African Drone Business Challenge

Imagine an Africa with low mobility costs and just-in-time delivery or with massive amounts of new imagery available for mapping and monitoring – what new business opportunities could exist in e-commerce and data services?

The African Drone Forum (ADF) asks African entrepreneurs to envision new commercial use cases that may emerge resulting from this new wave of technologies such as drone delivery services, digital fabrication, and artificial intelligence for navigation and image analysis.

Our mission is to accelerate and promote the drone entrepreneurship movement across Africa.

Ready to launch a new idea?

The ADF’s Business Challenge is the first Pan-African business plan competition designed exclusively for African entrepreneurs that have identified new and innovative business models enabled through drone technology and data.

The commercial use cases for drone applications can impact a broad array of sectors. At present, there are emerging applications in Africa related to healthcare delivery, land digitization, agriculture or livestock monitoring, disease surveillance, urbanization tracking, and flood impact assessment.

The objective is to promote drones as a catalyze for new business ventures and ultimately new frontier markets. As such, this Challenge does not focus on the development of new technologies, but rather on exploring sustainable and scalable solutions to important problems around mobility and data landscape.

Benefits & Prizes

Ten finalists will be invited to attend the African Drone Forum where they will pitch their business ideas live to a crowd of industry leaders, investors and government officials. Finalists will compete for cash prizes up to 40,000 GBP.

  • Full access to the ADF and Africa Tech Summit
  • Travel expenses including flights, accommodations and visas will be paid
  • Exhibition space
  • Two-day capacity-building workshop (includes pitch training)
  • Networking potential with over 1,000 participating digital leaders, tech corporates, technology regulators, banks, mobile network operators, and startups from across Rwanda, Africa and the globe.

African Drone Forum