MASK Awards 2023

Generate your job challenge

All entries

are free

The brief

According to the African Development Bank, two-thirds of Africa’s young people aged between 15 and 35 are unemployed or vulnerably employed. While 10-12 million youths enter the workforce each year, only 3 million formal jobs are created annually. As a result of COVID-19, millions more jobs have been lost. Youth unemployment is a major global problem that exacerbates youth alienation, poverty and inequality, fuelling migration and conflicts, and threatening a peaceful and sustainable business climate.

One way to overcome this dire situation is to create your own opportunity. Have you considered entrepreneurship as a career option? Can you generate a job for yourself which you care passionately about? As famous Chinese entrepreneur Jack Ma once said: "No one has money – but that's an opportunity for entrepreneurs. Think creative. Every business starts from tiny business."

Outline your idea in a sentence of no more than 50 words or bullet points, or present it as an image.

No idea that is too wild, absurd, or impossible. Imagine. Be brave. Dream big. Push boundaries.

Judging criteria

Our panel of Jury will evaluate how creative and innovative your ideas are.

These 7 questions can help you to think about your social or business enteprise

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