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The African Earth Observation Challenge 2021

The AEO Challenge is an annual open innovation challenge aimed at sourcing novel space technologies 

since 2016. This challenge seeks to drive entrepreneurial activity in the African space industry 

and promote awareness of the value of earth observation data across the the continent. 

“ZASPACE is launching the Challenge, with the support of SANSA, to develop local talent and ensure that African businesses service African demand for geospatial intelligence.”

Andiswa Mlisa
Earth Observations Managing Director | South African National Space Agency (SANSA).

The top 10 innovators, entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses which are servicing African markets will be identified and put through an intensive one-month business development support programme, delivered by research and management consultancy, RIIS and supported by SANSA and earth intelligence and space infrastructure company, Maxar.

This will be followed by a pitching den where the start-ups will battle it out in front of a panel of judges and industry representatives.

Entries close on 26 September 2021

Join the African Earth Observation Challenge