6 African startups win $500,000 in innovative challenge

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Do you have a startup that has a considerable focus on engineering? Then this one might just be for you.

The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation which was founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, is already on a man hunt for talented sub-Saharan African engineers, from all disciplines, to develop local solutions to challenges in their communities and stand a chance to win £25,000 equity-free to bring their businesses to the market.

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A shortlist of innovators from across the continent would be selected, while also providing them training and mentoring to help turn engineers with great ideas into successful entrepreneurs. Applications for this awards has been slated to close on midnight on 24 July 2017. All applications must be submitted via the online grants system.

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  • You must be an individuals or groups of no more than three people.
  • Individual applicants must be citizens of a country within sub-Saharan Africa and currently reside there. For teams of two or three, the lead applicant must be a citizen of a country within sub-Saharan Africa and currently reside there.
  • Applicants must have an engineering innovation and provide a letter of support from a university of research institution.

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The winner of the last edition was Nigeria’s Tuteria beating several other innovations at the final competitions held in Nairobi.

Following this period of mentorship mentioned earlier, 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.

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The Africa Prize is supported by TheShell Centenary Scholarship Fund, Consolidated Contractors Company, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Africa Prosperity Fund, ConocoPhillips and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

See how to apply HERE