French Government Challenge 2020 for African Entrepreneurs

Announced at the press conference presenting the 2020 Africa-France Summit held in Bordeaux on Tuesday 17 September 2019, the Challenge of 1.000 is a joint initiative of Digital Africa and the Summit. 

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The State will invite 1.000  African entrepreneurs to come to Bordeaux to present their solutions at The City of Solutions, a show dedicated to projects and solutions for sustainable cities and territories to be held during the 28th edition of the Africa-France Summit, June 4, 5 and 6, 2020

The selection of contractors will meet the following criteria: 

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  • 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.

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Requirements

In order to apply to the Challenge of 1,000:

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  • 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.

CAREFUL CONSIDERATION will be given by the jury to:

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

Topics

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!

Benefits

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

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Timeline

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

CLICK HERE TO APPLY