2021 Afri-Plastics Challenge Strand 2: Creating Solutions Across Sub-Saharan Africa

Deadline: December 1, 2021.

Afri-Plastics Challenge are 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. 

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.


  • Applicants must have a new or early-stage idea that seeks to reduce or eliminate plastic usage across 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. 


  1. In February 2022, 25 Semi-Finalists will be selected and each receive a £25,000 grant.
  2. 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.
  3. In February 2023, at the end of this finalist stage, the 10 finalists will be required to submit a detailed development plan, together with a pitch video for evaluation by the judges against the criteria 
  4. 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


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