5 current opportunities to consider for your startup

As the year comes to a close, it is essential to evaluate your business model and establish financial goals for your tech startup business. Startups often experience financial difficulties, especially when they want to expand. Applying for funding opportunities is one way to finance your startup company and implement your goals. Here are 5 opportunities for you to take into account as you prepare to finance your goals in 2023. 


1. 2023 Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award

The 2023 Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award focuses on innovative, market-based solutions that increase financial access to healthcare in low-income communities. It is a Swiss Re Foundation Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award that recognises entrepreneurial initiatives taking innovative approaches to build resilient societies while achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Applications are welcomed from social entrepreneurs working in low to medium-income countries to make healthcare financially more accessible in low-income communities. Follow the link for eligibility and apply before the 23rd of January. 


2. Fuelarts x Tezos is a joint acceleration programme

Fuelarts x Tezos is a joint acceleration programme for Art+Tech startups empowering art and culture through new technologies based solutions. Selected startups will be mentored and assisted in implementing Tezos tech tools. They will get the opportunity to participate in an 11-week online program that will include informative and engaging learning sessions led by industry professionals, serial entrepreneurs, and investors. Applications are being accepted through the end of December, with the programme beginning in February 2023. Interested startup founders are invited to apply on the official website 


3. Japan-Africa  Investment Drive for African Startups

The Japan-Africa Investment Drive (JAID) 2023 is now accepting applications. The Japan-Africa Investment Drive is a cohort-based investment accelerator with the mission of “clinically” matching high-potential African startups with appropriate Japanese VCs. It also offers close support to both the startup and the investor throughout the engagement to maximize the likelihood of investment. 

Eight African startups will be selected to receive funding support and mentorship from investors. Click here for eligibility and application.


4. Venture for Africa (VFA) Fintech Product Management Bootcamp 

The Venture for Africa (VFA) Fintech Product Management Bootcamp 2023 is now accepting applications. Selected candidates will participate in a 12-week program to upskill current and prospective product managers in the African fintech industry. You will gain experience creating exceptional products for the African market using widely acknowledged best practices through carefully selected and contextualized content, engaging online workshops with PMs at some of the continent’s fastest-growing companies, case studies, and real-world problem-sets and deliverables faced by VFA’s startup partners. Applications are invited from individuals wishing to advance their product careers or break into product management in the fintech sector.


5. The Rootcamp Startup Accelerator Programme 2023

Innovative startups addressing the urgent challenges faced by African markets and in need of funding and support to accelerate their growth are invited to apply for The Rootcamp Startup Accelerator Programme 2023. The curriculum places a strong emphasis on helping you scale your idea to its full potential while also assisting you in creating an international network of top VCs, business angels, and first-rate corporate partners. Successful applicants will benefit from a capital and equity-free personalized program with good expert networks, workspace, and more. If this program is the right fit for your startup, apply now.


We hope you find these helpful as you plan for your 2023 business development and financial needs. We are pleased this year, startups including Umojalands, E-Exam, and The Housing Hub were successful in pursuing some of the opportunities we shared. Visit our website for more on how Eight2Five Innovation Hub can help your business grow in 2023.


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