The Kickstart Innovation Hub is a community of young entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders and professionals, tech-preneurs, start-ups aimed at providing solutions to Africa’s unemployment challenges through entrepreneurship and use entrepreneurship to boost the economies of Africa. With focus on Africa, its goal is to nurture, provide mentorship, & entrepreneurship training to aspiring young entrepreneurs, start-ups, young women entrepreneurs, empowering women and facilitating the holistic development of young entrepreneurs.
The Aim of the Hub is to help solve the high youth unemployment situation in Africa by inculcating, instilling, and nurturing the culture of entrepreneurship among the youths for national development and by providing seed funds to start-ups thereby reducing or helping to eradicate extreme poverty on the African continent and by encouraging the youth to develop their big ideas into sustainable businesses or expand their existing businesses through the provision of material and financial support.
Kickstart Innovation Hub has risen to the challenge of facilitating youth empowerment and entrepreneurship and has developed key innovative strategy to help solve Africa’s high unemployment (through entrepreneurship) as well as raise dynamic community/society of entrepreneurial leaders.
To facilitate the emergence of 50,000 young entrepreneurs or start – ups by 2030 and instilling a culture of entrepreneurship or entrepreneurial mindset among the youths of Africa.
The Hub shall also focus on empowering young people to be enterprising and control their own destiny.
KICKSTART ENTREPRENEURSHIP CHALLENGE 2022
KickStart Entrepreneurship Challenge is a flagship programme of the Kickstart Innovation Hub Ltd. The aim of the challenge is to help solve the high youth unemployment situation in Africa by inculcating and nurturing the culture of entrepreneurship for national development and by providing seed funds for start-ups thereby reducing or helping to eradicate extreme poverty on the African continent and by encouraging the youth to develop their big ideas into sustainable businesses or expand their existing businesses through the provision of material and financial support which include:
- The challenge is open to all Africans between the ages 18 to 31 years and have their business in Africa
- Applicants must have valid identification (Passport, Driver’s License, or Voters Registration, etc) as at the time of application.
- Applicant must be willing to operate the business on a full-time basis.
- Applicant should have an innovative business idea in need of a start-up fund
- Or already have an existing small business not more than 5 years old when it was legally registered needing capital to expand operations.
- Legal Residents
- New businesses requiring start-up capital; or
- Existing small businesses (not more than 5 years) needing capital to expand.
- Business plans must be innovative with positive developmental impacts.
- Project must be commercially and technically viable.
TRAINING PROGRAMME UNDER THE CHALLENGE
100 successful applicants out of the total applicants will be selected to undergo further intensive 12 weeks workshops, training, and mentorship programmes and 10 will be shortlisted afterwards.
The 10 shortlisted applicants will then compete to win the Kickstart Ghana Entrepreneurship Challenge 2021 competition which will be a 12-week intensive competition.
The modules for the training under Kickstart Entrepreneurship Challenge
At the end of the training, applicants will be given one month to write their final competing business plan.
Application Opens on the 2nd November 2021
Deadline: 31st December 2021
YOUNG AFRICAN ENTREPRENEURS FORUM (YAEF)
This shall be the convergence of top 200 young founders/CEOs of entrepreneurial businesses in Africa. This will be a yearly forum organized to sharpen the skills of young founders, strengthen their entrepreneurial skills, and provide a platform for networking and opportunity to meet potential investors.
The forum will also showcase impactful entrepreneurial businesses across Africa and recognise them.
Founders/CEOs will have the opportunity to pitch their businesses to investors. This shall be a 2-day summit. Participants will be made to apply to participate and will have to go through a rigorous selection process. We shall also extend invitations to potential participants to apply to attend the forum.
The 2-day event is a great opportunity for networking, and a meeting point for aspiring entrepreneurs and investors.
There will be a call for aspiring entrepreneurs to apply and Pitch their start-ups at this Forum.
Pitch your start-up at the Young African Entrepreneurs Forum 2021.