Afri-Plastics Challenge Strand 2: Creating Solutions 2021

Apply for the Afri-Plastics Challenge Strand 2: Creating Solutions 2021. The Afri-Plastics Challenge is seeking the creation of new or the development of early-stage products, technology and/or services to encourage the reduction or elimination of plastic usage across Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Afri-Plastics Challenge Strand 2: Creating Solutions 2021 (up to £1,000,000 in prizes)


December 1, 2021

By the end of the Challenge successful community-centered products and services will have demonstrated a sustainable approach to reducing the reliance on plastic that also supports the empowerment of women and girls.


  • In February 2022, 25 Semi-Finalists will be selected and each receive a £25,000 grant.
  • In June 2022, of those 25 Semi-Finalists, 10 will be selected to move forward to the finalist stage and will receive a grant of £75,000 to support in the development and validation of their solutions.
  • In March 2023, three winners will be selected and receive the following awards:
    • First Place: £750,000
    • Second Plasce: £250,000
    • Third Place: £100,000


  • Applicants must have a new or early-stage idea that seeks to reduce or eliminate plastic usage across Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Ideas must be focused in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Applicants can be formally constituted and operating in Sub-Saharan Africa as either a registered business or NGO, but applications from individuals and community groups will also be accepted.
  • Applicants can be an individual, single entity (organisation or community group), an African partnership or an international partnership. For partnership applications, the nominated lead applicant must be operating in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Applicants must own or be licensed to use relevant intellectual property included in their applications. If your application is proposing a new idea, then Nesta would expect that you would own all resulting intellectual property which may be able to be registered on a local basis if you become a successful participant in the Challenge. Nesta would not be able to give you specific legal advice on the protection or exploitation of intellectual property.
READ:  Yale Young Global Scholars 2021/2022


Application closes on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 12 noon (BST).

Click here to apply

For more information, visit Afri-Plastics Challenge.

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