LEAP Africa's Social Innovators Programme Application 2022/2023
LEAP Africa’s Social Innovators Programme (SIP) is an accelerator fellowship that empowers young changemakers through a holistic approach of building their capacity, connections and credibility. It was borne out of the understanding of the challenges faced by most young social enterprises are faced with challenges such as early-stage funding, resource and connection deficit that hamper their growth and sustainability.
The Social Innovators Programme (SIP) fellowship exists to support the growth of these innovative youth-led social enterprises.
3Who is eligible to apply for the program?
All of the following eligibility criteria must be met by applicants in order to be accepted into the Social Innovators Programme.
You must meet one of the criteria below:
You are a citizen of an African nation OR
You are a permanent resident of an African nation
Geographic Your current and future enterprise is geographically located in a local community in an African nation.
Leadership Experience: You have founded or co-founded a social venture(s) with at least one (1) year of impact*
Age: You will be between 18 - and 35-years-old on February 20th, 2023.
Language Proficiency: You are professionally proficient in English (spoken and written). applications must be completed in English
Program Commitment: You can commit to fully participating in the entire duration of the program between February 20th and October 26, 2023, which may include an in-person site visits in late June or early July, and up to 12 hours of virtual learning per month.
*Applicants must be the founder or co-founder of a venture that has not previously participated in the LEAP Africa Social Innovators programme, and only one co-founder per enterprise may apply.
**Participants should have no more than three absences in order to complete the program and graduate from the fellowship.
1What is the deadline for submitting my application?
The 2023 Social Innovators Programme application will close at 11:59 PM (WAT), on Sunday November 27th 2023. In order to avoid technical glitches or other problems due to issues such as internet access, we strongly advise you to complete the application early. Due to the number of applications, we receive, LEAP Africa cannot be responsible for applications that are not submitted on time, regardless of the reason.