YouthADAPT Solutions Challenge


The Youth Adaptation Solutions Challenge (YouthADAPT Challenge) is an annual competition and awards program for youth-led enterprises (50% women-led) jointly organised by the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Climate Investment Funds (CIF) as part of the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program YouthADAPT Flagship Program. This challenge seeks to boost sustainable job creation through support for entrepreneurship and youth-led innovation in climate change adaptation and resilience across Africa.


The competition invites young entrepreneurs and Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in Africa to submit innovative solutions and business ideas that can drive climate change adaptation and resilience across Africa. Winners will receive grant funding, capacity-building training, and mentorship to support their climate change adaptation innovation across their community and Africa


20 innovators will emerge as winners at an award show and will have access to post-award support in the forms of



  • Selection of 20 winners 
  • 100,000 USD grant for each winner
  • Capacity Building and Support 
  • Mentoring & coaching


Impact/Expected Outcomes

  • Build the capacity of 20 climate adaptation innovators through targeted training and mentoring/coaching
  • Disburse 100, 000 USD to each innovator in 3 tranches
  • Build sustainable social enterprises in Africa 
  • Build a network of young, African climate adaptation entrepreneurs across the African continent 
  • Encourage knowledge sharing and foster collaboration


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