The African Drone Business Challenge is a competition for African entrepreneurs to come up with a business plan to uncover new commercial cases for drone applications.
The Challenge aims to encourage entrepreneurs to come up with new opportunities and business models that combine increasing rural connectivity in Africa and new semi and fully autonomous systems for delivery, digital fabrication, and artificial intelligence for navigation and image analysis.
“Tech is there, but use cases beyond medical product delivery are the missing piece,” said Jean-Christophe Zufferey, co-founder of senseFly. “We should spend more time analysing existing supply chains to see where and how drones make sense.”
Those wanting to enter have to be residents of an African country or an African in diaspora, and business concepts would need to be implementable in Africa.
Ten finalists will be invited to attend ADF and will receive pitch training, exhibition space, mentoring, and the opportunity to pitch their business ideas live to a crowd of industry leaders, investors and government officials. The combined ADF and Africa Tech Summit will offer networking potential with over 1 000 participating digital leaders, tech corporates, technology regulators, banks, mobile network operators, and startups from across Africa. One winner will receive a cash prize of 40 000 GBP.
The deadline for business plan submissions is Monday, December 9, 2019. Finalists will receive notification in early January 2020 if they are selected to participate in the final pitch event at the ADF.