GBSN Africa Business Concept Challenge 2024 for African Undergraduate and Graduate Students

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GBSN is thrilled to declare the fourth annual Africa Business Concept Challenge (ABCC), a virtual competition tailored for African undergraduate and graduate students. This competition challenges student teams to create a viable business concept that tackles a locally relevant challenge or problem related to Agenda 2063 and inclusive and sustainable development.

The Africa Business Concept Challenge aims to support young individuals from the African continent who exhibit entrepreneurial orientation, a desire to serve their community, and adherence to the outlined values. Focused on promoting responsible business practices, the competition identifies young people with high potential for mentorship and investment.

Competition Values:

  • A dedication to recognizing the significance of responsible entrepreneurship and its contribution to job creation
  • An international outlook
  • A commitment to ethical business practices
  • A strong interest in young people in emerging markets and the role that business can play in creating opportunities for their development
  • A conviction that business is a public trust with the responsibility to enhance and serve society
  • A dedication to lifelong learning and ongoing education


Student teams will participate in a three-phased project development process where their business concepts are evaluated and scored by a designated Investor Expert, providing critical feedback for improving their concepts. Projects will be accepted if they properly identify and define a local challenge, propose a viable business concept addressing the problem, and outline the implementation and impact of the business solution.  For inspiration for your project, you can review the Top 5 Projects from last year!!

All projects must address:

  • A community challenge or need
  • A business solution
  • A viable business concept
  • Implementation and impact of the business solution


  1. Societal Impact

Participating in the Challenge provides an opportunity to contribute to solving local community problems.

  • Networking

Engage with student teams from around the world, as well as seasoned entrepreneurs and industry professionals.

  • Mentoring & Industry Experts

Benefit from high-caliber, experienced judges who are accomplished entrepreneurs and industry leaders.

  • Structure, Feedback & Guidance

Receive personalized, individual feedback throughout the project development process from Team Advisors.

Method of Application

  • The challenge will be conducted virtually over a 5-week period.
  • Teams should comprise two to five members, with at least two current students at an African institution during the competition. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged.
  • Each team must designate a Captain responsible for communications with GBSN and team registration.
  • Every team must have a Faculty Mentor upon registration, guiding teams and enhancing the learning experience.

For More Information,

Application Deadline: March 5th, 2024.

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