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African YouthAdapt Challenge competition open for entries

The Global Center on Adaptation, African Development Bank and Climate Investment Funds are calling for applications for the second edition of the African Youth Adaptation Solutions (YouthAdapt) Challenge.
Source: Gallo/Getty
Source: Gallo/Getty

YouthAdapt is an annual competition that invites young entrepreneurs and micro, small, and medium enterprises in Africa to submit innovative solutions and business ideas that have the potential to drive climate change adaptation and resilience across the continent. The commercially viable business or product must not be in widespread use.

The 20 winners will each be awarded $100,000 and will receive training, mentorship and coaching to support their climate change adaptation innovation in their communities and across Africa.

The objective of the competition is in line with one of the pillars of the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP). AAAP is a strategic partnership between the Global Center on Adaptation and the African Development Bank. It aims to address the triple impacts of Covid-19, climate change and the economy.

Addressing real-life challenges

Applicants must be 18 to 35 years old. Their venture must be youth-led and deliver solutions that address a real-life challenge. They must be registered and operating in Africa, and able to show revenues for at least two years. Fifty percent of the finalists will be women-owned or women-led enterprises.

The closing date for applications is 4 October 2022. Enter the competition here.


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