Irish Tech Challenge South Africa

South Africa & Ireland
Fund launched 24 February 2022

The Embassy of Ireland in SA, the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) & the Department of Science & Innovation (DSI) invited South Africa or Ireland headquartered tech entrepreneurs to the launch of the fund on 24 February 2022.

The Irish Tech Challenge South Africa fund will:

Expand high impact entrepreneurs’ scale globally

Leverage Ireland’s role as a global tech hub

Soften access to European and international markets

Lean on the South African tech ecosystem and the South African partners 

Provide a new platform for tech entrepreneurs who address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Selection Criteria

Stage: Post revenue; Pre-revenue, (but with developed IP). 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 Sourcing.

Impact: Addressing one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals: See 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.



Up to five entrepreneurs will:

Access top tech leaders’ expertise in Ireland

Build their network in Ireland, Europe & South Africa

Receive up to €10 000 funding each

Attend a curated & funded 10-day business networking programme in Ireland

Benefit from a new platform for tech entrepreneurs who address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Key dates:

24 February 2022: Launch of Challenge

16 March 2022: Information session

5 April 2022: Submission deadline

2 May 2022: Awards communicated

Early to mid-June 2022: Trip to Ireland and participation in an Acceleration Programme


Selection & Advisory Committee – Includes highly qualified and impartial experts experienced in the technology and innovation sectors and/or working with entrepreneurs at varying stages of their entrepreneurship journey.

Senisha Moonsamy – Head of Innovation, Technology Innovation Agency (TIA)

Paul Deane – Trade Counsellor, Embassy of Ireland

Dr Babongile Mkhize – Director, Department of Science & Innovation

Max Pichulik – Partner, Impact Amplifier

Sandra Makuchete – Project Manager, Impact Amplifier


For general feedback or any queries not found in the FAQs, please email

Please expect responses within three working days

We may be unable to answer specific questions about applications while the Call to Apply is still open