Dual Innovation & Sustainability Challenge in Africa (DISCA) 2023
Applications are open for the Dual Innovation & Sustainability Challenge in Africa (DISCA). Under the High patronage of the Ministry of the knowledge economy, start-ups and micro-enterprises, FUTURIS Institute is delighted to launch the inaugural edition of the Dual Innovation & Sustainability Challenge in Africa with the Demo Day Grand Finale to be held during the 2nd edition of the African Startup Conference, in Algiers, Algeria, 5-7 Dec, 2023.
The Dual Innovation and Sustainability Challenge in Africa or DISCA is more than just a competition; it’s a structured educational journey, led by FUTURIS Institute, the first accredited higher education institute specializing in the teaching and learning of innovation and technology entrepreneurship in Algeria and the African Continent.
Integral to the challenge is a two-month arduous selection and in-depth training program. This program equips participating teams with essential concepts and tools for innovation, sustainability, and the entrepreneurial journey. The training journey encompasses:
- Concepts of Innovation: A deep dive on what defines innovation in the Information Age and how to identify and develop enterprise-level opportunities.
- Sustainability Essentials: An exploration of sustainable business practices that align with environmental and social responsibility and how to embed sustainability in a startup’s DNA as a lens for innovation and a source of competitive advantage; in other words how to do good and do well at the same time.
- Entrepreneurial Guidance: An in-depth learning of the entrepreneurial process, tools and methods using a scientific approach from idea conception to market entry.
- The selected teams will be trained in person by world-Class innovator, business leader, coach and scholar, Dr. Lotfi Belkhir, co-founder and Academic Director of Futuris Institute.
- Demo Day Grand Finale will be held during the 2nd edition of the African Startup Conference, in Algiers, Algeria, 5-7 Dec, 2023.
Deadline: October 20, 2023
For more details, visit Dual Innovation & Sustainability Challenge in Africa (DISCA)
1. Do I have to have a ready idea to register?
Yes, you and your team must agree and come up with a startup idea, but that idea can be at any stage of development from the idea stage to the early revenue stage.
2. Do I have to have a team or can I register solo?
Solo registration shall be rejected. You must have a team with a minimum of 2 teammates, and a maximum of 8 (including yourself).
3. Is the challenge open to University professors or mixed teams that include University professors?
Yes. Participation of University faculty and researchers in any form is highly encouraged
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