Shs1.9bn innovation race is looking for hardware startups

Musana Carts represented Uganda at the 2018 ASME Innovation Showcase

The ASME Innovation Showcase (ISHOW), a global innovation competition, is hunting for hardware-led ventures that can tackle problems in the following sectors: environment, education, health, safety, energy, water & sanitation, economy & community, and agriculture.

US$ 500,000 (about Shs1.9 billion) have been earmarked for the 2019 ASME Innovation Showcase and it will be given out to nine winners in cash and in-kind services “based on individual need for scaling their respective hardware solution,” according to the organizers.

According to the organizers, the focus is on social innovations that can be taken to market.

For Ugandan applicants, the process is being coordinated by ResilientAfrica Network (RAN), an organization supervised by Makerere University.

But you can apply via the web, here.


Applications for the 2019 ASME Innovation Showcase opened December 2018 and the deadline for applying is February 8, 2019.

The organisers will announce finalists on Feb. 18 for those who will showcase their products in India, March 11 for those who will face off from Kenya, and April 15 for applicants based in the US.

Final competitions will be held in India, April 4; Kenya, May 9; USA, June 14.

Last year, Uganda was represented in Kenya by Musana Carts, PedalTap, and Lumenda.


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