Afri-Plastics Challenge Strand 1(Accelerating Growth £1,000,000 Prize) 2023/How To Apply

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The Afri-Plastics Challenge is divided into three strands:

  1. Strand 1: Accelerating Growth
  2. Strand 2: Creating Solutions
  3. Strand 3: Promoting Change

The Afri-Plastics Challenge Strand 1: Accelerating Growth opens for entries on Wednesday, 21 July 2021, 09:00 (BST) and closes on Wednesday 15 September 2021 at 12 noon (BST).

By the end of the Challenge successful solutions will have demonstrated an effective, sustainable and replicable model for significantly increasing their collection and processing of plastic waste, as well as the empowerment of women and girls.



  • In October 2021, 30 Semi-Finalists will be selected and each receive a £10,000 grant, and of those, 15 will be selected to move forward to the finalist stage and will receive a grant of £100,000 to implement their scaling plans.
  • At the end of this finalist stage, the 15 finalists will be required to submit a detailed scaling report outlining progress against their scaling plans, together with a pitch video for evaluation by the judges against the criteria.
  • Three winners will be selected, the first receiving a prize of £1m, a second receiving a prize of £750,000, and a third receiving a prize of £500,000..

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be delivering an existing solution that tackles the reduction of plastic pollution.
  • As a processor or a waste collector, you must deal with at least 10 tonnes of plastic waste per month and no more than a maximum threshold of 200 tonnes of plastic waste per month at the time of application.
  • Delivery of solutions must be in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Applicants must be formally constituted and operating in Sub-Saharan Africa as either a registered business, non-governmental organization (NGO), or government agency.
  • Applicants can be a single entity, an African partnership or an international partnership. For partnership applications, the nominated lead applicant must be operating in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Applicants must own or have permission to use relevant intellectual property.

How To Apply:

We strongly encourage all entrants to read the Applicant Handbook along with the full Terms and Conditions before entering the Challenge.

Apply Here

A diverse portfolio of entries that best meet the relevant assessment criteria will be long-listed by a group of external assessors, then later shortlisted by a Judging Panel.

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