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Update: This Week on Startups, Entrepreneurs and Applications


Update: This Week on Startups, Entrepreneurs and Applications

The Global Entrepreneurship Network(GEN), Microsoft and 500 Startups are accepting applications for the following programs respectively:

Digital Pitch Competition

Global Entrepreneurship Congress

For a chance to pitch at the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Congress(GEC) in South Africa, invitations are open to entrepreneurs across Africa. If you are an African entrepreneur with operational businesses, prototypes and/or viable ideas then this is what you need to know and do to apply:

  • Visit the GEN South Africa Facebook Page, click on the “Digital Pitch Competition” tab, and register by filling the form.
  • Upload a Pitch Video on said page prior to 5th February, 2017. Your pitch video is open for public voting so get friends and well-wishers to vote for ours.
  • Top five entrepreneurs will be selected as winners and will pitch to select fellow entrepreneurs, prospective investors and others at GEC in Johannesburg between 13th and 16th of March, 2017
  • Accommodation, flight to the venue among other cost will be covered.

There is the extra benefit of good networking and being received as VIP Guests at the conference for the entrepreneurs that make it through. For more information, mail

Affordable Access Initiative

Affordable Access Initiative

Microsoft opens applications for its Affordable Access Initiative; a fund designed to assist companies trying to bring Internet Access to underserved markets. It invests in cloud-based services and applications and business models that can reduce the cost of internet access.

Helping more people affordably get online, the inaugural edition saw applications from businesses with solutions in power generation, health, agricultural grants, finance and education.

“Too many people around the world lack internet connectivity and the educational, commercial and economic benefits of cloud-based services,” said Mary Snapp, Corporate Vice President and Head of Microsoft Philanthropies.

For this year’s edition, commercial organizations with two(or more) full time employees, a working prototype and paying customers are the most preferred applicants.

Deadline is on the 31st of January, 2017. Indicate your interest by applying and find more information here.

500 Seed Program

500 Startups

The Venture Capital and Startup Incubator based in Silicon Valley welcomes application for its 2017 Seed Program. This is in search of its 21st Batch.

The Seed Program runs for 4 months in Mountain View, Mexico City and San Francisco and provides startups with all the mentoring, office space, hands-on sessions and unfiltered access to the 500 family it will need to grow and thrive.

Since 2010, 500 Startups has invested in a myriad of startups, providing suport and investment for a 6% stake. Interested? Apply here.

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