What is the Africa Earth Observation Challenge?

The Africa Earth Observation (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 continent and in multiple sectors such as water and food security, mining, logistics, insurance, and many more.

Earth observation gathers information about the planet’s physical, chemical, and biological systems via remote-sensing technologies. This information can then be used to monitor changes in natural and artificial environments.

Why Now?

The African space-tech sector is one of the fastest growing markets in the world, but it is still significantly underexploited.


To identify the most promising innovators, entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses across Africa and develop them into sustainable companies.


to the selected 2021 Africa Earth Observation Challenge winners


1. Search process:

African innovators & entrepreneurs invited to submit novel business ideas.


Finalists enter 2-week business development support programme to take their companies to the next level.

3. Pitching den:

Participants pitch to a panel of judges and other industry players. Winners receive a range of prizes.

4. Ongoing entrepreneur support:

All participants are empowered with ongoing support to build sustainable businesses.


Deadline for entries is 30 September 2021