Exceptional African Innovators awarded at the Innovation Prize for Africa,2017

Innovation Prize for Africa is a leading platform on the African Innovation landscape.

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The Africa Innovation Foundation seeks to demonstrate that African ingenuity exists at a Pan African level and it does this by honouring outstanding innovations and recognizing their positive impact in Africa and beyond.. (SOURCE: AIF FACEBOOK PAGE)

Five years ago, the Swiss-based African Innovation Foundation, initiated the Innovation Prize For Africa(IPA) to support African innovators by unlocking their potential and catalyzing the African Innovation spirit thus promoting home-grown solutions for Africa’s prosperity. The Foundation seeks to demonstrate that African ingenuity exists at a Pan African level and it does this by honouring outstanding innovations and recognizing their positive impact in Africa and beyond.

In this year’s competition,10 finalists were announced on June, 14th based on the following innovation areas: Agriculture/Agribusiness,Environment, Energy and Water,Health and Well Being,Information,Communication and Technologies(ICTs) and Manufacturing and Service Industry.


The nominees were shortlisted from nine African countries including Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Kenya, Liberia, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe out of a total of 2500 applications. This year’s innovators demonstrated incredible proficiency through innovative solutions which addressed challenges in agriculture value chain, healthcare, energy, communications, service industries as well as surveillance using drone technology.

AIF hosted the IPA 2017 awards ceremony and its second Innovation Ecosystems Connector on 17th and 18th July in Accra, Ghana at the Movenpick Hotel in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) and Ghana 60 Years On Planning Committee. The event focused on how innovation enablers and businesses can leverage funding streams, investments and resources that are critical to unlocking the potential of African innovators. The event offered the nominees the chance of experiencing the innovation marketplace as well as joining high-level roundtable discussions, Zua Hub meet-ups and networking activities.


The event ended with three African innovators being awarded. Aly El-Shafei of Egypt emerged as the Grand prize winner of a bagged US $100,000, with Philippa Ngaju Makobore of Uganda landing the second prize taking home a whooping amount of US $25,000. Dougeh-Chris Nyan of Liberia won the Special Prize for Social Impact and secured US $25,000. Each one of the seven remaining nominees also went home with US $ 5000 voucher to be used to further develop their innovations. Morever, all nominees and winners will benefit from IPA post prize activities aiming at moving their innovations to the next level.

Here are the #IPA2017 winners! From left to right: Hon. Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng – Minister of MESTI Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais – Founder of African Innovation Foundation Aly El-Shafei – Grand Prize winner H.E. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo – President of Ghana, Dougbeh Chris-Nyan – winner of the Special Prize for Social Impact Philippa Ngaju Makobore – winner of the Second Prize Pauline Mujawamariya Koelbl – Director Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) (SOURCE: AIF FACEBOOK PAGE)

Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais, Founder, African Innovation Foundation, commented, “This edition of IPA has been all about galvanizing support for African innovators in order to mobilize increased investments to help them commercialize and scale their innovations at a greater rate. AIF has rewarded IPA 2017 for developing solutions that can truly add value to the lives of Africans, and I believe that these innovations have incredible commercial potential and will succeed in attracting the right investments to go to the next stage.”

To date, IPA is a leading platform on the African continent. It has a network of 6000+ African innovators spanning 50 countries, 45 of the continent’s top innovators and 35+ innovation enablers and has attracted more than 7,500 innovators from 52 African countries, making it a truly Pan African initiative. IPA 2017 edition witnessed a record number of entries from over 2,500 innovators across 48 African countries. The Foundation has supported past winners and nominees with approximately US$ 1 million to move their innovations forward. Due to exposure generated by IPA, past winners have gone on to secure over US$30 million in investments to grow and scale their businesses.