Opportunities for inclusive business companies

The latest events, trainings, and funding options

This page is constantly being updated with the latest offers for inclusive business entrepreneurs. Find insightful events, trainings, and funding opportunities in your country and sector!

Also search our investor and technical assistance database, which lists more than 600 organisations and initiatives providing different kinds of support to inclusive businesses.

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Are you a social enterprise or inclusive business company based in Latin America? Apply for this free and personalised accelerator programme! i3 LATAM, part of the PES LATAM alliance of enterprise support organisations active in the region, is looking for solutions benefiting the base of the pyramid.

Application deadline:
Region: Latin America and the Caribbean
Organisation:
i3 Latam
Type:
Incubation / Acceleration

The I4C is a Call for Proposals for business-led Consortia aiming to make global supply chains from shelf to field climate smart. We are looking for innovative holistic agricultural supply chain approaches that contribute to the transformation of global food and land use systems against the backdrop of advancing climate change.

Application deadline:
Region: Global
Organisation:
GIZ
Sector:
Agriculture or Food, Retail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods
Type:
Others

This Investment Readiness Programme supports inclusive business companies to grow and scale their enterprises. Participants will gain the key ingredients to become ready for investment, including:

Application deadline:
Region: Country: Nigeria
Organisation:
Impact Investors Foundations, Inclusive Business Action Network
Type:
Incubation / Acceleration

This is A Fully Funded Fellowship 25 impact-driven entrepreneurs will be selected to join the Watson Institute Accelerator as fully-funded fellows valued at $17,500.

Application deadline:
Region: Global
Organisation:
Watson Institute
Type:
Incubation / Acceleration

Ready to scale your innovation or enterprise? We are looking for social entrepreneurs tackling the most challenging problems facing children globally. Our third cohort will be made up of social enterprises working specifically on issues related to SDG 6 in East Asia and the Pacific.

Application deadline:
Region: East Asia and Pacific Country: Cambodia, Multiple
Organisation:
Duke University, UNICEF
Sector:
Water, Sanitation or Waste Management
Type:
Incubation / Acceleration

Impact Investors Foundation and SME.NG invite impact-focused female entrepreneurs in Nigeria to join this accelerator.

Learn the business adaptivity strategies and secrets to sustain and grow your business, whilst exposing yourself to more financing opportunities for your business!

Find more opportunities.

Application deadline:
Region: Country: Nigeria
Organisation:
Impact Investors Foundation, SME.NG
Type:
Incubation / Acceleration

The Social & Inclusive Business Camp (SIBC), funded by the Agence Française du Développement (AFD), offers 40 inclusive business entrepreneurs the tools and coaching to accelerate their projects on the African continent.

It is a hybrid acceleration program for scaling up:

Application deadline:
Region: Country: Multiple
Organisation:
Agence Française du Développement, Investisseurs & Partenaires, African Management Institute (AMI), ScaleChanger, StartupBRICS
Type:
Incubation / Acceleration

The Gender Responsive Agriculture Systems Policy (GRASP) Fellowship is a career development program that targets mid-career African women in the policy field to catalyze the design and implementation of gender-responsive agricultural policies across Africa.

Application deadline:
Region: Country: Malawi, Nigeria, Zambia
Organisation:
USAID
Type:
Training / Mentoring

As well as encouraging innovation, Orange also rewards the positive entrepreneurial spirit of dynamic start-ups within the framework of its Social Venture Prize. Since 2011 this International Grand Prix competition has welcomed start-ups from 17 countries in Africa and the Middle East.

Application deadline:
Region: Country: Multiple
Organisation:
Orange
Type:
Award / Grant / Investment

Launched in March 2021, ShEquity Business Accelerator (SHEBA) was created to address the existing gender funding gap by de-risking African female-led businesses, getting them fit for investment and equipping the founders with the skills set needed to grow and scale their businesses.

Application deadline:
Region: Country: Multiple
Organisation:
ShEquity
Sector:
Agriculture or Food, Health, Retail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods, ICT, Energy
Type:
Incubation / Acceleration

Established in 2008, the Zayed Sustainability Prize is the UAE’s pioneering global award for recognising excellence in sustainability. It recognises nonprofit organisations (NPOs), small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and high schools for their impactful, innovative and inspiring sustainable solutions across the categories of Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools.

Application deadline:
Region: Country: United Arab Emirates
Organisation:
Abu Dhabi Government
Sector:
Health, Agriculture or Food, Energy, Water, Sanitation or Waste Management
Type:
Award / Grant / Investment

The Visa She’s Next Grant Program, in partnership with IFundWomen, will provide three winning Vietnamese businesses with grants of $10,000 USD, along with a one-year IFundWomen Coaching membership. Applications will be open through May 31, 2022.

Application deadline:
Region: Country: Vietnam
Organisation:
Visa, IFundWomen
Type:
Award / Grant / Investment

Africa's Business Heroes directly supports talented and promising African entrepreneurs through its namesake Prize competition. Each year the Prize selects ten "business heroes" from across Africa that compete for their share of USD 1.5 million in grant funding.

Application deadline:
Region: Country: Multiple
Organisation:
Jack Ma Foundation
Type:
Award / Grant / Investment

Are you ready to thrive as an agrifood entrepreneur in Africa? Then power up your inspiration.

Application deadline:
Region: Country: Multiple
Organisation:
Generation Africa
Sector:
Agriculture or Food
Type:
Incubation / Acceleration

D-Prize seeds new ventures that distribute proven poverty interventions.

Can you design a new business or NGO that delivers a proven poverty intervention at scale? Submit your design for a new organization that solves one of the following Distribution Challenges:

Application deadline:
Region: Country: Global
Organisation:
D-Prize
Sector:
Health, Water, Sanitation or Waste Management, Agriculture or Food, Education, Energy
Type:
Award / Grant / Investment

Does your company provide climate change adaptation and resilience solutions to its customers? Are you an investor looking for investment opportunities in the space of climate change adaptation?

Region: Country: Global
Organisation:
GIZ / BMZ
Type:
Others

In 2022, Women In Africa and The Coca-Cola Foundation join forces to support 20,000 African women entrepreneurs over the next three years through the “JAMII Femmes” initiative. The initiative aims to increase the impact of African women entrepreneurs on the African economy and support the creation of innovative solutions for sustainable development.

Application deadline:
Region: Country: Cote D'Ivoire, Kenya, Nigeria
Organisation:
Women In Africa, Coca-Cola Foundation
Sector:
Agriculture or Food, Education, Health, Housing or Construction, Water, Sanitation or Waste Management, Energy
Type:
Training / Mentoring

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a consortium of 147 Universities in 38 African Countries, is pleased to announce the call for 2022 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition (RUYAEC).

Application deadline:
Region: Country: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Eswatini, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Organisation:
RUFORUM
Sector:
Agriculture or Food, ICT, Health
Type:
Award / Grant / Investment

This award recognizes African women agripreneurs who have demonstrated remarkable innovation in their businesses by having an impact on food security, climate resilence, women and youth empowerment.

VAYA recognizes established and emerging women agripreneurs in three categories:

Application deadline:
Region: Country: Multiple
Organisation:
Value4Her
Sector:
Agriculture or Food
Type:
Award / Grant / Investment

If you are an Impact Enterprise, Impact Partners can help you develop strategically to get you investment ready, achieve sustainable and scalable growth, and connect you to our growing network of global investors.

The Impact Partners platform provides qualified, registered Impact Enterprises with the following:

Region: Country: Global
Organisation:
IIX
Type:
Others

Are you looking for business opportunities in developing and emerging countries? leverist.de shows you local business potentials and connects you to on site experts.

Region: Country: Global
Organisation:
GIZ / BMZ
Type:
Others

BRILHO is a five-year programme, 2019 - 2024, that will catalyse Mozambique’s off-grid energy market in order to provide clean and affordable energy solutions to the country’s off-grid population. Its overall goal is to improve and increase energy access for people and businesses, leading to money saving, better well-being and livelihood opportunities for the low income population.

Application deadline:
Region: Country: Mozambique
Organisation:
SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
Sector:
Energy
Type:
Award / Grant / Investment

This accelerator programme targets mission-driven entrepreneurs working on women’s economic empowerment and/or climate resilience. It helps business leaders develop pathways to scale and prepare for next-level investment.

Region: Country: Global
Organisation:
Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship
Type:
Incubation / Acceleration

Powered by MIT D-Lab and iBAN, the Global Scale Up X Instagram channel is a community for female entrepreneurs to connect, be empowered and scale up. It features inspiring stories from female founders around the world who have successfully raised funds for their businesses.

The community also features training and business opportunites especially selected for female founders.

Region: Country: Global
Organisation:
MIT D-Lab, Inclusive Business Action Network
Type:
Others

FATE Foundation’s Aspiring Entrepreneurs Programme (AEP) is Nigeria’s longest-running pre-incubation program for aspiring entrepreneurial leaders looking to grow and build successful and sustainable businesses. To date, the program has graduated over 5,348 entrepreneurs across 16 states in Nigeria and counting.

Region: Country: Nigeria
Organisation:
FATE Foundation
Type:
Training / Mentoring

This general introductory course imparts basic knowledge on inclusive business, its definition and features. The course also sets the parameters of the IB target groups and how they are involved in the value chain. It outlines the different sectors where the BoP is engaged, identifies different IB approaches and illustrates the inclusive business ecosystem.

Region: Country: Global
Organisation:
Inclusive Business Action Network
Type:
Training / Mentoring