The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa B.I.S (Business. Idea. Startup) Grant awards $25,000 to Africans with innovative ideas, brilliant startups and growing businesses.


UNECA Grant for Businesses, Ideas & Startups

Whether it’s just an idea or an established business, our programme is structured to assist you access funds.

  1. Target Audience

Citizens from 54 member countries of the African Union.

2. Grant Prize

5,000 participants would be selected to receive a grant of $25,000 in cash and $10,000 in training.

    3. Eligibility

Participants must be between the ages of 16 – 65 and should have a valid national means of identification.


Programme Structure

B.I.S Grant aims to empower Africans to thrive in a daunting economy by equipping them with financing, training and mentorship.

The process to acquire our grant is categorised into three stages.

  1. Application Stage

Firstly, applicants shall apply via the online form below. Within 4-5 working days, an applicant should receive positive or negative feedback from the assessment team.

     2. Interview Stage

Applicants who receive positive feedbacks shall have a virtual interview with a United Nations assessment representative. Within 48-72 hours, the interview result should be disclosed.

    3.    Verification Stage

The finalist shall go through a process of thorough verification before any disbursement can be initiated.



What We’re Looking Out For?

Criteria used in evaluating applications and awarding grants include:

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