JICA launches Business Plan Competition in Response to COVID-19. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) that coordinates official development assistance for the Japanese government in developing countries, has announced the launch of the NINJA Business Plan Competition for businesses emerging during the COVID-19 outbreak. NINJA is short for Next Innovation with Japan.
The NINJA Business Plan Competition will target startups and organizations from 19 African countries.
The application is open for startups/organizations in all sectors with a specific focus on emerging businesses in COVID-19-related fields including, but not limited to:
Health: Online healthcare support; disease-testing solutions; medical data sharing and privacy protection solutions; distribution of drugs and medical equipment; IoT, including 3D printers, in the medical field
Disaster management: Geo-tracking during disasters; emergency information dissemination
Business services: Support for remote workers; efficient management/operation of online events
Remote learning support
Food and agriculture: Efficient food/commodity distribution technology
Finance: Contactless transactions/payment; lending/insurance services to SMEs and individuals
Logistics: delivery service, urban mobility management
Other: Substituting imported goods with local innovative technology
Angola, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia.
Apply by 29th July.
For more information and application details, see; JICA Business Funding for African Startups and Businesses
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