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Leap Africa 2020-2021 Social Innovators Programme and Awards (SIPA) for Young Nigerian Entrepreneurs

Applications are now for the next intake of Fellows for LEAP Africa’s Social Innovators Programme.

The Social Innovators Programme (SIP) supports youth between 18 and 35 years, whose ideas and initiatives offer effective solutions to challenges in local communities across Nigeria. 

Selected Fellows get a chance to join IYF’s global YouthActionNet®community of over 1,100 young social innovators being supported by 21 national and regional institutes like the Social Innovators Programme (SIP) in 21 countries, across 5 continents. The Social Innovators Programme is managed by LEAP Africa, with partnership support from the International Youth FoundationYouthActionNet® programme.

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About LEAP Africa

LEAP Africa is a youth-focused leadership development nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire, empower and equip a new cadre of leaders with skills and tools for personal, organization and community transformation. Its interventions for youth, bridges gaps in effective leadership, education, employability, entrepreneurship and awakens civic participation in citizens to demand good governance or creatively address social issues. The vision of is to be recognized as the premier resource centre for developing dynamic, innovative and principled leaders, who will drive Africa’s r... read more


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Leap Africa Fellowship


Aim and Benefits of Leap Africa Fellowship

 LEAP will support successful applicants scale their social enterprise through:

  1. Provision of local and international opportunities: we support fellows with opportunities to get access to grants, trainings, workshops, organized by our partners both locally and internationally. Fellows have been able to access grants from international grant-giving organizations through their participation in the SIPA.
  2. Publicity for Fellows: During the course of the fellowship year, LEAP leverages its various online media platforms to showcase the innovative work done by fellows to the online community.
  3. Creating local partnerships for Fellows: LEAP provides the opportunity and recommendations for fellows to partner with organizations who will support with project implementation and support services.

Requirements for Leap Africa Fellowship Qualification

An ideal SIP fellow should be:

  1. Youth between the ages of 18-35 years, whose ideas and initiatives offer effective solutions to challenges in local communities across Nigeria.
  2. Initiators/co-founders of a social-focused project/venture/enterprise/ Foundation,
    located in Nigeria.
  3. Applicants who have been involved in operating their project/enterprise beyond 12 months prior to the commencement of the Fellowship.

Selection Criteria: In our review of applications, we will be looking for the following:

  1. Level of creativity/innovation applied in their entrepreneurial approach towards social change.
  2. Experience mobilizing people and resources to achieve set goals.
  3. Motivation for application: Applicants must give compelling reasons why they would like to participate in the fellowship programme and also show a strong desire to increase the impact of their change initiative.
  4.  Demonstrate a passion for social change and active participation in community building.

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Documents Required for Application

Shortlisted applicant will be required to provide the following to make the final list:

  1. Valid Government issued identification.
  2. Evidence (photographs, videos, fliers, publications etc.) of past project implemented by the organization.


Application Deadline

August 22, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to LEAP Africa on www.leapafrica.org to apply

For more details, visit Leap Africa website



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