As part of the 2020 Africa-France Summit, the French government is inviting one thousand entrepreneurs from Africa to participate in what it is calling the “Challenge of 1000.

The challenge calls for organisations to innovate in the space of “The City of Solutions” (Cité des Solutions), within the following seven categories:

  • Access to essential services, (Safety, Resources, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Risk Management, Vulnerable communities)
  • Feeding the cities, (Urban and suburban Agriculture, Agribusiness, Shops, restaurants)
  • Building and enhancing the city, (Architecture, Construction and Buildings, Street Furniture, green Areas, parks and Gardens, Urban Art)
  • Moving around the city / visit the city, (Transport infrastructure, Mobility, Access, Sustainable Tourism)
  • Living in the city, (Affordable Housing, Healthcare, Education and training, Culture, Sports and Leisure Activities)
  • Financing and structuring projects,
  • Connecting the city (Digital, tech for good).

While this event was announced a while back, it’s worth revisiting now as applications close later this month on 31st January.

After this date passes the thousand winners will be chosen in March 2020, and the 2020 Africa-France Summit will then take place from 4th June in Bordeaux, France.

Winners (one person per entry) will receive the cost of the plane ticket to the event and three days of accommodation in Bordeaux, depending on the “financial capabilities” of the winner. Judged on that metric the winning travel and accommodation costs will be partially or fully provided.

“Entrepreneurs will be able to present their companies or projects, seek financing, partners and express themselves on their innovations and concerns during the Summit, on the Cité des Solutions. This professional fair will last 3 days and will bring together African and French companies, civil societies and funders around the challenges of sustainable cities in Africa and France,” reads a press release about the challenge.

Those seeking to enter should can do so right here. More information about the summit can be found on the official website for it, but keep in mind that parts of it are in French.