Nesta Challenges Launches The Afri-Plastics Challenge For Cleantech Startups


July 23, 2021, 12:04 p.m.

Over 17 million tonnes of waste are generated by Sub-Saharan Africa annually, and only 12% of plastic waste is recycled.

Nesta Challenges is calling for the best cleantech startups to participate in its Afri-Plastics challenge to combat this waste.

Nesta Challenges exists to design and run challenge prizes that help solve pressing problems that lack solutions. Concerning this, startups with scaling innovative solutions to plastic mismanagement and promoting gender equality and empowerment of women and girls are entreated to apply.

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“The drive for home-grown innovation in Africa has led to a major rise in African entrepreneurs developing solutions that are effective and contextual to their environments. This in turn has attracted several global firms and tech hubs to the continent. We are looking for founders, innovators, and entrepreneurs across Sub-Saharan Africa with exciting concepts to alleviate the negative impacts of plastic pollution, to help protect marine environments commented Constance Agyeman, Director of International Development, Nesta Challenges.

“As Africa begins to recover from COVID-19, innovation remains vital to economic growth, competitiveness and health. SMEs are an important part of the solution because they are constantly innovating, pushing the boundaries of what is possible under much pressure and often with limited resources. We are excited to hear from African entrepreneurs about the ways that their initiatives meet the Afri-Plastics Challenge” Constance said.

The winning startup will receive $1m including other non-financial support.

Interested applicants should apply for the program before September 15, 2021.


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