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The Land Accelerator (Africa) Program For Young African Entrepreneurs



The Land Accelerator (Africa) Program For Young African Entrepreneurs

The third annual Land Accelerator will be held via virtual meetings and mentorship beginning in mid-2021 and is open to entrepreneurs from across Africa.

In 2018, World Resources Institute (WRI) launched the Land Accelerator Africa, the world’s first training and mentorship program targeted specifically toward businesses that restore degraded forests, farmland, and pasture.

To support the AFR100 Initiative’s goal of restoring 100 million hectares of land by 2030, the Land Accelerator provides entrepreneurs across Africa with mentorship and networking opportunities, technical training, and workshops to build up their storytelling and pitching skills.

Participants leave the program more empowered to connect with potential investors so that they can take their business to the next stage of growth. The program has attracted nearly 700 applicants in Africa, and its alumni report that they have created 2,200 jobs, worked with 56,000 farmers, restored 38,000 hectares, and grown X million trees

  • Top 100 companies will join us for exclusive weekly training and feedback on their progress
  • $5,000USD Innovation Grants and a pitch during a pan-Africa Demo Day will be awarded to the top 10 companies who participate and grow with us

In 2021, WRI and our partners at Fledge and AFR100 are taking a novel approach to the Land Accelerator Africa. This year, we are expanding the size of our cohort to the Top 100 entrepreneurs from across the continent to join us for an all-virtual business accelerator. Restoration entrepreneurs were invited to apply from all Sub-Saharan African countries, free of charge.

The Top 100 will benefit from:

  • 3 months of exclusive weekly trainings from experts
  • 3 months of access to Fledge’s online lessons for start-ups
  • Templates to create content to help your business thrive
  • Weekly office hours with mentors who will lend their expertise
  • Weekly networking sessions to speak with and learn from other entrepreneurs in your cohort

The Top 100 entrepreneurs have the opportunity to apply for a Land Accelerator investment pack, which an expert panel awards to the Top 10 entrepreneurs.

Recipients of the investment packs benefit from:

  • A $5,000 innovation grant
  • A coaching meeting with a Land Accelerator organizer to develop your investment and innovation grant plan
  • A 90-minute group session with members of the Land Accelerator mentor network, who will provide tailored feedback
  • The opportunity to present your 3-minute business pitch at the virtual Land Accelerator Demo Day, an event that brings together the Top 10 and business and social investors from across the continent.

For complete details on the 2021 program and tips on how to apply, please see our program announcement.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Land Accelerator (Africa) Program 2021

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Ian Parry Scholarship Prize 2021 For Young Photo Journalists



Ian Parry Scholarship Prize 2021 For Young Photo Journalists

Ian Parry was a photojournalist who died while on assignment for The Sunday Times during the Romanian revolution in 1989. He was just 24 years of age. Aidan Sullivan, then picture editor, and Ian’s friends and family created the Ian Parry Scholarship in order to build something positive from such a tragic death. Each year we hold an international photographic competition for young photographers who are either attending a full-time photographic course or are under 24.

The Ian Parry Scholarship is divided into two categories: The Sunday Times Award for Achievement and The Canon Award for Potential.

The entry criteria for both is the same and the judges will make their decisions based on the individual merits of the entries. Entrants must submit a portfolio and a clear proposal of a project they would undertake if they won the scholarship.


Benefits include:

Each winner will receive $3,500 towards their chosen project.

Canon Europe continues to support the Scholarship and loans equipment to the winners.

Attend a portfolio review day with leading industry experts in London (covid permitting).

Mentorship Programme, we offer a year-long personal Mentorship to the winner of The Canon Award for Potential.

Both winners will have the opportunity to take part in the Transmissions Programme at Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan.

World Press Photo, automatically accepts the winner of the Achievement Award into its final list of nominees for the Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam.

Your work will appear in The Sunday Times Magazine, our media sponsor.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Ian Perry Scholarship Prize 2021

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