The Africa Innovation Fellowship which is powered by WomEng, and the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize For Engineering Innovation, is a nine month leadership and business development opportunity, for African female innovators, running early stage engineering innovations or startups. The fellowship aims to develop talent for future recipients of the Africa Prize For Engineering Innovation.
The Africa Innovation Fellowship kicks off with an in-person training week in Kampala, Uganda from the 2nd-5th June 2019, focusing on ideation, leadership development, networking and pitching skills. This will be followed by nine months of personalized virtual support with regular check-ins and milestones ending in March 2020.
The winning idea will get an all-expense paid trip to London to attend the Global Grand Challenges Summit in September 2019. Candidates who apply for the fellowship and are subsequently shortlisted for the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation will additionally receive individual coaching and mentorship to get them pitch-ready.
Criteria For Eligibility
- Applicants must be female individuals or small groups with a female lead applicant
- Individual and team applicants must be citizens of a Sub-Saharan African country.
- The Innovation must be based in a Sub-Saharan African country
- Applicants must have an Engineering Innovation
- Industrial Researchers and Organizations are not eligible to apply
- The applicant’s innovation should encompass the following fields; agritech, biotech, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, design engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, ICT, materials science, mechanical and medical engineering
- The innovation must bring social or environmental benefits to a country in or countries of Sub-Saharan Africa
- Is accompanied by an ambitious but realistic business plan which is near ready or has been tested for commercial viability
- Has strong potential to be replicated and scaled up.