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Jim Leech Mastercard Foundation Fellowship on Entrepreneurship 2021 for Africans

Applications are open for the Jim Leech Mastercard Foundation Fellowship on Entrepreneurship 2021. The Jim Leech Mastercard Foundation Fellowship gives you the confidence, resources, knowledge, network, and financial support to build a startup with an impact.

This Fellowship project is divided into 3 phases:

  1. Phase 1: This phase runs from December 2020 to February 2021. The total number of participants is 1,000 from all the universities participating in the African Mastercard Foundation Scholars program. This phase consists of experiential entrepreneurship training and idea exploration work from step 0-11 of the Disciplined Entrepreneurship framework.
  2. Phase 2: This phase runs from February 2021 to April 2021. The total number of participants or ideas is 30. These 30 participants or ideas will be selected based on the final assignment delivery of phase one. The most feasible, strongest submissions solving real challenges in their regions, countries, Africa or globally will the ones to be shortlisted in this phase. This phase consists of experiential entrepreneurship training and idea exploration work from step 12-24 of the Disciplined Entrepreneurship framework.
  3. Phase 3: This phase runs from April 2021 to August 2021. The total number of participants or ideas is 15. These 15 participants or ideas will be selected based on the final assignment delivery at the end of phase two. The most feasible, strongest submissions solving really challenges in their regions, countries, Africa or globally will the ones to be shortlisted and recommended to be the 2021 Jim Leech Mastercard Foundation Fellows. This phase consists of the company creation process, financial incentives, mentorship, pitch presentation and many more resources.

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The Mastercard Foundation seeks a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper. All people, no matter where their starting point in life, should have an equal chance to succeed. We believe that with access to education, financial services, and skills training, people can have that chance. Our focus is helping economically disadvantaged young people in Africa to find opportunities to move themselves, their families, and their communities out of poverty to a better life.... read more


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Jim Leech Mastercard Foundation Fellowship on Entrepreneurship


Aim and Benefits of Jim Leech Mastercard Foundation Fellowship on Entrepreneurship

  1. Best-in-class Training:
    1. Business bootcamp delivered by Queen’s University faculty and industry leaders who bring decades of combined entrepreneurship and C-Suite experience.
    2. The Disciplined Entrepreneurship framework, a proven step-by-step framework for scalable startups developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
    3. Pitch coaching and mastery.
    4. Certificate awarded for 100% completion of DDQIC’s essential entrepreneurship training modules.
  2. Global Visibility and Network:
    1. Liaise with mentors and speakers leading innovation and entrepreneurship in North America.
    2. Access a Global Network of Queen’s entrepreneurial alumni.
    3. Join a cohort of thousands of like-minded students and recent grads from across Africa.
  3. Mentorship:
    1. Fellows are matched to industry leaders and entrepreneurs in the final phase of the program.
    2. Receive feedback at important startup milestones.
  4. Financial Support:
    1. 15 Fellows will receive a stipend of $500 CAD.
    2. Opportunities to pitch for funding in Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre seed funding competitions.
    3. Best-in-class Training:
      1. Business bootcamp delivered by Queen’s University faculty and industry leaders who bring decades of combined entrepreneurship and C-Suite experience.
      2. The Disciplined Entrepreneurship framework, a proven step-by-step framework for scalable startups developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
      3. Pitch coaching and mastery.
      4. Certificate awarded for 100% completion of DDQIC’s essential entrepreneurship training modules.
    4. Global Visibility and Network:
      1. Liaise with mentors and speakers leading innovation and entrepreneurship in North America.
      2. Access a Global Network of Queen’s entrepreneurial alumni.
      3. Join a cohort of thousands of like-minded students and recent grads from across Africa.
    5. Mentorship:
      1. Fellows are matched to industry leaders and entrepreneurs in the final phase of the program.
      2. Receive feedback at important startup milestones.
    6. Financial Support:
      1. 15 Fellows will receive a stipend of $500 CAD.
      2. Opportunities to pitch for funding in Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre seed funding competitions.

Requirements for Jim Leech Mastercard Foundation Fellowship on Entrepreneurship Qualification

  1. Open to African students and recent grads with a desire to solve pressing problems and bring entrepreneurial ideas to life.
  2. All applicants and participants must be able to participate and complete the program in English. If someone doesn’t speak or write English, they are still encouraged to apply, but they must form a team with someone who can fulfil all the requirements of the program in English.

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Interview date, Process and Venue for Jim Leech Mastercard Foundation Fellowship on Entrepreneurship

Participants will be assessed on their commitment to the training and their progress on building a venture by completing the steps outlined in the Disciplined Entrepreneurship framework. 30 participants who demonstrate excellence in completing the Disciplined Entrepreneurship steps will be selected as finalists. In Phase 2, the 30 finalists will continue working on their venture and prepare a pitch of their venture to be selected as one of the 15 Fellows!


Application Deadline

November 30, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Mastercard Foundation on queensu.qualtrics.com to apply

All the applicants to this program should provide details of their local universities. Whether a current student or a recent graduate, provide details of your local university. The details being requested are not related to Queen’s University. Please note that by a local university, we mean a university that is part of the Mastercard Foundation Scholar program in Africa.

For inquiries, please contact [email protected].

For more details, visit QU website



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