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AFD Digital Challenge: "Innovate for climate and biodiversity" - Africa

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted April 30, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on May 25, 2021
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With this annual competition, the AFD Group is once again strengthening its support to African start-ups and digital stakeholders.

A digital revolution, driven by a new generation of entrepreneurs who combine innovation, economic performance, and social and environmental impact, is transforming the African continent.

Each year, the aim of the AFD Digital Challenge is to identify these startups, promote them, and accelerate their development.

"Innovate for climate and biodiversity" is the theme at the heart of the fifth edition of the AFD Digital Challenge.

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The mission of this fifth edition is to highlight digital innovation projects that help protect the environment, combat global warming, and/or protect biodiversity.

The competition is aimed at start-ups, associations, and research centers on the African continent, which offer innovative solutions to reduce the carbon impact of economic activities, promote the sustainable, participatory, and civic management of natural resources, and to promote a sustainable economic activity in accordance with environmental issues.

The 10 winning projects will receive financial support, as well as support to accelerate their project and participate in the development of solutions to protect the climate and biodiversity.

They will be supported by AFD through an "acceleration pack", a technical and financial support worth €20 000.

The first selection phase is the application review phase, to validate the eligibility of applicants and pre-selec 30 start-ups on the basis of an analysis of the projects, their innovative nature, their economic model, their impact, and the role of digital technology.

Applications can be submitted until May 26, 2021.

For more information please visit
https://www.afd.fr/en/actualites/innovating-climate-and-biodiversity-5th...

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 30
Apr 30

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you, in order to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start now!!!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resources section!
Best,
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
May 03
May 03

Thanks, Ana. Sounds great!