Diaspora Enterprise Accelerator Competition 2017 (Win up to £30,000)

Diaspora Enterprise Accelerator Competition 2017 (Win up to £30,000)

Deadline: March 10, 2017

Are you an African diaspora entrepreneur who runs a successful business? Are you looking to expand in Africa? Specifically, in Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone or Zimbabwe? Join the “Diaspora Enterprise Accelerator” competition, for a chance to win £30, 000 to expand your business on the continent!


You should apply for the Diaspora Enterprise Accelerator if your organisation is:

  • African diaspora-led: This means your organisation must have a majority of trustees who define themselves as being of African heritage, who live in the UK and (irrespective of citizenship) retain emotional, financial and cultural links with their country and/or the African continent.
  • Active or planning to be active in one or more target countries: Be planning to invest the accumulative grant and match funding into a business that is active in one of four eligible countries: Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone or Zimbabwe. Your organisation must be legally compliant in the country. Your organisation must also be respectively compliant with legal registration requirements in that country.
  • A registered UK company: Be one of the following – a UK registered charity; company limited by guarantee (not for profit); non-profit co-operative, community benefit society; Community Interest Company (CIC); Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) or Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation and in sound financial health.
  • Operate in one or more of these thematic areas of interest: Agriculture, Livelihoods, Education, Health, Youth, WASH (Water, sanitation and Hygiene), Social enterprise, Manufacturing, Retail and hospitality sector;
  • Focused on sustainability: Your organisation demonstrates a strong commitment to income generation, financial sustainability and innovation. You should also demonstrate the ability to build partnerships, utilise technology and harness tools such as social media for success.

Application Process

The Diaspora Enterprise Accelerator works in two stages.

Stage 1

To enter the Diaspora Enterprise Accelerator, eligible organisations must become members of the AFFORD Business Club. To apply, you need to complete the following forms:

  • Completion of ABC registration Form
  • Reading of the Prospectus
  • Completion and submission of the PQQ
  • Successful organisations are selected by AFFORD to enter the second stage of the competition; non-successful organisations receive continued support from AFFORD.

Stage 2 

The second stage is by invitation only. AFFORD selects winning organisations to receive business planning support, and a grant of up to £30, 000 to expand their business in their chosen target country. The second stage consists of:

  • Reading of the Business Planning Guide
  • Completion and submission of the Business Planning Application Form
  • Preparation and submission of your Business Plan

To start your entry into the competition – complete the pre-qualification questionnaire, and you will hear back from ADF on your eligibility! Good luck!

For more information, visit Diaspora Enterprise Accelerator.