African innovators in race for Shs267m from British Royal Family

African innovators in race for Shs267m from British Royal Family

Matibabu, a Ugandan startup won the competition in 2018. Courtesy image of Brian Gitta, a cofounder of Matibabu.

African innovators can now apply for the 2020 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, a competition organized by The UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering.

£55 000 (about Shs267 million) has been earmarked for the competition which is aimed at motivating and stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa.

The 2020 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation is accepting applications from African innovators with ideas that can provide scalable solutions to local challenges, and focusing on sustainable social and economic development.

According to officials, the overall winner will get a £25 000 prize, while those in the second, third and fourth positions will get £10 000 each.

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On July 22, applications will be closed to begin the selection process through which 16 applicants will be shortlisted for a training that will be conducted both locally and in the UK.

The winners will be announced in 2020 at a pitch event that will be held in June next year at a yet to be disclosed location in Africa.

In 2018, Matibabu, a Ugandan health technology startup won the competition.

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