Jim Leech Mastercard Foundation Fellowship on Entrepreneurship 2021 for Africans

Jim Leech Mastercard Foundation Fellowship on Entrepreneurship 2021 for Africans

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.

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 jimleechfellowship@queensu.ca.

For more details, visit QU website

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