Fonds d’appui au prototypage

The Prototyping Support Fund of the Cameroon Small and Medium Enterprises Agency (APME) is a facilitation, pre-seed and seed mechanism for innovative projects in the prototyping phase. 
(Updated on03/01/2023)

In short

Détail des critères de l'offre
  • SMEs must be established in Cameroon.
  • Project leaders must be from Cameroon or the Cameroonian diaspora.
  • Projects must be innovative and in the prototyping phase.
Target countries
Target audience
Women entrepreneurs
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


The Cameroon Small and Medium Enterprises Agency (APME) Prototyping Support Fund is a facilitation, pre-seed and seed mechanism for innovative projects in the prototyping phase (design and development of industrial or industrialisable products).

It is based on a system of subsidies for accelerated prototyping of products and services with proven relevance and potential for growth or job creation. It aims to reduce the difficulties experienced by entrepreneurs and to protect the intellectual property relating to their project idea or business project.  

The APME Prototyping Support Fund aims to  

  • Support and promote innovation in partnership with the ecosystem;
  • Facilitate the emergence, initiation and realisation of small and large-scale industrial projects;
  • Support the development of SMEs and strengthen the links between them and large corporations, the State + CTD and academic circles;
  • The emergence of collaborative R&D projects responding to sectoral issues;
  • The development of innovative products and services and/or with high growth potential and their marketing over a period of 12 to 36 months;
  • The mobilisation of financial stakeholders and investors;
  • The promotion of local industry and the local/national influence of Cameroonian SME know-how;
  • The economic and industrial influence of Cameroon internationally.  

Calls for expressions of interest for prototyping service providers are launched by APME in the framework of the Prototyping Support Fund.  The financial facility is only accessible to Cameroonians in Cameroon and the Cameroonian diaspora.  100 innovative Cameroonian projects have been supported in the last 3 years.

Service(s) proposé(s)
Aid for innovation
Business Development Assistance
Strategy consulting
Other services proposed by the organization
Description du processus

Project leaders interested in this offer of support should send a letter to the Director General of APME specifying their request and their business project.

Delay for answers to applications
30 days
Difficulty level
Difficulty level
5 (very complex)
Time required to prepare your application
30 days
Average acceptance rate
Application mode
Possible by postmail
Includes funding
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