Merck is looking for startups working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and are based in Africa. Startups with innovations related to healthcare, life sciences, performance materials, and Merck’s innovation focus areas can apply.

|Deadline 17 July 2019

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) innovation challenge features opportunities to co-create, facilitate digital transformation and build innovation capabilities through the use of knowledge exchange with experts and professionals, open innovation competitions and ecosystem networking opportunities. The expected outcome is the development of bankable projects and solutions that rethink sustainability and impact; ensuring the accelerated digital transformation of communities. Learn more here. ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies.

|Deadline 31 July 2019

The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law is scouting and looking for the world’s best justice innovators, justice entrepreneurs and the world’s best justice innovations to support.

They are seeking justice innovations that help people prevent or resolve a pressing justice need, help people resolve problems in their daily lives, help improve the effectiveness of justice systems and have the ability to help millions of people. If you have a project that fits the above, apply here.

|Apply before 15 August 2019 (17:00 CEST)

The Swedish Institute is looking for organisations that work internationally to strengthen democracy, freedom of expression and human rights. These organisations must be using media or the arts as a means to bring about positive change. Projects must target agents of change in the partner country(s) who want to learn new skills or use new technologies to help them in their efforts to bring about change.

Applications are open to the following African countries: Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Morocco, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zambia.

|Deadline 29 August 2019 (12.00 noon CET)

The Google News Initiative (GNI) is looking for news innovators from around the world to demonstrate new thinking in online journalism and the development of new publishing business models. The GNI will fund a set of projects from around the world that meet specified criteria, with the intent of producing learning and thought leadership to share with the wider industry.

The Challenge will focus on reader engagement and new business models in any form. Google will fund selected projects up to USD $150,000 and will finance up to 70% of the total project cost. Special discretion on the total project cap may be considered by the Jury depending on the scale and impact of a very large collaborative effort.

|Deadline 2 September 2019 (23:59 GMT)

Google Developers Launchpad is looking for startups located in some African countries to apply for the global acceleration programme. This programme helps startups build and scale great products by matching them with the best of Google — its people, network, and advanced technologies.

The countries are: Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

|Deadline Not provided

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