"Creating youth employment by turning challenges into innovative business opportunity and startups."

UD-AIEC is open to ALL students from UDSM and We receive ideas touching/addressing any sector.
DEADLINE: 11th February 2021

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The UD-AIEC is a startup accelerator for impact entrepreneurship or business in development which brings together the students from UDSM to address and solve the Tanzanian economy’s most pressing socio-economic challenges through pitching their ideas of possible solutions and motivating them to launch social enterprises and companies. This competition challenges young people to solve our nation’s as well as global toughest challenges while empowering them to make money, do good and make life better for millions of people through the creation for profit businesses.

In 2019 the challenge focused on three sectors of agribusiness, environment and energy and attracted 35 teams with at least 3 members each. Three top winners were awarded a token amount to assist them conduct a simple market survey and improve their ideas.
    The group aimed at solving the shortcomings of current public toilet services such as the hygiene and sanitation shortcomings which when not solved results into hazards to the environment, general health and adverse effects to groups such as people with special needs and women.
    ECOSMART’s goal was to become an enterprise that promotes environment sustainability, protection awareness and social-economic development.
    The business idea emanated from the environmental challenges posed by poor waste management specifically the disposal of agricultural wastes and its byproducts.

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  • UD-AIEC is open to ALL students from UDSM, this includes all undergraduate, graduate, and PhD programs. Students from outside UDSM are not eligible to compete.

  • The students must form teams that must consist of two to six members, and may be formed across different schools and colleges. Projects with only one participant shall not be accepted.

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UD-AIEC 2021 Focus

  • This year’s competition is open to ideas touching or addressing any sector provided they are solving an existing challenge.
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    UD-AIEC Calendar

    • Jan 18th to Feb 11th 2021: Registration of ideas.
    • 11th February 2021: Announcement of submissions selected for the semi final round.
    • 12th -13th February: Pitching skills training to all teams physical and on zoom.
    • 20th February 2021: Semifinals pitching.
    • 27th February, 2021: Final event and Announcement of winners on the SIED.

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    The Challenge Process

  • The challenge shall require candidates to register their teams and ideas online.
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    Screening of registered teams

    • Interested teams will be guided on how to register their ideas
    • The registered teams and ideas will be screened by a team of judges to ensure that all conditions have been met.
    • A maximum of 20 teams will advance to second round (from expected 50 teams).
    • Online training of pitching skills will be done to this group.

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    Semi Finals

    • There will be a session for semi-finals to further screen the ideas.
    • The top 20 teams will get to pitch in front of judges (made of academics and experienced development professionals from public and private sector institutions).
    • The judges will select 7 teams that will proceed to the finals.

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    The Finals

    • The seven teams will pitch and
    • Three to five top ideas will be provided with some seed money to enable them develop the idea further.