Become a Founder

Our Waves is for individuals who are passionate about launching fintech ventures for climate resilience but are yet to find investors, teammates, or even solid business ideas.


We are here to support you. All you need to bring is your talent and commitment to building climate resilience for vulnerable communities and our planet.

As a venture launcher, our waves offer an accessible path to entrepreneurship and is designed to change the status quo for who can become a startup founder. We are committed to the principles that diverse teams create more inclusive and responsible products and businesses, and that local context is key for sustained impact.

We need people with diverse types of experience

– Software
– Hardware
– Commercial development
– Marine conservation
– Climate science
– And more

In the TECA Waves you will:

Make a real impact by launching a fintech venture for climate resilience

Be connected with global experts to help guide your thinking and venture development

Find co-founders and key teammates to build your venture with

De-risk your startup launch and take your idea to market

Receive assignment based awards and limited stipends for eligible individuals

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants age: 20 – 55 years
  • Nationality: We’re looking for fellows from Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Mozambique, Madagascar and Comoros. We are open to other nationalities, too
  • Language: Fluency in English – The program is delivered in English. All applicants must have a good understanding of written and spoken English
  • We encourage female entrepreneurs to apply
  • Experience related to at least one of the fields:
    • Business, commercial and operations
    • Technology and data science 
    • Marine science, conservation and environmental science
    • Product management and design
    • Entrepreneurship
  • Applicants background:
    • University graduates
    • Corporate professionals 
    • Academics
    • Seasoned entrepreneurs
    • People who are currently working at startups

Entrepreneur Profile

Entrepreneurial mindset

We’re looking for founders who are creative, opportunistic, and comfortable with uncertainty. Entrepreneurs who can spot promising business ideas and have the vision and determination to make them a reality.


Successful founders know how to focus on outcomes and impact rather than getting bogged down in process. They have a bias toward action and get things done. We want people who set ambitious goals and hold themselves accountable.

Team player 

The ability to collaborate, share credit, and check ego at the door is crucial. Our founders need to be able to build relationships, communicate effectively, and resolve conflicts. Ventures thrive on diversity and cross-functional teams.

Strong work ethic 

Turning an idea into a scalable, investment-ready business requires intense effort and perseverance. Our founders must be self-starters who are willing to make sacrifices and outwork the competition. They cannot be afraid to roll up their sleeves.

Passion for climate resilience 

We want founders who are dedicated to driving positive environmental impact alongside business growth. They should be intrinsically motivated to make a difference on issues like emissions reduction, adaptation, and climate justice.

High preference for candidates who have been entrepreneurs before

Previous startup experience is a significant advantage. Founders who have worn multiple hats, dealt with uncertainty, and learned from past ventures will have a leg up. However, hunger, aptitude and mindset are most important.

Wave is ongoing

Are you our next founder? Keep checking for the next wave.