The Agence Française de Développement (AFD, the French Development Agency) and the Banque Publique d'Investissement (BPI, the French Public Investment Bank) recognize the importance of digital innovation and startups in inventing new solutions to support sustainable development. Thanks to its astronomical boom in mobile technology, Africa is not just an increasingly connected continent – it has also become a land of digital innovation. The AFD and the BPI want to encourage and support African entrepreneurs by organizing a competition open to both French and African startups.
15 Nov 2016
For the 5 African winning startups:
An invitation to attend the awards ceremony in Bamako
Professional support and develop your project through an acceleration pack worth €30,000.
Created in collaboration with each winner, the pack will be tailored to meet your startup's needs. It could include mentoring, networking, incubation and funding of key development stages for your startup (proof of concept, commercial development, etc.).
For the 5 French winning startups:
An invitation to attend the awards ceremony in Bamako (flight and two nights & accommodation).
Incurred costs reimbursed up to a maximum of €4000
Registration on any training programme from the Bpifrance Université catalogue.
Equivalent to a maximum value of €1500.
A trip offering the opportunity to network and to discover the Abidjan and Cape Town ecosystems, organized by French Tech Abidjan and French Tech Cape Town.
Incurred costs reimbursed up to a maximum of €4500 The total value of the pack is set at a maximum of €10,000 per winning Team.
Central African Republic
Congo, Dem. Rep.
Egypt, Arab Rep.
Sao Tome and Principe
Note that while some organisers may accept applications from all around the world, you may still be required to travel to the host country in order to take part in the later stages of a competition for instance, or you may be required to live there for a period of time to take part in a funded programme (e.g. scholarship, incubator, accelerator).
Multiple host countries may mean that no travel is required.