YouthADAPT: US $100 000 Up for Grabs For Climate Change Solutions

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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.

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. 

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

The commercially viable business or product must not be in widespread use.

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.

Young entrepreneurs are being invited to submit their business plans through the official submission portal

Applicants must be between18 to 35 years old and 

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.

Half of the finalists will be women-owned or women-led enterprises.

The closing date for applications is 4th October 2022.