Business ideas for development

Business ideas for development aims to support entrepreneurs from the African diaspora who want to set up a business and use the know-how gained in Germany in their home country.
(Updated on06/01/2023)

In short

Détail des critères de l'offre
  • Be from Ghana, Cameroon, Morocco, Nigeria or Tunisia;
  • Currently live in Germany;
  • Have an innovative business idea for one of the five countries covered by the project.
Target countries
Target audience
Students and recent graduates
Women entrepreneurs
Investors and Business Angels
Diaspora support organization professionals
Wanna-be entrepreneurs
Project phases
Activity sectors
Agriculture and agri-food
Commerce and handicrafts
Finance and assurance
Green tech/ Environmental and urban services
Human services, health
Business services, engineering, consulting
Information and Communication Technologies/ Media
Transport, logistics
Femme entrepreneuses
Women entrepreneurs
Diaspora priority level value


In the framework of the Migration & Development programme, mandated by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ with the objective of involving African diaspora in the development of territories, GIZ has set up the "Business Ideas for Development" component.

It aims to support diaspora project leaders who use the know-how they have acquired in Germany in their country of origin through technical and financial support to prepare the creation of their business. Among the services offered by Business Ideas for Development :  

  • Beneficiaries receive a 5,000 euro grant to launch their business project.
  • Technical support is offered in Germany and in the home country.
  • Financing of a trip to explore the target market.
  • Assistance in meeting investors and other business partners.

The programme is only open to applicants who are resident in Germany and come from Ghana, Cameroon, Morocco, Nigeria or Tunisia.

Service(s) proposé(s)
Aid for innovation
Preparation for fundraising
Financing strategy
Business Development Assistance
Business plan and implementation plan
Communication, marketing and sales consulting
Strategy consulting
Legal, administrative and HR consulting
Diagnosis and business model
Business registration
Market study
Organization, recruitment support
CSR - Sustainable development
Other services proposed by the organization
Description du processus

Once a year, GIZ launches a call for projects on Diaspora 2030. The best projects are invited to present their ideas to a jury during the Pitch Day. The candidates with the best ideas are selected by the jury and receive technical and financial support from the Business Ideas for Development programme.

Delay for answers to applications
30 days
Difficulty level
Difficulty level
3 (moderate)
Time required to prepare your application
1 day
Average acceptance rate
Application mode
Includes funding
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