LEAP Africa: The Social Innovators Programme 2020 | Call for Applications

LEAP Africa in partnership with Union Bank has announced the call for applications for the 2020/ 2021 cohort of the Social Innovators Programme (SIP), a one-year fellowship for young Nigerian changemakers between 18-35 years.
The SIP is a platform to equip, support and showcase social innovators and entrepreneurs, enabling them to build and sustain their solutions and enterprises towards national and system-level change.
The Fellowship seeks to attract young Nigerians with innovative ideas capable of transforming local communities on different scales with high socio-economic impact and in diverse focus areas such as Youth empowerment, Law, Human Rights, Health, Environment, Education and Agriculture, Science and Technology, among others. 

Social Innovators Programme 2020 Details

Organizer: LEAP Africa in partnership with Union Bank

Eligible Countries: Anglophone African countries (Nigeria, The Gambia, Sierra Leon, Liberia and Ghana, Anglo-Cameroon).

Duration: One-year fellowship


  • Access to an established faculty and curriculum to equip you to build an effective system and sustainable structures in your enterprise.
  • Access to a support ecosystem of professionals as mentors, advisory services, skills and other resources towards enterprise growth.
  • Access to impact investment opportunities and funding partnerships from local and international partners.
  • Opportunity to build valuable networks and partnerships to amplify your enterprise credibility both locally and internationally.
  • A chance to win NGN 1,000,000 (or its USD equivalent) as sustainability grant award from Union Bank at the end of the fellowship year.


  • Young women and men between 18 and 35 years, whose ideas and initiatives offer effective solutions to challenges in local communities across Nigeria, The Gambia, Sierra Leon, Liberia and Ghana.
  • Applicants must be Initiators/ Co-founders of a socially focused venture/enterprise/ Foundation, located in Nigeria, The Gambia, Sierra Leon, Liberia and Ghana.
  • Applicants must have been involved in operating their ventures/ enterprise beyond 12 months prior to the time of this application.
  • Applicants must be available to participate in the Fellowship activities including implementation of appropriate systems to sustain their innovation over the course of the fellowship year.

Selection Criteria

What are we looking for?

  • Creativity/ Innovation: Level of creativity/innovation applied and their entrepreneurial approach towards social change.
  • Leadership: Experience mobilizing people and resources to achieve set goals, and consistent drive for excellence.
  • Sense of Purpose: Demonstrate a strong desire for social change within the community, to improve livelihoods and to scale the impact of their social business.
  • Right Attitude: Openness to learning and willingness to implement appropriate systems and structures for enterprise sustainability

Following a shortlisting process, 25 candidates will be selected into the programme. These shortlisted participants will be inducted into the Fellowship at the 2020 SIP Awards, scheduled for October virtually.

How to Apply

All applicants must fill the application form and submit via the link provided below


Source Website: Leap Africa

Application Deadline: September 6, 2020.

For further enquiries, please contact Chiamaka via email coguonu@leapafrica.org, sipa@leapafrica.

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