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7 June 2019

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Africa50 Innovation Challenge seeking solutions to help increase access to internet in Africa

Africa50 has launched the Africa50 Innovation Challenge to look for innovative solutions to help increase access to high-speed internet in under-served areas in Africa. The pan-African infrastructure investment platform unveiled the challenge at the 2019 Transform Africa Summit held in Rwanda in May 2019.

The innovation challenge is open for ICT developers, innovators, engineers, and entrepreneurs across the African continent. The winning solutions will receive cash prizes and/or will be considered for project development funding. Projects will be rolled-out in Rwanda as the pilot country, with the objective to scale them up to other countries in Africa.

Africa50 is implementing the challenge in partnership with DysruptUs, a firm specializing in the organization of innovation challenges to solve global social and economic needs, and with Informa, a leading international events and knowledge firm. Through the platform, the solutions can be submitted worldwide.

Individuals and organizations with a strong passion for developing innovative solutions are encouraged to apply. Submitted solutions to the Challenge will be reviewed by a group of experts in ICT, investment, and international development. Finalists will be invited to present their solutions at AfricaCom in November 2019 in Cape Town.

Applications were opened from 14 May until 8 September and can be done via the challenge’s website here.