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ActinSpace which is hosted in Nigeria by NigComSat is an international innovation contest organized to motivate participants across the globe to harness their entrepreneurial capacities using space-based applications to improve their communities, create employment, and wealth creation.

The competition is for students but startups and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are welcome to apply

ActInSpace® is the brainchild of the French Space Agency (CNES). CNES has mandated the France-based African Aeronautics & Space Organisation (AASO) to organise this competition in Africa.

In Nigeria, AASO in collaboration with the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT) will coordinate the competition. The winners from each participating country will go to Toulouse, France for the international competition at a soon to be announced date next year 2021

Challenges will be available to applicants on the Nigerian host website from February 2020. Candidates will present their solutions at the national finals on 13th and 14th November 2020 in Abuja. Mentors/coaches will be available for the candidates on the various aspect of the competition (technical, entrepreneurial, marketing and presentation, financials, and budgeting).

Who should apply

Submissions are invited from all over Nigeria

 Application is open to candidates who are between the ages of 18 and 35

 Nigerians from Nigeria’s public /private universities

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 Entrepreneurs (start-ups or SMEs) in the field or have demonstrated successful initiatives in related fields

 Who are interested in the field of space and space-related initiatives

Procedure for competition

The Finals will take place in Abuja, Nigeria

  1. From February 2020, the challenges from CNES will be published and applications online will commence. Interested candidates will upload a 5 minutes video and written submissions of their abstract in relation to their selected challenge explaining their solution.
  2. Applications will be taken till the end of September 2020, and will be treated on a rolling basis till the portal is closed. The candidates selected will be accompanied by mentors.
  3. November 13th and 14th 2020, stages 1&2 of the Finals in Abuja.
  4. At a yet to be announced the date next year 2021, the winning team will go on to compete with other finalists from around the globe in Toulouse, France.

Challenges

  • Be a New Space Player #Space 4.0
  • Everyday Life Business
  • Space for Earth and Humanity

Click here to register.

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