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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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If you are a DeepTech Startup with emerging technologies and innovative ideas, AfricArena invites you to demonstrate your entrepreneurial talent to the investors, corporates, and tech pan-African ecosystem!

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


AfricArena Ivory Coast Summit 2024

Building up to the Abidjan 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 Abidjan 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.

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