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Grand Final of the 1st PAU Innovation Challenge
Start date
07.06.2021 - 14:00
End date
07.06.2021 - 17:00

When: Monday 7th June 2021

Where: Zoom (online format)


  • African Union Commission
  • PAU Institutes (PAUWES, PAUGHSS, PAULESI, PAUSTI) and rectorate
  • African Development Bank
  • German Government and GIZ
  • PAU key and thematic partners
  • PAU students and alumni
  • Development agencies
  • Media
  • Private sector
  • Invited guests and general public

Why :

  • Attend the 1st PAU Innovation Challenge Grand Final event to witness the 8 finalists compete by pitching their innovative business ideas in front of a jury
  • Learn how the PAU students and alumni propose to solve African daily problems with their respective innovative ideas.
  • Participate in the awarding ceremony for the winning teams.


The PAU Innovation Challenge is aiming to raise the awareness of PAU students and alumni on innovation and to promote entrepreneurship mindset. The ability to utilize academic knowledge proposing new solutions and contributing to the economic, cultural, environmental and social development of Africa is vital to fulfil the social responsibilities of PAU.


The Pan African University PAU ( is steadily committed to offer high-end courses and trainings and support its students in activities to develop market-oriented competences. The objective is to enable them to successfully address current technological and societal challenges on the African continent. One of the achievements is the creation of PAU Entrepreneurship Hubs which aim at providing PAU students with necessary skills, incubation, mentoring and seed funding through a panel of events in collaboration with different partners. PAU students get entrepreneurial support in the hubs to create innovative projects contributing to the entire continent, as they make knowledge applicable to serve the goal of transforming Africa as envisaged by the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063.

Innovation is the translation of an idea into a good product, service or project with an added value for the customer. In this spirit, PAU invited last year all current PAU students and alumni to submit proposals for the 1st PAU Innovation Challenge. This Innovation challenge has been carried out under travel and lockdown restrictions due to the exceptional and serious world health crisis of COVID-19.

69 teams with 241 team members from all over Africa submitted their applications and were coached and trained online by experts of the German Consultancy company Conoscope in collaboration with GIZ and PAU. These teams proposed projects that cover a wide range of areas of expertise.


For further information please contact:

Dr Amazigh Dib - PAU:

Mr BAGHLI, Abdallah El-Moutawakil - GIZ:

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