Innovate Africa Fund for Digital Media Innovators

Innovate Africa aims to support digital innovation and experimentation that seeks to empower citizens by improving the quality and impact of African civic journalism by using new digital tools and techniques for ‘making’ news, along with new ways for audiences to engage with news, and new models for civic media organisations to sustain themselves.This innovation challenge focuses on journalism and the news media.

Innovate Africa

The fund is looking for disruptive digital ideas to improve the way that news is collected and disseminated.

By digital ideas, they mean tools or strategies that use the Internet, mobile platforms, data-driven journalism, computer-assisted reporting, digitally augmented reality or virtual reality, camera drones or the Internet of Things (sensors), and other electronic means to improve the relevance and impact of news media.


Your ideas should be focused on providing pragmatic solutions to real-world challenges facing Africa’s media.

Your innovation should fall into any of four broad categories: news gathering; storytelling; audience engagement; or the business of news.

Within these categories, they are specifically interested in ideas that seek to achieve one or more of the following goals:

  • Platform :Strengthen existing media platforms, or harness new digital platforms to engage audiences and transmit news or other journalistic content.
  • Delivery: Improve the way news reaches audiences, from traditional circulation / airtime management to newer disruptive ‘cross platform’ channels.
  • Context: Amplify the usefulness of news by harnessing geo-location, or by improving the immediacy, depth and accuracy of journalistic content.
  • Reach: Enhance the impact and “shelf life” of news by extending its influence and intrinsic value for both audiences and content services.
  • Target: Deepen media’s understanding of its audiences and markets by improving user analytics, audience profiling and market segmentation.
  • Sustainability: Boost the media’s resource base by diversifying business models, developing new revenue streams or improving operational efficiencies.

Deadline: 1st December 2016  Apply

Source: InnovateAfrica