2019 Leap Africa Social Innovators Programme for Young Nigerians

Deadline: August 4, 2019.

SIPA is a yearly immersive fellowship that empowers and equips 20 young African changemakers with requisite skills and tools for building sustainable enterprises.  They are currently accepting applications for our 2019/2020 cohort.

The program is open to any solution that addresses an important problem in the society more effectively than existing solutions. The innovation may be through various expressions- a process(i.e. using a new approach), a product, or a service.



1. The requirements for a social innovation are that your solution adopts a new approach than was existing, is practical and effective in solving the problem, meets a social need, and empowers (i.e enhances society’s capacity to act collectively)

2. Your innovation does not have to be a product. It may also be a process innovation (using a new approach)or a service.

3. Young persons between the ages of 18-35 years, whose ideas and initiatives offer effective solutions to challenges in local communities across Nigeria.

4. Initiators/co-founders of a social-focused venture/enterprise/ Foundation, located in Nigeria.

5. Applicants must have been involved in operating their venture/enterprise beyond one to three years prior to the commencement of the Fellowship

6. Initiator/ co- founder must be available for the full course of the 12 month period to implement the learnings into sustaining their innovation/ enterprise.

7. You have to demonstrate/ provide evidence that your solution/ initiative/ enterprise has been running for a period of at least 12 months



During the course of the Fellowship, Fellows will be exposed to:

  • 6 day residential sustainability training/ workshop
  • Mentoring by seasoned professionals
  • Webinars, online learning and advisory support
  • Alumni meet-ups and networking access to global opportunities and fellowships




Click here to apply

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