The African Impact Initiative is partnering with Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) to undertake this year Africa Impact Challenge. The African Impact Initiative started out of University of Toronto, with a mission of positively impacting the global African community through projects. The purpose of the African Impact Challenge is to build the capacity of African youth to address community challenges through technology enabled market-creating innovations.
THE AFRICAN IMPACT CHALLENGE
The challenge will require that students from GTUC submit proposals for a practical program that will address any of the Sustainable Development Goals for a society in Ghana. Projects that include a technological component will be prioritized over others. We will then select a few of the submissions to be funded and implemented through the African Impact grant. The project should be based on sound research and credible data. Additionally, establishment or implementation of the project should be feasible within a few months. AII will like to partner with faculty and students at GTUC to make this a success. The challenge is broken down into the following stages: (1) Application & screening phase; (2); Summer Incubator (3) Implementation; (4) Impact Analysis.
IMPLEMENTATION AND FUTURE STEPS
Once an idea is chosen, AII will work closely with the student and faculty to create a working model and plan for the execution of the project in summer 2020. Based on the idea, we will set short-term goals and checkpoints in order to finalize the project by the end of the summer. A coworking space will be established for the students to work and present their progress throughout the summer. After implementation, data will be gathered on the effectiveness of the project. The information will then direct our future steps for sustainability of the project or modifications to be made. For example, this data can then be presented to the community, the government, investors etc. for support in the future.
EXPECTED BENEFITS OF THE CHALLENGE
Selected teams will participate in a paid 12-week summer incubator, which will bring their ideas to life and make them market ready. Funding of up to 20,000 GHS is available per team. We encourage GTUC students passionate about impact entrepreneurship to apply!
- Youth who live in the country of the given year’s challenge.
- Full time availability for the paid 12-week incubator, between May and August.
- Team sizes of 3 - 5 people with a passion for entrepreneurship.
- Your idea must address an identified problem/challenge in your community, by providing a comprehensive solution through a clearly defined job to be done.
- Your solution must be technology enabled in its creation and/or use.
- The challenge is sector agnostic (open to all industries/fields).
- Preference will be given to solutions that target non-consumption, by increasing adoption, accessibility or affordability.
- Preference will be given to innovative business models that are scalable.
Applications & Screening - February – April 2020
Summer Incubator – May – August 2020
Implementation – September – December 2020
Impact Analysis – January 2021
This is the application link: https://www.africanimpact.ca/the-african-impact-challenge . The deadline is March 22nd at 11:59 GMT.
Application deadline is March 22, 2020 at 11:59 GMT