Eligibility

You, the entrepreneur, must meet the following criteria as you submit your business proposal:
  • You must be a citizen of an African country.
  • You must be a minimum of 18 years old as of November 1, 2017.
  • Your business must be applicable in an African country.
  • Your business proposal must include a technological component (digital, machinery, computers, ICT, automated processes, field related technologies, etc.).
  • Your business must be for profit.
  • Your business idea must include a social impact. You need to articulate the problem that you are trying to solve as well as the solution that you propose to offer.
  • Your business must be relevant to one of these categories:
    • Education – positively impact education in Africa
    • Environment – positively impact the environment in Africa
    • Uncharted – a high-impact business venturing into unexplored territory or untested markets

Additional Eligibility Information

  • You can submit a proposal as a resident of any country worldwide – keeping in mind that you must be a citizen of an African country.
    • For example, a resident of the United Arab Emirates with Egyptian citizenship is eligible for this Award.
  • Your business can operate in any African country even if you are not a citizen of that country.
    • For example, a Ghanaian citizen can submit a proposal for a business in Liberia.
  • You can submit a proposal for a business already in operation.
  • Your business can operate across borders in multiple African countries.
  • Your business should demonstrate the potential to scale beyond one region in Africa to pan-African impact.
  • You can operate in multiple countries, but you will be asked to designate a primary community in Africa that will benefit or be impacted by your business.

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