African and French start-up companies working on four sectors, fintech, health, environment and energy and agricultural digital innovations, have until 15 November 2016 to enter the Start-Up Challenge Digital Africa competition. An article in BIZTECH Africa says Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and Bpifrance launched the competition to encourage and promote the development of digital start-.
A jury will choose two winners, one African and one French, in each of the four sectors, so there’ll be a total of eight winners. Two start-ups, one African and one French, will be selected by online voters, making ten successful applicants awarded and invited to the 27th Africa-France Summit in Bamako, Mali’s capital, on 13 and 14 January 2017 to present their project and meet partners.
AFD and Bpifrance Director General, Rémy Rioux, says "Digital technology may be an incredible accelerator of sustainable development in Africa, on condition that each entrepreneur is able to benefit from the innovation springboard.”
Start-ups generally need all the help they can muster to launch their innovative ideas. The competition’s is a valuable opportunity for health and eHealth start-ups to find support and critical inputs to grow their business. Start-ups can go to an online application to enter.