By now, most of us have noticed how the pairing of innovation and entrepreneurship is used whenever people are looking for sustainable solutions to some of the most trying problems faced in any environment.
It’s also been woven into the story on African creativity and the continent’s potential. This drive for the most relevant solutions has ignited several causes that are leaning on needs based entrepreneurship as a significant part of the story on Africa’s turnaround. Zimbabwe is also part of this conversation, and we’ve noticed this inclusion in more recent examples like the Innovation Prize for Africa(AIP).
So what is the Innovation Prize for Africa? This is an annual competition, launched in 2011 by the African Innovation Foundation with the objective of identifying and promoting African led development through innovation.
The theme for this year’s Innovation Prize for Africa is Made In Africa, something meant to encapsulate the belief in home grown solutions for African challenges from African innovations.
Zimbabwean innovators are being called to take part in this year’s AIP and though most people would like to align innovation with IT only, the African Innovation Prize extends to diverse industries. These include science and technology; environment and energy; agricultural business; health and well-being, manufacturing and services and IT.
The prize money has been set at $150,000, with the first prize winner walking away with $100,000 while the remaining $50,000 is split evenly between the innovation with the best social impact and the innovation with greatest potential to be turned into a commercially sustainable solution. All nominees also receive a $5,000 boost for their innovations.
The African Innovation Foundation will be in Harare to explain how the Innovation Prize for Africa will be conducted and how Zimbabwean innovators can also be part of this initiative. This meetup, which is slated for Friday the 14th of August and starts at 6 pm will be held at local co-working space Area 46 in Mt Pleasant.
To sign up for this event, you can click on the link below.