(Updated 2 May 2023) This call for applications is for the 2024 edition of The Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize, which encourages ambitious and talented sub-Saharan African engineers from all disciplines 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.
25 Jul 2023
16 shortlisted applicants will receive a seven-month package of mentoring and training. The programme will be structured to give entrepreneurs the skills and knowledge to:
- strengthen and develop their existing business plans
- successfully communicate their innovations through pitching
- forge links with potential partners, investors and customers
- further develop their innovation
- move towards commercialisation or scale up
A winner will be selected to receive £25,000.
Three runners-up will each be awarded £10,000.
OTHER KEY DATES
July 2023: Applications checked for eligibility.
August and September 2023: Applications reviewed by technical experts
October 2023: Shortlist selection by judging panel completed
November 2023: All applicants will be notified of their application.
outcome by the end of this month
Eight-month package of support begins for successful applicants.
April 2024: Stage two application.
May 2024: Finalists selected by judging panel.
June 2024: Winner chosen at final event.
Angola Benin Botswana Burkina Faso Burundi Cameroon Cabo Verde Central African Republic Chad Comoros Congo, Dem. Rep. Congo, Rep. Cote d'Ivoire Djibouti Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Ethiopia Gabon Gambia, The Ghana Guinea Guinea-Bissau Kenya Lesotho Liberia Madagascar Malawi Mali Mauritania Mauritius Mozambique Namibia Niger Nigeria Rwanda Sao Tome and Principe Senegal Seychelles Sierra Leone Somalia South Africa South Sudan Sudan Swaziland Tanzania Togo Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe
Note that while some organisers may accept applications from all around the world, you may still be required to travel to the host country in order to take part in the later stages of a competition for instance, or you may be required to live there for a period of time to take part in a funded programme (e.g. scholarship, incubator, accelerator).
Multiple host countries may mean that no travel is required.
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