The Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) is now open for applications and if you’re an enterprising innovator then you had better apply!

The IPA is a special prize because of its breadth, celebrating and supporting imagination and entrepreneurship in hugely diverse areas of innovation from all over Africa.

Whether you’re in manufacturing and service industry, health and well-being, agriculture and agri-business, environment, energy and water or ICT, IPA wants to hear about what you’re doing. So enter now for your chance to win a share of US$150 000 and benefit from ‘additional scalable entrepreneurial opportunities’.

Last year’s prize brought a whole host of African and diaspora innovators together to Gaborone, Botswana. These included the ten nominees… from the winner Dr Valentin Agon, who is developing a plant-based malaria treatment, to Dr Eddie Agbo who has invented a urine test for malaria, Godwin Benson founder of e-learning platform Tuteria and Tryctor, a hybrid tractor-motorcycle, designed by the engineer Olufemi Odeleye. Previous winners and runners-up were also present to spend three days attending workshops, interviews and parties.

We’ll be celebrating the innovators who’ve been involved in the prize in the run-up to awards.

Last year saw a record 985 submissions from 46 African countries. The submission deadline for next year’s competition is Tuesday 3 January 2017 at 11:59pm GMT. Make sure you don’t miss it.

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