Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

The Africa Prize is looking for engineers and entrepreneurs who have developed or are in the process of developing a new technological innovation. Applicants should have the ambition to take a leading role in creating a new business to commercialize this innovation. Innovations must aim to promote the welfare and economic development of a country or countries in sub–Saharan Africa and be designed to address a development need or specific challenge facing that country.

Applicants should be in the early stages of commercializing an engineering innovation that:

  • is accompanied by an ambitious but realistic business plan that has strong commercial viability
  • has strong potential to be replicated and scaled up
  • will bring social and/or environmental benefits to a country or countries in sub-Saharan Africa
  • is based in, and will benefit, a country in sub-Saharan Africa.

The innovation can be any new product, technology or service, based on research in any field of engineering, including:

  • agricultural technology
  • biotechnology
  • chemical engineering
  • civil engineering
  • computer science
  • design engineering
  • electrical and electronic engineering
  • materials science
  • mechanical engineering
  • medical engineering.


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