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January to March 2024

You know how frustrating it is to hear about a funding opportunity the night it closes? We do too so we’ve curated the best opportunities out there. Check back for up-to-date information on available opportunities.

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Build the Company from Scratch

The Momentum $1,000,000 Challenge

  • Prize: Minimum US$1,000,000 and significant equity stake
  • Demographic: Anyone with a story, skills and ambitions without a company
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Details:
    • In addition to funding, you will have a chance to work with and learn from a skilled team of serial entrepreneurs
    • This challenge will give you the opportunity to be the leader of the next Momentum Startup.
    • It is not essential that you have a well-formulated business idea or plan.

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Greylock Edge Company-Building Programme

  • Prize: 3-month programme with funding tailored to your needs
  • Demographic: Pre-idea, pre-seed, and seed founders
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Details:
    • In addition to funding and guidance, you will have access to US$500,000+ credits with tech giants like AWS, Google, and Microsoft.
    • Greylock has acquired an expertise over decades of guiding founders from inception to IPO.
    • This is not a start-up accelerator or incubator, but an individualised support.
    • Applications are on a continuous rolling basis.

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HUB71 Company building Programme

  • Prize: 12-month programme with up to AED 250,000 funding for equity
  • Demographic: Pre-seed to Series A startups with at least 1 founder willing to move to Abu Dhabi
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Details:
    • In addition to the funding for equity you will receive AED 250,000 in in-kind incentives, and will be eligible to receive up to AED 250,000 cash incentive for further additional equity.
    • In addition to the funding, you will attain office space, marketing, technical, and financial support, and upskilling.
    • HUB71 will provide housing, health insurance, and licensing & visa support for founder(s) relocating to Abu Dhabi.

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Funds and Accelerators from the Same Company

Flat6Labs
Locations: Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Bahrain, Jordan, UAE, KSA

  • In each location, there are various funds and/or accelerators to join.
  • Each fund or accelerator will be for 10-20% equity in the company.

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LaStartup Station
Locations: Based in Morocco, accepting applications from all African countries

  • They have programmes for every stage of your start-up from ideation to scale-up.
  • They prefer 2–3 co-founders with a multidisciplinary team.
  • The startup must have an innovative B2B solution using disrıptive technology.
  • You can attain various types of funding from grants to honour loans to angel investment.
  • You will have access to a work space in their offices which will enable you to have access to vast networking opportunities and coaching from their team.

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BRINC
Locations: Various

  • BRINC has various accelerator programmes curated for specific industries including, but not limited to AI, Agrifood, ClimateTech, Gaming, and Health Innovation.
  • Depending on the programme, you will get investments up to US$100,000 – US$150,000 – US$200,000, or it will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • The programmes can be fully virtual and open to all startups regardless of location, or specific to a region.

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Plug and Play Accelerator
Locations: Based in Silicon Valley, 50+ locations all around the world

  • Plug and Play runs various equity-free accelerators in FinTech, Energy, AgriTech, Aerospace, InsurTech, and many more.
  • They have locations all around the world including but not limited to Jakarta, Shanghai, Johannesburg, Abu Dhabi, Madrid, Toronto, and São Paulo.
  • They are a stage-agnostic organisation with an in-house venture team and world-class mentors.

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Awards, Grants, and Competitions

Prizes

World Bank Group Youth Summit Pitch Competition

  • Demographic: Individuals aged 18-35 worldwide with ideas using technology to solve development challenges
  • Deadline: 1 March 2024
  • Details:
    • The summit focuses on three subthemes:
      • Digital access and inclusion
      • Artificial Intelligence
      • Sustainable technology for a livable planet
    • These three subthemes should be examined through the lens of:
      • Youth in areas affected by Fragility, Conflict, and Violence (FCV)
      • Women in tech
      • Rural youth
    • Proposals can be submitted in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic.
    • Pitch competition will happen in World Bank HQ in Washington, DC. Travel and lodging expenses, as well as a nominal stipend for three nights will be compensated for one representative per team. There is a virtual portion of the event to enable other team members to participate.

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Lightning Round by Sparkxyz

  • Prize: Exclusive US$500,000 Perks Package
  • Demographic: Pre-seed and seed stage startups with traction
  • Deadline: 1 March 2024 (Early-Bird) and 8 March 2024 (Regular)
  • Details:
    • This pitch competition will enable you to showcase your startup to venture capitalists and angel investors.
    • Apart from winning the exclusive perks package, you have the opportunity to be a spotlight in their social media channels and newsletter, bringing your startup to the attention of a bigger pool of investors.
    • 2% of the applicants will have the chance to be accepted into Pegasus Accelerator Program and US$120,000 investment.

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Innovate for Tomorrow by Dubai Holding Competition

  • Prize: 50,000 AED for 1st Place, 25,000 AED for 2nd Place
  • Demographic: Leadership position within a scale-up company with a MVP or an NGO to operate a pilot programme in the UAE
  • Deadline: 31 March 2024
  • Details:
    • The challenge aims to identify and scale solutions to address key sustainability challenges in the UAE with a focus on responsible consumption and production.
    • The five finalists will be presenting their solutions in the Investor Day Pitch.
    • The winner and runner-up will have access to in5 business incubator for a year.
    • The winner will have an exclusive four-month opportunity to implement their solution within Dubai Holding while engaging in expert mentorship from TECOM Group.

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Pitch@GOV by Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Government Innovation

  • Prize: Up to 30,000 AED and a place in the MBRIF Accelerator
  • Demographic: People around the UAE with innovation ideas
  • Deadline: Not disclosed
  • Details:
    • There are two challenges this year: “Family values in the internet age,” and “Waste trading platform.” Your innovation should be a solution in these categories.
      You will have the chance to be chosen to pitch your idea in front of a panel of judges to attract investors and scale up the business.

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Middle East Venture Fund IV

  • Prize: Depends on the company
  • Demographic: Early- and growth-stage startups in MENATP in FinTech, SaaS, HeathTech, EdTech, Logistics, E-commerce, On-demand services, Marketplaces, and Web3
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Details:
    • They target to hit US$150,000,000 across startups.
    • There is no information on when the applications will be closed.

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Oasis500

  • Prize: Up to US$100,000 for equity 
  • Demographic: Seed-stage Tech and Tech-enabled startups to setup in Jordan, then scale abroad
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Details:
    • You will gain access to their coaching, mentorships, and networking opportunities, including their Angel Investor and Venture Capitalist Events.
    • You may be eligible for follow-up funding up to US$350,000.

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Capifly

  • Prize: Up to US$1,500,000
  • Demographic: Software startups in MENA
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Details:
    • Fast access to Shariah-compliant non-dilutive investment for 1/3 of Annual Recurring Revenue.
    • You will have the final result of your application in 3 weeks.

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Draper Richard Kaplan Foundation

  • Prize: Up to US$300,000 unrestricted capital over 3 years
  • Demographic: Rigorous requirement and pre-qualifications outlined below
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Details:
    • In addition to funding, you will also receive on-going support through joining the board of directors for the 3 years of funding.
    • They are looking for independent nonprofit, and impact first, mission-driven for-profit entities that are tackling a crucial social or environmental issue.
    • Organisations must be operating in Africa, Europe, India, Latin America, or the United States.
    • Organisations must be in the post-pilot but pre-scale stage.
    • Applications are on a rolling basis throughout the year.

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The Catalyst Fund

  • Prize: US$100,000 in cash + US$100,000 in venture building + Up to US$175,000 in perks
  • Demographic: Pre-seed fintech and climate resilience startups in Africa
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Details:
    • You will gain access to the network of 100+ investors, as well as the alumni network
    • There will be dedicated PR and media support coupled with access to data on customers and insights.
    • Your leadership must be gender-balanced and you must have local (co-)founders.
    • Your product must be in the market, and attracting some customers.

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Founder’s Factory Africa

  • Prize: US$250,000 equity investment + US$150,000 in non-dilutive funds
  • Demographic: Early-stage startups in Africa solving real life issues
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Details:
    • You will receive expert support in business strategy, user experience, fundraising, and more.
    • You will have access to premium tools, and offers from top providers including AWS, as well as a network of angel, venture, and corporate investors.
    • A desk space in FFA’s Johannesburg offices will be available to you.

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Gray Matters Capital coLABS

  • Prize: Up to US$250,000 revenue-share investment over 5 years
  • Demographic: Early-stage, widely scalable, and innovative startups tackling issues that disproportionately affect women
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Details:
    • In addition to the investment, you will also receive strategic and technical support.
    • At the end of the 5 year agreement, you might be eligible for follow-on investments for further growth and development.
    • Applications are on a rolling basis.

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America’s Seed Fund

  • Prize: Up to US$2,000,000 equity-free investment in 36 months
  • Demographic: US-based small businesses that can solve a problem or revolutionise the industry, and need research and development funding for your product or service
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Details:
    • You will also receive guidance from National Science Foundation (NSF) programme directors 6–12 months.
    • The project must have the potential to positively benefit society and to lead to significant outcomes in the commercial market. All funded work must also be done in the United States.
    • Most of the startups that have been funded have fewer than ten employees, are recently formed and haven’t received funding from the US government before.
    • Every proposal regardless of success receives actionable feedback.

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Growth Impact Fund

  • Prize: £50,000 – £1,500,000 investment
  • Demographic: Early-stage, growing startups tackling inequity in the UK
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Details:
    • Up to £15,000 before grant funding and a dedicated portfolio manager who will continue to work with you during funding.
    • Up to £20,000 additional funding to help the growth of the organisation.
    • You will gain access to a professional network, alumni of the fund, and opportunities.
    • Investments vary in types (equity, revenue share and patient debt) and amount depending on the type of investment.
    • You must be committed to improving your team’s diversity.

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Accelerator and Incubator Programmes

Accelerators

MassChallenge Switzerland Accelerator

  • Duration: 4 months
  • Demographic: Early-stage startups from any industry that adds value to society
  • Deadline: 28 February 2024
  • Details:
    • You will have the opportunity to compete for CHF500,000+ in non-dilutive cash prizes.
    • Food and Climate focused startups will acquire an additional CHF100,000 no-strings-attached cash prize.
    • You will gain access to 15+ global corporate partners, such as Nestlé, PMI, and Bühler, as well as world-class equity-free mentoring from 400+ experts.
    • Accelerator comprises 3 industry-specific tasks: Sustainable Food, Sustainable Industry & Climate Solutions, and HealthTech.
    • You need to be in Renens, Switzerland for the Bootcamp (June 24–July 5) and Halftime (September 2–13) events.

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RAISEAfrica by RES4Africa Foundation

  • Duration: Not specified
  • Demographic: Entrepreneurs aged between 18–35 with African citizenship or a startup registered in Africa with a solution for the renewable energy sector in the African market
  • Deadline: 29 February 2024
  • Details:
    • As a part of the programme, you will have exclusive access to a growth fund up to €20,000.
    • There is a pre-accelerator and an accelerator in this programme. To apply for the accelerator, your product or service must be at least at the MVP stage.
    • The pre-accelerator is designed for entrepreneurs in the early stages of a business idea, whereas the accelerator targets startups seeking market validation and business expansion.
    • You will be supported with mentoring, networking opportunities, increased visibility, and fundraising opportunities.

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Prize for Innovation by Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA)

  • Demographic: Seed-stage tech-focused or -enabled startups with an MVP in Nigeria
  • Deadline: 3 March 2024
  • Details:
    • Top 100 finalists will participate in a one-month virtual training, followed by an in-person bootcamp for the top 25 finalists.
    • At the end of this accelerator stage, there will be a mini demo day to select the top 10 finalists of the programme.
    • Ten finalists will participate in an all-expense paid, 5-weeks training programme in Silicon Valley.
    • Top three winners will be selected through a bigger Demo Day attended by local and foreign technology industry experts and investors.
    • Top three winners will receive funds determined after valuation.

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DayOne Accelerator by Genesis Ventures

  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Demographic: Concept and pre-seed startups
  • Deadline: 8 March 2024
  • Details:
    • First week is an intensive full-time and in-person (in Patras, Greece) foundation for the programme. The remaining 5 weeks are hybrid and part-time.
    • At the end, you may get an equity investment of €150,000 if you fulfil the criteria.
    • Admissions are on a first-come first-serve basis.

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Neo Accelerator

  • Duration: 3 months
  • Demographic: Individual and team founders of tech startups incorporated as a Delaware C corporation
  • Deadline: 15 March 2024
  • Details:
    • The first month of the accelerator is a month-long all-inclusive mountain retreat in Colorado alongside mentors and other founders.
    • You will have access to star engineers from Neo’s incredible talent pool.
    • You will get exclusive support and access to OpenAI and Microsoft resources.
    • You will get a two-part funding: US$600,000 uncapped safe with a US$10M Floor Valuation; and 1.5% in common stock.

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Morgan Stanley Inclusive Ventures Lab

  • Demographic: Underrepresented executive member of a technology or tech-enabled startup within the Seed to Series A funding
  • Deadline: 15 March 2024
  • Details:
    • You will get US$250,000 or £250,000 for 5% equity stake depending on which programme (New York or London) you get accepted to.
    • You will gain a customised curriculum for your startup featuring excellent mentors, entrepreneurs in residents, and advisors.
    • The programme will end with a Demo Day which will allow you to pitch to investors, potential business partners, and customers.

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EWA Investment Readiness Accelerator Program

  • Duration: 3 months
  • Demographic: Tech-driven, Seed- to Round A-stage startups with at least two founders, one of whom is a woman
  • Deadline: 22 March 2024
  • Details:
    • The first two months will be an intensive program to equip you with essential skills in data rooms, financial modelling, and pitch deck creation.
    • You will gain media awareness and key “hard skills” whilst networking with like-minded entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors.

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SaaS Accelerator Program: Bilbao by Startup Wise Guys

  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Demographic: Early-stage B2B SaaS startup with a working minimum viable product (MVP) and at least 2 co-founders or team members
  • Deadline: 28 March 2024
  • Details:
    • You will get a convertible investment up to €100,000 + €250,000 as a follow-up opportunity.
    • You will have access to a network of 350+ mentors, 200+ investors and collaborate with founders in their portfolio.
    • Registering your company in Bilbao or having an operating subsidiary will grant you more funding opportunities.
    • This is a hybrid programme with some weeks in Bilbao, Spain and the online components are in EET time.
    • Applications are on a first-come first-serve basis.

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Cybersecurity Accelerator Program: Bilbao by Startup Wise Guys

  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Demographic: B2B (or B2B2C) cyber startup with initial traction and at least 2 co-founders or team members
  • Deadline: 30 March 2024
  • Details:
    • You will get a convertible investment up to €100,000 + €250,000 as a follow-up opportunity.
    • You will have access to a network of 350+ mentors, 200+ investors and collaborate with founders in their portfolio.
    • This is a hybrid programme with some weeks in Bilbao, Spain and the online components are in CET time.
    • Applications are on a first-come first-serve basis.

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Rise Start-Up Academy: Climate FinTech Edition

  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Demographic: Pre-seed- or seed-stage ClimateTech startups from Europe, the UK, the US, and Canada
  • Deadline: 4 April 2024
  • Details:
    • Your solution should fall into one of these three categories:
      • Carbon management
      • Direct mitigation
      • Climate risk management
    • During the programme, you will be fine-tuning your product and learn about pricing whils finding a repeatable and scalable business model.
    • At the end of the programme, you will join the Rise Academics alumni network of like-minded individuals and showcase your business.

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MIT Solve Global Challenges

  • Duration: 9 months
  • Demographic: Innovators with exceptional solutions to global problems
  • Deadline: 18 April 2024
  • Details:
    • There are various global challenges under the MIT Solve umbrella:
      • Economic Prosperity
      • Learning
      • Climate
      • Health Equity
      • Indigenous Communities Fellowship (US and Canada)
    • When you are selected to be a Solver, you will receive a US$10,000 cash prize and opportunities to access additional funding as grants and investments.
    • The 9-month virtual support programme includes tailored workshops, expert coaching, and access to various resources.

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Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund (MBRIF) Accelerator

  • Duration: Tailored for you
  • Demographic: Startups with a developed product or service in the UAE or interested in branching to the UAE
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Details:
    • The programme is backed by the federal government of the UAE and will support you in your most pressing needs.
    • There is no cost or equity investment included in the programme.
    • The accelerator prioritises tech, education, clean energy, water, transport, health and space.

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S3 Incubator

  • Duration: 6 months
  • Demographic: Any stage of the startup from ideation to global expansion starting or scaling up in Sharjah
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Details:
    • Equity-free and custom-built programme
    • Access to advanced masterclasses, 1:1 mentorship, experts, workspace, networking, marketing and many more
    • Applications are open and considered on a rolling basis.

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Ahli Fintech Seed Acceleration

  • Duration: 6 months
  • Demographic: Fintech companies established in Jordan or interested in branching in Jordan
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Details:
    • Ahli Fintech will invest up to US$200,000 and charge US$30,000 for participation in the programme.
    • You will have access to their global network, 1000+ Ahli Bank mentors, and their workspace in Jordan.
    • They enable you to pilot test your solutions with real customers from Ahli Bank in all jurisdictions.
    • Their portfolio has companies established in Jordan, KSA, UAE, and Tajikistan.

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AB Xelerate

  • Duration: 3–6months
  • Demographic: Fintech-focused startups eager to implement their solutions within the Arab Bank
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Details:
    • The accelerator’s aim is to work with your startup to deliver a successful proof-of-concept (POC) which can enable your startup for a pilot agreement with the Arab Bank. This agreement will not only put your solution in the market, but also result in an investment from Arab Bank.
    • You will have access to workspaces across Arab Bank PLC, and will be integrated with Arab Bank through Open Banking Developer Portal.
    • Applications are open all-year round and investigated on a case by case basis.

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Baobab Network Africa Accelerator

  • Duration: 3.5 months
  • Demographic: Tech-oriented and for-profit startups with a minimum viable product (MVP) and early traction
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Details:
    • US$100,000 equity investment
    • Two weeks of intensive consulting from The Baobab Network followed by 3 months of hands-on venture support and lifetime access to The Baobab Network
    • The startup needs to have a presence in Africa, run and led by an African team, but does not need to be incorporated in Africa.
    • There is no deadline to apply, however there are different cohort timings.

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Gen F by Founders Factory Africa

  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Demographic: Founders in the ideation or pre-revenue stage for their startups in Africa
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Details:
    • You will receive a competitive one-off budget to run market validation experiments and support from experts to refine your idea.
    • At the end, you will pitch your idea to the Investment Committee. Upon approval from the Investment Committee, you will receive up to US$250,000 investment and tailored support from FFA’s team to launch the startup.
    • Applications are always open and on a rolling basis.

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PlanX Accelerator

  • Duration: 6 months
  • Demographic: Mid-stage tech startups in Pakistan
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Details:
    • This equity-free programme is tailored to your needs with dedicated mentorship, training, and networking opportunities.
    • They will support your startup with marketing, business development, legal aid and much more.

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Pre-Accelerator Programme by Startup Wise Guys

  • Duration: 8 weeks
  • Demographic: Startups with a working draft of their minimum viable product (MVP) and at least 2 co-founders or team members
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Details:
    • You will receive expert mentoring and Peer2Peer meeting sessions during the accelerator.
    • You will have access to a network of 350+ mentors, 200+ investors and collaborate with founders from 15–20 different countries.
    • Applications are on a first-come first-serve basis.

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Know Your Numbers Before You Apply

Even when it’s equity free, every investor or even grant provider wants to know you have what it takes to succeed. You will surely be asked for your unit economics and be judged on how you communicate your ambition. Our resources and financial modelling tools are the easiest and most affordable solution for founders to know your numbers and confidently communicate with investors.

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