Welcome to this special online event to help us select the 2022 winner of the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.
For the past eight months, 16 talented entrepreneurs have undertaken intensive training and mentoring from international business leaders and experts. These entrepreneurs represent nine countries including, for the first time, Togo and The Republic of the Congo. This year, we are also celebrating female entrepreneurship and are very proud that our cohort has achieved an equal gender split, with eight women and eight men in the running for finalists.
On Wednesday 15 June, four finalists will pitch their businesses for the chance to win £25,000 and be crowned the winner of the 2022 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.
This will be followed by One to Watch pitches, where the audience will vote to decide which of the 12 shortlist pitches resonates most in terms of potential impact. The shortlist member with the most votes will receive £5,000. The profiles of the shortlist can be viewed in our Africa Prize Interactive Showcase 2022.
The final will be hosted by Dr Shini Somara, a mechanical engineer and fluid dynamists turned TV presenter, children’s book author, podcaster, TEDx speaker and mentor. We will also be welcoming guest speakers Richard Gomes, Deputy CEO of the Shell Foundation and Yewande Abiose, Managing Director (Africa)/Global Communities Manager at the Energy Institute. David Tusubira, Africa Prize alumnus and creator of Remot and Noël N’guessan, founder of Kubeko and winner of the 2021 Africa Prize, will also speak.
The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, awards crucial commercialisation support to ambitious African innovators developing scalable engineering solutions to local challenges.
Applications for the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation 2023 are open now. Apply by 19 July 12pm BST.
12.00pm BST Welcome
By host: Dr Shini Somara, British mechanical engineer, media broadcaster, producer and author
Introducing the Africa Prize 2022 final event
Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Academy of Engineering
Meet the Africa Prize judges
Finalist pitches and Q&A
One to watch pitches
An audience vote to decide which of the 12 shortlist pitches resonates most in terms of potential impact. The shortlist member with the most votes will receive £5000.
2.15pm BST Close of live event