1. Who can enter the competition?

Young entrepreneurs, innovators from micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), and other youth-led and youth-owned enterprises implementing solutions for building resilience and adapting to the adverse impacts of climate change in Africa. Applicants should be based in Africa with revenue-earning operations for a minimum of 2 years. An exception may be given to applicants in the Diaspora but with registered and active enterprises/businesses within Africa. 

2. What are the adaptations solutions sub-sectors?

The innovations should provide climate adaptation and resilience solutions in critical social and economic sectors affected by climate change. They include:

  • Agriculture (climate-smart agricultural value chain approaches)
  • Water resources and sanitation 
  • Health (Emergency response, early recovery, and long-term resilience taking into account climate change and climate-induced disease surveillance 
  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency 
  • Waste management 
  • Eco-tourism (nature-based tourism and sustainability)
  • Resilient infrastructure and ecosystem rehabilitation
  • Pest management (including desert locusts)
  • Disaster risk reduction and management (including climate information and early warning systems)
  • Education (Innovative solutions in the context of multi-hazard scenarios)
  • Technology solutions aimed at addressing adaptation in any of the critical sectors listed above?

3. How do I enter the competition?

To enter the competition, simply click on the link provided below. Write your responses to the questions asked in the form and once you complete, click the submit button.

4. What is the prize?

The competition offers a chance for youth-led and youth-owned enterprises to win a business grant of up to $ USD 100,000 and an opportunity to further develop your venture in a 12-month virtual business support, mentorship and acceleration program.

5. How many winners will be selected?

Ten winners will be selected with each receiving up to $USD 100,000 and a one-year mentorship program.

6. How are the winners decided?

Winners will be selected through a competitive process. Submissions will be considered by a jury of experts consisting of GCA and AfDB staff, and other experts from reputable organizations, NGOs, multilateral development Banks, consultancy companies, and corporate businesses. 

Applications are encouraged to submit innovative ideas with proposals on pathways to reduce the impacts of climate change and promote adaptation. The innovations should provide climate adaptation and resilience solutions in critical social and economic sectors affected by climate change with a clear proposition to scale up for more significant impact and create direct job opportunities.  

7. How many entries can I submit?

Only one entry is allowed per youth-led or youth-owned enterprise. Applications are encouraged to submit their top-notch innovations.

8. When will the competition come to a close?

Applicants have until 06 October, 17 00 hrs GMT to submit an entry. Winners will be notified and a formal announcement made during the COP26 scheduled to take place from the 1-12th November 2021, in Glasgow, United Kingdom. 

9. Which are the official Communication channels?

All communication on this competition will be announced via the official channels of both the African Development and the Global Centre on Adaptation. For any questions, send an email to solutionschallenge@gca.org. There are no fees or charges for submitting an application and for participating in this competition.