Introducing the Southern Africa Corporate Innovation Challenge, an open digital event for innovative and forward-thinking startups that will shape the future of Southern Africa.

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The World Bank Group, in partnership with Plug and Play South Africa, Business Unity South Africa and Department of Science & Innovation (Technology Innovation Agency) seek to identify and connect a select group of Southern African startups to corporate innovation opportunities and potential investment.

The objective of this challenge is to showcase the benefits of corporate innovation to help drive economic growth, new job opportunities, and community upliftment. We wish to help create an enabling environment for startups to grow from collaborations with large corporations.

We are looking for startups that are market-ready to participate in a pitch event where they will be selected by different corporate partners for pilots or sales opportunities.

This event is completely free from equity or cash, and we do not charge a success-fee, we want to promote corporate-startup partnerships to drive innovation and technology development.

Eligible Region - Southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, eSwatini and Namibia).

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