African Innovation 2017 call for applications

5African Innovation 2017 call for applications. (Image source: AIF)The African Innovation Foundation (AIF), driver of The Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) announced the launch of the sixth edition of the IPA awards by calling for applications to the competition

The call for applications marks the sixth year of the IPA, which started in late September and will run for three months until 3 January 2017. Africa’s top innovators will win a share of US$1,000 plus attractive entrepreneurial opportunities for nominees and other qualifying participants.

Enterprises and individuals that have invested in delivering marketoriented solutions for African-led development are especially invited to take part in the competition. The IPA is looking for applications in social and economic innovation including manufacturing and service industry, health and well-being, agriculture and agri-business, environment, energy and water, and ICT showcasing ground-breaking innovations. IPA welcomes Innovations beyond the scope of these sectors.

Pauline Mujawamariya Koelbl, the IPA Director commented, “We are extremely pleased to officially launch the IPA 2017 edition for African innovators. We strongly believe that investing in today’s home-grown innovations will propel tomorrow’s prosperity for Africa.”

The theme for IPA 2017 is African innovation: Investing in prosperity. In line with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 9 which calls on countries to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation, AIF believes that funding streams, investment and resources are critical to obtain a clear value chain for innovation in Africa, contributing to sustainable development.

IPA is a leading platform on the African innovation landscape with a network of 6000+ African innovators spanning 50 countries. Its core goal is to strengthen African innovation ecosystems through its platforms and mobilize a network of innovation enablers, driving business development and cross-collaboration.

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