How to apply for French Government Challenge 2020 for young African Entrepreneurs

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The French Government Challenge 2020 for young African Entrepreneurs is a joint initiative of Digital Africa and Africa-France Summit.

The challenge is aimed at encouraging African entrepreneurs to provide solutions to common challenge facing Africa and the World, especially providing solutions for sustainable cities and territories.

2020 edition of French Government Challenge for young African Entrepreneurs will take place at Bordeaux, France and about 1000 African entrepreneurs are expected to present their solutions at The City of Solutions

Eligibility

  • You have to be an African entrepreneur, having an activity related to one of the 7 districts of The City of Solutions
  • Your organization needs a real legal existence (legal statute)
  • Your organization should have an increasing revenue
  • Your organization should beared a viable product or solution, innovative or duplicable at a lower cost, to make French and African cities more sustainable from an environmental and social point of view.

Special Consideration will be given to:

  • Gender Parity, female candidates are encouraged to apply
  • Geographical balance of origin of Contractors
  • Balance of themes on the 7 districts.

How to Apply for The French Government Challenge 2020 for young African Entrepreneurs

1. Register at Digital Africa platform

2. Have a brand with the passion for sustainable city devlopment

3. Develop a project pitch based on the topic given
4. Click here to submit your project details

Expected Project Title

The City of Solutions, a trade fair to highlight projects and initiatives for sustainable cities and regions. Designed as a 360° view of a city, it is structured around seven themed districts to create the city of the future together!

Challenge timeline

  • October 18 – January 31, 2020: Call for projects online
  • Every month: selection of the best applications
  • End of March, 2020: Nomination of the 1.000 winners.
  • June 4, 5 and 6, 2020: the Africa-France Summit in Bordeaux, France.

Benefits

The selection of contractors will be based on the following criteria:

  • Being an African entrepreneur, having an activity related to one of the 7 districts of The City of Solutions
  • Gender Parity
  • Geographical balance of origin of Contractors
  • Balance of themes on the 7 districts (Access to essential services, Feeding the cities, Building and enhancing the city, Moving around the city / visit the city, Living in the city, Financing and structuring projects, Connecting the city)
  • To be the bearer of an innovative or duplicable solution, at a lower cost and a strong impact to make French and African cities more sustainable from an environmental and social point of view
  • Be registered on the Digital Africa platform.

WINNERS WILL BE INVITED (one person per organization): the costs of the plane tickets and 3-days accommodation in Bordeaux will be partially or fully beared depending on the financial capabilities of the winner.
Winners will have a space in the entrepreneurs’ stands at the City of Solutions.

Application Deadline : March 2020.

Click here to apply

 


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