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Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation 2022

Country: Africa
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Applications are open for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation 2022. The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, is Africa’s biggest prize dedicated to engineering innovation. It awards crucial commercialization support to ambitious African innovators developing scalable engineering solutions to local challenges, demonstrating the importance of engineering as an enabler of improved quality of life and economic development.

Entrepreneurs with innovation from any engineering discipline that can provide scalable solutions to local challenges are invited to apply. 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.


  • An eight-month period of tailored training and mentoring
  • Event winner will receive £25,000
  • Three runners-up will receive £10,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The application must be written in English.
  • The lead applicant must be over the age of 18 when applications close on 20 July 2021. There is no upper age limit.
  • Applicants can apply as an individual or as part of a team.
  • The lead applicant must be a citizen of a country in sub-Saharan Africa. For teams of two or more, the lead applicant (the person participating in training) must be a citizen of a country in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The lead applicant must be ordinarily based in sub-Saharan Africa; if based overseas, this must be temporary for studies or otherwise.
  • The innovation must be based in a country in sub-Saharan Africa.
    The lead applicant must have an engineering innovation, though they are not required to be
  • an engineering graduate or student to apply.
  • The lead applicant must provide a letter of support from a university, research institution innovation hub or previous incubator program.

More Information 


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline20 July,2021
Open toAll
OrganizerThe Royal Academy of Engineering



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