Digital Lab Africa (DLA) is a platform and a call for projects dedicated to creative content linked with innovation in Africa (web creation, virtual reality, video game, animation, digital music). The very idea of DLA is to incubate next-gen creative talent by offering them a springboard to jump-start and accelerate their projects with the support and expertise of DLA ecosystem from France and Sub-Saharan African countries.
The Digital Lab Africa call for projects is open to anyone from the field of digital content creation: artists, producers, designers, start-ups, SMEs, collectives, students or entrepreneurs, based in Sub-Saharan Africa or a national of a country in this region.
The call targets developing projects, in need of partners and financial support, innovative projects from the perspective of form, narration, content and technologies used, in one of the 5 categories of multimedia production: web creation, virtual reality, video game, digital music and animation.
The objective of Digital Lab Africa is to provide a springboard to the creators of next-generation content and to make their project happen with the support of French & Sub-Saharan African leading companies such as Lagardère Studios, ARTE or Triggerfish Animation.
Application deadline is : 13 January 2019.
Go to: http://digilabafrica.com/submit-a-project/ to find out more about how you can unlock funding for your next project.
DLA — set up by the French embassy and French Institute in South Africa (IFAS) in 2016 and is managed by Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct with the support of the French Development Agency (AFD).
Digital Lab Africa programme participants will receive a R42 000 cash prize and a Digital Lab Africa Incubation Pass to accelerate their projects’ development.
The call is open to producers, startups and students from Sub-Saharan Africa. Foreign nationals looking to apply have to ensure that their project is mostly implemented locally.
DLA is looking for projects at initial stage of development, in need of partners and financial support and innovative in terms of narration, content or technologies.
Selected projects will receive a R42 000 cash prize and a Digital Lab Africa Incubation Pass to accelerate their projects’ development. In addition, the innovators will be mentored by both French and African experts to ensure they benefit from the expertise of several ecosystems.
Alongside the mentorship programme, DLA mentees take part in residency programmes within digital clusters and also participate in industry events in France or in Sub-Saharan African region.
DLA said the aim of the programme is to help participants to produce market-ready content or productions that showcase African creativity at its best.
During the second edition, DLA received over 700 entries from over 30 Sub-Saharan African countries. Since the beginning of the initiative, 15 projects from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia have been awarded and incubated by DLA.
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