Applications Open for the Africa Innovation Summit 2018 to mobilize Innovation Potential of Africa!

Deadline: 30 March 2018

Applications are now open for the Africa Innovation Summit 2018 which is an Africa-wide and home grown initiative aimed at harnessing the innovation potential of the continent. The goal is to engage as many people as possible in order to build a broad constituency in support of innovation in Africa. The basic fact is that Africa cannot outsource its development.

It aims to mobilize the people and, especially those with the ‘power to act’, including investors, the people with the ideas, the policy makers, the researchers and academics, the business community, the youth, as well as innovators and thinkers into a coalition for collective action to promote and build an enabling environment for innovation in Africa.

The AIS platform includes:

  • Regular Summits to promote dialogue,
  • Facilitate exchange of best practices among stakeholders and African countries
  • Showcase what is happening on the continent, and
  • Share lessons of experience
  • Engaging with African researchers and scholars to undertake case studies to tease out lessons of experience in order to facilitate learning by stakeholders

Eligibility Criteria

This opportunity is open to solutions that comply with the following criteria listed below – solutions that are:

  • African-based and operating from one or more African countries
  • Founded and managed by African nationals
  • Either for profit, non-profit or hybrid entities (i.e. social enterprises)
  • Solving one or more challenges that directly affect Africa in the following sectors (and/or any related value chains):
  • Food security and agriculture (SDG 2)
  • Energy (SDG 7)
  • Water and Sanitation (SDG 6)
  • Healthcare (SDG 3) and
  • Governance
  • Scalable: A solution that has the capability and potential to be enlarged and replicated to extend the reach of its mandate.
  • Innovative: A solution that addresses a challenge in a new and different way often through a simpler and more effective means.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

Eligible Countries: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Cote d’Ivorie, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

For further information, please visit AIS.

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