WomHub 2023 Africa Innovation Fellowship for African Entrepreneurs

  •  Fellowship
  •  05-Oct-2023
  •   Worldwide
  • $$  Varies

At the heart of transforming the African continent is developing women entrepreneurs. Are you a passionate, African, female innovator with a groundbreaking idea in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Manufacturing, or Mining (STEM)? Are you meeting a development need in your country? Are you ready to turn your vision into a thriving startup that can change the world? If so, you are invited to apply for our Africa Innovation Fellowship Program.

Since 2019, the Africa Innovation Fellowship (AIF), in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering, has been developing women-owned STEM innovations across sub-Saharan Africa. AIF 2023 is an eight-month leadership and business development opportunity for African women innovators with an early-stage engineering innovation or start-up looking to grow, scale, and prepare to be investor-ready. Several AIF alumni have gone on to successfully apply for the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

AIF kicks off in October 2023 with a virtual masterclass series focused on idea and business incubation, leadership development, funding, and pitch readiness, ending in May 2024. The program is designed to provide founders with a fully funded in-person entrepreneurship boot camp, expert engineering council, venture clinic, mentorship, and financial coaching needed to turn their innovative ideas into successful businesses.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must have a registered new or innovative STEM-based business idea or startup based in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Applicants should have developed, and be in the early stages of commercializing, an engineering innovation that will bring social and/or environmental benefits to a country/countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Individual applicants must be citizens of a country within sub-Saharan Africa*. For teams of two or more, the main applicant must be a citizen of a country within Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • No alumni – or co-founders of alumni – on the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation will be eligible for the AIF program.
  • Strong commitment to pursuing entrepreneurship.
  • Applicants must be able to commit to the eight-month-long program commencing in October 2023 to May 2024.
  • Applicants must have a valid passport and be available to travel between October 2023 to May 2024.
  • Demonstrated passion and knowledge in their chosen STEM field.
  • Willingness to actively participate in the program.
  • Applicants must identify as women.
  • Applicants must be over the age of 18. There is no upper age limit.

* For the purposes of this Fellowship, Sub-Saharans African countries include:

Offered Benefits

  • Mentorship: Access to a network of experienced mentors and industry experts.
  • Workshops and Training: Comprehensive training in business development, including; market access, product strategy, external factors, and commercial models.
  • Co-working Space: Access to a dedicated workspace equipped with essential resources.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow entrepreneurs, investors, and potential collaborators.
  • Pitch Opportunities: Present your startup to potential investors and partners.
  • Exposure: Showcase your innovation to a global audience.

Application Process

Go to WomHub on docs.google.com to apply

 Fill out the online application form on our website. Only applications completed through the online application form will be accepted.

  • Upload any supporting documents in the application form.
  • The deadline for submission of completed applications is 5th October 2023, 23h59 SAST
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview.
  • Final selection and program commencement.
Apply Here
If you think this scholarship can be helpful to somebody else, please share:

Subscribe for Scholarship Updates

Get a weekly email that thousands of students use to get the latest scholarships and grants.

** Scholarships.plus will not share your details without your permission.

Like our website? Follow us on Facebook

More Suggestions: