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6 Ways Africa Small Businesses Can Access Grant 2021 by sme360ng: 12:17pm On May 25
Businesses, irrespective of their scales, need adequate funding to thrive. The sad part, however, is that accessing these funds can be challenging for business owners. This is mostly true concerning small businesses, as investors are often skeptical to invest in businesses with high risks.
Despite the difficulties African small business owners face when trying to raise funds for their businesses, there are still several options they can explore. One of them is grants that are specifically structured to help small businesses. Yes, you read right.

There are some small business grant options you can take advantage of in 2021.

In this post, we will be taking a quick look at six of them.

What is a Business Grant?
Business grants are funds awarded to business owners that need them. Business grants aim to help enhance business growth. Unlike loans, you are not saddled with the responsibility of looking for ways to pay back business grants because they usually have no strings attached.

Business grants are typically provided by Trusts, Foundations, Corporations, and Governments. Since you are not required to pay back grants, you don’t have to worry about interest rates either. Also, small business owners are not required to give up equity in return for a grant.

Way cooler than loans, right?

Small Business Grants for Africa SMEs
As stated earlier, accessing funds, especially grants, can be challenging if you don’t know where to look. This is why we have put below a list of 6 small business grants you should look into in 2021.

Keep in mind that these grants are not arranged in any particular order:

1. SeedStars World
One of the best selling points of SeedStars Africa it is specifically structured to help small businesses owned by Africans and in Africa.

SeedStars World is an organization that actively helps raise funds in form of grants to businesses in over 53 countries under the continent of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and South America. SeedStars Africa is an arm of this organization that is aimed at helping Africa SMEs with the funds they need to thrive.

SeedStars grants are only accessible to the participants of their annual Business grant competition. This competition is aimed at rewarding the brightest and most compelling emerging markets and young business owners.

The Africa arm of this organization aims to help Africa businesses, support and build Africa online businesses, and fund Africa’s web and mobile tech startups.

2. Shared Interest
If you are a young entrepreneur in Africa, Shared Interest is one of the best grant options you can look into. The organization was established in 1990. Shared Interest focuses on providing funds for food producers, farmers, and artisans in developing countries despite being situated in England.

The organization has huge investments and satellite offices in major Sub-Saharan Africa nations like Peru, Kenya, Ghana, and many more.

Shared Interest has over 9000 investors who help the organization finance businesses by investing $1000 or more per investor. This grant is specifically targeted towards small businesses in developing countries which includes Sub-Saharan Africa countries.

3. Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) Entrepreneurship Program
The TEF grant is aimed to provide about 100,000 aspiring entrepreneurs in Africa with an opportunity to benefit from a large financial pool. This $100 million financial pool aims to reduce the unemployment rates in Africa by providing over 1,000,000 jobs in the continent.

This, they look to achieve by raising funds for SMEs that will provide job opportunities for others.

Tony Elumelu Foundation is known to have contributed about $10 billion in 10 years, to Africa’s economy.

The organization was founded by Africa billionaire entrepreneur, Tony Elumelu. TEF does more than provide funds for SMEs in Africa. It also provides mentorship programs and annual training to help small businesses thrive.

Continue reading here... sme360.ng/2021/05/24/6-ways-Africa-small-businesses-can-access-grant-2021/
Re: 6 Ways Africa Small Businesses Can Access Grant 2021 by Pierocash(m): 12:55pm On May 25

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