NINJA Business Plan Competition 2020 in response to COVID-19 (up to USD $30,000)

NINJA Business Plan Competition 2020 in response to COVID-19 (up to USD $30,000)

Applications are open for the NINJA Business Plan Competition 2020 in response to COVID-19. The NINJA Business Plan Competition will target startups and organizations from 19 African countries. The application is open for startups/organizations in all sectors with a specific focus on emerging businesses in COVID-19-related fields including, but not limited to:

Prizes

  • Winners from each country will be given a chance to sign a work contract with JICA for their innovation(s).
  • Winners will be eligible for equity/debt-free sum of up to USD $30,000 by JICA for covering costs associated with the proposed activities including remuneration of staffs, other expenses, and indirect local tax.
  • Winners may also get the opportunity to travel to Japan for further investments and business partnerships sponsored by JICA.

Eligibility

Eligible Countries

Angola, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia.

Selection criteria

  • The proposal should introduce some level of innovation in terms of a business model, a new product or service that can be more actively used, and/or profitability in the current and post COVID-19 era.
  • Proposals should be as commercially-oriented as possible.
  • JICA may establish an evaluation board with outside evaluators experts under strict confidentiality to evaluate proposals.
  • Each country will have 8 to 10 finalists out of which up to 5 winners will be selected.
  • Winners from each country will participate in the grand finale

Application

When applying, each company is to submit a business plan with the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that can be achieved within about 6 months.Click here to apply

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