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Kakuma Kalobeyei Challenge Fund

Funding Opportunities

The Kakuma Kalobeyei Challenge Fund (KKCF) is a program of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), implemented with Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund, Turkana County Government, and UNHCR. The five-year program is designed to support private sector investment and unlock the economic potential of refugees and their hosts, in Kenya’s Turkana County.

Priority Sectors:  Water, Energy, Child Care Services, Livestock, Access to Capital.

The Steve Sawyer Memorial Award 

Young leaders at the frontier of renewable energy revolution. 

The “REvolutionaries: The Steve Sawyer Memorial Award” recognises the contributions of young pioneers of renewable energy in developing countries, in honour of the life’s work of Steve Sawyer. Winners work in the frontiers of the renewable energy revolution in their respective countries, in the public sector, private sector or civil society. 
They have the potential to become the energy leaders of tomorrow.

EnAccess Foundation 

Funding Opportunities

Our projects address either challenges that are shared across the industry or high potential opportunities. We call these “Building Block” and “Exploration” projects, respectively, and we can fund either type at Concept or Pilot stages. 

Building Block projects create shared solutions for problems that are commonly faced across the industry.

Exploration projects research high potential opportunities that might inspire new thinking in the industry.


Small and Growing Business Fund

GroFin is a pioneering development financier specializing in financing and supporting small and growing businesses (SGBs) across Africa and the Middle East. GroFin combines patient capital and specialized business support to grow emerging market enterprises.


  • Your business is for profit

  • Your business has a turnover of less than US$ 15 million and assets less than US$ 6 million

  • You require financing between US$ 100,000 and US$ 1.5 million

  • The business is owner-operated and/or the owner is substantially involved in running the business.

1.Funded Opportunities



Innovate for Impact 

Innovate for Impact: Siemens Design Challenge calls for innovation in two tracks: Zero Hunger and Clean Water. 

  • Zero Hunger (SDG 2): Design a post-harvest off-grid preservation technology.

  • Clean Water (SDG 6): Design low-cost, energy-efficient, scalable technology for desalinating brackish water.

  •  One winner or winning team will be selected from each challenge track. Each winner will receive (USD) $10,000, for a total of $20,000 in prizes.



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NEF Investor Meet Up

Funding for Scienceprenuers 

The objective of this meetup is to support some of the exceptional African science entrepreneurs (Sciencepreneurs) with pitch preparation and investment readiness sessions and thereafter, connect them to investors. These sessions will take the form of a bootcamp and are scheduled to hold before the NEF Global Gatherings in March 2020; the largest science and innovation gatherings on the African continent.

SDGs & Her Competition

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

SDGs & Her is an online competition for
women-led micro and small enterprises to showcase how they are supporting the SDGs through their business operations.

Winners will receive leadership training, mentoring and will be flown to Washington DC, for an event at the World Bank Group-IMF Spring Meetings in April 2020 , where they will showcase their achievements.

Million Lives Club

Celebrating innovators reaching new horizons of impact .

The Million Lives Club celebrates innovators and social entrepreneurs who are reaching new horizons of impact and improving the lives of those living on less than $5 a day.

Keeling Curve Prize

Funding for projects designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or increase their uptake 

The prize is named after scientist Charles David Keeling's iconic graph showing a sharp increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere since the 1950s. Earlier this year, the Keeling Curve showed atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide topping 415 ppm — higher than at any other time in human history.


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