Innovation Edge, South Africa’s social collaborative fund that supports innovations for early learning, has opened applications for its Innovation Challenge, which calls on e-learning startups to submit ideas that would revolutionise early learning and development opportunities for South Africa’s young children.
The winning idea will be awarded with a cash prize of R30,000 (US$2,400) and an opportunity to apply for up to one million rands (US$80,000) in seed funding to facilitate the implementation.
According to Innovation Edge, “This innovation challenge encourages all people to apply their existing profession, industry, skills or hobbies – in any field – to innovate a solution aimed at improving early learning during the developmental pregnancy phase or for children, aged 0-6 years old, living in South Africa.”
To qualify, ideas must have the potential for large-scale impact at an economical cost within marginalized communities and may include anything from new delivery models or smarter financing mechanism to innovation in the use of technology for training, early learning activities or parent interaction.
This challenge forms part of the SA Innovation Summit, taking place in Cape Town, 26-29 August, 2015, where final pitches and selection of winners will be held.
For more information on how to apply, visit Innovation Challenge.
Closing date for submission is 30 June 2015.