Africa Basque Challenge

2021 – 2022

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Bringing together multicultural teams for co-creation of innovative solutions in healthcare systems.

Why Access To Health

According to the World Bank (2014), access to quality and affordable health is a constitutional right, but millions of Kenyan citizens cannot afford to pay for services in public and private hospitals; with few medical personnel, expensive services, limited funding, equipments and facilities, citizens  continue to experience these challenges. KMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme(2019) shows, only the wealthiest Kenyans can access better medical protection, with only 3% of the Kenyans having insurance coverage compared to 38% among the wealthy citizens. There is one doctor for every 10,000 people instead of 3 per 10,000(IS Global, 2017).

There is a broad social consensus on the need to maintain a public, universal, quality and tax-financed healthcare system. By law, the right to health in the Basque Country is guaranteed, however, in practice, social determinants affect different groups, especially those in vulnerable situations.

A report by the Borgen project (2019) states that although the health care system in Senegal is improving, there is still a lack of effort to address health disparities within the population. As a result, only 32 percent of rural households have access to regular health care.

Despite the health solutions being developed every year, we are still a long way out from solving several health challenges, and it is for this reason that we still need to continue innovating to increase the odds of tackling the health challenges we face in Kenya and the rest of the world. The innovative solutions will help improve access of services and products and creation of employment for the youth. It will also break down barriers and change the health ecosystem in the world.

This Edition

The Africa Basque Challenge is a youth innovation challenge that brings together youth from different countries to co-create impactful solutions for their communities. The challenge is organized by Modragon Team Academy, Zuhura Innovations Africa, Anesvad and Diversity 4 Equality.

The challenge is targeting youth age 18 to 35 years, living in Kenya, Senegal and the Basque county age 18 to 45 years. It will have 40 participants, 17 Kenya, 6 Senegal and 17 Basque county, who will form multicultural teams to innovatively create solutions that will breakdown barrier in access to health.

The challenge will have 2 boot camps for 7 days each.

  • 1st boot camp in Nairobi on the 26th September 2021
  • Online working for teams to develop their ideas further
  • 2nd boot camp in the Basque country on the 11th January 2022
  • Online incubation with our global partners

Program Overview


Age: 18-35 Years

6 participants

Basque Country 2

Age: 18-45 Years

17 participants


Age: 18-35 Years

17 participants


  • Be committed
  • Passionate about creating positive impact to your community
  • Projects will be co-created during the program.

*Program will be in English

Those 40 participants don’t have to be entrepreneurs, we are searching for motivation! We are searching for youngsters who want to “change the world”, work in social entrepreneurship and build a viable venture through this experience

What do the participants commit to?

  • Take an active part in all the process.
  • Winning teams will have to create a real company in Kenya, Senegal or Basque Country. 
  • All initiatives created have to be designed for Senegal, Kenya or Basque Country, preferably in Africa.
  • The initiatives created will have to respond to social challenges through the right to health or the influence of the climate emergency on the right to health


    • There is no cost or fee to participate in the Africa Basque Challenge. 

Module 1: Introduction and Context Setting

  • Africa Basque Challenge presentation
  • The right to health in Kenya, Senegal and Basque Country
  • Diversity & Culture workshop, understanding our identity.
  • Impact Business Methodology tools and workflow presentation
  • Social Entrepreneurship + Social Innovation. 
  • Inspirations from Kenya, Senegal and Basque Country.

Nairobi Bootcamp :  (The trip to Nairobi, Kenya will depend on the current situation of the pandemic) 

  • Africa Basque Challenge Opportunities, official opening ceremony
  • Challenge Identification and Team creation
  • Tools and methodologies for audiovisual communication
  • Research 
  • interviews and collection of testimonies
  • Research
  • Ideation
  • Ideation and Summary

Module 3: Building a Social Enterprise (Distance work)

  • Market Validation
  • Prototyping
  • Financial Modeling
  • Reflection and Summary

Module 4: Understanding and Sharing Your Social Enterprise (Distance Work)

  • Social Business Model
  • Impact Measurement 
  • Communicating Your Social Enterprise via Marketing, PR, and Storytelling 
  • Testing your message
  • Reflection and Summary

Bootcamp 2: Pitching the Initiative (The trip to the Basque Country will depend on the current situation of the pandemic.)

  • Pitching preparation
  • Final Event and pitching presentation to impact investors.

During the final event a jury will evaluate the best 4 initiatives presented. Those initiatives will have an acceleration program with an online accelerator to launch the company and start the activity. Apart from that, they will have a small economic support to cover the expenses for the registration process of the company and first steps.

To apply for the Africa Basque Challenge 2021-2022, click the respective country link and fill in the application form.




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