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Urban Links Africa Open Call Launch and Briefing Webinar

DATE : 24 June 2020
LOCATION : Webinar
START TIME : 9:30 am END TIME : 11:30 am

In this webinar we will be celebrating the launch of the Open Call by hearing from the team. We will also be providing an indepth explanation of the Open Call requirements, challenges, and the application process. The event will take place at 09.30 BST


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From 09:30am (BST) on Wednesday 24 June you can access the webinar on Zoom by clicking here.

The Urban Links Africa team at Connected Place Catapult are excited to launch our Open Call on the 24th June!

We are inviting UK SMEs to form Equitable Partnerships with South African or Kenyan organisations to develop collaborative solutions to a city challenge which has been identified in South Africa and Kenya:

South Africa

▲ Resilience in Informal Settlements (Cape Town)

▲ Urban Mobility (Johannesburg)

▲ Waste Management & Pollution (Durban)

Kenya (challenges apply for Mombasa, Nairobi, Kisumu)

▲ Stormwater Drainage and Urban Flooding

▲ Solid Waste Management

▲ Traffic Management and Active Mobility

▲ Wastewater Management

Successful partnerships will receive funding to co-develop their tech concept or solution, access powerful new networks and gain expert support from us, which can lead to joint ventures and commercial opportunities in the urban space.



9.30 – 10.00 BST: Part One: Urban Links Africa’s Open Call Launch with Nadia Echchihab, ULA Content Lead, Connected Places Catapult

  • Welcome
  • ULA Project presentation and Covid-19 updates
  • Project timeline
  • Overview of the South African and Kenyan challenges
  • Why apply?

10.00 – 11.00 BST: Part Two: Open Call Briefing with Katinka Schaaf,  Service Designer, Connected Places Catapult and Charlotte Hutton, Project Coordinator, Connected Places Catapult

  • Project recap
  • ULA offer
  • The seven challenges
  • How do you apply – the process
  • Matchmaking and application platforms
  • Who can apply – equitable partnerships
  • Eligibility and judging mechanism
  • Support and events during open call
  • Next steps
  • Q&A

11.00 – 11.30 BST: Questions to the audience

11.30 BST Webinar Ends