On the occasion of the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), Ashinaga is holding 2019 Innovation Award at Waseda University. We are looking for innovative business ideas within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be presented in front of a prestigious jury of leading entrepreneurs. This competition is open to students from Japan and Africa currently enrolled at Japanese educational institution (high school, university or graduate school as well as employees from Japan and Africa residing in Japan.
If you have a unique idea related to the SDGs to be implemented in Japan or Africa, this your opportunity to share it, expand your network and receive feedback and professional advice from an experienced jury.
We have prepared two grand prizes for the winners as well as awards for all finalists. In addition, award winners might be featured in The Mainichi Shimbun.
This competition is open to:
Students from Japan and African countries currently enrolled at Japanese educational institutions; (high school, university, post-graduate school)
People from Japan and African countries currently working in Japan and under 30 years old.
How to Apply
To register to this award, submit a summary of your idea (700 words) in the link above, as well as your PowerPoint presentation.
All shortlisted applicants will be contacted by the end of June and requested to present the draft idea on a video call on the 13th of July.
Selected participants will then be contacted by the end of July and asked to pitch their ideas on August 26th, 2019 (14:00～18:30) at Waseda University.
Deadline: Monday, June 17, 2019 at 11:59 pm
The proposals will be evaluated based on the following factors:
- Innovativeness, connection to the SDGs and originality of the solution.
- Feasibility, execution plan and other factors deemed relevant by the juror.
- Language skills and presentation skills.
Date and time
August 26th, 2019 14:00～18:30
Waseda University Bldg. 3, Classroom No 301, 169-0051 Tokyo, Shinjuku-ku, Nishiwaseda 1-6-1,
Ashinaga Foundation, Association of African Economy and Development (AFRECO)
Waseda Institute of International Strategy, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), The Mainichi Shimbun Newspaper, Japan International Center for Exchange (JICE)
Contact the Office of the Japan-Africa Youth Alliance
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