The shortlist for the 2023 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation has been announced, featuring 15 African entrepreneurs and their pioneer technologies from countries on the continent.
Founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, the prize which is worth $30,000 (£25,000) is awarded for the best engineering solutions that address challenges on the continent.
For this year’s award, some of the selected innovations include a remote healthcare monitoring system improving rural healthcare, a low-energy low-pollution cooking stove, and accessible electric mobility solutions as the 2023 prize aim to tackle challenges central to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, including clean water and sanitation, sustainable cities and communities, good health and wellbeing, and quality education.
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Entrepreneurs from ten African countries, including Angola and Sierra Leone who are being represented in the award for the first time, have made the cut.
The event which is scheduled to hold in Accra, Ghana on 6 July 2023, will feature four finalists that have been chosen to pitch their innovations and business plans to Africa Prize judges where an additional One-to-Watch award of £6,000 will be given to the most promising entrepreneur from the remaining shortlist.
“Climate change is impacting Africa more severely than other continents, with agricultural production, food security and water resources being compromised, compounded by a weak adaptive capacity. This year, 11of our innovations are contributing directly to environmental sustainability,” said Rebecca Enonchong, founder and CEO of AppsTech and Africa Prize judge.