Does your startup have a disruptively innovative solution that could help accelerate Africa’s development? Then, submit an application to the Digital Africa Startup Challenge and you could be well on your way to winning fabulous entrepreneurial support including funding to accelerate your growth!
The Digital Africa Startup Challenge seeks to identify and support digital innovations capable of fast-tracking the achievement of sustainable development in Africa.
Therefore if you created an innovative product or service linked to FinTech, health, environment, energy or agriculture, that can facilitate Africa’s digital transition, then participate in the 2016 Digital Africa Startup Challenge.
The focal areas are described as follows
Accounts, loans, payments, insurance – do you want to provide access to banking services to as many people as possible? Do you offer tools to boost SMEs’ and entrepreneurs’ economic activity? Do you want to revolutionize banking services through block chain or P2P platforms?
Submit your solution for improving people’s health. Do you offer new ways to bring medical care closer to people through mobile phones? Do you provide health players with new tools to make their work more effective? Do you have a solution to increase access to healthcare and medication for the poorest people in society?
Do you offer a solution linked to renewable energy sources? Have you invented a new way of protecting the environment through the waste, biodiversity or sanitation sectors? Are you convinced that the energy transition requires a digital revolution?
Do you want to offer your innovative digital technology to the agricultural sector? Combine weather forecasting, resource optimization, food security, mapping and geo-location. Do you think you can provide relevant technological solutions to the challenges faced by agriculture, today and in the future?
Startups are invited to submit entries in one of four categories:
The jury will choose one African startup and one French startup from each category.
As well as these eight winners, one African startup and one French startup will be chosen via a public vote.
Participation in the challenge is entirely free of charge, with no obligation to purchase
Participation is restricted to companies registered on the trade register of the countries in which their headquarters are based
With a valid professional insurance policy
The competition is open to any company established in France or anywhere in the continent of Africa
The final selection will include four African startups and four French startups, all chosen by the jury. Two additional startups will be chosen by an online public vote.
The 10 winning startups will have the opportunity to present their solution at the 27th Africa-France Summit in Bamako and win prizes as follows:
Remember, deadline for submission of applications is November 15th, 2016
The competition timeline is as follows: