Apply Now: Recovery and Resilience Innovation Challange.

    The United Nation Development Program (UNDP), Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Tanzania, have launched the Recovery and Resilience Innovation Challenge to revitalize the Tanzanian economy and social welfare to contribute to the country’s economic and social recovery and ultimate resilience in the face of the global COVID pandemic.

    The aim of this challenge is to showcase, coach and ultimately award the best small businesses with innovative products, services or business models that are in their nature resilient to market shocks, or contributing to their respective sectors’ recovery.

    The Recovery and Resilience Innovation Challenge which is being implemented by Seedspace Dar es Salaam and NdotoHub is launching a call for applications to find, support, and amplify innovative market-ready startups from Tanzania. Entrepreneurs joining the program will get the opportunity to receive training and funding to help accelerate their businesses.

    Special preference in this challenge will be given to youth and women owned businesses. Participating businesses must use innovation to address gaps observed during the COVID-19 crisis, and present solutions that will make them and the sector they operate in more resilient to future crises. The innovations should be beyond the idea stage, and must have been already piloted in Tanzania and be ready for scaling”, HDIF Country Director, Joseph Manirakiza.

    The Netherlands strongly believes that it is important to support and expose small businesses with innovative and COVID-19 proof business solutions that are contributing to a more resilient Tanzanian entrepreneurial ecosystem – one that can continue to function in the face of disruptions and economic slowdowns. We particularly want to support youth and women-owned led enterprises which are most affected by the pandemic. That is why the Netherlands supports this initiative exposing and awarding potentially highly resilient innovations in COVID-times that could function as role models for others and for the sector they operate in on how to become more resilient in future shocks”, Lianne Houben, Deputy Ambassador of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

    In light of the pandemic, the program seeks to better equip entrepreneurs to become more resilient in unprecedented times. The resilience training program will help them develop strategies for shock absorption in the case of unforeseen events in the future. This program will onboard 20 Tanzanian youth entrepreneurs with innovative, market ready solutions. From this cohort, 10 entrepreneurs will be awarded with funding and a three-month follow-up program.

    UNDP believes that supporting the youth in Tanzania to innovate and become successful entrepreneurs can help achieve the SDG targets for Tanzania, create economic development and foster self-reliance. We are proud to fund programs like this and continue to seek to channel financing in support of Tanzanian innovators and the growth of a young and vibrant private sector. Christine Musisi, Resident Representative for UNDP.

    About 1 million youth enter the Tanzanian job market annually. In recent years, many have chosen to channel their skills and passions into innovation and self-reliance. This program will not only support business growth, but it will also inspire more youth to venture into entrepreneurship and business creation. The program will also serve as a blueprint and a learning experience for other entrepreneurs in similar operational sectors on how to become more resilient in future shocks.

    Taking into consideration Sustainable Development Goals, the program's target sectors are: Tourism; Agribusiness; Health; Education; and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) with a special focus on youth and women-led startups.

    For Tanzanian entrepreneurs interested to apply, submit your entry before December 31, 2020 here.

    Apply for the program here Or visit HDIF website;

    Last updated on 2020-12-01

ESRFs activities are supported by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and International Development Research Centre (IDRC)