Africa COVID-19 Challenge

The Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and its many partners are issuing a call for proposals for a new initiative: Building Capacity to Combat COVID-19 in Africa: Ideas and Innovations from Young Entrepreneurs. The initiative is open to students and young professionals (ages 18 to 35 years old) from around the world interested in offering innovative ideas for an effective private and public sector response to the COVID-19 pandemic in countries throughout Africa.

Participants are asked to develop ideas related to policy changes, startups, technology, or community-based initiatives. Following submission, proposals will be reviewed based on their significance, originality, feasibility, and clarity. Active support and mentorship will be provided, along with feedback and networking opportunities. Teams will also be featured on our website, providing a broader platform for engagement. Teams that need assistance identifying additional team members can access the ‘Request for Team Member’ form on the website, indicating the summary of their idea and the additional skills or capacities they are looking for in a team member. The final deadline for proposal submission is September 15, 2020. The proposals will be reviewed and offered feedback on a first-come, first-serve basis, starting from the moment we receive the proposal. If you need our support in identifying new team members and finalizing your ideas, please contact us and send a summary of your idea by June 20, 2020.

Deadline: September 15, 2020 (The proposals will be reviewed and offered feedback on a first-come, first-serve basis, starting from the moment we receive the proposal.)

Register & Apply

Register and apply for the Africa COVID Challenge

Team Registration: Teams must consist of two to six members and may be formed across different schools, institutions, companies, countries, nationalities, etc. We recommend that all teams register and sign up for updates below to receive the latest information on I4A programs and events leading up to the competition deadline

Eligibility: Students and young professionals between the ages of 18-35 years from around the world are invited to participate. Further guidelines mirror that of the Ideas for Action competition, which can be found HERE

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