African Development Bank/Nairobi Innovation Week High 5s Startup Challenge 2018 (Fully Funded to NIW 2018 in Nairobi Kenya)

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Application Deadline: February 28th 2018

The Africa Development Bank (AfDB) and the Nairobi Innovation Week (NIW) have partnered to run a joint innovation challenge that focuses on the Bank’s High 5 priorities; Light up and power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialize Africa, Integrate Africa, and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa.

The African Development Bank is stepping up the pace by focusing on five priorities that are crucial for accelerating Africa’s economic transformation. The Bank calls them the “High 5s”: Light up and power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialize Africa, Integrate Africa, and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa.

  1. Light up and power Africa
  2. Feed Africa
  3. Industrialize Africa
  4. Integrate Africa
  5. Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa

Have an innovation addressing one of the AfDB High 5 priorities, namely:

  • Be from the countries listed above: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Ethiopia
  • Have an innovation addressing one of the AfDB High 5 pillars, namely:
  • Light up and power Africa
  • Feed Africa
  • Industrialize Africa
  • Integrate Africa
  • Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa

Interested Innovators should;

  • Be over 18 years
  • Submit a complete and eligible application
  • Have a product or service that already has users or customers
  • Have some market traction
  • Have a clear business and operational model
  • Have an existing team in the start-up
  • Demonstrate impact
  • Demonstrate evidence of sustainability
  • Illustrate how their innovation addresses gender equality’

Benefits:

  • Travel costs to attend the NIW 2018 (a roundtrip economy class ticket and accommodation if coming from outside Kenya.
  • An award of USD 1000 to support the innovation.
  • A placard in recognition of the innovation.
  • Opportunity to exhibit the innovation at the NIW2018.
  • Opportunity to meet and interact with the Director General AfDB, East Africa Regional Development and business-orientedness Delivery Office.
  • Be featured in the AfDB-NIW Special Edition Innovation Journal that will be a compendium of promising innovations from the region
  • Have your profile displayed on the NIW.Startups, a platform for recognizing promising startups in the region

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the ADB/the Nairobi Innovation Week High 5s Startup Challenge 2018