Fellowship, 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 female African innovators with an early-stage
engineering innovation or startup. The Africa Innovation Fellowship aims to
develop the talent pipeline for future cohorts of the Africa Prize for
Africa Innovation Fellowship (AIF)
kicks off with an in-person training week in Accra, Ghana from 14 to 17 June
2020, focused on the idea and business incubation, leadership development,
networking and getting pitch-ready. The Fellowship training week is followed by
nine months of personalized virtual support with regular check-ins and
milestones, ending in March 2021.
Apply now for this unique opportunity to take your innovation to the next
- Fellowship candidates who apply
and are subsequently shortlisted for the Africa Prize for Engineering
Innovation will receive additional individual coaching and mentoring to
support them in getting the pitch ready.
- WomEng will cover the costs of
round-trip economy airfares to Accra, accommodation, transfers, meals and
- The female lead applicant will be
invited to attend the Fellowship training week.
- Applicants must be a female
founder or co-founder. Note that the individual can be from a mixed team
- Individual applicants must be
citizens of a country within Sub-Saharan Africa*. For teams of two or
more, the lead applicant must be a citizen of a country within Sub-Saharan
- The innovation must be based in a
country in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Applicants must have an
engineering innovation, though they are not required to be an engineering
graduate or student themselves.
- Industrial researchers and
establishments are not eligible to apply.
- The lead applicant must be over
the age of 18. There is no upper age limit.
- The applicant’s innovation can be
any new product, technology or service, based on research in engineering
defined in its broadest sense to encompass a wide range of fields,
including agricultural technology, biotechnology, chemical engineering,
civil engineering, computer science, design engineering, electrical and
electronic engineering, ICT, materials science, mechanical engineering,
and medical engineering.
- Applicants should have an early
stage engineering innovation and/or startup that:
- Will bring social and/or
environmental benefits to a country/countries in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Is accompanied by an ambitious but
realistic business plan which is near-ready or has been tested for
- Has strong potential to be
replicated and scaled up
Eligible Regions: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso,
Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros,
Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti,
Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Lesotho, Madagascar,
Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria,
Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia,
South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland/eSwatini, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda,
Zambia, and Zimbabwe