31 August 2022
Egypt Organizes ‘ClimaTech Run 2022’ Global Competition


The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), the Ministry of International Cooperation, and the Ministry of Environment are co-organizing the ClimaTech Run 2022 competition on August 22- September 22. The competition targets eligible tech start-ups and digital artists, from all over the world, to develop innovative and effective solutions that address climate change.
 
ClimaTech Run is a global multi-stage program organized as part of the preparations for hosting the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference (COP27), held in Sharm El Sheikh, in November. Targeting tech entrepreneurs and digital artists who share a collective passion for sustainability and a better future for all, ClimaTech competition connects science and creativity through technology.
 
The idea behind ClimaTech Run is to create a globally connected ecosystem that fuels inspiration for climate action and encourage young people worldwide to address the most pressing climate changes.
 
The competition involves two tracks; the first is ClimaTech Run for Tech Startups. It focuses on developing innovative tech-enabled solutions for a sustainable environment in food security, renewable energy, agriculture, water management, urban sustainability, and transportation, or ICT applications in climate action. A prize for African tech entrepreneurs will also be presented as part of the track to recognize African efforts.
 
All Tech Startups who meet the application criteria are eligible to participate in the competition. Applicant must be a at least a team of two members, with an average age under 40. The startup must be registered and operating for at least two years. The concept must be environmentally sustainable and involve at least an emerging technology. The team must have good communication skills and be able to present in English. This is in addition to other application criteria.
 
The second track is ClimaTech Run for Digital Artists (DigitalArt4Climate). Artists and visual storytellers are invited to show how technology plays a pivotal role in building a connection with our planet.

To join the Digital Art track, artists must be of age 18+ at the time of applying to the competition. Artist can only present a maximum of 3 pieces per entry. The work submitted must be authentic and original. In case of winning, applicant must be able to provide valid contact details and sufficient bank information and/or tax forms to receive the monetary award.
 
Ten startups will be shortlisted throughout the filtration process and invited to pitch during COP27. Winners will receive valuable prizes, including the grand prize ($100,000), and the top African start-up prize of $50,000 for African entrepreneurs.
 
The program of the competition features matchmaking opportunities, mentorship and capacity-building programs, and worldwide live events and webinars.
 
ClimaTech Run 2022 partners include the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Accelerator Lab, Afreximbank, General Motors, Google, Microsoft, and other partners from the private sector and the entrepreneurial community.
 
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