Terms and conditions of participation
The general terms and conditions of participation apply to all competition, events and activities held by the 100Bridges project team. These shall apply in addition to the terms and conditions of participation for the respective competition, event or activity. Each participant shall recognise and accept these terms and conditions of participation.
Joining the project 100Bridges as a participant is free of charge and does not imply any purchase obligation, unless stated otherwise in the terms and conditions of a specific competition, event or activity.
100Bridges is a joint project of
DutyPay GmbH, Pirmasenser Str. 1, Kaiserslautern, Germany
Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Dag-Hammarskjöld-Weg 1-5, 65760 Eschborn, Germany,
to improve access for small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME’s) to e-commerce markets within the EU.
The African Alliance of E-Commerce (AAEC), 1, Allées Seydou Nourou TALL , Point E, 5eme etage Immeuble ORBUS, Dakar-Sénégal.joins the project as a supporting party.
Provided that nothing else had been indicated, those entitled to join and participate shall include all persons of legal age. All participants whose legal competency is limited, require a written consent from their legal representative in order to participate.
Groups of Participation
Provided that nothing else had been indicated, all persons, entitled to join and participate shall indicate the affiliation to one or several group(s) of participation. Depending on the chosen group, the participant shall provide additional information. Affiliation to the group “Competitors” excludes the affiliation to other groups of participation.
Affiliation to the group “Experts” require a selection of a second group of participation, except “Competitors”.
Competitors seek to win the 100Bridges competition prize by mastering the tasks. Winners of the prize get voted by the 100Bridges jury. Entitled to receive jury votes are those competitors, that successfully passed the 100Bridges classes.
The competitor shall be either an African cooperative, entrepreneur or company and officially registered in a business register of an African country or Madagascar. The beneficial owner, with majority shares (> 50%) of the firm, must be based in an African country or Madagascar.
During course of the project the competitor shall provide all required data on its business, employers, products, tax and financial statements, etc. to fulfil legal requirements and support the project goals.
The target customer, who potentially buys products from the competitors, is entitled to vote for the competitor during the competition. Customers are enabled to contact competitors to demand information on the origin of products, its prices, availability, etc.
Any agreement between a customer and a competitor is an agreement between the two parties. There shall be no legal obligation for the 100Bridges project out of an agreement between a customer and a competitor.
Domain experts are individuals, that seek to win contacts to potential partners, clients and business networks. 100Bridges provides a platform to showcase their expertise needed within the e-commerce and to get connected.
To increase marketing and networking effect, every domain expert can showcase its expertise by providing online courses, white papers, video tutorials, etc. to the 100Bridges participants.
Domain experts actively providing knowledge are entitled to apply to become a 100Bridges Jury Member.
Service providers provide services (incl. software) to e-commerce businesses. To grow business and enter new markets, service providers seek to win contacts to potential partners, clients and business networks. 100Bridges provides a platform to showcase services and to get connected with other participants.
Domains of service providers in e-commerce cover a variety of different topics. Examples are Online-Shop systems, invoicing tools, text and translation services or tax and legal tax advisory services and many more.
To increase ratings, marketing and networking effect, every service provider can showcase its services by providing freebies, online courses, white papers, video tutorials, etc. to the 100Bridges participants.
Marketplaces provide local or international online marketplace to process online transactions for e-commerce seller. Marketplaces seek to grow business, enter new markets and get contacts to potential marketplace seller to increase the product portfolio for their buyers.
100Bridges provides a platform for marketplaces to showcase their services and to attract new sellers and buyers.
To increase ratings, marketing and networking effect, every marketplace can showcase its services by providing freebies, online courses, white papers, video tutorials, etc. to the 100Bridges participants.
Authorities and governmental bodies
Authorities are executive state bodies that exercise and control compliance of law and regulations within its domain. Fair and transparent commerce depends on compliant behaviour of all market participants and trust upon its execution.
Governments and its authorities across the globe are on its way to Digital Government to apply information and communication technologies (ICTs) to support businesses while achieving policy goals.
100Bridges aims to build bridges between e-commerce businesses and Authorities of European and African countries to ease cross-border business and observance of regulations.
100Bridges provides a platform for authorities to share information and knowledge, which foster understanding and compliance.
Authorities can showcase their services and support of e-commerce and provide contacts, information, online training material and/or courses.
Registered authorities at 100Bridges are entitled to apply for its domain experts to become 100Bridges Jury Members.
Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), other associations and clubs
NGOs and associations drive developments on all levels and aspects of all our lives across the globe. Starting from local clubs up to international operational NGOs – they are all driven by passionate people that aim to change the world for the better.
100Bridges provides a platform to address topics and share information to get African and European e-commerce markets and its stakeholders connected.
NGOs and associations participate and use the platform to showcase their expertise by providing online courses, white papers, video tutorials, etc. to the 100Bridges participants. By providing online or onsite courses the domain expert gets connected to potential new partners, clients and other experts.
Registered NGOs and associations at 100Bridges are entitled to apply for its domain experts to become 100Bridges Jury Members.
Registration and participation
- Provided, that nothing else has been indicated, a person joins the project by filling out the registration form and submitting it. Joining and initiating the participation of a 100Bridges competition implies unconditional acceptance of the present terms and conditions. Each participant will accordingly be deemed to have read and understood these terms and conditions and accepted them in full together with any decisions taken by the project organizer and/or the selected 100Bridges jury.
- One person may only take part in a competition a single time.
- Should participants require sending or uploading material, each participant confirms to be the rightful owner of all property rights related to the provided material. The project organizer shall assume no responsibility for any provided/sent material, unless the organizer or one of its employees act deliberately or are culpable of gross negligence. After completion of the competition the project organizer shall be entitled to destroy all submitted material.
- The participants shall be responsible for the accuracy of the required information. The project organizer shall assume no liability for incomplete or inaccurate information. In the case of indicating false information, disqualification from the 100Bridges project and its competition can take place.
Winning at 100Bridges
Every participant acknowledges that gaining knowledge and new contacts is perceived as winning. Getting the prize, a EU based company, it is required to master the three 100Bridges classes.
Mastering the 100Bridges classes
- Participants, joining the project as a competitor devote their ambition towards professional and compliant cross-border trade. In addition to these terms and conditions of participation each class applies specific terms and conditions, if necessary.
- By participating, each participant automatically agrees to the terms and conditions of each class. The specific terms and conditions will be made available to the competitor in his 100Bridges Account and shall be updated in the course of the competition.
- Defined targets and goal can be changed by the project organization in course of the competions.
- Winners of the prize will be contacted personally via phone or email.
Class 1 – Mastering marketing techniques
Every competitor joining class 1 shall prove its knowledge and understanding of marketing techniques to apply towards the target markets.
- Prerequisites to join class 1:
- Registered as competitor.
- Letter and/or video of motivation: Text field provided in the 100Bridges account after login.
- Business profile: Text field provided in the 100Bridges account after login.
- Product(s) description: Text fields provided in the 100Bridges account after login.
- Choose EU target countries.
- Define target markets per country. Following values per target market are required:
- Description of the target market, including a market analysis.
- Define type of target customer: Business (B2B) or Consumers (B2C)
- Expected sales volume (product unit) for the next 12 months.
- Product net sales price in target market.
- Expected yearly average number of products per cart.
- Expected number of purchases per customer for the next 12 months.
- Define sales channels, i.e. online-shop, marketplace, etc.
- Define logistics channel.
- Define marketing channels and tools.
- Join online courses
- Join onsite coursed, if available
- Execute marketing strategy. Use defined marketing channels and tools to attract target customer in the target market.
- Evaluate your strategy and discuss with experts and other participants
- Target of Class 1:
As a result of the marketing strategy, the competitor receives X customer likes, which represent either 15% of the defined target market or 5000 customer likes.
- Goal of the Class 1:
- Finalize the planning phase.
- Finalize target market analysis.
- Participate in trainings (obligatory).
- Execute marketing strategies.
- Meet the target of Class 1.
Class 2 – Mastering business infrastructure and administration
The competitor shall ensure that business infrastructure is available to comply with required administrative tasks.
- Prerequisites to join Calls 2:
- Registered as competitor
- Successfully passed Class 1.
- Planning and defining required business infrastructure
- Product readiness, i.e. GTIN, Certificate of Origin, export readiness, etc.
- IT infrastructure readiness, i.e. ERP-System, Accounting software, Invoicing tool, etc.
- Expert infrastructure, i.e. Tax advisor, logistics expert, etc.
- Join online courses.
- Join onsite courses, if available.
- Implement or extent current business infrastructure domain with support of domain experts. Example of a domain: product labelling, tax law, logistics, ERP-System, etc. The number or required business infrastructure domains depends on the individual case and shall be changed in course of competition meet the project goals.
- Prepare required data for business infrastructure systems, i.e. product data.
- Evaluate implementation/extension with 100Bridges participant group “Expert”. Experts are enabled to rate the business setup for the specific expert domain on a scale from 0 (not good) to 10 (very good).
- Target of Class 2:
Achieve an average score of at least 6 for each required infrastructure domain of at least 3 experts. The project organization shall change the target, if appropriate.
- Goal of Class 2:
- Finalize and define all required business infrastructure domains.
- Have each domain evaluated by at least 3 experts.
Class 3 – 100Bridges Jury vote
In the final class, the competitor needs to attract 100Bridges Jury members.
- Prerequisites to join Class 3:
- Registered as a competitor.
- Successfully passed Class 2.
- 100Bridges Jury Members
The 100Bridges Jury consists of two main groups, each making 50% of the jury. Every jury member needs to be registered as a participant of 100Bridges and actively apply at the project organization to become part of the jury. Depending on the group of participation, the participant applying for the jury, will be part of following two groups.
- E-Commerce Jury members belong to either group of participation: Expert, Service Provider or Marketplace
- Public and Private Sector Development (PSD) Jury members belong to either group of participation: Authorities and governmental bodies, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), other associations and clubs
- Profiles of the members of 100Bridges shall be publicly available.
- Votes of the 100Bridges jury
- A jury member shall be able to rate each competitor once. It is not obligatory for a jury member to rate each competitor.
- Jury members rate competitors from (0 not good to 10 very good) in four categories:
- Category A: Succeed in connecting with European e-commerce
- Category B: Succeed in creating sustainable manufacturing and supply chain
- Category C: Succeed in providing equal opportunities for full and effective participation in e-commerce businesses.
- Category D: Product innovation / marketing innovation
- Customers votes can make the difference.
All customer likes of the competitor are counted and make the fifth voting category.
- Category E: Customer likes create one vote in this category.
- Number of prizes: The project organization shall define how many prizes (EU-based companies) are to win at the voting date. The competitors with the highest number of votes are entitles to win a prize.
Expulsion for the 100Bridges project and its competition
- The project organizer shall be entitled to refuse participation without any indication of reasons. Principally, there is no entitlement to participate.
- This shall apply in the event of non-compliance with the terms of conditions, use of technical means and/or other manipulative and/or illicit aid. This shall also apply in the case of making numerous registrations for the same person to participate and deliberately providing false information.
- The project organization shall reserve the right to exclude any participant retroactively at any time, as well the right to deny prizes in the event of non-compliance with the terms and conditions of participation.
- Employees of project organization entities and its direct relatives shall be excluded from winning a prize through mastering the classes.
Termination and changes
- Until a EU-based company has been transferred, the project organization shall expressively reserve the right to change the course of the competition and modify the type and scope of the price, as well as replace the prize with something else without any indication of reason.
- The project organization reserves the right to end or cancel the competition without any reason or notification. In particular, due to technical reasons, i.e. discovery of fraud, manipulation, viruses or due to legal reasons. To the extent that such a termination is caused by the behaviour of a participant, the project organization shall be entitled to demand compensation from the participant for the damages incurred.
- The project organization shall be released from all obligations upon transferring over the prize.
- The project organization shall not assume any liability for material defects and defects of title of the prizes that have been donated by supporting participants.
- The project organization shall only be liable for damages that have been caused by one its employees with intent, due to gross negligence, or infringement of cardinal obligations. This shall not apply to injuries, death and/or impartments to the health.
- Legal action shall be ruled out.
- If individual provisions should be or become invalid, this shall not affect the validity of the remaining terms and conditions of participation.
- These terms and conditions of participation can be changed by the project organization at any time without any special notification.