|Africa’s top innovators stand a chance to win a grand share prize of US$150 000 from the The Innovation Prize for Africa, now in its sixth edition.
The call for Applications marks the sixth edition of the IPA, running for three months from 27 September 2016 through to 3 January 2017.
The IPA is looking for applications in social and economic innovation including manufacturing and service industry, health and well-being, agriculture and agri-business, environment, energy and water, and ICT showcasing ground-breaking innovations. IPA welcomes Innovations beyond the scope of these sectors.
According to Pauline Mujawamariya Koelbl, the IPA Director: “We are extremely pleased to officially launch the IPA 2017 edition for African innovators. We strongly believe that investing in today’s home-grown innovations will propel tomorrow’sprosperity for Africa.”
Now in its sixth year running, IPA is open to all Africans living in Africa or the diaspora. In addition to the lucrative US$150 000 cash prize, IPA is more than a mere competition. The 10 nominees are featured at the IPA 2017 event, along with lucrative entrepreneurial opportunities such as funding, communications training, active participation in the IPA network of innovators and innovation enablers, publicity in Africa and beyond across major media channels, business opportunities, as well as collaboration with enablers and investors to shape potential innovations for viable business success.
Last year’s winners were selected from nearly 1 000 entries across 46 countries. IPA supports African innovators by unlocking their potential, promoting home-grown solutions for Africa’s prosperity. The initiative recognises, rewards and supports African ingenuity extending beyond the continent to impact the global arena.