French Agency for Development (AFD) Digital Challenge Innovation 2021 for African Entrepreneurs

For the fifth year in a row, the Agence Française de Développement is working alongside high-impact digital players in Africa. 

Application Deadline: 26th May 2021

Eligible Countries: Francophone and Anglophone African countries

To be Taken at: France

About the Award: “Innovate for climate and biodiversity” is the theme at the heart of the fifth edition of the AFD Digital Challenge.

Startups, associations and research centers developing digital solutions on the themes presented below are eligible.

Reducing the digital footprint:

  • Digital tools and services for the reduced energy consumption of networks and data centers,
  • eco-construction and tools used to reduce the consumption of terminals and boxes,
  • eco-design of digital equipment and services,
  • recycling of electronic waste.
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Innovating to build a sustainable economy:

  • Digital technology to reduce the impact of land, air, sea and river transport,
  • digital technology to promote sustainable territories,
  • services numériques de diffusion de bonnes pratiques pour l’environnement et le climat à destination du secteur public, des entreprises et des citoyens,
  • digital services for the dissemination of best environmental and climate practices for the public sector, businesses and citizens,
  • digital services for green finance,
  • digital tools and services for agro-ecology, traceability and limiting agricultural losses.
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Preserving natural resources:

  • Preventing and reacting to natural disasters: data and prediction, warning systems, business continuity plans for climate incidents, civil protection systems, etc.
  • contributing to the preservation of ecosystems and helping the most vulnerable populations to adapt to climate change.

Type: Entrepreneurship


  1. Your project is related to one of the themes presented above and detailed in the rules
  2. Your project is already on the market and is in the seed/launch phase
  3. Your project has a legal structure as well as a sustainable and autonomous business model
  4. Digital technology is at the heart of your solution
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You’re a start-up, an association, or a research center and you meet our eligibility criteria?

Then apply below

Number of Awards: 5 startups

Value of Award: 

  • 20 000 €
  • International Visibility
  • A  tailor-made support program “Acceleration pack”

How to Apply: apply here

Visit Programme Webpage for Details

Award Provider: French Agency for Development


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