Earlier this week, Co-Creation Hub and the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) launched a call for the Sciencepreneur Investor Meetup — to find, identify and support science-driven innovators, solving some of the continent’s biggest problems, with access to investors, trainings and resources.
This meetup started when discussions were made on how scientists in Africa could make the transition from lab to market, thereby commercialising their breakthrough solutions.
NEF is an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and this meetup will hold concurrently at the NEF Global Gatherings 2020; the largest science and innovation gathering on the African continent.
If you are an African science driven entrepreneur, you will be supported with pitch preparation, investment-readiness sessions and access to investors. These sessions will take place in the form of a bootcamp days before the NEF Global Gatherings in March 2020.
We are hoping to find the next generation of young African scientists and technologists with solutions that fall under one or more of the African Development Bank (AfDb) High 5s — Integrate Africa, Light up & Power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialize Africa, and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa.
The underlying goal is to show that successful African science entrepreneurs can demonstrate that, given the right investment and access to training and resources, they can compete on the regional and world stage.
Winning solutions will take home $25,000 for each category, and a chance to pitch before investors during the NEF Innovation Salon in Nairobi in March 2020, at the NEF Global Gathering where they can raise additional funding.
Those looking to apply must hold a passport from an African country, be of African descent, have the ability to present their work in English and must be available to travel to Nairobi, Kenya from March 5 – March 13 2020.
Applicants can learn more about the criteria and how to apply on the website here and submissions are open until 20 December.
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