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Call for Applications: Innovation Prize for Africa 2014

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) announced the call for entries for the 2014 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA). The prestigious Prize, presented annually since 2012, aims at encouraging innovations that contribute to sustainable development in Africa. The winning submission will be awarded a prize of USD 100, 000, with two additional USD 25, 000, one for the runner up with an innovation with the best business potential and the other one for the runner up with the innovation with the best social impact.The IPA 2014 competition focuses on five priority areas, namely manufacturing and service industry, health and well-being, agriculture and agribusiness, environment, energy and water and ICTs. Application GuidelinesThe IPA is focused on recognizing innovative breakthroughs to unlock new African potential. If you are an entrepreneur, academic or inventor with an innovation that could potentially provide an African solution to some of the continent’s every day challenges, apply now!DEADLINE: 31 October 2013 at 24h00 GMT
  • Eligible innovations must be by Africans for Africa.  Africans in the Diaspora can also apply if their innovations are of significance for Africa. The innovation or associated business must be registered in Africa.
  • A fully completed application form with a full description of the innovation must accompany each submission; otherwise the entry will be disqualified.
  • The innovation description should clearly illustrate the social and/or economic outcome and impact with regard to African development and the priority area chosen, and should be in line with the IPA assessment and selection criteria.
  • Application forms and description of the innovation should be in English or French. While the innovations can be conducted in any language including local languages, the submissions should be translated into English or French.
  • Applicants are required to attach a letter of support/endorsement from an institution or an authority with knowledge of their innovation. This will serve as a testimony of how important the innovation is in addressing development challenges faced by Africans.
  • Each question on the application form must be answered or the application will be deemed incomplete and disqualified.
  • There is no application fee.
You can either:
  • Submit your application online by downloading the APP below and following the instructions.
  • Download the application form in English or in French and send the completed form and all the required attachments by email.
  • Send your application to the following mailing address:
African Innovation FoundationAttn. Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA)Strehlgasse 4CH 8001 ZurichSwitzerlandFiles for DOWNLOADCall for Application - APP  (WINDOWS  /  MAC  /  LINUX)Call for Application - Instructions and Details (PDF) and manual form (DOC)For any questions regarding the IPA application process, please check first the website and if you still have questions then contact the IPA Secretariat:Ms. Pauline Mujawamariya, Program DirectorEmail: ipainfo@africaninnovation.org   Telephone: +41 44 515 54 66 or +41 44 515 54 60 Note: We highly recommend submitting your application online. However, we also accept applications by mail. Applicants sending their applications by mail are responsible for ensuring that their applications have been received by 31 October 2013.Closing Date:  The closing date for IPA 2014 is 31 October 2013 at 24:00 GMT. Any application received after the closing date will not be considered.
Innovation Prize for Africa Website