The Africa Prize is OPEN for applications now, closing on 23 July 2018
The Africa Prize encourages ambitious and talented sub-Saharan African engineers from all disciplines to apply their skills to develop scalable solutions to local challenges, highlighting the importance of engineering as an enabler of improved quality of life and economic development. Crucial commercialisation support is awarded to a shortlist of innovative applicants through an eight-month period of training and mentoring.
Following this period of mentorship, finalists are invited to present at an event held in Africa and a winner is selected to receive £25,000 along with three runners-up, who are each awarded £10,000
The 2018 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation shortlist includes engineers working to make malaria and reproductive health tests easier, using dolphin-inspired echo-location for visually impaired people, and recovering precious metals from car parts for re-use in manufacturing. The group also includes agricultural innovators and process engineers, as well entrepreneurs developing educational solutions and digital apps.
The 16 shortlisted engineers are reaching the end of an eight-month programme of support including business training, bespoke mentoring and access to the Royal Academy of Engineering’s network of engineers and business development experts.
In February, in addition to a week-long residential training, the shortlist were invited to Pitch@Palace Africa, a collaboration between the Africa Prize and The Duke of York. 15 of the 16 shortlisted entrepreneurs pitched in front of an influential audience from the worlds of entrepreneurship, technology, media and investment.
In June, the final event for the Africa Prize 2018 will see four finalists presenting their businesses to judges in front of a live audience, before a winner is chosen to take the first prize of £25,000 and three runners-up receive £10,000 each.
To meet the shortlist and see a showcase of their innovations, register to attend the final event in Nairobi, Kenya on 13 June 2018.