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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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The Impact of the Legal Environment on Venture Capital and Private Equity in Africa Empirical Evidence

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Using a novel dataset, Jonathan Adongo empirically assessed the impact of the legal environment on venture capital and private equity activity across 50 African countries between 2004 and 2010. Preliminary results indicate that a better legal environment increases market entry by investors and entrepreneurs. While seed, start-up or early stage venture capital increases with better rule of law, expansion stage venture capital decreases and private equity is practically zero. In addition, both venture capital and private equity increase where strength of property rights is weaker. These findings suggest that venture capital substitutes for debt financing from other sources e.g. banks, in weaker legal environments.

 

To access the article, please click Download below.

 

Last year, the AEIP organised a series of webinars "Accelerating innovation in a time of crisis: a tech-hub effort". If you are interested, please check this webpage: https://africaeurope-innovationpartnership.net/resources/combined-presentations-experts-workshop-series-accelerating-innovation-times-crisis-tech

 

Africa Economic Brief - Financing for innovation: what can be done for African SMEs?

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Financing SMEs is a challenge all around the globe. In Africa, this challenge is compounded by several deep-rooted issues which pertain both to the environment in which firms are working, as well as to the lack of breadth and depth of financial markets. When it comes to financing innovative firms, these issues are even more acute given the perceived risks they carry. On the firm’s side, many are unable to find adequate ways of promoting and presenting their innovative projects to obtain financing. On the financial infrastructure side, more than average caution is exercised by financiers which face many uncertainties and market failures that prevent them from engaging in financing.

 

The paper reviews the theory underpinning such issues in the context of innovative firms and puts forward novel ways to address them, including SME exchanges, crowdfunding, the role of development partners and business angels.

 

Please click Download below to read the paper from the Africa Economic Brief.

 

Last year, the AEIP organised a series of webinars "Accelerating innovation in a time of crisis: a tech-hub effort". If you are interested, please check this webpage: https://africaeurope-innovationpartnership.net/resources/combined-presentations-experts-workshop-series-accelerating-innovation-times-crisis-tech

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

Techstart_Sustainability Challenge

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The techstars_ Sustainability Challenge is Calling Startups Ready to Tackle the Planet's Toughest Problems!

 

We're looking for breakthrough solutions and companies to make meaningful change.

 

Climate change is demanding urgent action. We need deep and meaningful collaboration. The Techstars Sustainability Challenge brings together founders and industry leaders in sustainability. In this equity-free challenge, we will connect the most promising startups and innovators with our industry-leading corporate partners to build out real-world solutions. It's innovation with impact, powered by Techstars.

 

Read more about the challenge and find out how to submit your application by clicking here.

GLOBAL EDTECH STARTUP AWARDS: Accelerate your growth with international recognition

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Global EdTech Startups Awards (GESAwards) is an initiative led by a group of leading education innovation organizations from across the world. 
 
The Awards will identify, showcase and recognize the world's most promising EdTech startups of the year.

 

March 2021: Applications Open to general & special tracks

August 30, 2021: Deadline for application submission

Aug-Nov 2021: Regional semifinals competitions events

January 2022: Global Finals, London

 

2021 Semifinals Locations: 

Tel Aviv • Tokyo • Paris • Helsinki • Frankfurt • Cape Town • Boston • Monterrey • Curitiba • Delhi • London • Milan • Madrid • Moscow • Accra • San Francisco • Abuja • Singapore

 

COMPETITION CRITERIA

The product or service will be judged according to the following criteria

1. Address a clear pain point, relevant to the market 
2. Provide an innovative pedagogical approach 
3. Have an outstanding user experience 
4. Show potential for growth in its user base 
5. Operate in the context of a sustainable business model

Learn more and apply here: https://www.globaledtechawards.org

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:

AEIP webinar: How to promote female entrepreneurship through tech-hub support

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On the 26th of January 2021, the AEIP, in partnership with F360, organised a webinar for tech hub representatives and policy makers. The webinar focused on how to promote female entrepreneurship through tech hub support, building capacities of tech hubs and startups to ensure gender equity.

 

Participants explored different themes of gender equalisation in the African tech space (including the drivers and challenges). The key questions which have been discussed are the following:

Enygma Ventures' program to help support new and existing businesses

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In partnership with Startup Circles, Enygma Ventures have launched a program to help support new and existing businesses that are focused on solving issues and systemic problems to help build a new world going forward. They provide either seed funding or mentoring scholarships to those selected. 

What Are We Looking For?

  • Businesses that are focused on solving problems for Southern Africa (SADC). The business must either be based or serve/operate in the region. 

  • The idea/business must be scalable and able to operate on a large scale or have a large addressable market. 

  • For profit ideas/businesses. We are not able to support charitable concepts at this time. 

  • Both male and female applicants. Please note, we will always have a gender inclusion bias and so will be more interested in ideas that have equality at their heart.

If Selected What will you Get?

  • If you are at the ideation stage you will likely first be put through the Startup Circles programme. This will provide you with world class mentorship, training and the help to validate your business quickly and efficiently. 

  • If you are an existing business and have validated your concept - equity seed funding will be available. 

  • There is the possibility of receiving both mentoring, education and seed funding.

TTO Community of Practice 3rd Meeting

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On December 8th, approximately 30 African and European members of Community of Practice for knowledge transfer held their 3rd meeting. The introduction was focusing on the future opportunities in Horizon Europe to better link the two continents, in particular in the field of Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment  or Health, but also  Digital, Industry and Space

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!

 

Global Meetup 2021

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Join 600 startups, corporates, and investors in solving 21st century societal challenges!

At the Global Meetup we leverage the power of our worldwide network, to scale selected promising innovations from 1M to 100M in valuation. Because together we can solve 21st century challenges.

 

UNIQUE SETTING, DEEPER CONNECTIONS

By creating memorable experiences at unique locations, we facilitate business connections that last.

 

FUN PEOPLE, SERIOUS BUSINESS

Successfully scaling innovations is all about people. We only invite those who want to collaborate on a global scale.

 

UNUSUAL SUSPECTS, A TRUE GLOBAL MELTING POT

Meet selected changemakers from all parts of the world. From Ouagadougou to Berlin, and Miami to Antananarivo.

 

Connect with fellow leading experts in your industry:

  • ENERGY TRANSITION & CLEANTECH
  • FOOD, WATER & AGRICULTURE
  • FINANCE & INSURANCE
  • HEALTH & CARE
  • SMART CITIES, MOBILITY & LOGISTICS
  • INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING & AUTOMATION
  • SECURITY, PEACE & JUSTICE

Read more here: https://getinthering.co/gm2021/

Webinar series on the H2020 Green Deal Africa Call

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AEIP webinar

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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PPT from the training

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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AEIP booklet

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.

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.

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: