Submitting a Concept Note

Companies wanting to apply for COMPETE Salone funding must initially complete a Concept Note

How to submit a Concept Note

The Concept Note is the first part of the application process. The Concept Note allows applicants to briefly present how their idea responds to the funding window requirements. A Concept Note is a brief outline of your proposed project. It is designed to provide the COMPETE Salone Investment Committee, which makes all the decisions on COMPETE Salone grants, with an overview of your business and proposed project. Those applicants that are successful at this stage will pass to the second stage of the competition where the Fund will ask applicants to submit a full business proposal according to the format provided by the COMPETE Salone team.

The first assessment of project Concept Notes is currently being undertaken and another intake of Concept Notes will be assessed in September 2020.

Concept Note application form

If you would like to apply, download and complete a Concept Note application form.

Eligibility Criteria

To check whether your proposed project is eligible, see our Eligibility Criteria.

Submit your application

Send your completed Concept Note to

If you have a question that is not answered in our Frequently Asked Questions section, or if you would like to contact us to discuss your Concept Note in confidence, please contact us at

Supported by FCDO through the Invest Salone programme, COMPETE Salone is designed to be a quick, responsive mechanism that is not overly bureaucratic and understands the needs of the private sector. For questions about COMPETE Salone, please contact us at