BeChangeMaker Africa Social Entrepreneurship Acceleration Programme

BeChangeMaker Africa is an online training programme that combines social entrepreneurship and the power of skills to inspire action on global challenges.

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BeChangeMaker Africa provides access to high quality learning content, tools, and technology for startup acceleration, dedicated coaching, mentoring, and customized support, as well as the opportunity to draw from a diverse global network of potential supporters and investors. It is also part of the implementation of the African Union’s 1 Million by 2021 Initiative.

Through the free virtual training model youth around the world gain access to the training, education, and mentorship to transfer their technical skills into business ideas. Together we are working with young entrepreneurs to address Africa‘s Agenda 2063 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Thirty teams from across the African Union Member States will be chosen to participate in three months of intensive training and coaching, which includes online pitch competitions to pick the top five teams that will be invited to join an online Bootcamp followed by the semi-final. The top three teams will be selected to join the grand finale.

The top five teams will each receive EUR 1,000 worth of customized post-programme training. Additionally, the top three teams will receive EUR 1,500 cash prize, and the first-place winner will receive another EUR 1,500 cash prize at the final.

The deadline is on 5 June 2020.


Main criteria

  • Participants must be from 18 to 35 years old
  • Candidates must be receiving or have finished general or vocational education and training at the time of participation
  • Teams should consist of two to five people
  • As part of the application, you need to provide a 1-minute video introducing your team and sharing your social challenge

The participants will be evaluated based on their team performance by a panel of judges at the pitch competitions. The main judging criteria include relevance, innovation, impact, scalability and feasibility of their project.

Find out more about BeChangeMaker Africa Social Entrepreneurship Acceleration Programme and other available opportunities.

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