The African Climate Innovation Challenge (ACIC) which is jointly developed and implemented by 3 E’s 4 Africa, Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO) and StartUp Lounge Africa is a project which intends to focus on the innovative minds and projects of young Africans and encourage and empower them to create a local impact in their communities. It is an idea contest which challenges young Africans to come up with innovative, green ideas and helps them to develop them into real solutions. Young Africans apply with ideas for solving environmental problems with an entrepreneurial mindset. The best 10 concepts are selected as the ACIC Cohort. They will go through an online curriculum, consisting of training and digital workshops, as well as P2P sessions between mentors and participants. This gives teams the opportunity to work on and develop their ideas further. Topics covered include environmental protection, climate change, social engagement, digital literacy, project management and business creation/management. The top 5 projects will be invited to the African Climate Week in Nairobi as finalists where the pitch event will take place. After the pitch event, the jury will select the 3 winners. Each winner will receive a considerable prize money dedicated to support them in the direct implementation of their idea in the community.
What is the objective of the challenge?admin2023-05-24T14:57:17+00:00
Any innovative and/or relevant solution which strives to help your community mitigate climate change or to enable your community to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change qualifies for the ACIC. For example:
an idea which proposes a solution or enables farmers to deal with the harsh weather conditions (e.g. longer droughts periods) would qualify as a climate change adaptation solution;
an idea which proposes a solution or enables people in your community to reduce CO2 or methane emissions would qualify as a climate change mitigation solution.
How can my team and I participate in the African Climate Innovative Challenge?admin2023-05-24T14:54:25+00:00
The ACIC this year is open to all African countries. Teams applying must therefore be based in Africa. Please keep in mind that the whole program of the ACIC will be in English.
“The ACAIC has equipped me with knowledge in Climate Change Innovations and Entrepreneurship. It enabled us to start a business in beekeeping and honey production which has created employment for ourselves and others.
As a community, a new skill has been introduced which has created an alternative source of livelihoods for the rural households.”
David Djangmah Tawiah, Agridat Ventures
“I expected a competition where participants share their ideas and the best team wins. Beyond my expectation, ACAIC came with perspective training and a curriculum to guide participants shape our ideas better. It was the first time I have won an award for an idea my team developed, and it has fueled my passion to go out there and make the change I want to see.”
Leticia Naa Adu Darko, Fibre Trans-waste
“The ACAIC has been instrumental in catapulting our vision of a solution for the betterment of society, transcending its existence within the confines of a notebook and breathing life into reality. The training and funding proved to be the precise catalysts we required to propel forward. We find ourselves actively involving community members, entities like the EPA, and other stakeholders for the next phase.”
Noah Badolyin Bugre, The Waste Gobbler Project Team
“I really appreciate the whole learning process that took place in last year’s ACAIC. The experience challenged me to devote more time to building my product, and today, we have a working and final product. I believe this opportunity will inspire more entrepreneurs to do better for their startups.