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WomEng/Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Innovation Fellowship for Female Innovators 2019

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The Africa Innovation Fellowship, powered by WomEng and the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation is a nine-month leadership and business development opportunity for female African innovators with an early stage engineering innovation or startup.

The Africa Innovation Fellowship aims to develop the talent pipeline for future cohorts of the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

WomEng/Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Innovation Fellowship for Female Innovators 2019

The Africa Innovation Fellowship (AIF) kicks off with an in-person training week in Kampala, Uganda from the 2 – 5 June 2019, focused on idea and business incubation, leadership development, networking and getting pitch-ready. The Fellowship training week is followed by nine months of personalised virtual support with regular check-ins and milestones, ending in March 2020.


  • The prize for the winning idea will be an all-expenses paid trip to London to attend the Global Grand Challenges Summit in September 2019.
  • Fellowship candidates who apply and are subsequently shortlisted for the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation will additionally receive individual coaching and mentoring to support to get them pitch ready.


  • Applicants must be female individuals or small groups with a female lead applicant.
  • Individual applicants must be citizens of a country within Sub-Saharan Africa*. For teams of two or more, the lead applicant must be a citizen of a country within Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The innovation must be based in a country in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Applicants must have an engineering innovation, though are not required to be an engineering graduate or student themselves.
  • Industrial researchers and establishments are not eligible to apply.
  • The lead applicant must be over the age of 18. There is no upper age limit.
  • The applicant’s innovation can be any new product, technology or service, based on research in engineering defined in its broadest sense to encompass a wide range of fields, including: agricultural technology, biotechnology, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, design engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, ICT, materials science, mechanical engineering, and medical engineering. If you are in any doubt that your area of expertise would be considered engineering, then please contact [email protected] discuss your application.
  • Applicants should have an early stage engineering innovation and/or startup that:

Will bring social and/or environmental benefits to a country/countries in Sub-Saharan Africa

Is accompanied by an ambitious but realistic business plan which is near-ready or has been tested for commercial viability

Has strong potential to be replicated and scaled up

DEADLINE: April 1 2019

To apply and for more information visit here

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