Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

This event is free of charge to attend but registration is required.

Please note, the timings for in-person and online attendance are as follows:

– IN-PERSON: 4.30pm to 8.30pm GMT (5.30pm to 9.30pm UK BST)
– ONLINE: 6pm to 8.30pm GMT (7pm to 9.30pm UK BST)

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Since November 2022, 15 talented entrepreneurs from Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe have undertaken intensive training and mentoring from international business leaders and experts. The innovations shortlisted in 2023 tackle challenges central to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, including clean water and sanitation, sustainable cities and communities, clean energy, good health and wellbeing, and quality education.

This year’s four finalists will pitch their innovations to a panel of judges at the Africa Prize Final event in Accra, Ghana, on 6 July 2023. The winner will receive £25,000 and three finalists will win £10,000 each. The event will also name one entrepreneur as the ‘One to Watch’ and include an exhibition featuring the 2023 Africa Prize shortlist’s innovations. Those unable to attend in person can join an online livestream and participate in the ‘One to Watch’ vote. There is also an online exhibition of the shortlisted entrepreneurs.

The 2023 Africa Prize finalists are: 

Chukwuemeka Eze, a Nigerian electrical engineer, developed the Revive Kit, a modular e-mobility service used to convert gas-powered three-wheeled motorbikes to run on rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.

Gibson Kawago, a Tanzanian electrical engineer, developed the WAGA PAWA Pack, a rechargeable power source created from recycled laptop lithium-ion batteries, providing a reliable and affordable electricity source.

Anatoli Kirigwajjo, a Ugandan software engineer, developed YUNGA, a local digital security network that connects neighbours to each other and police within a 20km radius via a physical device, smartphone app or SMS service, providing security at a low cost.

Edmund Wessels, a South African biomedical engineer, developed FlexiGyn, a battery-powered portable handheld device enabling gynaecologists to diagnose and treat a woman’s uterus without anaesthetic or expensive equipment, increasing women’s access to reproductive healthcare, particularly in remote areas.

The shortlist for the One to Watch prize are: 

Cristovao Cacombe, Arobot
Allen Chafa, Smart Water Tech
Cletus Ekpoh, Waste-to-Wealth Enhancer
Fikru Gebre Dikumbab, Multi-purpose Earth Brick Machine
Flavien Kouatcha Simo, Digital Aquaponics
Dr Deon Neveling, ProbiGal
Boitumelo Nkatlo, Affordable AMD Solution
Emmanuel Ofori Devi, MEDBOX
Tolulope Olukokun, ThinkBikes CoolMAX
Margaret Yainkain Mansaray, Smart Green Stove
Obed Zar, Aquaset

Guest speakers will include: Professor Elsie Effah Kaufmann, Dean of the School of Engineering Sciences at the University of Ghana and Harriet Thompson, British High Commissioner for Ghana.

The judging panel consists of: Chair Malcolm Brinded CBS FREng, Rebecca Enonchong FREng, Dr John Lazar CBE FREng, Dr Ibilola Amao, Dr Alessandra Buonfino and guest judge, Sewu-Steve Tawia.

Find out more about the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. 

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