Econet Wireless founder and Chairman Strive Masiyiwa yesterday announced plans to set up an awards program to reward and encourage African innovators and investors. Strive Mayisiwa announced these plans on his popular mentorship Facebook page and he said the plans are a response to many suggestions from the page followers and he will be setting up an independent panel to run the awards.
Right now the details are sketchy but he indicated award categories in business and social entrepreneurs as well as for those who successfully register patents. Winners will walk away with undisclosed cash prizes according to the post.
Here’s the full announcement from Masiyiwa:
I am pleased to announce that as a result of many suggestions, made by the readers of this page, I plan to set up an annual award to encourage innovators and inventors in Africa. I will be setting up an independent panel, that will write the rules, and publish them on a special website, linked to this Facebook page. Once it is up and running, you will be able to participate for cash prizes. The prizes will go to both business entrepreneurs, as well as social entrepreneurs. There will also be a special category for those who successfully register new patents. Nominations for awards will come from those who participate in this forum. So get ready.
For those of you who want to write books, on the lessons I have shared in these posts, there will be a special book prize, for someone who writes the most interesting book, which we will then publish in ebook format. If you want to write movie scripts, that is also ok. But wait for the rules, which will be published.
It should be fun for those budding writers, and worth it for the winners!
On Monday, I will also announce, the long awaited award for teachers in Africa, that I spoke of two weeks ago. Its time to remember all those teachers, on whose shoulders we all stand!
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