French Government AFD Digital Challenge 2023

French Government AFD Digital Challenge 2023
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French Government AFD Digital Challenge 2023 is ongoing interested applicants are advised to apply before the deadline.

The digital technology for the cultural and creative sectors is the focus of the French government AFD Digital Challenge For African Startups.

The Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) are an important engine for social and economic advancement in addition to being a location for entertainment.

These sectors have a role that goes beyond simply having the ability to generate riches since they actively support social inclusion, cohesiveness, the valorization of African traditions, and citizen emancipation.

  • Host: French Government
  • Category: Training | Fellowships
  • Eligible Countries: All African Countries
  • Reward: 150,000 GBP Prizes
  • Deadline: February 23, 2023
  • Scholarship Alerts: To receive Scholarship Alerts on WhatsApp, Click HERE


AFD Group continues to strengthen its support for African start-ups and digital players for the sixth consecutive year.

Since 2016, the annual objective of the AFD Digital Challenge has been to identify these projects, promote them and accelerate their development.

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To be considered for the program, you must take note of the following:

  • Your digital project involves one of the six main sectors of activity of the Cultural and Creative Industries (mentioned above)
  • Your project offers a digital solution to one of the following three challenges
    • Transformation of the modes of production and consumption of cultural and creative goods and services
    • Enhancing the value of African cultural heritage and legacies
    • Promotion of inclusive access to cultural and creative content
  • Your project is currently in the seed phase (prototyping or beginning of commercialization with an indicative annual turnover of 0 to 18 000€), or in the acceleration phase (economic model and user market established with an indicative annual turnover of 18 000 to 250 000€/year
  • Your project has a legal structure based in one or more African countries
  • Your project has a sustainable and autonomous economic model
  • Digital technology is at the heart of your solution


All projects submitted must respect both the six targeted sectors and the three transversal issues mentioned below:

The six principal  sectors of activity of the Cultural and Creative Industries

  1. Cultural and natural heritage: museums, historical places, archaeological sites, cultural landscapes, natural heritage
  2. Performing arts and festivities: performing arts, live music, dance, festivals, fairs and celebrations
  3. Visual arts and crafts: fine arts, photography, crafts
  4. Books and press: books, newspapers, magazines, libraries, book fairs
  5. Audiovisual and interactive media: film, TV and radio, streaming, podcasts, video games
  6. Design and creative services: architecture, fashion design, graphic design, interior design, advertising.


  • Seed Funding for your project
  • Funding for Project Development Phase
  • International Visibility
  • Customized Support

Method of Application

Interested and qualified applicants should apply using the link below.

The Participant shall submit his/her application to the Challenge by means of the electronic application form accessible to the public on the website and described in Article 5 of these Rules. A Participant who has submitted a complete electronic application form will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of his/her application for the Challenge.

The electronic application form consists of two parts:

  • An administrative section, covering the administrative and legal nature of the Participant (company name, date of creation, governance, etc.).
  • A project section, focusing on the qualitative aspects of the entrepreneurial project put forward by the Participant in the framework of the Challenge (business purpose, turnover, description of the service/product, etc.).

Deadline: February 23, 2023

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