France Offers 3 000 Euro For Local Startups and Tech Players

Do not despair yet, there is 3000 euros ($3. 300 usb) up for grabs for Zimbabwean and Sub Saharan countries being dangled by Digital Lab Africa, a French based company which is providing a springboard for African innovation and creativity in multimedia.

The project  is initiated by the French Embassy and the French Institute of South Africa in partnership with DISCOP Africa, TRACE and French company leaders in the field.

The Call for projects Digital Lab Africa is open to anyone, professional or not, from the sector of multimedia content creation: artists, producers, developers,, start-ups, SMEs, collectives, students or entrepreneurs, based in sub-Saharan Africa or a national of a country in this region 

They are targeting  developing projects, in need of partners and financial support, innovative projects from the perspective of form, narration, content and technologies utilised.


The objective of Digital Lab Africa is to offer a springboard to the creators of tomorrow’s multimedia productions. The platform will allow creative multimedia projects to come to light with the support of French reference partners like ARTE, Okio-Studio, CCCP or Believe Digital. African talent in action combined with French touch at its best, that’s the objective of Digital Lab Africa!
The call for projects by Digital Lab Africa focusses on four categories of multimedia productions:

  • Web creation/transmedia
  •  Virtual Reality
  •  Video Game (Serious Game)
  •  Digital Music

    The candidates should submit their project at the latest by 31 August 2016.

The projects will then be evaluated by the DLA selection committee based on criteria of artistic/technical quality, technological/creative innovation and feasibility/economic potential. The selected projects (maximum 3 projects per category) will be announced on 30 September 2016.

From 2 to 4 November 2016 at the DISCOP Africa event in Johannesburg, the benchmark of audio-visual content in Africa, the presenters of selected projects will participate in a pitch competition. The pitches (short presentation of each project including Q&A) will take place in front of a jury consisting of French and local partners of DLA and before industry professionals at DISCOP searching for new innovative content.

The accreditations at DISCOP Africa Johannesburg will be covered by the organisers (maximum 2 per project). Transport and accommodation are the responsibility of the participants.
In terms of the pitch sessions, the Digital Lab Africa will announce the winning project for each of the 4 categories. The winners will take away:
\ a cash prize to the value of 3,000 euro
\ an incubation ticket for Digital Lab Africa to accompany the development phase of their project
between January and October 2017

How to apply.

Digital Lab Africa call for projects is open to any professional or individual in multimedia creation: artists, producers, start-up, SMEs, collectives, students or entrepreneurs from Sub-Saharan Africa. The applicants have to be based in this region or being nationals of one of the Sub-Saharan African countries, provided the project development is mostly implemented locally.

Download the application form in FRENCH (HERE) or ENGLISH (HERE)
OR complete the form online HERE

Download the call for projects presentation and rules HERE

Please attach requested documents to the following email address: [email protected]

  • Presentation folder of the project including graphical / visual elements, solutions / technologies, screenplay, target audience, projected budget, business plan, production schedule (5 to 8 pages maximum).
  • A beta version / preview / pilot or demo of the project if available
  • A biography of the applicant/ description of the company represented (max 300 words).
  • A picture (.jpeg) of the applicant

Applicants may submit several projects, but only one per category.
For any question, please contact: [email protected]

Deadline to submit your project: 31 August 2016

Nicole Madziwa

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