Updated Jul 16, 2020

Urban Links Africa Open Call

Rapid urbanisation provides great opportunities for African cities and their citizens, but also serious long-term problems if not managed well. To find sustainable, long-term solutions to African challenges, Connected Places Catapult invites UK SMEs to form Equitable Partnerships with South African or Kenyan organisations to develop a collaborative, innovative technology solution to a city challenge which has been identified in the South African cities of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban; and the Kenyan cities of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Urban Links Africa Open Call has been adapted to reflect the new reality of connectivity and travel. Connected Places Catapult will now support up to 15 UK and South African / Kenyan partnerships to develop their technology solutions via the online platform, with additional support from experts and key stakeholders. Successful partnerships will benefit from funding to help them develop their technology solution to the selected urban challenge. They will also be able to access a powerful network and receive significant project exposure.

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Aug 21, 2020Deadline

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
CountryKenya and South Africa
Focus AreasTechnology
Infectious & Vector Diseases (Health)
Waste Management (Environment)

To be eligible for funding, all teams must be formed by an Equitable Partnership between at least one UK SME and at least one South African or Kenyan organisation. The organisations which form the partnership should reflect the country of the challenge being addressed. For example, to address a challenge in South Africa, the partnership should consist of at least one UK SME and at least one South African organisation.

The Open Call has been structured to allow existing partnerships to apply directly or to help you find a partnership and collaboratively develop an application (see ‘How do you apply?’ for more information).

There are two tiers of funding available. The amount of funding you are eligible for depends on the technology readiness of their solution and the maturity of organisations forming the partnership.

Application Directions

Applications can be submitted directly online.


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