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 a six-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 runners-up, who are each awarded £10,000.
The next event is being held on 23 May in Nairobi, Kenya. If you are interested in attending, please register here.
About the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation
The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, encourages talented sub-Saharan African engineers, from all disciplines, to develop local solutions to challenges in their communities. The Prize selects a shortlist of innovators from across the continent and provides training and mentoring to help turn engineers with incredible ideas into successful entrepreneurs.
Launched in 2014, the Prize aims to stimulate, celebrate and reward innovative engineers from across the continent.
The Africa Prize is generously supported by the Shell Centenary Scholarship Fund, Consolidated Contractors Company, ConocoPhillips, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and the UK Government through the Global Challenges Research Fund.
About the Royal Academy of Engineering
As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering.
We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.
We have four strategic challenges:
- Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
- Address the engineering skills crisis
- Position engineering at the heart of society
- Lead the profession
Judges of the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation:
Chair: Malcolm Brinded CBE FREng - Chair, Shell Foundation, Engineering UK and Non-Executive Director, BHPBilliton, CH2MHill and Network Rail
Rebecca Enonchong, Founder and CEO, AppsTech
Dr John Lazar CBE FREng, Chair, Metaswitch Networks
Dr Moses Musaazi, Senior Lecturer, Makerere University and Managing Director of Technology for Tomorrow Limited
Dr Bola Olabisi, CEO, Global Women Inventors & Innovators Network