Fashionomics Africa Masterclasses and $20,000 contest prize

Published on: Oct 18, 2022


The African Development Bank’s Fashionomics Africa Call for Proposals is seeking for African Fashion, Textile, Apparel and Accessories entrepreneurs and businesses to apply and benefit from the Fashionomics Africa Online Incubator and Accelerator programs.

The programs’ duration will be 8-weeks each and the content will be available in English, French, Arabic and Portuguese.

Through a competitive process, the most promising fashion entrepreneurs will be invited to pitch their business ideas at the online Fashionomics Africa Pitching Days Competitions, resulting in 12 finalists each from the incubator and accelerator programs that will win a challenge grant of 20,000 USD each to scale up their operations.

Fashionomics Africa is an initiative of the African Development Bank that aims at increasing Africa’s participation in the global textile, apparel, and accessories value chains. The objective is to support the growth of micro-small and medium-sized enterprises that dominate this industry, equipping them with the necessary business skills, financial acumen, access to markets, market intelligence, and financing opportunities to scale up their businesses in an increasingly digitalized economy.

The initiative is launching the online Fashionomics Africa incubator and accelerator programs to build sustainable business models and access financing opportunities. The curriculum and content will be structured in separated incubator and accelerator programs, focused on improving the marketability of early stage (incubator) and growth-oriented start-ups (accelerator) to financiers through an emphasis on strengthening business and financial models, investment readiness, branding, marketing, digitization, sustainability and circular economy actions applied to the industry, and outlining preparations for the capital raising process through detailed coursework on entrepreneurial finance.

The call for applications will close on the 23rd of October 2022. To learn more about the rules and how to apply click here


Make Your Next Great Image with FUJI Films

Published on: Oct 07, 2022


The GFX Challenge Grant Program sponsored by Fujifilm is a grant program that started last year. It awards five global grant awards and ten regional grant awards to help emerging creatives bring their imaging projects to life.

Designed to nurture and develop the skills of aspiring/promising content creators and provide them with the opportunity to create content on important topics while gaining experience equipping FUJIFILM GFX- into their collection system.

Proposed projects can be submitted in still image or film format. At the end of the production period in August 2023, the final content of the winner will be announced on his website at An exhibition will also be held at the FUJIFILM SQUARE gallery in the FUJIFILM head office in Roppongi, Tokyo.

Submit your project proposal to qualify for a $10,000 Global Grant Award or a $5,000 Regional Grant Award and take the first step toward bringing your creative ideas to life!


  • Global Grant Award
    • Complimentary use of a GFX System camera body and two GF lenses for the duration of their project
    • Mentoring and technical assistance from Fujifilm technicians / product experts
    • US $10,000 Grant
  • Regional Grant Award
    • Complimentary use of a GFX System camera body and two GF lenses for the duration of their project
    • Mentoring and technical assistance from Fujifilm technicians / product experts
    • US $5,000 Grant

Click here for more information on this grant.



We Lead Creative Grants For Women

Published on: Oct 05, 2022

We Lead is currently open for proposals for creative and creative hubs in Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria, working on audiovisual content production. We Lead rights holder his SRHR issues have been highlighted through the media such as raised and often ignored by society and duty bearers. The campaign will be through the following medias and more:

  • Film
  • Creative design
  • Music production
  • Online
  • Content creation
  • Photography
  • Virtual reality and gaming
  • Media

This program puts these young women rights holders in the driver’s seat and helps them make lasting changes to the SRHR. It focuses on her four specific groups of young women.
Women living with HIV, women with disabilities, people facing discrimination and people affected by displacement.

The program has been implemented in nine of her countries in Africa, Middle East and Central America. The We Lead consortium, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is made up of her six civil society organizations:
Positive Vibes, Restless Development, Marsa, FEMNET, Central American Women’s Fund and Hivos are the major political parties. M&C Search World Services is your technical partner. We Lead is an empowered and inclusive organization and movement that advocates for rights holders to take a leading role in implementing laws, policies and practices that help respect and protect young women’s SRHR by 2025. It is intended to persuade duty holders and health care providers to take action.

Funding Information
  • The grants that are available range from 15,000 Euros (lowest) to 30,000 Euros (highest) for 8 months for the period starting November 1 2022 – June 30 2023.
  • Grants may be for the amplification of work already being done in support of creative content production and/or infrastructural needs around the message area mentioned above and as per the project’s outcomes.
  • Grants may also be for the creation of new content responding to new developments with regard to rightsholders’ SRHR issues.
  • The grant is not able to fund the provision of direct services or operating/running costs unrelated to proposed activities as outlined in this call.

We Lead’s Intermediate outcomes

  • Strengthened CSOs are inclusive of or led by young women from four rightsholder groups, and work together in a Community of Action, to defend and promote their SRHR.
  • The general public increasingly acknowledges and supports young women’s SRHR.
  • Health service providers are more aware of the SRHR needs and situation of rightsholder groups, and increasingly provide accessible, comprehensive, high-quality, inclusive and respectful SRHR information and services.
  • Duty-bearers increasingly design, adopt and implement laws and policies that respect and protect the SRHR of young women from rightsholder groups.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Proposals with innovative project ideas that promote an increase in knowledge about SRHR information and public and decision-makers support for the following We Lead rightsholder groups:
    • Young women living with HIV
    • Young women with disabilities
    • Young women who identify as lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer or intersex
    • Young women that are affected by displacement
  • This call is primarily directed to:
    • Entities that represent communities of makers and audio-visual content creators such as but are not limited to the following;
      • Creative spaces
      • Groups of artists
      • Music studios
      • Hubs
      • Cafés
      • Art spaces
      • Art galleries
      • Independent production houses
      • Networks of artists and producers
    • Entities that produce or intend to produce content/work that aims to shed light on socio-political issues that are often ignored by society therefore challenging or questioning certain norms in society. This content/work should enhance public debate by enabling alternative viewpoints to mainstream societal narratives.
    • Entities that intend to do collaborative work in support of the creative arts sector and work with content producers in one or more of the following audiovisual sectors:
      • Graphic design
      • Comics / cartoons
      • Animation
      • Poetry / slam poetry / spoken word
      • Storytelling
      • Music
      • Rap / Hip hop
      • Radio shows/ radio series/ podcasts
      • TV show / TV series/ online channels
      • Short film / video
      • Feature film / documentary
      • Vlogging
      • Visual art (painting, drawing, printmaking, digital art)
      • Mixed media installations
      • Performance virtual reality
      • Videogame
    • Entities that incorporate new ways of working cognizant of the restrictions introduced by Covid-19

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The Mombasa Plastic Prize Open Call for Creative Solutions

Published on: Oct 01, 2022

Challenge Works, together with USAID and Government of Canada, we launch the Mombasa Plastics Prize to seek out innovative ideas to tackle marine plastic pollution on the Kenyan coastline in Mombasa. With partners Swahilipot Hub Foundation, Blue Globe Innovation, Brand Spark PR, Proportion – Human Centered Design agency , Mombasa Plastic Prize is looking for ambitious, dedicated and creative aspiring entrepreneurs and leaders (between the ages of 18 and 25), who want to help tackle the challenge of marine plastic waste mismanagement in Mombasa County’s informal settlements.

The Mombasa Plastic Prize aims to foster innovation and awareness among Mombasa County start-up entrepreneurs and leaders by fostering the development of solutions that address the problem of marine plastic waste mismanagement in informal settlements. increase.

The award is based on the Afri-Plastics Challenge initiative funded by Global Affairs Canada. This challenge aims to reduce marine plastic in sub-Saharan Africa by developing and scaling up innovative solutions to plastic mismanagement.

The prize will run between September 2022 and May 2023, but applications are due on November 8th 2022 at 3pm EAT.

After evaluating submissions, 60 finalists are selected and divided into 15 teams to develop their solutions. From January to May 2023, we’ll host a series of hack events for teams to develop and test their ideas. Get support from trained mentors and coaches, and receive funding to develop your ideas further. At the end of the process, three winning teams will be selected and awarded with incredible cash prizes.

Winning team – 3.5 million Kenyan Shillings
2. Second place – 2.5 million Kenyan Shillings
3. Third place – 1.2 million Kenyan Shillings

Click here to apply.