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YouthADAPT 2023 Now Open, Calling All Female Tech Pioneers!

Are you a young, ambitious female entrepreneur leading a tech-based enterprise in Africa? Are you passionate about addressing climate change and enhancing resilience across the continent? If so, the YouthADAPT Challenge 2023 is calling for your application!

About the YouthADAPT Challenge 2023

The YouthADAPT Challenge, now in its third edition, is a prestigious annual competition spearheaded by the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program. This program is a collaborative initiative between the African Development Bank and the Global Center on Adaptation. The challenge seeks to identify, support, and scale innovative solutions and business ideas from young entrepreneurs that contribute significantly to climate change adaptation and resilience.

Focus on Female Tech Innovators

This year, the challenge is casting a spotlight on female-owned enterprises that are at the forefront of integrating Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies in their solutions. These technologies include but are not limited to artificial intelligence, big data analytics, virtual reality, robotics, the internet of things, quantum computing, additive manufacturing, blockchain, and fifth-generation wireless technologies.

Prizes and Support

Winners of the YouthADAPT Challenge 2023 stand to gain significantly. Each winner will receive a cash prize of $100,000, supported by mentorship and coaching to help them scale their solutions and refine their business models. Additionally, winners will gain membership to the YouthADAPT Alumni Network, connecting them with a vibrant community of youth entrepreneurs across Africa.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for this exciting opportunity, applicants must:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 35.
  • Lead ventures that are youth-led, offering tangible and innovative solutions to real-life climate challenges.
  • Have ventures that are registered and operational within Africa, boasting at least two years’ worth of accounts.

How to Apply

Ready to take the plunge? Visit the YouthADAPT competition portal to submit your application. The deadline for submissions is 5 November 2023 at 17:00 GMT. Don’t miss out!

Learn More Before You Apply

To help applicants, an information session is scheduled for 23 October 2023 at 11:00 GMT. This session will provide in-depth details about the challenge, covering topics like eligibility criteria, the application process, important deadlines, and the plethora of advantages that come with participation, including access to grants, mentorship, and business development services.

The YouthADAPT Challenge 2023 is not just a competition; it is a call to action. It’s an opportunity for Africa’s female tech innovators to step up and play a pivotal role in tackling climate change while accelerating their entrepreneurial journey. Don’t let this chance slip away – apply now and be the change you want to see!


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