. In addition, groups of young people who are active in youth work, but not necessarily in the context of a youth organisation, may apply for funding for learning mobility of young people and youth workers as well as for Strategic partnerships in the field of youth.

EBN INNOWIDE

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EBN INNOWIDE

INNOWWIDE – Viability assessment of collaborative and INNOvative business solutions in WorldWIDE markets, is a Horizon 2020 project that aims to fund at least 120 European innovative SMEs and start-ups to conduct Viability Assessment Projects (VAPs) in markets outside of Europe. INNOWIDE will implement two calls with a total budget of 7,2M€, and is expected to fund 120 VAPs (60.000 €/VAP). The calls will target markets of developing countries, large emerging economies (Brazil, Russia, India, China, Mexico, etc.) and developed countries. The VAPs will be selected through a competitive selection procedure

Deadline

The first call has already closed. Waiting for the launch of the second call.

Type of Fund & Amount

The INNOWWIDE financial support rate is fixed at 70% of eligible costs with a fixed grant of €60,000 Euros for each assessment project.

Eligibility

For-profit innovative SMEs, including young companies and start-ups, from any sector looking to compete and start business in new and emerging markets around the world. You must be established in an EU Member State or a Horizon 2020 associated country. The project must specify a partner entity (subcontractor) from the VAP focus country or countries

Short-term exchanges of research and business staff - Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) 2020

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Rise

The RISE scheme promotes international and inter-sectoral collaboration through research and innovation staff exchanges, and through sharing of knowledge and ideas from academia to industry (and vice-versa). The purpose is to strengthen existing and build new networks of international and/or inter-sectoral cooperation and foster a shared culture of research and innovation that welcomes and rewards creativity and entrepreneurship and helps to turn creative ideas into innovative products, services or processes. Researchers and innovators from universities, research institutions, enterprises and non-profit organizations from Africa can team up with European partners in the calls for proposals published by the European Commission (EC) under its Research and Innovation programme 'Horizon 2020' (2014-2020).
 

Deadline
6 December, 2019 - April 28, 2020

Type of Fund and Amount

Funding to cover salary for exchanges

Eligibility

Researchers and innovators from universities, research institutions, enterprises and non-profit organizations from Africa can team up with European partners in the calls for proposals published by the European Commission (EC) under its Research and Innovation programme 'Horizon 2020' (2014-2020).

Handbook on European Funding Opportunities for African start-ups & entrepreneurs. Capacity upgrading module 1 developed in the framework of the “Africa-Europe Innovation Partnership”

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Capacity Upgrading handbook

 

 

This booklet has been developed in the framework of the capacity upgrading activities delivered as part of the “Support to EU-Africa Innovation Cooperation” project financed by the European Commission. The project intends to connect the technology and innovation ecosystems in Africa and Europe in order to align disruptive innovation creating better opportunities of growth and scale-up for entrepreneurial ecosystems on both continents.


A number of capacity upgrading sessions are developed as part of the project in light of enhancing the abilities of the African start-up and entrepreneurial eco-system to engage in collaborative activities with their EU counterparts. Capacity upgrading activities are also meant to strengthen the African innovation eco-systems on the basis of mutual exchange and learning with European counterparts. The first training module specifically looks at the landscape of EU funding opportunities specifically designed to support the strengthening of African incubators/accelerators, start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Evaluation of the EU Support to Research and Innovation for Development in Partner Countries (2007-2013)

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Evaluation of EU support to research and innovation

 

 

This evaluation examined the support the European Commission’s DG for Development and International Cooperation (DEVCO) provided to Research and Innovation (R&I) in partner countries during the last EU budget period (2007-2013). During these years DEVCO did not have an explicit policy document to support R&I and yet the study identified programmes worth over EUR 1 billion that included some aspect of R&I work. The evaluation looked at four specific sectors and found that within these sectors there was considerable interest in R&I and that such elements were often included in support programmes under each one.

Africa Investment Facility

 

Africa Investment Facility Resource Innovation Partnership

The Africa Investment Facility (AfIF), set-up in 2015, is the newest of the EU’s regional blending facilities. The blending facilities are innovative financial instruments that use EU development grants to leverage additional funding from European and regional development financial institutions and the private sector. They help implement key infrastructure and private sector support projects that are critical to sustainable development in partner countries worldwide.

AfIF, which is funded mainly from different programmes under the European Development Fund (EDF), but also under the EU's Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI), provides various kinds of grant funding for development projects:

Practical exercise #3: Find the relevant partners for your project

Capacity building workshop European Funding startupsTo be able to apply to a European program, your project must be organised and carried out with partners.  Once you have identified a certain number of potentially interesting partners, it is useful to have various exchanges by telephone to introduce your organisation and present your project in order to help you find the most receptive partners.

Throughout these early exchanges, you will want to gather as much information as possible: size of organisation, contact person who would be appointed project manager, technical expertise, motivation of your contact, etc...

To help you to make your final choice, create a partner profile for each organisation contacted. In a second step, you will forward your project outline to the most interested potential partners and the most strategic for your organisation, whilst explaining the role of coordinator and partner.

LEAR appointment letter

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Lear appointment letter

Validation LEAR appointment form:

This document will be automatically generated by the Participant Register once all the information required for the LEAR appointment will have been filled in. You should print it on the organisation’s letter headed paper, have it signed by the legal representative and the LEAR and then upload it in the Participant

 

 

Periodic Report Template (RIA, IA, CS, SMEinstrument, MSCA)

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H2020 Periodic report template

Project Reporting template: 

This document is aimed at informing potential applicants for Horizon 2020 funding. It serves only as an example. The actual Web forms and templates, provided in the online reporting system under the Participant Portal, might differ from this example. Periodic and final reports must be prepared and submitted via the online reporting system under the Participant Portal.
 

Periodic Report Template