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2022 Africa Digital Innovation Competition

Key Deadlines

April 28 – Launch of the 2022 Africa Digital Innovation Competition

June 30 – Applications submission closes

Aug 15 – Selection and notification of the top ten finalists.

Sept. 5 – Executive summaries due for top ten finalists.

Oct 5-15 – Interview of top ten finalists.

Nov. 7-8 – Selection and notification of the top 3 finalists.

Dec. 7-8 –¬†Announcement of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners live at the U.S.-Africa Digital Economy Summit.

As part of the 2022 Digital Economy Summit, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Africa Business Center (USAfBC) in conjunction with AmChams across Africa, is hosting its annual Digital Entrepreneurship Competition for African Startups. The competition is targeted towards Digital SMEs and startups that are looking to facilitate the delivery of digital, cross-border, interoperable, and cross- domain services and solutions, while also accelerating their digitally enabled growth.

The competition will be focused on three broad thematic areas: 

  1. Fintech and Cyber Solutions: covering data flow solutions, cross border digital platform solutions, mobile technology, intellectual property management, cyber security, and digital movement of creative art (movies, music, art).
  2. Sustainability & Supply Chain Solutions: covering smart manufacturing, e-commerce, management of shared economies, improvement to digital supply chain, logistics solutions to e-commerce businesses, and Agriculture technology (AgTech). 
  3. Human Development & Social Services Solutions: covering digital health solutions, e-learning platform.

The Digital Entrepreneurship Competition will award cash prizes and in-kind services to be provided to the top three winners. The in-kind services may include laptops, annual subscriptions to digital platforms, mentoring and digital marketing/advertising services for the top three winners of the competition.

Deadlines

April 28 – Launch of the 2022 Africa Digital Innovation Competition

June 30 – Applications submission closes

Aug 15 – Selection and notification of the top ten finalists.

Sept. 5 – Executive summaries due for top ten finalists.

Oct 5-15 – Interview of top ten finalists.

Nov. 7-8 – Selection and notification of the top 3 finalists.

Dec. 7-8 –¬†Announcement of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners live at the U.S.-Africa Digital Economy Summit.