Conceiving an idea is really not as difficult as getting it into realisation. Funding may be a problem, getting selected for startup competitions may also be a headache. For students who need scholarships too, you may not even know where else to turn to since the ones you know have probably turned you down. Well, there is good news. There are some startup funding opportunities as well as competitions and scholarships around.
As listed by a colleague from Tech Nova, here are some avenues for you to look at if you are looking for funding, startup competitions or even scholarships.


  • Jack Ma Foundation’s Africa Netpreneur Prize 2019 (US$1 million in prizes) Details:
  • D-Prize Global Competition 2019 for Aspiring Entrepreneurs worldwide ($20,000 prize). Details:
  • Facebook Nigeria/FATE Foundation Digital Programme 2019 for Aspiring Entrepreneurs. Details:
  • Ashoka Africa Young Changemakers Programme 2019 for Francophone Countries. Details:
  • Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition 2019. Details:
  • Orange Social Venture Prize Africa & Middle East 2019 (Win up to €25,000). Details:
  • World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Accelerator Programme 2019-2020 (Fully-funded to Qatar). Details: 


  • African Union Innovating Education in Africa Expo 2019 for African innovators (Fully-funded to Botswana). Details:
  • The Drucker Prize 2019 for Non-profits ($100,000 prize and more). Details:
  • 55Voices for a Visa Free Africa Writing Competition 2019 ($1,500 prize). Details:
  • African Union Commission Logo Design for Innovating Education in Africa Expo 2019. Details:
  • Visa Everywhere Initiative: Women’s Global Edition 2019 (Win $100,000 and a trip to Paris). Details:


  • AstraZeneca Young Health Programme Scholarship to attend One Young World Summit 2019 in London, UK. Details:
  • African Leadership Centre (ALC) Peace and Security Fellowship 2019 for African Women (fully-funded). Details:
  • African Leadership Centre (ALC) Peace, Security and Development Fellowship 2019 for African Scholars. Details:
  • Deloitte One Young World Scholarship Program 2019 (Fully-funded to the OYW Summit in London, UK). Details:
  • Dutch MFA Scholarship to attend One Young World Summit 2019 (fully-funded to London and the Netherlands). Details:
  • Johnson & Johnson One Young World Scholarship Program 2019 for young health leaders (Fully-funded to OYW Summit in London, UK). Details:
  • United Nations Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship 2019 (Fully-funded). Details:
  • African Palliative Care Education Scholarship Fund for Nurses and Social Workers 2019. Details:
  • Queen’s Commonwealth Trust Scholarship to attend the One Young World Summit 2019 in London.Details:
  • Trust Conference Changemakers Programme 2019 (Fully-funded). Details:
  • Chatham House Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowship 2019 for Africans (Stipend of £2,295). Details:
  • Chatham House Richard and Susan Hayden Academy Fellowship 2019 (Stipend of £2,295). Details:
  • Scholarships for Masters in Human Rights & Democratisation in Africa at the Centre for Human Rights. Details:
  • Chatham House Robert Bosch Stiftung Academy Fellowship 2019 for Africans (Funded). Details:
  • TU DELFT Sub-Saharan Africa Summer School Scholarship 2019 (Fully-funded to the Netherlands). Details:
  • Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship Programme 2020 (Fully-funded). Details:
  • One Young World Leading Scholarships to attend the OYW Summit 2019 in London, UK (Fully-funded). Details:

Good luck!

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