The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation 2021 and Win Up to £25,000

Date limite : 14 sept. 2020

Organisation à but non lucratif: Royal Academy of Engineering

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Niveau d'études: Formation Professionnelle

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The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation 2021 and Win Up to  £25,000

 The Royal Academy of Engineering is offering a competition to develop an engineering innovation. Applications are invited from entrepreneurs and engineers in sub-Saharan Africa who have developed an innovative product or service that can provide scalable solutions to local challenges, with a particular emphasis on sustainable social and economic development. The winner will receive £25,000

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be individuals or small teams
  • Individual applicants must be citizens of a country in sub-Saharan Africa
  • For teams of two or more,the lead applicant must be a  a country in sub-Saharan Africa
  • The innovation must be based in a country in sub Saharan Africa
  • Applicants must have an engineering innovation, though are not required to be an engineering graduate or student
  • Applicants must provide a  letter of support from a  university, research institution, innovation hub or previous incubator programme.
  • The lead applicant must be over the age of 18 by1 September2020.
  • Industrial researchers and establishments are not eligible.
  • Applicants should have developed, and be in the early stages of commercialising, an engineering innovation that:
  1. Will bring social and/ or environmental benefits to a country/ countriesin sub-SaharanAfrica
  2. Has strong potential to be replicated and scaled-up
  3. Is accompanied by an ambitious but realistic business plan which has strong commercial viability.

Awards:

  • The four finalists will pitch in front of a live audience and the Africa Prize judges. 
  • The prizes will be awarded following an assessment by the Judging Panel. 
  • The winner will receive £25,000
  • Three runners-up will receive £10,000 each.

The Training Program:

  • A shortlist of 16 applicants will be selected to receive a seven-month package of mentoring and training. The programme will be structured to give entrepreneurs the skills and knowledge to:
  1. strengthen and develop their existing business plans;
  2. successfully communicate their innovations through pitching
  3. forge links with potential partners, investors and customers
  4. further develop their technology
  5. move towards commercialisation or scale up
  • The shortlist will be asked to submit a full business plan and updates on their business from the first period of training, in May 2021. 
  • The Judging Panel will review these and identify four finalists

TimeLine:

  • Application submitted by 14 September 
  • Checked for eligibility in September
  • Reviewed by technical expert in October
  • Reviewed by Judging Panel in November 
  1. Africa Prize shortlisted applicants selected 
  2. Unsuccessful applicants informed in December
  • Seven-month package of support
  • Stage 2 application in May 2021
  • Finalists selected by Judging Panel
  • Winner chosen at Final Event in June or July 2021

About the Royal Academy of Engineering:

It brings the most successful and talented engineers from across the profession with their Fellows to advance and promote excellence in engineering for the benefit of society. It has three strategic priorities: make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation and businesses, address the engineering skills crisis, and position engineering at the heart of society.

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