Irish Tech Challenge 2022 for South African tech entrepreneurs (Funded Trip to Ireland & 10,000 Euros in Funding)


Application Deadline: April 5th, 2022

The Embassy of Ireland in South Africa, the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) & the Department of Science & Innovation (DSI) invite South African tech entrepreneurs to apply to the Irish Tech Challenge South Africa.


  • EXPAND high impact entrepreneurs scaling globally
  • Leverage Ireland’s role as a global tech hub,
  • Soften access to European and international markets
  • Lean on the South African tech ecosystem as a partner and the South African government.
  • Provide a new platform for tech entrepreneurs who address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


STAGE: Post revenue; Pre-revenue, (but with developed IP or prototype). Venture must demonstrate commercial potential.

SECTORS: All sectors welcome. We are particularly interested in: Clean/Green-Tech, Circular Economies, Med/Health/Biotech, Ed-Tech, WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene)

IMPACT: Addressing one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals: See SDG list

TEAM: At least one founder/CEO must be full-time; Women-led or youth-led businesses are particularly encouraged to apply

OWNERSHIP: At least 51% owned by a South African and/or partnership with an Irish national

GEOGRAPHY: Headquartered in South Africa or Ireland


  • Access top tech-leaders’ expertise in Ireland
  • Build their network in Ireland, Europe & South Africa
  • Receive up to €10,000 funding each
  • A funded 10-day curated business networking programme in Ireland


  • 24 Feb: Launch of the challenge 
  • 17 March: Information session
  • 5 April: Submission deadline
  • 2 May: Awards Communicated
  • Early-mid June: Trip to Ireland and Acceleration program

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the  Irish Tech Challenge South Africa


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