1000 Entrepreneurs Challenge - the catalogue of winners from South Africa and Lesotho

The Embassy of France in South Africa and in Lesotho, the General Secretariat of the Africa-France Summit, Digital Africa and the members of the jury of the “1000 Entrepreneurs Challenge” were pleased to announce in June the winners for South Africa and Lesotho.

The Embassy of France in South Africa and in Lesotho, the General Secretariat of the Africa-France Summit, Digital Africa and the members of the jury of the “1000 Entrepreneurs Challenge” were pleased to announce in June the winners for South Africa and Lesotho.

Today we are pleased to announce the launch of the catalogue of the “1000 Entrepreneurs Challenge”.

This catalogue aims to highlight the profile of these south African entrepreneurs, their history, and the nature of the innovative solutions they offer through their start-ups.

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1000 Entrepreneurs Challenge - the catalog of winners from South Africa and Lesotho
French Embassy to South Africa (PDF - 3.8 Mb)

We welcome the energy, creativity, resilience and professionalism of these 1000 Entrepreneurs of Africa. France is proud to provide practical and long-term support so that these agents of change bring their solutions to the citizens of Africa and build the African economies of tomorrow.

"Betting on creativity of African entrepreneurs, leaning on their enthusiasm and their drive to succeed, it’s not simply a project, it’s a vision." H.E. Ms Stéphanie Rivoal, Ambassador Secretary General of the 2020 Africa-France Summit

"The Challenge des 1000 is an ambitious project that paves the way for the development of long-term relationships between our innovative ecosystems. The diversity and quality of the various award-winning projects and entrepreneurs, reflects the dynamism of the South African space, which will play a major role in the
recovery of this economy.” H.E. Mr Aurélien Lechevallier, Ambassador of France to South Africa and Lesotho

"Two years ago, the French President Emmanuel Macron launched Digital Africa with the aim to support Africa’s high impact startups. With 1000 startups selected across Africa for the Challenge of 1000, we are forging ahead to achieve the African Union Agenda 2063 which aims to eradicate the syndrome of always coming up with new ideas but with no significant achievement for the African youth and startups. We are committed to building the Africa we want that will enhance an impactful Africa-France relations and increase the Global Competitiveness of various African Nations."
Kizito Okechukwu, Executive President Digital Africa

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Reminder :
The 1000 Entrepreneurs come from 53 African countries, and are active in the fields of water and sanitation, waste treatment, energy, education, digital, agriculture, mobility etc. They are mostly between 24 and 30 years old and started their activity less than 3 years ago. 50% of them are women.

publie le 09/10/2020

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