The Irish Tech Challenge project aims to support South African tech entrepreneurs seeking to scale globally, and form partnerships with the Irish Technology Ecosystem.
Up to the top 5 Entrepreneurs will:
- Access top tech leaders’ expertise in Ireland
- Also, build their network in Ireland, Europe as well as South Africa
- Receive up to €10,000 in funding each
- In addition, a funded 10-day curated business networking program in Ireland
The program will:
- EXPAND high impact entrepreneurs scaling globally
- Also, Leverage Ireland’s role as a global tech hub,
- Soften access to European and international markets
- Lean on the South African tech ecosystem as a partner and the South African government.
- Moreover, provide a new platform for tech entrepreneurs who address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- Stage: Post revenue; Pre-revenue, (but with developed IP or prototype). The venture must demonstrate commercial potential.
- Sectors: All sectors welcome. We are particularly interested in: Clean/Green-Tech, Circular Economies, Med/Health/Biotech, Ed-Tech, WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene)
- Impact: Addressing one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals: See the SDG list
- Team: At least one founder/CEO must be full-time; Women-led or youth-led businesses are particularly encouraged to apply
- Ownership: At least 51% owned by a South African and/or partnership with an Irish national
- Geography: Headquartered in South Africa or Ireland
Dates and Deadlines
24 Feb: Launch of the challenge
17 March: Information session – click here to watch
5 April: Submission deadline
2 May: Awards Communicated
Early-mid June: Trip to Ireland and Acceleration program