Business ideas to solve common challenges to the Canary Islands and Africa



To generate new changemakers working in teams to create a positive impact in their communities.

To co-create business models/social enterprises to address social challenges in Senegal and/or the Canary Islands related to the promotion of the post-covid economy.

What is the Africa Canarias Challenge program?

In this first edition, multicultural teams, made up of young people from Senegal and the Canary Islands, developed projects with the aim of solving social challenges and generating a positive impact on their communities by working on the post-covid economy. To do this, the selected participants participated in learning camps both in Dakar and Gandiol as well as in Gran Canaria and Tenerife during 2021.

Summary of the 2021 Edition


In addition to generating business ideas that offered solutions to common challenges to the Canary Islands and Africa, the program interconnected the Canarian and Basque entrepreneurial ecosystems, expanding the connection nodes between Canarian startups and triangulating their relationship with Africa.

Total participants

Working groups

Winning projects

Organization 2021 edition


  • General Directorate of Economic Affairs with Africa of the Government of the Canary Islands: Sponsor and support.
  • MTA Afrika S.Coop: Program coordination, methodology development and coaching.
  • Diversity 4 Equality: Digital platform and comunity mangement.
  • Hahatay: Program coordination in Senegal, coaching and methodological support.


  • Bridge For Billions:Acceleration process for winning teams.
  • Hahatay ONG: Senegalese participants coordination and Senegal bootcamp organization.
  • Impact Hub Dakar: Coaching and Senegal bootcamp.
  • MentorDay: Teams support and coaching.
  • EMERGE: Methodology support, coaching.

The programme workflow:

  • Selection Process – November 2020 to December 2020
  • Digital development in the context of Senegal and the Canary Islands. January- March 2021
  • 1st Bootcamp in Senegal – Abril 2021
  • Distance work through digital platform – April to July 2021
  • Acceleration process for 4 winning teams – September to December 2021

Report year 2021 Senegal