U.S. based non-profit organization, Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC), invites applications from tech startups in Africa for the global competition on June 15th-17th, 2021.
The Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) is a leading a global startup competition discovering and supporting new technologies and innovations to solve the world’s most extreme problems. XTC begins with the Sustainable Development Goals and distills them into seven core categories where Extreme Tech Challenge expects startup founders to develop ambitious, influential products or services that will make a positive impact on humanity and the world at large.
Extreme Tech Challenge is inspired by the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to support and showcase the innovators using the power of tech to address the greatest challenges facing humanity and the planet.
Through this global startup competition, XTC will provide top contenders the potential for global visibility, the ability to raise capital, network with global entities (corporations, VCs, partners), and gain mentorship opportunities they need to pioneer technological breakthroughs and help power a sustainable future.
The competitors will submit their startup in ONE (1) of the 7 categories (XTC’s Tech for Good Categories) that bundle the UN SDG. These are:
- AgTech, Food & Water
- Cleantech & Energy
- Enabling Technologies
- Smart Cities and Transportation
The XTC Competition is open to all tech startups across the globe which includes Africa with product or service that meet the criteria spelt out. The company must have developed or in the process of developing,
- A product or service based on new or innovative technology,
- An innovative application of an existing technology developed by the company
- A startup’s product or service must be addressing one of the seven key categories of the “Tech for Good Categories”
Check out the remaining criteria in the EXTREME TECH CHALLENGE COMPETITION Official Rules.
Benefits of the Extreme Tech Challenge
- Opportunity to pitch your startup to thousands of tech leaders and investors at regional and global competitions
- You will have access to leading investors to help you raise seed capital
- The rare chance of engaging with global corporations, CVCs, and VCs
- You will also work with industry leaders and experts who will help shape your startup for success!
50+ Finalists will be invited to the virtual XTC Boot Camp and Global Finals to meet 30+ XTC Partners including Ford, Intel, Cisco, ARM, and Samsung in May.
The Application Process
XTC competitors will be evaluated by a team of highly experienced investors, entrepreneurs, and executives.
Submissions will be judged based on their quality, ability to address the corresponding U.N. Sustainability Development Goals, and long-term viability.
Each application will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Tech for Good and Impact on the Sustainable Development Goals of both the product and the Company’s operations
- Product/Service Innovation
- Product Market Fit
Eligible African countries
The Extreme Tech Challenge is supported by Samsung, Ford, Evercore, Cisco, NXP, Silicon Valley Bank, Slush, Vivatech, ARM, and other world leading corporations. So any startup across the globe and those in the listed Africa countries building tech solutions addressing social or environmental challenges should APPLY before the 31st of March 2021. Find more information on their website.
Apply to the Africa Young Innovators for Health Award & Win US$40,000
Africa Young Innovators for Health Award have launched their maiden challenge designed to highlight and support the work of trailblazing young entrepreneurs developing health innovations on the continent. The deadline for submitting applications is the 31st of March, 2021.
Organizers of the Africa Young Innovators for Health Award want to, with this initiative, encourage business entrepreneurship and help advance promising health care solutions that support and empower healthcare workers – those on the frontline of delivering healthcare to communities.
They therefore look out for innovative healthcare solutions directed at supporting, protecting, and empowering healthcare workers through solutions such as training programmes, providing protective equipment or improving the quality of healthcare.
Who qualifies to apply?
- Interested persons wanting to apply must be between the ages of 18 and 35 at the time of submitting applications for the Award and must also be a citizen or resident of an African country.
- Successful applicants will have to demonstrate how their inventive healthcare solution is scalable, measurable and makes a lasting impact on healthcare workers.
How applications are evaluated
Applicants need to show their innovation is scalable, measurable, have a sustainable and positive impact on healthcare workers and that their innovation is commercially viable and at least at the proof of concept stage.
Submissions will be evaluated based on the following:
- Innovation: The solution must have an innovative character, meaning it must break new ground and meet a challenge in its city, region or country.
- Scalability: The applicant must show the innovation can be scaled up and used in a wider region of the country, neighboring countries or across the continent.
- Impact: Your solution must show a measurable and sustainable impact on health. Importantly, the health solution needs to show not only that it supports, equips, protects and trains healthcare workers but that this is measurable and can be maintained and is therefore sustainable.
- Commercial viability: The innovative solution must be commercially viable, so they have to see that it is a business proposition, that it can compete effectively with its competitors and make a profit.
Benefits of the African Young Innovators for Health Award
Grand prize – $40,000
Second prize – $20,000
Third prize – $15,000
Participants will enter a 3-month Business Mentorship program from successful entrepreneurs.
If relevant, successful applicants will get technical support with Intellectual Property protection.
You will gain exposure and recognition from global healthcare leaders and the public.
The Africa Young Innovators for Health award is ably supported by IFPMA, a research-based pharmaceutical companies and associations across the globe and SpeakUp Africa, a policy and advocacy action tank dedicated to catalysing leadership, enabling policy change, and increasing awareness for sustainable development in Africa. APPLY HERE
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