ITC VivaTech NTF V Challenge 2022 ($5,000)

Application for ITC VivaTech NTF V Challenge 2022 is ongoing!

About ITC VivaTech NTF V Challenge

VivaTech is the world’s rendezvous for startups and leaders to celebrate innovation! This international event is a gathering of the world’s brightest minds, talents, and products and is a celebration of today’s innovations and tomorrow’s possibilities for everyone who believes in the power of technology to transform business and society!

VivaTech is dedicated to the growth of startups, hosting more than 13 000 of them and enabling them to present their innovation on the market. 

The 6th edition will take place on June 15-18 2022.


The International Trade Centre is the joint multilateral agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation fully dedicated to support the internationalisation of SMEs. 

Its joint mandate combines a focus on expanding trade opportunities with the aim of fostering sustainable development. Its main focus is to facilitate SME & startup success in international business.

ITC project NTF V aims to support digital entrepreneurs and tech startups in sub-Saharan Africa go international – with online and onsite training, advisory and coaching focused on building digital and business skills with a focus on regional & international business generation and investment promotion. 

We target startups improving access to smartphones in Africa through innovative business and partnership models.

In Africa, smartphones remain inaccessible for most of the population since the average cost of a low-end smartphone still exceeds 60% of the average monthly income. The ITC NTF V challenge is looking for African startups facilitating access to smartphones and smart feature phones through device financing models.

Mobile penetration is key to driving economic growth, connecting the unconnected and building digital-savvy nations. Despite a growing mobile broadband coverage, more than 520 Million Africans do not enjoy internet services, device affordability is one of the major barriers.

Expected Solutions can vary from but are not limited to:

– Bi and tripartite partnership models to finance smartphones
– Digitized smartphone loans/installment schemes
– Mobile phone lending against services (ride hailing, etc)
– Buy Now Pay Later models


Mobile financing plan, credit, BNPL, Mobile devices lending

Selection Criteria

  • Formally registered African digital startup working in the African market, revenues a plus, with a track record in smartphone financing
  • Well defined and big market size
  • Strong team with complementary skills and strong managerial and operational experience
  • Scalable solution
  • Viable and innovative business model

Application Deadline

The deadline for Challenge Closing is 30, April. The results will be announced by 16th May.







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