Submit a project and win big, Africa’s entrepreneurs and innovators told

Submit a project and win big, Africa’s entrepreneurs and innovators told

African Innovation Foundation (AIF) is calling on African entrepreneurs and innovators to enter the 2014 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) challenge – a competition aiming at encouraging innovations that contribute to sustainable development in Africa.

The prestigious prize has been presented by AIF annually since 2012.

The winning submission wins a prize of US$100 000, and two additional winners get US$ 25 000 each – one in the best business category potential and the other one for the best social impact.

Entrepreneurs and innovators are urged to propose projects that unlock new African potential under one of five categories which include:

·         Agriculture and agribusiness

·         Environment

·         Energy and water

·         Health and wellbeing

·         ICT applications

·         Manufacturing and services industries.

“The IPA team believes that the best way to build Africa’s capacity is to invest in local innovation and entrepreneurship,” AIF founder Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais said this week from Johannesburg, South Africa’s commercial capital.

“This prize encourages Africans to develop creative ways to overcome everyday challenges,” he added.

Only innovations by Africans and for Africans are eligible to enter, the organisers said, adding that Africans in the Diaspora can also apply if their innovations are of significance to Africa.

Previous winners (2013) include South Africa’s AgriProtein for its innovative approach to nutrient recycling – a method that uses waste and fly larvae to produce natural animal feed. 

The 2013 prize also recognised Tunisia’s Hassine Labaied and Anis Aouini, of Saphon Energy.. They received US$25 000 for creating a bladeless wind convertor. 

In the social impact category, Senegal’s Sanoussi Diakite got US$25 000 for developing and distributing a thermal powered machine that husks 5 kilograms of fonio – an important and healthy West African cereal – in just eight minutes. 

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