Competitions

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.

American University in Cairo School Of Business International Case Competition (ICC) Fourth Edition 2022

For the fourth year in a row, The AUC School of Business Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI), El-Khazindar Business Research and Case Center (KCC), and Business Association (BA), a student-led organization, are organizing the online 24-hour international case competition (ICC).

The ICC brings together teams of students from all over the world to compete in solving a challenging business case. ICC was the first competition of its kind organized in Egypt and the Middle East and focusing on business challenges facing high-growth entrepreneurial ventures back in 2019.

ICC provides students with a unique learning experience to understand the business and entrepreneurship landscape in Egypt, Africa and the Middle East, including complex issues around consumer behavior, economic trends, regulatory and policy reforms, technology adoption and the supporting ecosystem. The case-solving competition aims to blend a cross-cultural understanding of working with Egyptian students and entrepreneurs with a good grasp of Egyptian culture in a well-designed process.

Every year ICC focuses on a startup in a specific sector in the Middle East. We recognize the value of such competitions to promote cultural fluency between students and introduce them to the multifaceted challenges that startups face, especially in developing countries. Startup Case Competitions are a great practical learning tool that engage students in the real world of entrepreneurship.

The competition aims at empowering international innovative students and university networks to raise their awareness of steps taken in the entrepreneurial ecosystem and engage in developing solutions to enhance the business operations of emerging startups facing the current challenges provided by the outbreak and post of COVID – 19.

Application Deadline: Feb 26, 2022 (Cairo Time)

Background

In April 2019, 6 International and 3 national universities participated in the competition, with a total of 34 students, 8 mentors and 14 Judges to help find solutions to challenges facing SWVL; a revolutionary idea that was born from passion, loyalty, and persistence to face all challenges on the table, Swvl is not just a means to facilitate commuting, but a hunger to strive for solutions, encourage the contribution of youth in innovation and inspire change. SWVL is an Egyptian Startup, the first Middle East $USD 1.5 billion ‘unicorn’ to list on Nasdaq US and the largest African unicorn debut on any U.S.-listed exchange

However, providing the outbreak of COVID – 19, and in April 2020, the case competition was held online with 11 AUC student teams competing via Zoom on identifying challenges confronting a full-service digital agency, Robusta Studio; is a tech agency working with a diverse client base across different sectors and industries on implementing digital transformation programs.

ICC’s third run in March 2021 had a flavor from each of the last two case competitions; it was held virtually and targeted international students who wish to learn and find solutions to challenges facing rising startups in Egypt especially beyond the pandemic. ICC 21 had a total of 55 team submissions, comprising a number of 202 participants from 20 nationalities. The case of Schaduf was selected and developed in an academic framework to crack their approach and best practices to deal with the current challenges. Schaduf; one of the pioneers of sustainability in the Middle East since 2011. Schaduf believes in social responsibility towards emerging issues such as food security, food sovereignty, and the expansion of urban spaces at the expense of green spaces. They create more sustainable and eco-friendly urban cities. They specialize in diverse sections of services to make sure that they deliver the goal of sustainable urban cities, such as landscape design, urban farming, green walls, green roofs.

Despite the different structures of the 2019, 2020, and 2021 case competitions, all proved to be highly impactful and memorable to the students and the startups, mentors, judges, and the entire team. And same as ICC 21, ICC 22 will be virtual, aiming to include more international teams.

Objectives

  • Help students from different majors organize their thinking around an integrative planning framework while sprinting out innovative and constructive solutions.
  • Provide incentives for students to apply their best learning practices to a real business case in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, especially after the pandemic.
  • Help rising entrepreneurial ventures solve their challenges unconventionally; while supporting their journeys.
  • Promote cultural exchange between the different teams and help to improve communication skills between the students.
  • Assist students with building an effective network with employers, moving their school–based knowledge to the labor market.

Concept

The competition aims at empowering innovative students and university networks through engaging them in developing solutions to enhance the business operations of emerging startups facing the current challenges mainly provided by the outbreak of COVID – 19. A scale-up case is selected and developed in an academic framework to crack their approach and best practices to deal with the current challenges.

Social Media Exposure

An intensive social media campaign will be run, using Business Association, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and El-Khazindar Business Research and Case Center, as well as, School of Business official media channels, which cultivate following of over 30,000 national and international students, faculty and staff, and the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Egypt and globally.

Disclaimer

All ICC sessions will be recorded for fair use purposes. CEI may use your photos, videos, or quotes for promotional purposes, and these may be circulated in the CEI printings, website, and social media accounts. This right may be used by the CEI partners and sponsors, including but not limited to, KCC, BA, and the AUC School of Business. Judges will have access to these recordings for evaluation purposes. We rely heavily on these recordings to promote further ICC versions among the interested individuals, and your mandatory acceptance to release them will be highly appreciated.

By participating in ICC, you acknowledge and agree that CEI and its partners and sponsors have the irreversible unconditional right to use these recordings under the fair use rules.

Generally speaking, this right is NOT negotiable. However, if you have concerns about the use of the mentioned recordings, please contact cei@aucegypt.edu before applying to the competition. Such cases will be resolved on a case-by-case basis.

Competition Timeline

Application Open

Feb 2, 2022, at 12:00 Mid-night (Cairo Local Time)

Application Closed

Feb 26, 2022, at 12 Mid-night (Cairo Local Time)

Acceptance Email

Feb 28, 2022: Check your email regularly on this day

Opening Ceremony

March 2, 2022: Orientation session and students on-boarded

Case Crack

March 4, 2022: Case is announced, competition started, and teams are working for 24 hours

Competition Day

March 5, 2022: Students present presentations

Second Round

5-top-winner presentations and winner is announced.

Call For Investors for Africa Business Concept Challenge

We are proud to announce the second annual Africa Business Concept Challenge (ABCC) in partnership with Peaqs. This virtual business concept competition for African undergraduate and graduate students will challenge teams to design a viable business concept that addresses a locally-relevant challenge or problem related to Agenda 2063, and inclusive and sustainable development.

As part of this experience, teams will compete on the Peaqs platform in a virtual stock market on the Peaqs platform.  We are recruiting investors to participate in this crucial portion of the competition.  You will be asked to invest on one or both competition games to determine which team has the best developed idea in each phase.  The following are the times for investing:

  • Phase 1: March 25th
  • Phase 2: March 30th through April 4th
  • Phases 3, 4, & 5: April 10th through 17th


This interactive part of the competition is fun and engaging and we welcome any professionals, researchers, teaching assistants, and more to participate as investors.  If you are interested, you can complete a form of expression found below and share with your network.

The more Investors and Investor Experts in the market game, the more realistic an experience the teams can have.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email Maddie Handler at mhandler@gbsn.org.  We look forward to welcoming new investors this year and are very excited to see the ideas that are developed by students!

WAIFC Young Academic Award 2022: World Alliance of International Financial Centers

We invite young academics to submit papers or essays on the future of a sustainable and inclusive financial sector.

The global financial sector continues to undergo rapid evolution with new technologies enabling the digitization of money, innovative trends involving artificial intelligence and DLT, and a greater focus on financing SMEs and financial inclusion.  We see a long-term transition toward a sustainable financial industry, while in the short-term there is a need to support the economic recovery from the pandemic.

We invite young academics to submit papers or essays addressing one of the following topics:

  • The future of finance, or what will financial centers look like in 2030
  • How the financial sector can contribute to a sustainable economic recovery from the current pandemic
  • Innovations in sustainable finance and their impact on the financial industry
  • How financial centers can promote inclusive finance
  • New ways of successfully financing small and medium-sized enterprises

We will also consider papers on topics not mentioned above, but relevant to the work of international financial centers.

The top three finalists will have the unique opportunity to present their research at WAIFC’s Annual General Meeting to be held in Casablanca, Morocco in October 2022.  Our Chair will announce the winner of the best paper and award a prize of €3,000.  The runners-up will be awarded prizes of €2,000 (2nd place) and €1,000 (3rd place).

Who can enter?

We invite young academics from around the world to make a submission. WAIFC is a global organization, and we aim to make this a global competition. The Award is open to all countries, including non-WAIFC member countries.  As our focus is on finance, we particularly encourage submissions from Ph.D. students in finance, economics, mathematics, computer science, or other similar fields to participate. We are, however, seeking new ideas, so a background in any field of study is welcome as long as your paper or essay relates to finance and meets our submission criteria. Submissions are welcome from those in universities, research institutes, think tanks, and other similar institutions.

Multiple authors can contribute to a paper or essay, but as we are seeking ideas from bright young minds, at least one author must be under the age of 35 as of 15 June 2022.

How will the winners be selected?

We will assess the papers against the following criteria: (1) novelty, (2) topicality, (3) innovative thinking, (4) scientific merit, (5) relevance for financial centers, and (6) practical applicability.

How to apply?

Applications to submit your paper or essay may be made no later than 15 May 2022 via our submission form.  Your final paper or essay must be submitted no later than 15 June 2022.

Full details on who can enter, how to enter, assessment criteria, etc. are detailed within our Award Handbook.  If you have any further questions, please email award@waifc.finance.

We look forward to receiving your submissions and hopefully meeting you in Casablanca later this year.

About the WAIFC

The World Alliance of International Financial Centers (WAIFC) is a non-profit association registered in Belgium, representing 21 leading international financial centers across four continents.  WAIFC members are governments agencies, associations, and similar institutions developing and promoting their financial centers.  WAIFC facilitates cooperation between its members, exchanging best practices and communication with the general public.

28th CEEMAN & Emerald Case Writing Competition- Open for Submissions

Overview

Read all about the 2021 winners and highly commended cases HERE!

The aim of the CEEMAN & Emerald Case Writing Competition is to encourage and promote the development of high-quality teaching case material relevant for the realities of dynamic and emerging economies, and at the same time to promote the development of case-writing capabilities in those countries. Since its launch in the 1990s, the Case Writing Competition has amassed over 650 cases from 80 countries, and it is with pleasure that we observe what an impact they have had on management education that strives to be relevant to its environments and stakeholders.

In the spirit of a fully inclusive competition, global submissions are encouraged. As the co-organizers, Emerald Group Publishing will support global exposure of the submitted high-quality cases through a direct link with Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies  (EMCS), a growing collection of around 700 case studies with teaching notes. All case submissions will be considered for international publication in EMCS.

The total CEEMAN/Emerald award prize pool is worth over €10,000, including €4,000 prize money. Prizes are awarded to the overall winner and two runners-up.

We are pleased to offer feedback to authors of cases submitted to this competition early. If you submit your case before 28 February 2022, you will receive some feedback from the judges of the competition, and be able to revise and resubmit your case before 17 April for final judging. Please note the early feedback will be brief, general comments on the focus of your case/teaching notes that will help you improve for the competition and is not full double blind peer review. You will receive in depth feedback once your case is submitted for peer review in EMCS.

Webinar on writing teaching cases: Tuesday, 30 November 2021, 4:00-5:00 PM CET – Watch the recording!

Second webinar on case writing: March 2022

Early case submission deadline: 28 February 2022

Case submission deadline: 17 April 2022 

Announcement of winners: June 2022

Award ceremony: winners will be announced during the CEEMAN Annual Meeting at the CEEMAN Annual Conference, taking place on 21-23 September 2022 in Bled, Slovenia.

Prizes

The value of the total prize pool is over €10,000, which will be distributed as follows:

The overall winner will be awarded:

The first runner-up will be awarded:

The second runner-up will be awarded:

Depending on the quality and number of submissions, additional awards may be bestowed in different categories. If a winning case has more than one author, the prize will be split among the co-authors (the prize may be subject to local taxes). Full evaluations from the competition’s judging panel will be made available to authors upon request.

International Startup Championship 2022- Woxsen University, India

Event Overview

A start-up pitch competition geared towards university/college students. To participate in the competition, the student must be currently enrolled either at Woxsen or Woxsen’s International partner universities.

India has the 3rd largest startup ecosystem in the world. It’s raining unicorns in India amid an unprecedented funding spree for Indian startups across sectors. 44 Indian startups have already made it to the unicorn club in 2021.

Do you have an idea that you think could change the world? Are you dreaming about earning millions or even billions of dollars by launching a business around this idea?

At Woxsen University, we firmly believe in bringing up a breed of next gen entrepreneurs and with this initiative, we would like to invite young minds from across the globe to present their business ideas.

The winners stand a chance to get their ideas incubated at Trade Tower- Woxsen’s Incubation Centre.

Points to Note

  • Each university is to nominate a team of interested students with their proposals by 30th January, 2022. No changes shall be made to the proposals post this deadline.
  • Day 1-2nd Feb’ 22 (Wednesday): The students are to login to the virtual zoom link that will be shared with the participants. The teams shall have to present their pitch-deck consisting of but not limited to:
    1. Vision and Value Proposition
    2. The concern
    3. Target market and opportunity
    4. Revenue or business model
    5. Traction and validation/roadmap
    6. Marketing and sales strategy
    7. Financials: sales forecast, income statement (also called profit and loss statement), and cash flow forecast for at least three years
    8. Investment and use of funds
  • Each individual/team would be allotted only 5-10 minutes to present their subsequent idea to the panel and 5 minutes would be allotted to the judges for question and answers session. In case of unforeseen circumstances or lack of time, the remaining teams would be allowed to present the following day.
  • Day 2:4rd Feb’22 (Thursday): The Teams would be required to login to the virtual platform for the closing ceremony. The panel of Judges would announce the winning teams to proceed for incubation of their ideas. Additionally, the winning team also stand a chance to receive one on one mentorship from the esteemed panel of judges.

Date

2nd-3rd February, 2022

Location

The event will be organized virtually on Zoom.

Registration & Fees

INR 5000 per Team (or a Single Person)

Please ensure to complete both steps to confirm your participation.

Industry Focus

The ideas could be geared towards improving lives and transforming industries; such as, but not limited to, healthcare, artificial intelligence, robotics, transportation, financial technologies, IoT, augmented reality and agriculture, among others.

Criteria for Selection

Team

In the early stages, investors invest in people. Because of that, judges pay particular attention to the “Founding Team.” They are looking for a team that is multidisciplinary and complementary, with the capacity to implement – a team that is capable of achieving what it sets out to do and that what it sets out to do is ambitious enough.

Market Validation

Judges want to see what level of knowledge you have of the market in which you are competing. What is your capacity to recognize and describe the problem you are solving. You must know and communicate well who your competition is and how you compare with them.

Product

It is important to define your product so that the jury can understand how, in an innovative way, it addresses the market problem being solved. Having a functional market value proposition (MVP) is crucial.

Business Model

Be clear about how you will make money. The jury will want to know: Did you test your market? Do you know the cost of acquiring a customer and their Life Time Value? If you’ve already performed the initial market tests your chances of making it to the end of the competition will greatly increase. And last but not least, the business model should be scalable – it must be global in scope, or at least regional.

Soft Skills

The entrepreneurial team should be assertive and clear when speaking about their startup. The panel will be asking among themselves if the entrepreneurs are capable of “selling” the vision of the company. Besides, the entrepreneurs must be able to position themselves as leaders.

Certificate of Participation

A Certificate of Participation shall be given to all participants.

Top 3 Winners stand a chance to get their Startup ideas incubated by Trade Tower-Woxsen’s Incubation Centre

International Startup Championship 2022

Competition Overview

Woxsen University is pleased to invite all partner universities to nominate their students to participate in International Startup Championship 2022 which will be held on the 2nd and 3rd February 2022.

India has the 3rd largest startup ecosystem in the world. It’s raining unicorns in India amid an unprecedented funding spree for Indian startups across sectors. 44 Indian startups have already made it to the unicorn club in 2021.

Do you have an idea that you think could change the world? Are you dreaming about earning millions or even billions of dollars by launching a business around this idea?

At Woxsen University, we firmly believe in bringing up a breed of next gen entrepreneurs and with this initiative, we would like to invite young minds from across the globe to present their business ideas. The winners stand a chance to get their ideas incubated at Trade Tower- Woxsen’s Incubation Centre.

Registration

Registration Fee- INR 5000 per Team (Or a Single Person)

Please ensure to complete both the steps to confirm your participation.

Considering the prevailing circumstances, the championship will be held in online mode on Zoom.

Note: You may nominate any number of individuals/teams to represent your university.

2022 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Global Case Writing Competition

You are invited to enter the competition and support and strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) skills and knowledge for today’s students, who will become tomorrow’s global business leaders. WDI Publishing and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business are proud to present the second annual DEI Global Case Writing Competition.

You are encouraged to submit an academic case study about a DEI-related business dilemma within one or across multiple business disciplines. Submitted case studies may feature diverse protagonists who may have nontraditional, yet inclusive, management styles.

Competition Objectives

  • Encourage and reward the development and publication of new, relevant academic case studies that focus on DEI in business and/or feature diverse protagonists as business leaders.
  • Publish teaching materials that will increase student understanding of the unique and realistic challenges of creating, implementing and sustaining DEI in a business or organization anywhere in the world.
  • Present learning opportunities for students that challenge current ideas about DEI in business and that spur critical thinking for creative pathways for more positive change.

Prizes

  • 1st Place Award – $10,000
  • 2nd Place Award – $5,000
  • 3rd Place Award – $2,500

Who Can Enter?

  • Individual students or student teams (graduate or undergraduate) and other professionals may enter, but must enter in collaboration with a faculty member or instructor from an accredited university/college, in the U.S. or internationally.
  • Individual faculty/instructors or teams from an accredited university/college (in the U.S. or internationally) may also enter.

Key Dates/Deadlines

  • 28 January, 2022: “Intent to Enter” forms due
  • 31 March, 2022: Final submission documents due
  • July 2022: Public announcement of winners

Steps to Enter

  1. Review Submission Requirements, as well as Resources.
  2. Submit online Intent-to-Enter Form by January 28, 2022.
  3. Submit online Submission Form and final documents by March 31, 2022.

Contact

For all inquiries, please contact info@wdi-publishing.com.

Responsible Research in Business & Management (RRBM) Dare to Care Dissertation Scholarships

RRBM and its co-sponsors are offering up to eight scholarships of $10,000 each to doctoral students in business schools to conduct dissertation research that follows the principles of responsible research. The research topic should focus on economic inequality, racial, gender or other forms of social justice in organizations, thereby contributing to meeting one or more of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Call for Applications

Applications accepted beginning : November 1, 2021

Application deadline: December 1, 2021

Award decision: March 1, 2022

Purpose

To support young scholars taking on the grand challenges of our world through responsible research in business and management.

Possible Research Topics and Methods

The Selection Committee welcomes dissertation research that will generate knowledge or ideas to reduce income inequality, increase racial and gender equity, or address other forms of social justice that enhance stakeholder well-being, especially focusing on the role of business organizations. Research that contributes to meeting one or more of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals related to these social justice issues are of special interest to this dissertation scholarship program.

This scholarship program supports dissertation research that is inter-disciplinary and that involves stakeholders in the research process. We encourage the use of multiple methods, including qualitative (case studies, observations, text analysis), quantitative (surveys, archival empirical), and experimentation (lab and field), as explained in the principles of responsible research. Intervention field studies (e.g., randomized controlled experiments) that robustly test theory-informed ideas/treatments to address the aforementioned justice issues are especially valuable.

The Eligible Applicant

  1. Is a doctoral candidate (generally after the qualifying exam) at the beginning stage of the dissertation research;
  2. Is studying in a business school in any of the disciplines as long as the research falls within the domain of the research topics described above;
  3. Is familiar with the RRBM Principles of Responsible Research (e.g., as an endorser of the position paper, an attendee of RRBM webinars, or through other engagements);
  4. We recommend attending the Philosophical Foundation of Responsible Research course which will be offered online September to mid-November 2021. The course covers the topics of uncertainties in scientific reasoning, inductive risks, values in science, objectivity and responsibility, science and policy, science and society, and progress in science – foundational ideas of responsible research. The final assignment of this course is to develop a research idea related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Registration for the 2021 course offering has closed. Missed the course? You can still apply for the scholarship. We recommend reviewing FAQ #5 below and taking some time to review the course syllabus and recommended reading.

The Application & Proposal Content

Eligible Applications will be submitted online and include (I) a proposal; (II) two letters of recommendation; and (III) the applicant’s CV. Applications should adhere to the detailed guidelines available for download here.

Applications will be accepted beginning November 1, 2021 and must be received by December 1, 2021.

Evaluation of Proposals

Proposals will be evaluated using the Seven Principles of Responsible Research, ensuring that the proposed research meets the standards of high relevance to the research domain specified in this program and strong methodological rigor with promise of credible findings. Additional information regarding the evaluation process and Selection Committee is available here.

Award winners will be announced March 1, 2022.

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