A Challenge is a specific business problem within an organisation, that has been clearly defined either by a technological or organisational need. It is defined in collaboration with the organisation itself (the solution seeker), and is documented in a two to three page Challenge Brief. This Brief is used to invite a diverse range of potential solutions providers to propose answers to the needs identified.
A Challenge is identified and defined by the Challenge owner, with the SOLEX team guiding and facilitating the process. The RIIS C4TM Process is followed from the definition phase through to where the solution seeker and solution provider begin the deal-making process.
A Challenge is defined by a carefully selected team of experts familiar with the Challenge topic. The Challenge and key specifications are explained in a document called a Challenge Brief that is published on the SOLEX platform.
Connect to the Innovation Ecosystem
The Connection stage involves SOLEX specialists searching for, engaging with, and inviting solution providers from a global scientific, industrial and innovation community to submit proposals.
Consider the Proposal
Proposals are evaluated using a simple validation dashboard, based on the unique requirements of each Challenge.
Commit to Make the Deal
When a potential solution provider has been selected, a normal engagement process will be followed by the Challenge owner, whether procurement or partnership. The SOLEX team continues to play an active role in making connections to funders, markets and expertise to support innovation development and implementation.
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All information submitted must be non-confidential. SOLEX will not be liable for any loss or compromise of information. It is therefore vital that you help us ensure the confidentiality of your information.
Your proposal should focus on WHAT you are capable of doing, not HOW you will do it! This information will only be important once your proposal has been shortlisted and confidential information is disclosed under mutually agreed non-disclosure agreements between yourself and the Challenge owner.
SOLEX will by no means have claims over any idea/product. SOLEX is committed to ensuring the confidentiality of your Challenge proposal and will not share your information with third parties other than the Challenge owner without your consent.
SOLEX aims to be an inclusive, supportive, and visible innovation tool to all innovation players on the continent. If you are interested in learning more about SOLEX or how to create your own "innovation window" or run a challenge, please contact us.
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