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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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Open Innovation Challenges

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Fem-Tech Open Innovation Challenge (Powered By AWS)

Is your startup BOLD enough to push past the boundaries of the status quo and drive innovation to create a brighter future? AfricArena is launching coming its Fem-Tech Startup Innovation Challenge in partnership with AWS. Join us an try your chance to become the next African Female-led Unicorn by registering now!
This pioneering pitch competition is tailored specifically for women-led 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 of the Continent.

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

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Ecosystem Challenges for Startups


AfricArena East Africa Challenge

Building up to the East Africa Summit, We are looking for the best disruptive and  most promising tech startups in East 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 East Africa Summit

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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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