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 government.as 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.

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FAQs

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).

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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

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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

Contact:

For general feedback or any queries not found in the FAQs, please email programs@impactamplifier.co.za

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

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