Royal Academy of Engineering in London in the United Kingdom is taking applications for the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation 2022.
Created in 2014 by the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation grants essential commercialization support to determined African innovators developing accessible engineering solutions to local challenges, displaying the importance of engineering as an enabler of enhanced quality of life and economic growth. The Prize has a reputation of identifying engineering entrepreneurs with substantial prospect, many of whom have gone on to accomplish greater commercial success and social influence.
Every year, up to 16 shortlisted African innovators obtain a unique package of support across seven months to assist them fast-track their businesses. The advantages of selection comprise detailed and personalized business training, sector-specific engineering mentoring, communications support, pitching chances and access to the Academy’s network of high profile, skilled engineers and business professionals in the United Kingdom and across Africa.
Personalized training and mentoring concludes in a showcase event where a winner is chosen to obtain £25,000 together with three runners-up, who are each granted £10,000.
The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation inspires driven and skilled sub-Saharan African engineers from all fields to apply their skills to create scalable solutions to domestic challenges, emphasizing the importance of engineering as an enabler of enhanced quality of life and economic growth. Essential commercialization support is granted to a shortlist of innovative candidates via a six-month period of training and mentoring.
The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation looks to encourage and remunerate engineering entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa. The Africa Prize motivates driven and talented sub-Saharan African engineering innovators from all fields to apply their talents to come up with scalable solutions to local issues, emphasising the significance of engineering as an enabler of enhanced quality of life and economic growth.
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The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation is structured to:
- Back the commercial growth of engineering innovations that have a positive influence on social and economic growth in the region
- Motivate and stimulate young individuals in Africa and the UK about engineering
- Raise the profile of engineering and innovation in Africa
- Emphasize the role of engineering in dealing with development challenges to a global audience ranging from school pupils to policymakers
- Bring together shareholders from the United Kingdom and African business and innovation communities to create a closer dialogue on African and global engineering problems
Worth of Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation
- Personalised training and mentoring ends with a showcase event where a
winner is chosen to obtain £25,000.
- Three runners-up will each be granted £10,000.
Eligibility for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation
- Candidates are required to have developed, or be in the process of developing, a novel
technological innovation. Candidates must possess the ambition to assume a leading role in developing a new business to commercialize this innovation.
- aim to advance the welfare and economic growth of a nation or nations in sub-Saharan Africa
- be structured to address a growth need or specific issue facing
For the aims of the program, the definition of sub-Saharan Africa comprises all nations defined by the African Union within Central, Southern, East, and West Africa. These are:
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
How to Apply for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation
- All applications have to be submitted through the online grant management
system (GMS), accessible at: https://grants.raeng.org.uk.
- You have to register through the system before you can submit an application.
- The application closing date is Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at 12 pm British Summer Time (BST).
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