The Virtual Meetup Grant is a 4000 euro grant (formerly 2000 Euros) awarded to hubs to implement meetups geared towards stakeholder management and ecosystem community engagement. The meetups are tailored to practical lessons learned during the AfriLabs Hubs Learning week. The Virtual Meetup Grant is Implemented under the AfriLabs Capacity Building Programme (ACBP). The ACBP is a 36-month intensive capacity building program designed by AfriLabs for African tech hubs to improve their capacity to support the growing number of startups and MSMEs in their communities across Africa. It is supported by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) through the Digital Africa seed fund.
AfriLabs is calling its member hubs who participated in the just-concluded AfriLabs Hubs Learning Week Series 6 to apply for the sixth round of the Virtual Meetup grants. The grant of 4,000 Euros will be awarded to three (3) successful hubs to execute Virtual Meetups targeted at preparing startups within their communities to be investment/investor ready.
Only AfriLabs member Hubs who were represented at the French and English webinar on “Preparing startups to be investment/investor ready” during the Learning Week Series 6 held on the "Wednesday, 25th August 2021" are qualified to apply for the Virtual Meetup grants.
Qualified applicants should fill in the form following the guidelines below:
Abstract: A 70 words abstract that clearly summarizes the proposal, its methods, and outcomes
- Hub Bio: The hub bio should be one paragraph and should include general details of the hub, its activities, and its mode of operation.
- Project Description (Proposed project narrative): The project description should provide a detailed description of the program that you are seeking to be funded by the grant.
- The implementation of the lessons learned from the webinars reflecting actual strategies covered in the capacity building session;
- Explain the duration of time during which the funds will support the project.
- The goals of the project, how they will be achieved, how success or failure will be measured.
- Describe the activities that will be funded to achieve the desired goal and how the achievement of that goal will be measured or defined.
- The Project Description should also include information about the staff who will work on the project, their experience, and qualifications to perform the activities that will be funded.
- Participant Engagement: Show how hubs will effectively engage at least 100 participants (startups, developers, mentors, innovators, and other stakeholder groups) from within their city at the virtual Meetup;
- Project Implementation: Describe how the startups, developers, innovators, and other stakeholder groups will be engaged in meetups on preparing startups to be investment/investor ready.
- Description of Meetup Activities: Include a description of the virtual meetup and activities for which the 4,000 Euros grant will be used, costing to be clearly presented in a summarized budget table;
- Monitoring Framework: Upload a brief and concise logical framework to track the objective of the assignment, stated benchmarks, output, outcome, and to provide strategies for mitigating the possible setbacks that could impede the successful execution of the virtual Meetup.
- Budget: Upload a one-page budget showing line items, activities, and cost of virtual meetup activities. Your budget should not exceed 4,000 Euros.
- Your applications must demonstrate ecosystem engagement.
- Hubs in Nigeria & Ghana are not eligible to apply. These countries have met the maximum number of grants allowable per country.
- Hubs that have benefitted from any ACBP Grant are not eligible to apply.
Applications close at 11:59 pm (WAT) on the 18th September 2021.
Note: The filled form must not exceed 5 pages; submissions should be made in PDF Form and should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org with Subject: Application for Virtual Meetup Grant Series 6