Monthly Archives: April 2013

Register! Women of West Africa Entrepreneur Conference in Lagos, Nigeria

wowecThe Women of West Africa Entrepreneurship conference is created by Montgomery West Africa for young women entrepreneurs to meet, exchange best practise and receive first-hand knowledge from Nigeria’s finest and most successful female entrepreneurs. It is also a chance to mingle with financial organisations, government agencies in women empowerment and SME development with interests in women empowerment and entrepreneurship.

Date: Thursday 20th & 21st June 2013
Venue: Eko Hotel in Lagos.

The WOWe conference promises to be “an exciting mixture of presentations, chat show lively question and answer sessions, insightful speaker interviews and interactive panel debates – this event is fun, lively but informative – designed to educate, inspire and entertain. WOWe will furnish delegates with their roadmap to financial inclusion, economic independence, business growth and success.“

Speakers at the conference are:

• Abiola Wuraola: CEO & Founder – Management Transformation
• Abudu Mo: Moments with Mo
• Aisien Elohor: CEO & Founder, Beth Model Management Agency
• Atta Sefi: Author & Publisher, Everything Good will Come
• Nwoko Chichi: Director, Hey! What’s ON
• Kumahor Enyo: Managing Director, Thoughtworks Africa
• Oshinowo Nike: CEO, AOE Events & Entertainment
• Obih Ruth: CEO, 3Investment Ltd
• Wali-Abdurrahman Fatima: CEO, The Filmo Group

For contact and more information email: or call – +2348145999475; +234808597848

For more information about the Conference: visit:

Call for Applications: The Global Neighborhood Challenge


Are you pioneering a neighborhood-level project so awesome that you think it should happen everywhere?

The Global Neighborhood Challenge: A Pop-Up Fellowship with GOOD’s Global Citizenship Project is looking for five community innovators from around the globe with creative and scalable projects that strengthen the social fabric of their communities.

The five global fellows will come to GOOD HQ in Los Angeles for a pop-up fellowship to elevate and expand their work in order to create more equitable and successful neighborhoods.

The pop-up fellowship will include a collaborative workshop to create a community innovation toolkit, participation in an evening of programming highlighting the fellows’ work, and partnership with the GOOD Local Los Angeles Chapter to test out just how well their projects can be reborn in a different city, culture, and community.

Call it globally-networked hyperlocalism.

Applicants are encouraged to participate in the first inaugural Neighborday, a global event to celebrate neighbors, blocks, and the spirit of Neighboring.

Submission Tips:

  • Photos are optional, but if submitted, they should be in JPG, PNG, or GIF format, at least 570 × 345 pixels and no larger than 10MB.
  • Submissions must be in English, applicants must speak English.
  • If you have any questions, please review these FAQs or send us an email

Entries will not be displayed during the submission period. A panel of judges will select the winning submissions, and those will be displayed after the selection process.


  • This Challenge is open for submissions from 3 April, 2013 at noon PT to 30 April, 2013 at noon PT.
  • Only individuals who are 18 and over are eligible to apply.
  • A panel of judges will select the winning submissions.
  • The selected projects will be featured on this page.
  • The chosen fellows will win a week at GOOD HQ in Los Angeles.
  • Read all the rules.

Call for Applications:2013 Commonwealth Essay Competition!


Are you a writer? Are you interested in the world around you? Do you want your voice to be heard by others? If so, the Commonwealth Essay Competition is definitely for you. We encourage you to be creative in your response to our topics. You can submit a poem, letter, article, story, essay or even a short play. The choice is yours. Just get writing!

Every year, the Commonwealth Essay Competition inspires thousands of young writers from all over the world. Run by the Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883, it is the world’s oldest and largest schools’ international writing competition. Past winners include Mr Lee Hsien Loong, the Prime Minister of Singapore and Elspeth Huxley.

The competition is free to enter and in 2012 over 1,000 young writers, from 245 schools, in 38 countries across the Commonwealth received an award for their entry.

For 2013, we’re delighted to announce that the Competition will be run in partnership with Cambridge University Press, whose support will enable us to engage even more young writers across the Commonwealth.

The Competition celebrates and nurtures the creative talents of young people across the Commonwealth, providing a platform for students to compete with their peers in each of the 54 nations which make up this unique association. Entrants are judged in two age groups, Junior (under 14 years) and Senior (14-18 years).

The closing date is 1st May 2013 and results will be announced in the autumn of next year, when a Junior and Senior Prize Winner and Runner Up will be announced and our judges will make a number of Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards. We very much hope your school will feature!

For more details download the 2013 Essay Competition leaflet Icon: Acrobat PDFhere Icon: Link to another website.

To download the 2013 Essay Competition poster click Icon: Acrobat PDFhere Icon: Link to another website.

Update: Entrants will be able to submit their essays online from the end of January 2013.

APPLY! The Vital Voices Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Growth Program

vv logoThe Vital Voices Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Growth Program is a

one-year comprehensive and tailored program focused on building the

capacity and concrete skills of SME women business owners to create actionable business plans to grow their businesses. The Program will target women-owned SMEs in the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean. The SME Growth Training Program is an online and in-person program that integrates the latest business trends, global best practices, and interactive learning techniques. These and all other programmatic elements are regionally localized to ensure that the program is accessible and applicable to women business owners and the business environments they operate in. The program consists of 4 components:

  1. An intensive participant selection process,
2. Online preparatory sessions before the training that guide program
participants in drafting a business plan that they will refine throughout
the training,
3. A 4-day in-person regional training, and
4. Access to growth services based on needed skills and tools targeted
in participants’ business plans.

The application for this SME Growth Program is specific to the AFRICA
region. If you are an AFRICAN women business owner please continue.

*Who Can Apply*

Vital Voices is seeking applications from African women business owners

Own a businesses that has been in operation for at least 3

Employ at least 3 staff (including temporary and/or seasonal
workers), and

Generate at least USD $25,000 in annual sales

As an interested applicant, you:

– Are motivated to build the skills and make the changes needed to grow
your business,
– Are excited to participate in a one year program including on-line and
in-person training and access to external business growth opportunities,
– Recognize the value of tracking the growth of your business for up to
3 years through methods such as surveys, calls, or additional

*How to Apply *

To apply for the Vital Voices Global SME Growth Program, please:

1. Complete the application through SurveyGizmo using the following

If you are unable to access the internet you may complete the application
that *begins on page 6* of this packet.* * The application should be
submitted to Eniola Mafe, Vital Voices Africa Program Manager at

This application should take approximately 30-40 minutes to complete. For
your application to be considered complete, answers are required for all
questions unless otherwise noted,

Please complete the application to the best of your ability.  Please note
that the open-ended questions have a limit on the number of characters for
responses, including spaces.

Upon receipt of your application you will receive a confirmation email from
Vital Voices. Vital Voices staff will contact you to provide information
regarding your application’s status.

Your personal and business information will remain confidential.* Only
Vital Voices staff members will see this information for the sole purpose
of program participant selection and monitoring and evaluation. ****

If selected for the program, please note that acceptance is
NON-TRANSFERABLE. *Successful applicants selected to participate in the
program may not transfer their acceptance to another individual*. ****

If you encounter questions or problems with the survey, please contact:
Eniola Mafe, at

Application Deadline: Monday May, 13th 2013

Click here to download your Vital Voices 2013 Application form.

Call for Applications: The African Young Water Professionals Small Grants Program

waterThe African Water Association (AfWA) in partnership with Development Alternatives, Inc  (DAI). within the framework of the AfWA/FABRI (Further Advancing the Blue Revolution Initiative) launched the first call for proposals in Africa dedicated to the YOUNG AFRICAN WATER SECTOR PROFESSIONALS (YWPs) for which projects will be funded by the USAID (United States Agency for International Development). YWPs include young professionals below the age of 35 years working in the water sector.

A funding pool of US $300,000 is available for a period of  one year for innovative solution projects to  (1) reduce non-revenue water(physical and commercial water losses), (2) increase access to improved sanitation, and (3) foster communication and knowledgesharing in non-revenue water and sanitation in east, west, central, southern Africa. The range for awards is $2,000 to $10,000 for each project/proposal and the initiatives should fall under the following themes;

  • Innovative community awareness and involvement in water loss management or urban sanitation
  • Creative water efficient technologies, tools, and practices
  • Water demand management
  • Good and more responsive governance for NRW reduction or urban sanitation access
  • Applied research on innovative solutions for NRW management or on urban sanitation technologies and solutions
  •  Information technology innovations for water loss management or improved urban sanitation promotion
  • Social marketing for sanitation in low income urban areas
  • Business models for sanitation
  • Best practices in urban sanitation service provision and NRW management
  • Development or adaptation of CKS tools to support NRW reduction and urban sanitation initiatives

The grants will be awarded on a competitive basis where eligible applicants shall submit proposals in line with the attached guidelines. Applicants may submit proposals at their convenience between 15th March 2013 and March 2014 and Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis, depending on the availability of funds in the grants pool, and should have a period of performance of upto 12 months, ending no later than July 31, 2014.

Your applications should be submitted through the National  YWP Chapters.

For any additional information related to this APS please the contacts for DAI Inc. and AfWA are the followings

DAI Inc. Mrs Hawa Meskinyar :
AfWA Mr Sylvain  USHER

Call for Nominations: Commonwealth Youth development awards 2013

Commonwealth-LogoThe Commonwealth Youth Development Awards, which encourage and sustain investment in youth-led development, are open for 2013 nominations.

Youth workers are encouraged to nominate young people, who are driving innovative projects in any number of areas, including agriculture, small enterprise, skills training, climate change/environment protection, sustainable livelihoods and poverty reduction.

The Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP), promotes the awards as an attempt to raise the profile and highlight the contribution of young people who are integrally involved in the process of change and are working side by side with decision makers for a more secure future. The awards also give international, regional and national recognition to the young men and women who are selected.

CYP works with 54 Commonwealth member countries through four regional centres based in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific. There will be four finalists per Commonwealth region with the top entry from each region receiving a regional winner award and the top regional winner receiving the pan-Commonwealth award.

Winners are awarded grants to advance the work of their projects and they also liaise closely with the CYP on the best way to use the funding. Nominees for the awards should be aged between 15 and 29 years. Applications close on 30 June 2013.

Evans Wadongo won both the pan-Commonwealth and Africa region 2012 Commonwealth Youth Awards. He received a £5,000 grant for the charity he founded, ‘Use solar, save lives’. Regional winners for Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific each won a £3,000 grant.

At 19, Mr Wadongo designed a solar-powered lantern using recycled materials. Over 27,000 of these lanterns have been produced and distributed across Kenya, providing a safer, cheaper and environmentally-friendly lighting alternative to kerosene lamps. His programme has expanded to include building regional youth centres, which provide skills training for young people.

For more information on the 2013 awards:

2013 Commonwealth Youth Awards Brochure

Or contact:

The Coordinator
Commonwealth Youth Awards

Call for Entries: UNWOMEN & Mastercard’s PROJECT INSPIRE 2013

logo_projectinspireDeadline for submissions is 30 June 2013

How to Submit: A Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Learn more about Project Inspire and the submission requirements:

Project Inspire presents 18-35 year olds across the world with a platform to pitch their inspired idea to the world and win a US$25,000 grant. The grant must show creativity and sustainable impact in the lives of women and girls across Asia, Pacific, the Middle East or Africa through access to business and livelihood skills.

To qualify for the US$25,000 grant, the project must meet all of the following requirements:

The program must enable disadvantaged women and girls to attain sustained livelihood through business and livelihood skills

An existing women’s empowerment program

Beneficiaries must be women or girls in Asia/Pacific, Middle East or Africa

The winner(s) of this competition will have to commence fieldwork by 1 December 2013

The project is designed to be implemented with a US$25,000 budget

Step 2: Form a team of up to three members (individual entries allowed) and get started on your pitch!

Entries should be submitted in the form of either a (maximum) 5-minute video OR a (maximum) 2-page A4-sized proposal.

Video entries are to be uploaded on public video-sharing sites such as YouTube or Vimeo. A link to the video must be provided in the submission form.

Submissions, either video or written, must be made in English.

Each proposal should address the following questions:

What is your inspirational idea?

How will your project change the lives of women and girls in the short and long term?

Tell us how many women and/or girls will benefit directly and indirectly from your project

How will you/your team carry out the project?

Tell us the activities you have planned in order to reach your goal.

Please include key phases relevant to your project i.e., ground preparation, pilot phase, training period, evaluation etc.

How will you spend the US$25,000 grant to carry out the project?

Please include a detailed budget plan on how the US$25,000 grant will be utilized, clearly indicating distinctions between programme expenses, operational cost, manpower cost and other spending relevant to your project.

How will you measure the success of the project?

Submissions should be accompanied by information on the existing program, biographies of the team members and any supporting materials (e.g. website, social media channels, media features, past awards). Please submit all additional information in one document.

Step 3: Please read and agree to the Terms and Conditions

For more information:

Wennovation Hub Launches Business Plan Competition

wennovationWennovation Hub Launches Business Plan Competition

Wennovation Hub continues its steady pace of planned growth with the addition of two new teams at the dawn of 2013. Ideacentric- a company that seeks to change the way we use our phones to work, and Raotech- the company that seeks to change the very definition of work are the latest addition and now it’s time to add some more.

The Wennovation Hub is pleased to announce the launch of its premier Business Plan Competition- the Wennovation Hunt. The program will have at take-off two participating universities: University of Ibadan and Convenant University, Otta.

Information sessions to prepare students of the participating institutions are currently ongoing, as well as the process of identifying school judges who will join Wennovation Hub’s pre-selected judges to identify innovative talents and future super stars in the round-robin tournament style competition that will see the two institutions going head to head.


The First Phase of the competition commences April 1st through 30th, with the intra-university component. Participants are to submit simple proposals at the designated website. Winners of this Phase (three in each institution, with five runners-up) will then proceed to face off in the Inter-Institution Phase with three winning teams emerging to be incubated and go commercial at the Wennovation Hub in 2014. Only final year students or students in their penultimate year are eligible to compete in the WennoHunt Competition.

For more information about the competition or how to sponsor a team, visit

About Wennovation Hub

The Wennovation Hub provides office space, ongoing support, network & contacts, funding and affordable project support for innovative early stage companies in Nigeria. Located at the heart of Ikeja’s Business District and Tech Conurbation, the Hub is the home of true start-ups seeking to access the marketplace quickly with genuinely ‘crazy’ idea. More at

Authored by Joseph Adediji of OTEKBITS.COM