Applications open for Innovation Prize for Africa

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) has opened applications for the sixth edition of the annual The Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA), which offers the continent’s top innovators a chance to share grand prize money of US$150,000.

The AIF said it is looking for enterprises and individuals that have invested in delivering market-oriented solutions for African-led development to take part in the competition.

Applications are open until January 3 for the awards, with the AIF inviting 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. Please click here to apply:

“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 IPA director Pauline Mujawamariya Koelbl.

Walter Fust, chairman of the AIF board, said the annual competition has demonstrated that African innovation talent is abundant, but funding and resources remain a challenge.

“For IPA 2017, we are expanding our outreach beyond innovators to include investors and other key movers and shakers across the innovation landscape to help address this challenge,” he said.

“To meet this objective of increasing support to individual innovators, makers, training institutions, existing hubs and networks, the IPA will offer sponsorship opportunities to investors and other innovation enablers who can demonstrate their commitment to support the building of more robust African innovation ecosystems.”


The annual Tigo Digital ChangeMakers Awards are upon us

Tigo Ghana in partnership with International NGO, Reach for Change have launched the Tigo Digital Changemakers Award. This year, Tigo is looking for innovations that focus on education, broadening digital inclusion and support business entrepreneurship. The annual competition aims to identify and support social entrepreneurs with digital tools and technology to improve the lives of children across the country.

The two winning entries will each receive a cash prize of up to GH¢ 70,000 and access to Reach for Change’s Incubator programmme, which includes business training, access to a global network of other social entrepreneurs and many more. The application period for the competition is now officially open and will close on October 25, 2016.

All those interested in applying or finding out more about the completion are encouraged to visit www.tigo.com.gh/digitalchangemakers. The application period will run from the 23rd of September to the 25th of October 2016. Social entrepreneurs with digital innovations that improve education, address digital inclusion or advance business entrepreneurship are encouraged to apply. The winner will receive up to GH¢ 70,000 and access to business expertise and mentorship from senior management of Tigo staff and Reach for Change advisors.