The aXd Fellows Program – 4 weeks, 4 fellows, 4 Startups.
WHAT IS IT?The aXd Fellows Program finds connectors and builds long-term relationships between African and diaspora communities.
WHO’S BEHIND IT?The aXd Fellows Program is created by the Afro Deutsches Akademiker Netzwerk (ADAN e.V.), a network of Afro-German and Africa-interested students and professionals, and part-funded by the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Other partners include the Berlin-based design and intercultural collaboration collective candi.
WHEN WILL IT HAPPEN?Training and onboarding begins in December 2019 and runs until February 2020. This will be followed by a 4-week placement in Accra, Ghana, which is scheduled to take place from the middle of February to mid March 2020. There will then be some follow-up sessions back in Germany, dates tbc.
WHO CAN BE A FELLOW?The only parameter here is that you have a German passport. Besides that basically anyone if you are motivated, interested, and can realistically dedicate yourself to the project for the duration of the program. We won’t lie, this is an opportunity to do something amazing and potentially life changing, but the level of commitment required is high and you have to be in a position where you can throw yourself into this project.
WHAT IS THE CONTENT OF THE PROGRAM?If you’re accepted onto the program you’ll get a fully-funded training in core entrepreneurial, inter-cultural and practical business skills. Your training will take place via a series of remote bootcamp workshops.These will begin in December 2019. Beyond these sessions, as a fellow you will also be supported in building your social media profile and documenting your journey through the program, starting from the first bootcamp. In February 2020 you and the other 3 fellows will travel together to Accra where you will work collaboratively with a selected local startup tackling real life challenges in one of Africa’s most vibrant startup ecosystems. The aim of the program is to facilitate coequal and mutually rewarding learning and discovery that ultimately helps you and those you connect with in Accra to broaden horizons and succeed both personally and collectively.
CAN I STILL BE A FELLOW IF I CAN’T DO EITHER THE REMOTE TRAINING OR THE PLACEMENT IN GHANA?No, but you can still be a connector. Here are some of the other ways you can contribute to the program. (insert hyperlink to info)
DO I NEED A VISA FOR MY STAY IN GHANA?German citizens require a visa for Ghana, however all visa applications and any visa related expenses will be carried by ADAN e.V. on behalf of the fellows.
WHAT OTHER DOCUMENTS WILL I NEED TO PROVIDE?You’ll need a valid (German/EU???) passport that will not expire for at least six months, which has to be organized individually.
DO I HAVE TO SPEAK ENGLISH TO PARTICIPATE?Yes, the main language for the program is English.
DOES IT COST MONEY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM?
All costs incurred for visa, flight, accommodation and meals will be provided for by ADAN e.V.
WHEN WILL I BE INFORMED IF I HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED?All selected fellows will be informed on the 21. November 2019. A special kick-off event will take place in Berlin on the 30. November at which the fellows will be introduced. Therefore, please block this date in your calendar if you decide to apply.
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