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CALLING ALL IMPACT DRIVEN tech entrepreneurs

The Embassy of Ireland in South Africa, the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) & the Department of Science & Innovation (DSI) invite South African tech entrepreneurs to apply to the Irish Tech Challenge South Africa.

APPLY NOWA Letter from the Irish Ambassador

Applications launch on the 24th February 2022


Watch our Virtual Information Session
Conducted on Wednesday 17th March 2022
here to watch

Up to 5 Entrepreneurs will 

  • Access top tech-leaders’ expertise in Ireland
  • Build their network in Ireland, Europe & South Africa
  • Receive up to €10,000 funding each
  • A funded 10-day curated business networking
    programme in Ireland
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The Programme Will

South Africa will

  • Expand high impact entrepreneurs scaling globally
  • 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.
  • Provide a new platform for tech entrepreneurs who address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Key dates

24 Feb:     
Launch of the challenge 
17 March:     
Information session - click here to watch
5 April:
Submission deadline
16 May:
Awards Communicated
Mid – end of June:
Trip to Ireland and Acceleration program
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Post revenue; Pre-revenue, (but with developed IP or prototype). Venture must demonstrate commercial potential.
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All sectors welcome. We are particularly interested in: Clean/Green-Tech, Circular Economies, Med/Health/Biotech, Ed-Tech, WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene)
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Addressing one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals: See SDG list
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At least one founder/CEO must be full-time; Women-led or youth-led businesses are particularly encouraged to apply
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At least 51% owned by a South African and/or partnership with an Irish national
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Headquartered in South Africa or Ireland


Senisha Moonsamy Profile Image
Senisha Moonsamy
Head Of Innovation, the Technology
Innovation Agency
Paul Deane Profile Image
paul deane
Trade Counsellor at the
Embassy of Ireland
Dr Babongile Mkhize Profile Image
Director at Department of
Science and Innovation
Max Pichulik Profile Image
Max pichulik
Director at
Impact Amplifier
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Kreesen Naicker
Senior Technology Market Advisor,
Enterprise Ireland
Sandra Makuchete Profile Image
sandra makuchete
Project Manager at
Impact Amplifier
Includes highly qualified and impartial experts with experience in the technology and innovation sector and/or experience working with entrepreneurs at varying stages of their entrepreneurship journey


  • For general feedback and 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 applications is still open
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