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Open innovation challenges

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Since its inception in 2017, AfricArena has partnered with numerous corporations and institutions to launch open innovation challenges targeted at Africa's best tech startups.


We run open innovation challenges across the African tech ecosystem - providing a platform that fosters innovation, collaboration, co-investment and dealflow.

  • Are you a startup with a tech-enabled solution that fits a challenge?  

  • Are you a corporation or private or public institution looking to deploy an open innovation project in the African continent?

You have found the right dance partner. 

Read on and take a look at our open innovation challenges.

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Deep Tech, Science & Engineering Innovation Program (Powered By Savant)

Is your startup BOLD enough to push past the boundaries of the status quo and drive innovation to create a brighter future? AfricArena is currently running its Deep Tech, Science & Engineering Innovation Program in partnership with Savant. Join us and try your chance to become the next African Deep tech Unicorn by registering now!
This pioneering pitch competition is tailored specifically for deep tech-focused startups across Africa, aiming to facilitate innovation, networking, and investment opportunities.

Ecosystem Challenges 

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Every year, AfricArena comes to the best tech hubs in Africa. We organise events with renown local incubators in order to source the best startups on the African continent.

In each city, we will be selecting at least one startup that will be invited to our Summit, our weekend Founders Bootcamp as well as its side events. Apply for the challenge in your city!

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Ecosystem Challenges for Startups

Johannesburg South Africa

AfricArena Johannesburg Summit 2024

Building up to the Johannesburg Summit, We are looking for the best disruptive and most promising tech startups in Africa to pitch their innovation in a series of virtual events.

These challenges will be divided by stage: Seed, Series A and Growth.

Apply to stand a chance to participate and pitch at the AfricArena Johannesburg Summit 2024

Open Innovation Partners

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Up for a challenge?

If open innovation is in your DNA like us, the AfricArena Portals are your gateways to join a community of startups, investors, corporates and other key ecosystem players.

Not registered yet?

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