Call for Applications: AFD Digital Challenge for African Digital Startups in Cultural and Creative Industries | up to €45,000 per winner

The sixth iteration of the AFD Digital Challenge was just released by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD).

An annual competition known as the AFD Digital Challenge is available to digital start-ups that create and implement ground-breaking solutions for Africa’s development.

Every year, candidates are presented with a theme that is connected to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Numerous start-ups submit their initiatives that encourage the use of digital technology for urban sustainability, rural transformation, health, transportation, and environmental and climate change.

The competition identifies and supports the top ten talents for digital innovation in Africa. These winners benefit from financial support of up to €20,000 to realize their project and leverage its social and environmental impact. They also benefit from personalized professional and strategic support for a year. The high profile of the AFD Digital Challenge gives greater visibility to the winners and helps them make a name for themselves in Africa and internationally.

AFD Digital Challenge for African Digital Startups Sectors

Six Principal Sectors of the Cultural and Creative Industries

1. Cultural and natural heritage: museums, historical places, archaeological sites, cultural landscapes, natural heritage

2. Performing arts and festivities: performing arts, live music, dance, festivals, fairs and celebrations

3. Visual arts and crafts: fine arts, photography, crafts

4. Books and press: books, newspapers, magazines, libraries, book fairs

5. Design and creative services: architecture, fashion design, graphic design, interior design, advertising

6. Audiovisual and interactive media: film, TV and radio, streaming, podcasts, video games

AFD Digital Challenge for African Digital Startups Benefit

Up to €45,000 grant per winner

Eligibility Criteria for AFD Digital Challenge for African Digital Startups 

> Your digital project involves one of the six main sectors of activity of the Cultural and Creative Industries (mentioned above)

Your project offers a digital solution to one of the following three challenges

  • Transformation of the modes of production and consumption of cultural and creative goods and services
  • Enhancing the value of African cultural heritage and legacies
  •  Promotion of inclusive access to cultural and creative content

> Your project is currently in the seed phase (prototyping or beginning of commercialization with an indicative annual turnover of 0 to 18 000€), or in the acceleration phase (economic model and user market established with an indicative annual turnover of €18,000 to €250,000 per year

> Your project has a legal structure based in one or more African countries

> You are a startup or an association

Application Deadline – February 24, 2023

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