The Royal Academy of Engineering has today launched a major new prize to reward entrepreneurship and innovation in Africa
The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation is Africa’s biggest prize devoted to engineering and innovation, while also covering all disciplines from mechanical, civil and computing to biomedical, oil and gas, mining and electronic engineering. Its goal is also to stimulate, celebrate and reward innovation and entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa. Ambitious and talented sub-Saharan African engineers from all disciplines are encouraged 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. The application process started on launch day which is the 6th March 2014. Every shortlisted entrant will receive six months of extensive mentoring, training and support in commercialising their innovation, as part of the Academy’s commitment to international development. Thereafter, finalists will be invited to present their innovation and a winner will be selected to receive £25,000. The deadline for entries is Friday 30 May 2014. Applications are invited from engineers affiliated with a university or research institute who have developed innovations that can provide scalable solutions to local challenges. Engineers from sub-Saharan Africa and from all engineering disciplines are also eligible to enter.
The Africa Prize is generously supported by The Shell Centenary Scholarship Fund, Consolidated Contractors Company, ConocoPhillips and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. More information is available at www.raeng.org.uk/AfricaPrize or email [email protected]