The Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) honors and encourages innovative achievements that contribute toward developing new products, increasing efficiency or saving cost in Africa. The The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) are currently accepting applications for the IPA 2013.
The 2013 IPA recognizes innovative breakthroughs that unlock new African potential in the following five priority areas
- Environment, Energy and Water
- Health and Wellbeing
- Information Communications Technologies (ICTs)
- Manufacturing and Service Industry
Only innovations by Africans for Africa are eligible to enter. Africans in the Diaspora can also apply if their innovations are of significance for Africa.
The 2013 IPA will consist of three Prizes, which will be given following the criteria outlined below:
A. The first Prize of USD100,000
B. The runner-up Prize of USD25,000
C. The special Prize for Social Impact Innovation of USD25’000
D. Nominees: This is a group of the IPA finalists who will be invited to the final face-to-face interview and to the Award ceremony. All nominees will receive certificates, and the IPA team will work with them to mobilize in-kind support to facilitate next steps for their innovation.
The deadline for submitting applications is 31 October 2012. For more information, visit this link.