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Please see below a list of the most frequently asked questions and answers about Colab Egypt. Else if your question isn’t answered below then email us and we will answer your questions within 24 hours Sunday to Thursday until the submission deadline of 23:59 pm (GMT+2, Egypt) 5th of February 2019.
Who do I contact if I have a question or problem?
Please contact the Colab Egypt Team here: firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to assist you.
Can anyone enter the challenge?
No. The lead applicant must have an office registered in the UK or Egypt, however their collaborators can be from outside the UK or Egypt. Innovators can be individuals of 21 years of age or older, entrepreneurs, start-ups, scale-ups, SMEs, students or academics who wish to solve the challenge problem and partner with the Challenge Holder to scale the solution.
How did you select the challenges and themes?
Our challenge themes have been carefully researched and solving these would significantly benefit the Egyptian people, economy and environment. Our Challenge Holders have identified specific and exciting opportunities for you to help with.
Can entrants form teams?
Absolutely. There must be a lead applicant from the UK or Egypt in each team, which can then have up to two further participants. We encourage entrants to form teams or consortia to strengthen their submissions with complementary knowledge and skills.
Can I enter more than once?
Certainly. You can enter your submission to either of the challenges and any of the themes within each challenge. However, we strongly recommend that you direct your submission only at the themes where you see most potential for success. This will help you to develop a stronger submission and increase the chances of your challenge being selected.
How do I keep up-to-date with Colab Egypt news and events?
You can catch up with the latest on Colab Egypt by visiting the Challenge home page. Or look out for #ColabEgypt on Twitter.
How will the judges score the submissions?
First of all, any submission is welcome. The judges will be scoring each proposal out of 100 points using the following criteria: (So if you don’t answer all sections, you’ll lose marks)
Proposer (15 points): What are your relevant capabilities and experience?
Proposition (10 points): How compelling is your idea or technology?
Pioneering (15 points): How new and different is your idea or technology?
Potential (20 points): How big is the market opportunity?
Practical (20 points): How easy will it be to implement your idea or technology?
Plan (20 points): What are the next steps to get your idea or technology to market?
How developed do you want the solutions to be?
We’re looking for a clearly-explained and innovative technology or idea with evidence of how it could address the challenge. You may or not have a functional demo or prototype or even have a minimum viable product or offering in a market, but if you do it will count in your favour. Please make sure any protected intellectual property is not disclosed in your application.