AFRICA: AYCH launches incubation programme for green start-ups

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The African Youth Climate Hub (AYCH) has just launched a call for applications to train young entrepreneurs who develop climate solutions in Africa. For this first edition, the African Youth Climate Hub will incubate 10 projects led by young Africans.

The first edition of the “African Youth Climate Hub Incubation Program” is in orbit. The call for applications launched on December 17th, 2020 is open to African start-ups working in the fight against the effects of climate change and in the field of sustainable development. To apply, young entrepreneurs are invited to log on to, download the incubation offer, create their account and submit their project by filling in the online form.

Only 10 projects will be selected at the end of the call for applications, the duration of which is still to be determined. The winners will receive six months of training in the fields of law, strategy, marketing, communication, psychology and climate change technologies. They will also be offered a coaching programme to develop each of their respective projects.

A Moroccan initiative

The African Youth Climate Hub Incubation Program was launched by the African Youth Climate Hub (AYCH), a platform for strengthening African youth leadership on climate and sustainable development, created in September 2019 at the New York Climate Action Summit by Princess Lalla Hasnaa of Morocco. In her capacity as President of the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Environment, the Princess entrusted the implementation of the incubation programme to the academic branch of her foundation, namely the Hassan II International Environmental Training Centre, which will work jointly with the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University.

Through this incubation programme, the AYCH wants to encourage the development of green businesses that will bring innovative solutions to Africa to fight against climate change and promote sustainable development. According to the platform, the companies that will emerge from this training programme will place social and environmental concerns on an equal footing with economic concerns.

Boris Ngounou


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