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Competition

  • Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs Prize: Feed the Future’s $50k hunt for agritech

    Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation, a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) programme, is calling for applications for the $50 000 Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Prize 2018. In a post on Twitter, Feed the Future said the prize -- which was launched last month -- will help women-led small businesses expand in smallholder markets. Up to two finalists of the Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs prize will be awaded technical assistance packages valued at $50 000. The prize's application deadline is 25 April. Applications are open to women in the sub-Saharan African countries that USAID operates in (listed here). To be considered for the...

  • Competition offers £250 000 in prizes to stimulate off-grid cold chain technology

    The Global LEAP Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge (OGCCC) – a competition to develop innovative and energy-efficient off-grid cold storage technology – launched yesterday in Nairobi, Kenya. In a press releases yesterday the UK Department for International Development’s (DfID) said the challenge -- which forms part of the department's Ideas to Impact programme -- will offer £250 000 in prizes for off-grid cold chain technologies deployed in select Sub-Saharan African countries. The goal of the competition is to stimulate innovation and investment in the sector and help to drive market development, bringing prices down for those who need it most. Innovation prizes of up to £50...

  • SITA, Wits, Tshimologong Precinct launch $10k travel innovation award

    UK-based SITA Air Transport Community Foundation has partnered with Wits University and the Tshimologong Precinct to launch a $10 000 travel innovation award. The challenge? What information, tools or technology will first-time air travellers in Africa need to make their journeys easy, successful and enjoyable? The team that comes up with the best solution will be awarded with the SITA Air Transport Community Foundation Innovation Award and will receive a $10 000 cash prize. Drop-in session The innovation challenge is open to Wits students and active members of the Tshimologong Precinct. Each team -- comprising of between two and five members -- needs to submit...

  • Here are the finalists of the Next Einstein Forum’s Ci2i Innovation Competition

    The Next Einstein Forum's (NEF) in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung has announced the top 16 finalists of the Ci2i Innovation Competition. NEF -- an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences -- made the announcement in a statement on Tuesday (20 March) noting that the winners will be announced on 28 March at the closing ceremony of NEF's 2018 Global Gathering in Kigali, Rwanda. The second edition of the competition will see the finalists -- a mixture of scientists and entrepreneurs -- compete across three categories, namely data science and deep tech, personalised health and climate smart innovations. Thierry Zomahoun, president...

  • MIT, Mastercard Foundation in $200 000 financial inclusion competition launch

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) -- through the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship -- has partnered with the Mastercard Foundation to launch the 2018 edition of the Zambezi Prize for Innovation In Financial Inclusion. Through the prize MIT and the Mastercard Foundation aim to uncover early-stage African startups that are involved in promoting and championing innovation in financial inclusion on the continent. Applications for the competition, which opened yesterday, are set to close on 1 June, with finalists to be announced on 18 August. This year's competition is organised around nine challenges. These are: low financial literacy, limited access to financial institutions, low...

  • LBS Africa Club looking for startups for Accel Entrepreneurship Awards

    The London Business School (LBS) Africa Club is calling on Africa's best early-stage startups to apply for consideration for the inaugural Accel Entrepreneurshp Awards. The Accel Entrepreneurship Awards aim to showcase emerging entrepreneurial talent from Africa to venture capitalists (VCs) and industry specialists. The awards, which take place in April in London, will see the top three startups get a share of £15 000. Interested applicants have up until 23 March to apply for consideration. The Accel Entrepreneurship Awards will see the top three startups get a share of £15 000 In an email to Ventureburn, Africa Club executive committee member Tseke Maserumule said for entrepreneurs to be eligible they...

  • Applications open for 8th Orange Social Venture Prize competition

    Telecommunications giant Orange has opened applications for the eighth Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East. Applications, which opened on 1 March, will close 31 May. The Orange Social Venture Prize aims to reward innovation in information and communication technology -- particularly in education, healthcare, agriculture, mobile payments and sustainable development -- which improves the living conditions of people in Africa and the Middle East. Orange Social Venture Prize applicants have to be over 21 years old and must be resident in one of 17 countries where Orange has subsidiaries The prize, which was launched in 2011, has since its launch provided...

  • Applications for Challenge of Invention to Innovation competition now open

    The Next Einstein Forum (NEF), an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Science in partnership with Robert Bosch Stiftung, has launched applications to it its Challenge of Invention to Innovation competition (Ci2i). The announcement was made yesterday. The competition aims to reward research-based innovation in science, tech, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as well as draw attention to the impact of African researchers and entrepreneurs. The competition is open to African scientists, innovators and startups. Teams led by non-Africans will also be considered if at least one of the co-founders or executives is African. The Challenge of Invention to Innovation competition aims to reward research based innovation in Africa The competition...

  • Meet the Top 10 finalists of Cell C’s Hangman innovation competition

    The top 10 finalists of Cell C's R1-million innovation competition and reality show, Hangman, have been revealed. The show which premiered earlier this month on 8 October is hosted by Maps Maponyane and is broadcast on e.tv on Sundays at 11.50am. The finalists were selected by a panel of judges consisting of: economist Iraj Abedian, billionaire Quinton van der Burgh, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Bonang Mohale, and entrepreneur Connie Mashaba.whittled down from an initial group of 45 contestants. The Cell C Hangman winner receives a R1-million investment prize The eventual winner will walk away with a R1-million investment prize. "It was not an easy...

  • FNB Business Innovation Awards entries for 2018 are now open

    Endeavor South Africa today announced the launch of the FNB Business Innovation Awards entries for 2018. The awards are supported by Endeavor South Africa. In a press release Endeavor SA said the FNB Business Innovation Awards are aimed at businesses that are able to demonstrate real innovation with the potential to change the way an industry operates both locally and internationally. Businesses must exhibit high-growth potential and have the capacity to add substantial economic value by means of job creation. This, partnered with a social conscious, outstanding business ethics, and goodwill are all factors that will be reviewed by the selection panel. All...