Funding opportunities for startups (archive)

Funding opportunities for (Archived)

  • Expo Live Expo Live Innovation Programme
    • “Up to” USD 50,000 grant, access to networking and partnership opportunities, marketing and communications exposure, as well as additional funding enabling their solutions to be showcased during the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28), hosted by Expo City Dubai Authority.
    • For social enterprises, start-ups and grassroots projects from around the world whose solutions generate social value in line with the legacy of Expo 2020 Dubai, and the ambition of Expo City Dubai.
    • Deadline: 10th March 2023
    • Learn more and apply


  • Flat 6 Labs Ignite – Cycle 5
    • $150,000 – $250,000 cash funding, strategic mentorship, office space, entrepreneurship focused business training, subject matter one to one sessions and perks and services
    • For incorporated startups, with an existing MVP with promising results from pilots – revenue generating is an added bonus. At least one founder must be available for duration of program in Abu Dhabi and startup must be committed to establishing a long-term presence in Abu Dhabi
    • Deadline: 9th March (extended, still taking applications)
    • Learn more and apply  

Siemens Stiftung Smart Energy Solutions Africa Incubator

  • € 50,000 to €100,000 for the design, implementation, and evaluation of submitted replication projects via service agreements. After selection, they will have the opportunity to participate in the SESA Incubator Programme run by SESA partner Smart Innovation Norway (SIN). The programme includes mentorship, coaching, and access to networks of industry experts and potential investors
  • For local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda and Tanzania with expertise in addressing the continent’s energy access challenges with a focus on rural and off-grid communities. Women-led businesses are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants need to have been registered and operationally active in one of the four focus countries for at least three years with proof of revenue generation. Additionally, each country has a detailed list of eligible technology domains
  • Deadline: 25th June
  • Learn more and apply 

IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator 

  • 1 year of technical mentorship from IBM (including up to $120,000 of free IBM cloud credits), access to IBM’s network & a 3 month intensive Village Capital Investment Readiness Accelerator with bespoke mentor and investor matching
  • For startups using highly sensitive personal data to increase access to digital solutions, including -but not limited to- Fintech, Datatech, Digital Assets, Edtech, Insuretch, and other solutions. You must be legally incorporated, for-profit, less than 10 years old and have good traction.
  • Deadline: 30th June
  • Learn more and apply 

Google for Startups Accelerator: Climate Change

  • 10 weeks of equity-free support, training, Google product support and advice, mentoring and Google Credits.
  • For Seed to Series A startups tackling Climate Change with tech, high-potential startups based in Middle East and Africa.
  • The program is sector agnostic but will not invest in Biotech or Life Sciences.
  • Deadline: 7th July
  • Learn more and apply

Humanitarian Innovation Accelerator Programme

  • Opportunity to apply to WFP Sprint Programme – a 12-month accelerator with equity free funding of US$ 130,000 – US$ 500,000. Successful participants will get support, coaching, mentorship and access to global network of relevant stakeholders.
  • There are two separate streams – scaling and early stage. For technology-powered solutions addressing pressing global challenges faced in the humanitarian space. The programme will select ventures and solution providers who will receive financial, technical, and methodological support from the WFP Innovation Accelerator, and other partners
  • For innovations leveraging new technologies such as AI / Data Science, Space Tech, Healtech and supply chain and logistics.
  • Limited to startups in the following countries: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Uganda, Mozambique, Bhutan, Cabo Verde, Kosovo, Albania, Moldova, Georgia, Laos, Niger, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Jordan, Yemen, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Armenia, Palestine, Somalia, South Sudan, Mali, Senegal and Ukraine.
  • Deadline: 15th March
  • Learn more and apply 
  • MassChallenge Early-Stage Switzerland:
    • Equity-free Early-Stage Accelerator
    • Access to global corporate partners including Nestle, Buhler, Louis Drefus Company totalling over CHF 260 billion in revenue. Opportunity to compete for up to CHF 1M in non-dilutive cash prizes and other in-kind awards.
    • Worldwide startups, from all industries, with high-impact solutions.
    • Deadline: 1st March
    • Learn more and apply
  • Aim High – Powered by AWS Startup Loft Accelerator:
    • Up to $100,000 in AWS Activate Credits, Access To Leading VC Funds, Technical and Business Support and a Spot in the AWS Startup Loft Accelerator
    • For startups with at least one female founder that is working on Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions and is based in Europe, Middle East or Africa
    • Deadline: None – 10th March
    • Learn more and apply
  • Qatar Fintech Hub Accelerator Program
    • Up to USD 170,000 investment in SAFE (Post-money) per company
    • For incorporated, early-stage FinTech startups globally to get product to market and pilot with QFTH. Particularly startups in Payments, Crowdfunding, FinTech, InsurTech
    • Deadline: 9th March
    • Learn more and apply
  • Qatar Fintech Hub Incubator Program
    • 12 week program and investment of up to USD 110,000 investment in SAFE (Post-money) per company
    • For budding entrepreneurs and early-stage FinTechs with a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) who want to transform their prototype into a sellable product, build traction and raise funds.
    • Deadline: 9th March
    • Learn more and apply

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