African Union (AU) – European Union (EU) Innovation Festival

Hosted by the European Union, the African Union and Republic of South Africa, in the wake of the previous  “AU-EU Innovation Agenda Stakeholder Event” held in Kenya (November 2022), the “AU-EU Innovation Festival” will take place in Cape Town, South Africa on 15th June 2023.

This event aims to kick-start the implementation phase of the AU-EU Innovation Agenda, the new policy initiative aiming to accelerate the translation of Research & Innovation into products, services, businesses and jobs, in Africa and Europe. In particular, the Festival will occur two days after the adoption of the AU-EU Innovation Agenda at the second AU-EU Research & Innovation Ministerial Meeting.

This festival will bring bring together innovators’ and entrepreneurs’ insights and perspectives on the AU-EU Innovation Agenda and will feature pitching sessions and exhibitions of innovations from both Africa and Europe (including an actual fair, with projects’ roll-ups, booths and real-life demonstrations).

The festival will host agora discussions on success stories and bottlenecks on the pathways of women- and youth-led innovations. It will also feature the final pitching event of the “Open Innovation Challenges” of the Horizon 2020-project “ENRICH in Africa”, leading to an award ceremony attended by the corporate sponsors of this competition.

The event will be attended by representatives from public sector, NGOs and Civil Society, investors, corporations, and innovation actors from across Africa and Europe.

Register via the online platform, where you can also find the programme of the event:

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