Intrepid Entrepreneurs calls for application into the 2021 Next Health Accelerator with a seed funding of US$15,000. The Next Health Accelerator is a 6-month acceleration program for African entrepreneur in the health sector.
The accelerator program is offering selected startups a six month opportunity for assessment, acquisition, network access, product development, marketing and expert mentoring with the objective of product adoption, regional expansion and integration into existing value chain.
It also seeks cause disruption in Africa’s healthcare system initially focusing on issues of sexual and reproductive health and on self-care.
Organizers say, the accelerator will be selecting the best innovative ideas, help to refine their value proposition and products, provide them with seed funding and connect these African entrepreneurs with some of the leading corporations or institutions for value chain access.
On who NHA accepts into the program?
The Next Health Accelerator accepts startups offering solutions in the area of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH), placing much premium on self-care. Companies will be selected based on the strength of the teams, passion and dedication of founders, the expected market size and the unique value proposition of products or services on offer.
Benefits for selected startups
Startups will have access to the over 20 coaches, mentors and experts available. These professional are sourced from national and international group of health experts, investors, entrepreneurs and top business executives.
Access to Networks
NHA promises a strong network of value chain partners who are willing to adopt and integrate products offered by accelerated startups which is a key component of the program.
Startups are assured of support in marketing, design and technology, as well as entrepreneurship, to enable them to tackle some of the challenges they face. There is a ready team of marketers, developers, UI, and UX designers who are going to be assisting in perfecting the products as well as improving their brand.
Every chosen startup company receives US$ 15,000 as seed funding during the acceleration phase to help in validation of new or improved products and services towards increasing customer base.
According to one of the co-founders of Next Health Accelerator, Lindsey Simmonds,
“Next Health Accelerator represents the future of health advancements for women by women. We seek to gather the existing ingenuity in the African and catalyze it in the mainstream of development solutions for societies that are unequally challenged by lack of access to quality sexual and reproductive healthcare.”
Find out more about NHA on their website.
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A Male and A Female Entrepreneur to Win US$50K Each in the GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize. APPLY!!!
Applications are open for the GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize 2021 aimed at finding the brightest young agri-food entrepreneurs on the African continent. This is a search for agribusinesses that are bringing tech, innovation and passion to the agriculture and food space.
The Gogettaz Agripreneur Prize is organized by Generation Africa, a partnership between Econet and Yara International to strengthen the ecosystem for youth entrepreneurs in the agri-food sector across the continent.
The prize is looking for agribusinesses that show the following features;
- Environmental sustainability
- Social and commercial impact
- Originality and innovation
- Market potential and traction
- An investible team
Who Qualifies to apply?
- Be 35 years and below
- Hold nationality (with an official ID) from any African Union member country
- Be a founding member of the startup and play an active role in its operation
- Have no criminal record
The submitted company shall meet the following terms,
- The business should be legally registered in any AU member country and also headquartered on the continent
- It is built to be financially sustainable either as for-profit or non-profit generating revenue and not solely dependent on donor funding
- The venture currently plays a role in the agri-food sector and/or supports the development of the agri-food sector through an innovation or process improvement
- The agri-food sector may be defined as businesses including:
- Agri-food research & development
- Primary food production (farming)
- Crop nutrition
- Mechanisation, automation or robotics, including drones
- Crop protection
- Hydroponics or urban farming
- Transport, distribution, storage or logistics
- Food processing
- Packaging or marketing
- Food retail or service
- Waste management or recycling
- Digital or technology solutions/services to the agri-food sector
- Innovative finance solutions/services to the agri-food sector
- Renewable energy or environmental solutions/services to the agri-food sector
After a thorough review of applications by expert jury, semi-finalists will receive notification via Facebook and email by the 17th of July 2021 where they will each be interviewed and asked for further information.
By the 27th of July, the finalists will be announced with six (6) males and six (6) females to compete in the final virtual pitching contest at the Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) virtual meeting 2021.
The Grand Prize
Two successful entrepreneurs; male and female, will each receive $50,000 for being the most innovative and scalable agric business idea. All GoGettaz finalists will also be awarded mentorship, programming linkages and other guidance to continue their entrepreneurial journey. APPLY HERE
Deadline for applications
The GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize welcomes applications till the 14th of June, 2021.
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