Explanation Challenge 1000

What is
the Challenge
of 1,000?

Overview

THE CHALLENGE IS OVER. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR APPLICATION. THE JURY STUDIES YOUR PROPOSALS, THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WINNERS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE END OF MARCH.
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Announced at the press conference presenting the 2020 Africa-France Summit, the Challenge of 1.000 is a joint initiative of Digital Africa and the Summit. 

The State will invite 1.000  African entrepreneurs to come to Bordeaux to present their solutions at The City of Solutions, a show dedicated to projects and solutions for sustainable cities and territories to be held during the 28th edition of the Africa-France Summit. June 4, 5 and 6, 2020

 

 

The selection of contractors will meet the following criteria: 

  • Being an African entrepreneur, having an activity related to one of the 7 districts of The City of Solutions
  • Gender Parity 
  • Geographical balance of origin of Contractors 
  • Balance of themes on the 7 districts (Access to essential services, Feeding the cities, Building and enhancing the city, Moving around the city / visit the city, Living in the city, Financing and structuring projects, Connecting the city) 
  • To be the bearer of an innovative or duplicable solution, at a lower cost and a strong impact to make French and African cities more sustainable from an environmental and social point of view 
  • Be registered on the Digital Africa platform.

Topics

The City of Solutions, a trade fair to highlight projects and initiatives for sustainable cities and regions. Designed as a 360° view of a city, it is structured around seven themed districts to create the city of the future together!

la cité des solutions

Pratical Information

ANNOUNCEMENT
The 2020 Africa-France Summit, initially scheduled for June 4-6, 2020 in Bordeaux, cannot be held on the scheduled dates due to the COVID19 crisis. The effects of this crisis, both in its magnitude and its duration, pose many uncertainties on the international calendar, making it impossible at this stage, to set new dates now in 2020 or 2021. The winners of the Challenge of 1000 African entrepreneurs, who were to be invited to Bordeaux, will be informed as soon as possible of the events that may be scheduled for them.

CALENDAR

  • October 18 – January 31, 2020: Call for projects online on digital-africa.co >> NEW DEADLINE TO APPLY: FEBRUARY 28TH, 2020
  • Every month: selection of the best applications, apply as soon as possible!
  • End of March, 2020: Nomination of the 1.000 winners.
  • June 4, 5 and 6, 2020: the Africa-France Summit in Bordeaux, France.

THE ESSENTIALS

In order to apply to the Challenge of 1,000:

  • You have to be an African entrepreneur, having an activity related to one of the 7 districts of The City of Solutions
  • Your organization needs a real legal existence (legal statute)
  • Your organization should have an increasing revenue
  • Your organization should beared a viable product or solution, innovative or duplicable at a lower cost, to make French and African cities more sustainable from an environmental and social point of view.

CAREFUL CONSIDERATION will be given by the jury to:

  • Gender Parity, female candidates are encouraged to apply!
  • Geographical balance of origin of Contractors 
  • Balance of themes on the 7 districts.

WINNERS WILL BE INVITED (one person per organization): the costs of the plane tickets and 3-days accommodation in Bordeaux will be partially or fully beared depending on the financial capabilities of the winner.
Winners will have a space in the entrepreneurs’ stands at the City of Solutions.