Cairo – Mubasher: The ministries of international cooperation, environment, communication and information technology announced the launch of a competition Climatech Run 2022 International, targeting climate technology start-ups from Africa and around the world.
According to a statement issued today by the Ministry of Cooperation, the competition aims to stimulate and encourage innovative and sustainable digital and technological solutions to promote climate action, and to address the resulting economic and social repercussions. offer.
The statement indicated that it comes within the framework of the preparations made by the Egyptian state to preside over and organize the Climate Summit. COP27 and efforts to involve all relevant stakeholders in promoting climate action, and encouraging innovative ideas and sustainable solutions.
This is an international competition Climatech Run 2022an example of constructive partnerships between government, development partners, the private sector and large technology companies, to open up prospects for climate action for start-ups, as the competition is implemented in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development, the World Food Programme, the United Nations Development Programme, and the African Export-Import Bank “Afrixim Bank” Google, United Nations Population Fund, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Microsoft Corporation, Falak StartApps, Entrepreneur Network, AfriLabs and many other partners.
The competition comes in response to the global call for the need to address climate change and innovate sustainable solutions aimed at preserving the environment and giving priority to environmentally friendly technologies that support adaptation solutions and mitigate the effects of climate change..
Therefore, the competition works through two tracks: The first is to provide opportunities for technology companies working in the climate field to participate, to contribute to the solutions they provide in providing sustainable and innovative mechanisms to deal with climate change and to raise awareness of the dangers and how to face the economic and social challenges they cause, and the second track is aimed at art professionals..
Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, in her comments highlighted the essential role that start-ups can play through innovative ideas to combat the repercussions of climate change by reducing emissions in the energy sectors, improving food security and stimulating smart and sustainable transport ..
She explained that Egypt aims to stimulate the participation of the parties involved in order to transform climate promises into realistic and tangible measures during the climate summit. COP27 For the transition to a green economy.
The Minister of International Cooperation indicated that the initiative we are talking about comes as a result of partnerships between the government, the private sector, development partners and business accelerators in order to stimulate emerging companies working in the field of climate technology, and to receive the best . ideas from around the world, especially the continent of Africa..
She explained that the initiative falls within a number of themes the ministry is working on in preparation for the climate summit and in line with the government’s effort to support the transition from promises to implementation..
The Minister of the Environment, Yasmine Fouad, emphasized that the launch of this competition, which targets young entrepreneurs and start-ups from around the world in the application of communication technology to face the challenge of climate change, confirms the role that this sector has with the youth can play visions and innovations in promoting climate action..
The Minister of the Environment explained that the phenomenon of the climate challenge has become a recognized reality in the whole world after the clear successive effects on the planet, which require quick action from all, and on the way to the next climate conference. COP27 What is offered by Egypt as an implementation conference and the Egyptian presidency’s vision for it as a path to a just and ambitious transition, which means that this path translates into ambitious implementation, through the implementation of urgent measures on the ground and how to to implement it, and ambition, which means raising the level of our aspirations, which cannot be done without the power of voices that demand a response climate change, and at the Sharm El-Sheikh climate conference, the voices of young entrepreneurs and start-ups capable of providing innovations in climate technology will be a driving force.
Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, confirmed that the competition Climatech Run 2022 International represents an embodiment of the joint efforts of the government represented by the three ministries with international organizations, local and global companies, civil society, entrepreneurs and innovators to build effective innovative solutions to face the consequences of climate change; It also highlights the power and importance of innovation and technological solutions that start-ups offer to preserve the environment.
He praised the fact that the competition focused on devoting a part to encouraging innovation in Africa, as well as focusing on digital art specialization to meet the challenges posed by climate change; He explained that digital arts is one of the priority disciplines in the ministry’s technical training strategy, where the Faculty of Digital Arts was established at the Misr Informatics University, and several initiatives to build capacity in this specialty were launched..
Amr Talaat pointed out that the ICT sector is based on innovation; Highlight the ministry’s efforts to provide a stimulating environment for technological innovation and entrepreneurship through the establishment of 12 Digital Egypt Innovation Centers in the governorates which include technology incubators to turn innovative ideas into ground-based projects.
During the launch event of a competition ClimaTech Run “Climate change is a never-ending threat and the United States is committed to addressing the climate crisis and working with our global partners to advance our shared climate ambition,” said Nicole Champagne, Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy. “.
Conditions to apply for beginners
The competition opened its doors for startups in the field of climate technology, to apply on August 22, 2022, and it continues to receive ideas and advanced companies for a period of one month, after which a number of events and seminars will be held with all applicants from around the world to launch the initiative, before the qualified companies are selected to the final stages.
The second phase of the international competition begins during the activities of the Climate Summit COP27 The qualified companies get the opportunity to present their ideas and participate in the activities that will be implemented during the climate conference in front of the various participating parties from governments, the private sector and development partners..
While the third and final phase begins after the Climate Summit COP27Through which partners work to support and guide start-ups and digital art specialists, through a high-level group of consultants, arbitrators and international experts, to improve their ability to reach markets and implement their ideas on the ground..
The international competition Climatech Run 2022 There are a number of conditions for beginners who want to apply, namely:- 1) to have a real job of more than two years; 2) a working group of two or more members; 3) the idea is sustainable and innovative and applies one or more emerging technologies; 4) not be a subsidiary of an existing company; 5) the company has a prototype or prototype product; The applicant team must have the ability to communicate, present and present the project in English. The winning teams will have a chance to win a number of prizes, the grand prize of up to $100,000, the second prize of $50,000, and the third prize of $25,000..
Special interest in Africa
Given the importance of climate action in the African continent and its role in stimulating the transition to a green economy, and the lack of technology start-ups on the continent receiving the necessary funding and investments, only 0.2% receive compared to 94% of investments for companies in the United States, Canada, China and Europe, the competition Climatech Run 2022 An award is awarded to two start-up companies from the African continent.
The top 5 startups in Africa will also be invited to present their ideas during the global event as part of the Climate Summit. COP27. The best African start-up will receive a prize of $50,000, while the company in second place will receive a prize of $25,000..
Conditions for applying for the digital art track
As for the digital art track, the competition requires that the applicant be over 18 years of age at the time of applying to the competition, that the maximum number of pieces in which he participates is 3 pieces of art, and that only the original work is submitted..
First place in the digital artist competition receives a grand prize of $5,000, second prize of approximately $3,000 and third prize of $2,000, and progress for the digital art track is scheduled to end on September 22..
It is worth noting that an interactive electronic platform will be available for the global competition ClimaTech Run In three languages, Arabic, English and French, to provide opportunities to apply for beginners and those involved in the competition, to respond to all inquiries and to communicate with experts and arbitrators.
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