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Competition

  • Just under two weeks left to apply for UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition

    Early-stage startups looking to enter the World Tourism Organisation's (UNWTO) first Tourism Startup Competition have just under two weeks left to submit applications. Applications for the competition -- which is being held in collaboration with Spanish tourist group Globalia -- are set to close on 3 September. The UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition is organised around four main focus areas, namely: the future of travel, tourism experiences, environmental impact and community development. Applications for UNWTO's first Tourism Startup Competition are set to close on 3 September Finalists will be selected based on business model, team profile, potential impact, scalability and sustainability, as well as how feasible and unique...

  • A whopping $25 000 up for grabs at Startup Battlefield Africa 2018

    US tech publication TechCrunch will award the founders of the winning startup at this year's Startup Battlefield Africa with $25 000 in equity-free prize money. Applications (click to apply) for the second edition of the startup competition, which will be held in Lagos, Nigeria on 11 December, are set to close on 3 September. A total of 15 startups will be shortlisted for the finals. The 15 will receive training on pitching before they duke it out in front of investors and a live audience at the Startup Battlefield event. Startup Battlefield Africa judges are looking for startups that are most likely to produce an exit...

  • $175k in cash prizes up for grabs in 2018 Nokia Open Innovation Challenge

    Innovative startups with best-in-class products and solutions within the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) domain stand to win a share of $175 000 in cash prizes in the Nokia Open Innovation Challenge. Applications for the challenge -- which is operated by global industrial research organisation Nokia Bell Labs in partnership with US-based venture capital firm NGP Capital -- close on 6 September. The top three startups will receive $100 000, $50 000, and $25 000 for placing first, second and third, respectively. The first place finalist of the Nokia Open Innovation Challenge will receive a $100 000 cash prize Selected startups stand to benefit...

  • Energy startups can win €15k in second edition of EDF Pulse Africa Awards

    French energy company EDF Energy is offering a €15 000 grand prize to the first place winner of the second edition of its EDF Pulse Africa Award. Entries close next week Wednesday (1 August). The EDF Pulse Africa award is aimed at African energy startups with innovative solutions around off-grid electricity production, electricity services and usage, and water access. Those startups that place come second and third will take home €10 000 and €5 000, respectively. In addition, the top three winners stand to benefit from access to further funding and possible development partnerships with EDF Group companies in Africa. The EDF Pulse Africa Award is aimed...

  • Seed funding, incubation up for grabs in 2018 GAP Innovation Competition

    Are you a researcher or an entrepreneur with solutions that could improve the efficiency of government service delivery, increase the competitiveness of the Gauteng economy and enhance the quality of life of ordinary citizens within the province? Then you'll want to apply for The Innovation Hub's 2018 Gauteng Accelerator Programme (GAP) innovation competition. Applications close on 15 June. The 2018 Gauteng Accelerator Programme innovation competition comprises five categories; ICT, medical, bio sciences, the township economy and the green economy Selected winners will each win cash prizes, a share of seed funding, access to intellectual property lawyers, as well as incubation services. In addition, the winners will get access to The...

  • Here are three reasons why you should apply for the Global Pitch competition

    The Global Pitch competition, which bills itself as the biggest worldwide online pitching competition, will close applications in just under five days (22 April). The pitching competition -- run by DealMatrix, a Austrian web platform specialised in scouting, matching and workflow management for the venture ecosystem -- is aimed at startups from around the world seeking investors. DealMatrix aims to provide startups with access to its international network of over 50 partners who include corporates, venture capitalists, angel investors, accelerators, and incubators. The top 100 startups will be announced on 4 May, while finalists will be announced on 16 May, with final online pitches set...

  • Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs Prize: Feed the Future’s $50k hunt for agritech

    Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation, a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) programme, is calling for applications for the $50 000 Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Prize 2018. In a post on Twitter, Feed the Future said the prize -- which was launched last month -- will help women-led small businesses expand in smallholder markets. Up to two finalists of the Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs prize will be awaded technical assistance packages valued at $50 000. The prize's application deadline is 25 April. Applications are open to women in the sub-Saharan African countries that USAID operates in (listed here). To be considered for the...

  • Competition offers £250 000 in prizes to stimulate off-grid cold chain technology

    The Global LEAP Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge (OGCCC) – a competition to develop innovative and energy-efficient off-grid cold storage technology – launched yesterday in Nairobi, Kenya. In a press releases yesterday the UK Department for International Development’s (DfID) said the challenge -- which forms part of the department's Ideas to Impact programme -- will offer £250 000 in prizes for off-grid cold chain technologies deployed in select Sub-Saharan African countries. The goal of the competition is to stimulate innovation and investment in the sector and help to drive market development, bringing prices down for those who need it most. Innovation prizes of up to £50...

  • SITA, Wits, Tshimologong Precinct launch $10k travel innovation award

    UK-based SITA Air Transport Community Foundation has partnered with Wits University and the Tshimologong Precinct to launch a $10 000 travel innovation award. The challenge? What information, tools or technology will first-time air travellers in Africa need to make their journeys easy, successful and enjoyable? The team that comes up with the best solution will be awarded with the SITA Air Transport Community Foundation Innovation Award and will receive a $10 000 cash prize. Drop-in session The innovation challenge is open to Wits students and active members of the Tshimologong Precinct. Each team -- comprising of between two and five members -- needs to submit...

  • Here are the finalists of the Next Einstein Forum’s Ci2i Innovation Competition

    The Next Einstein Forum's (NEF) in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung has announced the top 16 finalists of the Ci2i Innovation Competition. NEF -- an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences -- made the announcement in a statement on Tuesday (20 March) noting that the winners will be announced on 28 March at the closing ceremony of NEF's 2018 Global Gathering in Kigali, Rwanda. The second edition of the competition will see the finalists -- a mixture of scientists and entrepreneurs -- compete across three categories, namely data science and deep tech, personalised health and climate smart innovations. Thierry Zomahoun, president...