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Call For Application - Afrilabs Capacity Building Programme Physical Workshop Participants

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The Physical Workshop is a training workshop where content of the AfriLabs Capacity Building curriculum will be delivered physically in cities across Africa. Each selected city will serve as a convening point for participating hubs within the city as well as from surrounding cities and countries.  The workshops will focus on highly interactive, practical and one-on-one mentorship sessions from established business owners in the local city. The workshops will be delivered in partnership with African Business Angel Network (ABAN) and Afric’Innov (Bond’Innov) in English and French. The Physical Workshops are implemented under The AfriLabs Capacity Building Programme. It is supported by Agence Française de Développement (AFD) through the Digital Africa seed fund.

AfriLabs is calling on hubs within the AfriLabs network and newly established hubs outside the AfriLabs network who are located in these cities/neighbouring countries to apply as participants for the Physical Workshops. For each location, 25 participating hubs will be selected via a competitive application and screening process targeting hubs that have incubated at least 1 complete cohort of start-ups and have operated for at least 6 months, following AfriLabs network membership criteria. 

 

Eligibility Criteria

The Physical workshops are open to innovation hubs within the AfriLabs network and newly established hubs outside the AfriLabs network that provide facilities to nurture new ideas, startups and entrepreneurs in the African innovation. Innovation hubs should possess the following criteria before applying;

  • Be located in Africa
  • Maintain a focus on at least two or more of the following: entrepreneurship, innovation or technology
  • Must have verifiable evidence of building startups from incubation to maturity

Note: This call is open to all hubs within the AfriLabs network and only newly established hubs outside of the network (newly established hubs are hubs that have been in operations for 6 - 12 months)

Countries eligible to apply per physical location:

  • Accra, Ghana: Hubs in Western Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Cape-verde)
  • Nairobi Kenya:  Hubs in Eastern Africa (Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea,  Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Somaliland, Tanzania, Uganda)
  • Cairo, Egypt : Hubs in Northern Africa ( Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Sudan, South Sudan and Tunisia) 
  • Dakar, Senegal: Hubs in Western Africa (Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Mali, Niger, Guinea, Senegal, Mauritania, côte d’ivoire, )
  • Doula, Cameroon:  Hubs in Central Africa (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo Republic - Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon)
  • Johannesburg, South Africa: Hubs in Southern Africa (Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia, Angola, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe)

 

Please note that the maximum number of participants to be selected per location is 25

Application Guidelines

Eligible applicants should submit their applications by filling the form 

 

Selection Criteria

Participants of the workshop  will be selected based on the following criteria;

 

For Hubs within the network

  • Evidence of representatives long term commitment to hubs
  • Proof that hub runs programs to support innovators/entrepreneurs to build solutions leveraging on technology (or for newly established hubs, a business or operating document showing hub's plans to run programs to support innovators)
  • Strength of response to application question on applicability of workshop content to current hub focus areas
  • Evidence of online presence (website and social media handles)
  • Attended at least 2  AfriLabs Hubs Learning Week. 

 

For newly established hubs outside the AfriLabs network

  • Be located in Africa, or for a Diaspora hub, be set up by Africans to support African entrepreneurs.
  • Have been in operations between 6 and 12 months supporting entrepreneurs through activities and programmes
  • Be registered as a legal entity
  • Have a physical space
  • Maintain a focus on at least two or more of the following: entrepreneurship, innovation or technology
  • A business or operating document showing hub's plans to run programs to support innovators, if not already doing so
  • Strength of response to application question on applicability of workshop content to current hub focus areas
  • Evidence of online presence (website and social media handles)
  • Attendance at the  AfriLabs Hubs Learning Week is an added advantage.

 

Application Timeline

Application Opens: 

  • Monday, 2nd August 2021

Application Closes:

  •  Friday, 13th August 2021

Applicants notified of Application Status (Declinations will be emailed)

 

Workshop Dates :

  • Accra, Ghana: 30th August - 1st September
  • Nairobi, Kenya: 13th - 15th September
  • Cairo, Egypt: 27th - 29th September
  • Dakar, Senegal: 8 - 10th November
  • Johannesburg, South Africa: 15th - 17th  November
  • Douala, Cameroon: 22nd - 24th November

Note:  All countries are eligible to attend workshops hosted under their region only







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