The Africa Prize, founded by the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering, is an eight-month training programme for promising engineers across sub-Saharan Africa. It supports them in developing businesses around innovation through comprehensive business training and mentoring.
Past participants have included the world's first mobile cardiovascular diagnostic machine, a bloodless malaria test, a nanofilter that is custom designed for specific bodies of water, and a 4x4 wheelchair. There have been plenty of mobile apps - from educational to health related, finance and security - including one winner.
The Prize money is 25,000 British pounds, with 10,000 pounds each for three runners up. The Prize is not so much about the money than it is about the incredibly strong alumni network and valuable connections through the Academy.
It is a lengthy application (so please don’t start it at the last minute), but well worth it. Previous participants - even those who don't win - have gone on to pitch to audiences and investors in Buckingham Palace, attract funding from UN bodies and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, give TED Talks and receive recognition from their governments. This has also included some presidential grants, for example, and several public pilot projects for technologies.
Applications close on 23 July 2018.
For more information and to apply, visit: https://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-and-prizes/international-research-and-collaborations/africa-prize