The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has announced the launch of the second edition of the DBSA Youth Challenge, a competition aimed at harnessing innovative solutions from young people in South Africa to help address infrastructure challenges.

The competition calls for young people aged between 18 and 35 to submit their innovative infrastructure development ideas across various sectors for funding and implementation consideration. The ideas should align with the DBSA’s key sectors, which are, Transport, Housing and Human Settlements, ICT, Water and Sanitation, Energy and Education.

Prizes

Winning and finalist entries will be eligible for funding worth a total of R1.5 million for the execution of their ideas. The winners and finalists will also be awarded a 12-month mentorship programme to assist with executing their innovative ideas and building them into successful businesses. Entries must be original and not entered into any competition before, innovative, scalable and feasible to implement. All entries should be in the ideation stage and should not have been prototyped.

Timelines:

Submissions are open from 28th April 2021; they will close on 31st July 2021 and the final winner will be announced during the month of September 2021.

Interested individuals can read more about the competition and submit their entries to https://dbsayouthchallenge.org.

For more information contact: infoyc@dbsa.org

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