The United Nations Development Programme Sub-Regional Hub for West and Central Africa (UNDP WACA) has launched a challenge and calling for young entrepreneurs and innovators with impactful solutions in West and Central Africa.
The Challenge is an initiative designed to identify and support the transformative innovations and resilience of young people from West and Central Africa. It includes the 2021 inaugural edition – Sahel Innovate Challenge – which provided 10 youth from across the Sahel Region with funding ranging from $1,000 – $20,000 to bolster their innovations. Over the years, UNDP has not only raised creative innovators, but has also helped eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and exclusion, and build resilience so countries can sustain progress.
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Eligible Countries: African Countries
Reward: Funding, Coaching.
Deadline: September 2, 2022.
Selected young innovators will be given the opportunity to:
- Access funding and partnership opportunities.
- Five finalists will be fully funded to participate and pitch their solutions at the 2022 YouthConnekt Sahel Forum in N’Djamena, Chad and win funding of up to $50,000 (total award envelope to be awarded to the top 5 innovators).
- Evaluation committees will identify 30 pre-selected youth to join the WACA innovator network and access peer-to-peer learning, coaching, and training opportunities.
Below are the requirements for the UNDP WACA Youth Innovation Challenge.
- You must be between 18 and 35 years old.
- A citizen (can be in diaspora) of a West & Central African country: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
- The best existing solutions (with tangible impact) in the following thematic areas: Digital Transformation, COVID-19 Recovery, Health, Education, Peace and Security, Cultural and Creative Arts, Agroforestry and Climate Change.
Applicants are also required to drop a video pitch of not more than 2 minutes.
Below are the guidelines for the video submission.
- Recording should be done in a quiet place with no music or background noise (Listen to your audio before uploading the video and ensure you are audible).
- The video should answer the question: What is the impact of your solution in your community, and what is its value and potential?
- Keep the camera in a still position to avoid a shaky recording.
- Ensure the picture quality of your video is clear.
- Videos should be shot in “landscape/widescreen” mode.
- Recording should not exceed 2 minutes and can be recorded in English, French, or Portuguese.
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