31 January, 2020


Bordeaux, France

(Partially Funded)


The Challenge of 1,000 – Africa-France Summit

Announced at the press conference presenting the 2020 Africa-France Summit held in Bordeaux on Tuesday 17 September 2019, the Challenge of 1.000 is a joint initiative of Digital Africa and the Summit.

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The State will invite 1.000  African entrepreneurs to come to Bordeaux to present their solutions at The City of Solutions, a show dedicated to projects and solutions for sustainable cities and territories to be held during the 28th edition of the Africa-France Summit. June 4, 5 and 6, 2020.

The City of Solutions, 7 themed districts to create the city of the future together:

  • Access to essential services.
  • Feeding the cities.
  • Building and enhancing the city.
  • Moving around the city.
  • Living in the city.
  • Financing and structuring projects.
  • Connecting the city.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Entrepreneurship.

Required Languages

English & French.

Eligible Countries


Program Period

  • End of March, 2020: Nomination of the 1.000 winners.
  • June 4, 5 and 6, 2020: the Africa-France Summit in Bordeaux, France.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

In order to apply to the Challenge of 1,000:

  • You have to be an African entrepreneur, having an activity related to one of the 7 districts of The City of Solutions.
  • Your organization needs a real legal existence (legal statute).
  • Your organization should have an increasing revenue.
  • Your organization should beared a viable product or solution, innovative or duplicable at a lower cost, to make French and African cities more sustainable from an environmental and social point of view.

CAREFUL CONSIDERATION will be given by the jury to:

  • Gender Parity, female candidates are encouraged to apply!
  • Geographical balance of origin of Contractors .
  • Balance of themes on the 7 districts.

Opportunity Cost

(Partially Funded)

  • WINNERS WILL BE INVITED (one person per organization): the costs of the plane tickets and 3-days accommodation in Bordeaux will be partially or fully beared depending on the financial capabilities of the winner.
  • Winners will have a space in the entrepreneurs’ stands at the City of Solutions.

How to Apply

First Step: Fill the application from here.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Amina Hamed / Egypt

Reviewed by” Rahaf Elkhodary/ Egypt
MARJ3 Intern
MARJ3 Scholarships team