Vacancies & Opportunities

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS: Village Capital Hardware Accelerator Launching in Africa

Village Capital is launching their first Hardware accelerator in Africa, in partnership with Gearbox, a unique space for inventors to build and showcase innovative ideas in East Africa. With support from The Lemelson Foundation, The Doen Foundation, SGII, and VC4Africa, Village Capital and Gearbox are providing unique capacity building to 12 high-potential invention-based ventures to help entrepreneurs overcome the challenges unique to inventors in reaching scale.

The ventures will be selected to participate and shall receive extensive feedback from their peers, potential customers, investors and industry experts, as well as the opportunity to peer-select two participating ventures to receive $50,000, in pre-committed investment each.

The program is typically structured as three intensive 4-day sessions over 3 months (Session 1: October 21 - 24; Session 2: January 6 - 9; and Session 3: February 22 - 25), with additional remote collaboration online between sessions.

There is no cost to apply and no program fee for chosen enterprises. Village Capital does not take equity up front for participation. The application deadline is September 7th, but early applicants will receive more attention from judges.

Village Capital is particularly interested in ventures which improve access to energy for all, and increase agricultural productivity for small-holder farmers.

Examples include:

· Affordability: inventions that radically increase affordability of energy generation or agricultural products.

· Reduced Consumption: innovations that reduce the cost of consumption for small-holder farmers

· Efficiency: technologies that increase the efficiency of energy and/or agricultural distribution systems.

More information under

Request for Applications to conduct research on the energy ladder in East Africa

Deadline extended to 31 August 2015July 29 , 2015

Students studying by their solar lamp at the dormitory of Kirugaluga Baptist Primary School.

 Uganda -  UNCDF is seeking applications from qualified research partners (e.g. commercial for profit firms, educational/research institutions, and non-profit organizations) with the capacity to conduct research on the energy ladder in East Africa.



The deadline to submit the applications is 31 AUGUST, 2015  at 17.00 EST

2016 IEEE International Future Energy Challenge – Call for Proposals/Participants

Deadline: 15 October 2015

Proposals for “High Power Density AC-DC Converter” are now being accepted for consideration for the 2016 International Future Energy Challenge (IEEE) Competition.

The IEEE International Future Energy Challenge (IFEC) is an international student competition for innovation, conservation, and effective use of electrical energy, which is open to college and university student teams from recognized engineering programs in any location.

UN-Habitat and partner launch an award for young innovators and entrepreneurs


Are you a young person capable of establishing a business which would contribute to solving social and environmental problems in Malawi? Do not miss your opportunity!

It only comes once in 2 years.