2022 Irish Tech Challenge for South Africa Tech Entrepreneurs (€10,000)

Deadline: April 5, 2022.

The Embassy of Ireland in South Africa, the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) & the Department of Science & Innovation (DSI) invite South African tech entrepreneurs to apply to the Irish Tech Challenge South Africa. A Tech challenge project aimed at supporting South African tech entrepreneurs seeking to scale globally, and form partnerships with the Irish Technology Ecosystem.


  1. there a limit in age for the application although preference will be given to youth (i.e., 18-34 years old) and women owned businesses from marginalized communities.
  2. Must be majority owned by a South African, with headquarters in either Ireland or South Africa.
  3. The business must be a Post revenue one– a business that has begun to generate sales and is now working through the stages of efficiency and scale or Pre-revenue, (but with developed IP)- business yet to generate any sales e.g., because it doesn’t have a product on the market yet but has developed intellectual property i.e., technology based.
  4. The business can be headquartered in Ireland or South Africa, however it must be majority owned by a South African
  5. All sectors welcome. They are particularly interested in: Clean/Green-Tech, Circular Economies, Med/Health/Biotech, Ed-Tech, WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene).
  6. At least one founder/CEO must be full-time; Women-led or youth-led businesses are particularly encouraged to apply
  7. Addressing one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals: See SDG list



  • Access top tech-leaders’ expertise in Ireland
  • Build their network in Ireland, Europe & South Africa
  • Receive up to €10,000 funding each
  • A funded 10-day curated business networking
    programme in Ireland


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