Apply for the Youth Innovation Challenge for African Youths 2022
DEADLINE: 29 July 2022
About the Youth Innovation Challenge
YOTA – Youth Opportunity and Transformation in Africa has launched the Youth Innovation Challenge, calling out to young innovators from The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, and Nigeria to showcase their ideas and proposed solutions for addressing the many challenges posed to the continent, by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Challenge forms part of the activities under the Africa Youth Partnership to Advocate an Equitable Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Youth Innovation Challenge seeks to alleviate the negative consequences of the pandemic on young people and their communities while elevating the ideas, ingenuity, and creativity of young innovators working to address the effects of the global health crisis. Successful applicants that make it through the final stage shall be rewarded with a cash prize of $5,000 USD in support of their COVID-19 recovery ideas and innovations.
What the Challenge is looking for?
YOTA is supporting young innovators to drive change and contribute to post-pandemic recovery efforts through grassroots innovations and social action. This is to alleviate the negative consequences of the pandemic on young people and their communities while elevating 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 Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, and Nigeria to showcase their ideas on and propose solutions for addressing the many challenges posed to the continent by the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to support youth innovation for the advancement of inclusive and equitable post-pandemic recovery efforts.
Individuals or teams of young innovators in participating countries can take part in the Challenge by deploying the human-centered design approach to problem-solving in education and skills, youth employment and enterprises, health systems and treatment, vaccine equity, distribution, and uptake, among others. The best ideas or solutions from each participating country, as decided by our panel of judges and peers, 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 age of 18 and 35; or an informal group of young people, or a local youth- or women-led organization or company (both non-profit or for-profit are welcome); female candidates or teams with predominantly female members are particularly encouraged to apply.
- Nationals of Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, and Nigeria who are resident in their countries or based in the diaspora.
- Persons who are passionate about using their skills to design innovative solutions to promote addressing the many socio-economic challenges posed to your country by 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 cuts across several sectors, as long as a direct connection can be made to post-pandemic recovery potential. In particular, the Challenge is looking for youth-led solutions that address challenges in one or more of the following themes:
- Agriculture & Fisheries
- Digitalization, AI, and Emerging Technologies
- Education & Skills
- Energy & Industry
- Finance, Trade, and International Investment
- Governance and Politics
- Health & Well-Being including Vaccines
- Housing and Infrastructure Development
- Local & Regional Development
- Mobility & Transport
Participants of the Youth Innovation Challenge stand the chance of receiving a mix of support to enable them to implement their solutions, including:
- Up to $5,000 USD of funding per project
- Business development advice from top experts in the field of innovation and human-centered design
- Access to carefully curated tools and resources to support the full cycle of youth-led innovation and human-centered design
- Opportunity to become part of a growing community of young African innovators for ongoing learning, sharing, and networking
- Opportunity to be supported to showcase solutions across various international multi-stakeholder platforms, processes, and convenings before the end of 2022
Young innovators across these 4 countries, with the zeal for leading the way in continental pandemic recovery efforts, are therefore encouraged to submit their applications by clicking here OR
Use the following link to apply: https://innovation2022.africanyouthpartnership.org/