Apply for the Youth Innovation Challenge for African youth 2022
DEADLINE: July 29, 2022
About the Youth Innovation Challenge
YOTA – Youth Opportunity and Transformation in Africa has launched the Innovation challenge for young people, calling on young innovators from The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria to present their ideas and proposed solutions for addressing the many challenges the COVID-19 pandemic poses to the continent. The Challenge is part of the Africa Youth Partnership to Advocate an Equitable Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic activities.
The Youth Innovation Challenge aims to alleviate the negative impacts of the pandemic on young people and their communities while enhancing the ideas, ingenuity and creativity of young innovators working to address the effects of the global health crisis. Successful applicants who make it to the final stage will be awarded a $5,000 USD cash prize to support their ideas and innovations for COVID-19 recovery.
What is the Challenge looking for?
YOTA supports young innovators to drive change and contribute to post-pandemic recovery efforts through grassroots innovations and social action. This aims to alleviate the negative impacts of the pandemic on young people and their communities while increasing the ideas, ingenuity and creativity of young innovators working to address the effects of the global health crisis.
We are looking for the most talented young innovators from The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria to present their ideas and propose solutions for addressing the many challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic on the continent. We want to support youth innovation to promote inclusive and equitable recovery efforts after the pandemic.
Individuals or teams of young innovators in participating countries can participate in the Challenge by using the people-centered design approach to solving problems in education and skills, youth and enterprise employment, health systems and treatment, vaccine equity, distribution and uptake, among others. Others. The best ideas or solutions from each participating country, as determined by our jury and colleagues, will receive a mix of financial support, complete with expert advice, networking, tools and other opportunities to enable them to implement their solutions.
The Youth Innovation Challenge is open to:
An individual young person between the ages of 18 and 35; or an informal group of youth, or a local youth or women-led organization or business (both non-profit and for-profit are welcome); female candidates or teams with predominantly female members are particularly encouraged to apply. Nationals of Gambia, Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria residing in their country or living in the diaspora. Individuals who are passionate about using their skills to create innovative solutions to promote addressing the many socio-economic challenges your country is facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Truly innovative and impactful ideas or solutions that have the potential to change lives in a sustainable way.
The thematic focus of the Youth Innovation Challenge is across multiple sectors, as long as a direct connection can be made to the recovery potential after the pandemic. Specifically, the Challenge is looking for youth-led solutions that address challenges in one or more of the following themes:
Agriculture and FisheriesBiodiversityDigitalisation, AI and Emerging TechnologiesEducation and SkillsEmploymentEnergy and Industry Finance, Trade and International Investment Gender Governance and PoliticsHealth and Wellbeing, including Vaccines Housing and Infrastructure DevelopmentLocal and Regional DevelopmentMigrationMobility and TransportTourism
Participants in the Youth Innovation Challenge have a chance to win a mix of support to implement their solutions, including:
Up to $5,000 USD in funding per project Business development consulting from top innovation and people-centered design experts Access to curated tools and resources to support the full cycle of youth-led innovation and people-centered design Ability to be part of a growing community of young African innovators for continuous learning, sharing and networking Ability to be supported to present solutions at various international multi-stakeholder platforms, processes and meetings before the end of 2022
Young innovators in these 4 countries, with the zeal to lead the way in the recovery from continental pandemic, are therefore encouraged to submit their applications by click here OR
Use the following link to apply: https://innovation2022.africanyouthpartnership.org/
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