In these extraordinary times, the African Innovation Community is faced with unique challenges that threaten to slow down the progress made over the years. More than before, the call for collaboration has never been this pressing and we need to come together to forge our way through this crisis. This platform is work in progress, so do you have resources and content we should add? Please let us know and how you want to volunteer with us to make it happen.
As we try to contain the COVID-19 pandemic globally and regionally, AfriLabs COVID-19 Impact Response Community is currently mapping innovative solutions that are helping lives and businesses across the African continent. This is to promote collaboration and attract support for these relevant ideas. If you have built one or know any, please let us know.
i4policy invites you to read and engage with its open letter on COVID-19. You will be able to comment, annotate, share, and sign the document, once you log in. All comments will be reviewed and will be merged with relevant ideas and comments into the ongoing consultation on the Africa Innovation Policy Manifesto.
To provide lessons to strengthen the innovation response to future crises, AfriLabs and KTN UK are working together to deliver a rapid analysis of the responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa. Please take a few minutes to provide us with your input
With a prize fund of US$600,000, per category, the Zayed Sustainability Prize celebrates innovative achievements that are impacting lives across five categories: Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools. African innovators, SMEs, entrepreneurs, NGOs and NPOs are eligible to apply. Entries close 11th June 2020.
The COVID-19 Youth Design Challenge aims to create a stronger Africa together. This challenge gives youth a voice in exploring how we might empower people and communities to become more pandemic resilient. Deadline is June 13 2020.
UNECA COVID-19 Innovation Challenge seeks to identify and showcase some of the top technologies and innovations from across Africa and beyond.
With over 1,000 applications from top tech startups across the continent, MEST Africa is excited to have selected over 80 companies from Ethiopia, Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire, Rwanda, Ghana, Tanzania, Senegal, Nigeria, and South Africa - and can’t wait to hear them all pitch for the chance to go on to win $50k in equity investment from MEST. Register to watch live.
AfriLabs in partnership with the Zayed Sustainability Prize will be hosting a webinar to examine the role of hubs in building a thriving innovative economy in Africa. Nekesa Were, Interim Executive Director, AfriLabs will be joined by Felix Brooks-Church, Co-Founding President and CEO of Sanku, a previous Zayed Sustainability Prize winning company. The session will also deliver best practice tips and advice for applications to this year’s Zayed Sustainability Prize which offers an annual winners’ reward fund of US$3 million, closing on the 11th June 2020. Date: Tuesday 2nd June 2020 Time: 11:00am – 12:00am GMT
Africa’s largest tech startup event will be going online in 2020. Early Bird tickets have just launched. This is a great opportunity for Incubators & Accelerators to purchase tickets for their cohorts to put what they learn during their programmes into real-life practice and experiences – pitching, networking with potential business partners, showcasing innovation and learning through world-class masterclasses in the Start-up to Scale-up stream within the programme just to name a few.
Join AfriLabs Board Chair Rebecca Enonchong and other speakers at the FAO, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and Generation Africa webinar on June 2nd at 13:00 CAT.