Applications open for 2017 Innovation Prize for Africa


The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) has announced it is accepting applications for the 2017 edition of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA).

The competition is aimed at strengthening African innovation ecosystems and spur the growth of market-driven African solutions to African challenges.

Next year’s edition seeks individuals with social and economic innovations in sectors such as manufacturing and service industry, health and well-being, agriculture and agri-business, and environment, energy and water.

Applicants will go through a rigorous selection process for a chance to win a share of the grand prize of US$150,000 plus additional scalable entrepreneurial opportunities.

The winners will be announced in July 2017 (exact dates and country will be confirmed later) at an awards ceremony that’ll bring together innovative talent from multi-disciplinary sectors.

“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’s prosperity for Africa,” said Pauline Mujawamariya Koelbl, IPA Director.

Entrepreneurs interested in being a part of the competition should apply by January 3, 2017.

IPA was started in 2011 and has been held in Addis Ababa (2012), Cape Town (2013), Abuja (2014) and Skhirat, Morroco (2015). The 2016 edition was won by Dr Valentin Agon from Benin Republic.

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