Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme RE: innovation challenge

The Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme (SAIS 2) RE: innovation challenge invites proposals from projects to pilot and validate solutions to make Southern African startup ecosystems more resilient and better able to face an uncertain future in 2020.

Startup ecosystems play a critical role in providing an environment in which African startups can thrive and grow. In many countries, these systems are still young and are often vulnerable to unforeseen events such as the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Unexpected shocks can interrupt the operation of startups, incubators, universities, and even large firms for a significant time. Therefore, it is vital to strengthen the ecosystems’ ability to rapidly recover from negative events. Such resilience is also the key enabling factor to ecosystems’ development and growth.

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For this reason, SAIS 2’s RE:innovation challenge is looking for visionaries who can offer technology-enabled solutions that strengthen innovation and startup ecosystems in Southern Africa.

SAIS 2 recognises technologies in the line of the fourth industrial revolution, such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, robotics, 3D printing, the Internet of Things, and advanced wireless information and communication technologies, as empowering technologies driving the scalability of startup innovations and the resilience in ecosystems.

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Worth of Award

  • A maximum of six (6) projects will be selected pilot testing or validating the proposed solution.
  • Each selected project will receive a SAIS 2 grant of between EUR 30,000 and EUR 50,000 per project, depending of the project budget proposed. The applicant has to provide at least 20% matching funding to counter the SAIS 2 grant (10% cash and 10% in-kind).
  • Selected projects will have a maximum of five (5) months start and finish their project, including the project launch, piloting/validation, and final reporting.
  • Selected projects will have an opportunity to present the solutions and the results to a network of entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem stakeholders, which could lead to new opportunities for the proposed solution.
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  • You have identified a challenge to and a solution that strengthens the resilience of a startup ecosystem in one of the following countries: Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, or Zambia.
  • The solution is technology-enabled and easily adapted for quick implementation.
  • You have a project consortium comprising innovation support organisations such as incubators, hubs, labs, and accelerators as well as research/academia, private sector and public entities, and/or NGOs hosting and supporting youth entrepreneurship and startups.
  • Your project consortium must have at least one innovation support organisation as a member, which will also act as the project coordinator.
  • Your project coordinator is a registered legal entity in one of the five SAIS 2 partner countries (Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia).
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How to Apply

  • SAIS 2 uses the SmartME online platform for the preparation and submission of proposals. You can find the link to the SmartME platform to start your application by clicking the link below.
  • The proposal must be drafted in the format prescribed on the platform.
  • Take note of the help text and descriptive text in the application to guide you in its completion.

Deadline: The deadline to apply is September 27th, 2020.

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