IPA 2016 Public Notice
Botswana Innovation Hub in collaboration with the Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology and the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) will host the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2016 from 22nd – 23rd June, 2016 at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC). The decision to host IPA in Botswana received the highest endorsement from His Excellency the President Lieutenant General Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama.
IPA is a landmark program of the AIF, whose purpose is to increase the prosperity of Africans by catalyzing the innovation spirit in Africa. AIF offers several avenues of opportunity for local, national, regional and international growth and exposure to Africa’s next cadre of innovators. The IPA is an annual award ceremony that brings together the African community of problem solvers and celebrates Africa’s ingenuity.
IPA was launched with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the endorsed by Ministers attending the Africa Union (AU)/ECA conference in 2012. IPA recognizes, rewards and mobilize for African innovators through promoting home-grown, market-driven solutions addressing intractable challenges in agriculture, health and well-being, manufacturing and service industry, ICTs and environment, energy and water.
Since its inauguration, IPA has been successfully celebrated in African major capitals representing African regions: Addis Ababa (2011), Cape Town (2013), Abuja (2014), and more recently in Skhirat, Morocco (2015).
This year, IPA celebrates its 5 year milestone in helping to shape the innovation landscape in Africa. The theme for this year’s award ceremony is ‘Made in Africa,’ based on the belief that Africa can posit itself on the world map through self-innovation, carving its own success story of growth economies and creating incentives to commercialize and scale up home-grown innovations.
The ‘Made in Africa’ theme heralds a message of enterprise and prosperity for African innovators, as IPA encourages more Africans, especially young people and women to catalyze transformation through innovation – not only in their lives – but for the broader community and their respective economies. The theme promises to be ground-breaking, extending beyond the awards ceremony by providing an unprecedented platform for African innovators and innovation enablers to network, share knowledge, explore business opportunities and boost collaboration.
Botswana’s selection as host country for IPA 2016 is seen in its commitment towards building its national innovation ecosystem. This is demonstrated by the Government of Botswana’s catalytic role in capitalizing on and supporting the knowledge economy through the development of the country’s first Science and Technology Park, the Botswana Innovation Hub.
“Hosting IPA 2016 and celebrating African ingenuity in Gaborone will afford Botswana an opportunity to showcase its commitment to putting innovation at the center of its development strategy,” states Minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, Honorable Nonofo Molefhi.
AIF Chairman of the Board, Walter Fust, declares that, “We are delighted to collaborate with the Government of Botswana in celebrating African ingenuity. With its many inspiring and success stories, Botswana is an excellent choice to host the 5th edition of IPA, helping us continue to catalyze the innovation spirit in Africa”.
Recognized as Africa’s leading innovation initiative based on its track record since its inaugural, the IPA has attracted more than 6000 innovators from 50 African countries, making it a truly Pan-African initiative. Besides a host of exciting side events and brand new initiatives for Africa by Africans, IPA 2016 will offer the following prizes and incentives to winners and applicants:
- Grand prize of US$100 000
- Second Prize of US$25 000
- Special Prize for Social Impact US$25 000
- A voucher for each IPA nominee of US$5 000
- Business development support for top 10 young innovators selected post Awards event
- Business development support for top 10 women innovators selected post Awards event
The IPA Call for Applications ran from August to October 2015 and attracted more than 3600 respondents from 50 African countries, clearly demonstrating the creative potential that exists in Africa. Proposed innovations showcased African ingenuity in diverse fields, from agriculture and technologies to green energy initiatives. The expert panel of judges will carefully select Africa’s new crop of ingenuity this year from 985 successful submissions spanning 46 African countries through a rigorous, transparent process of critique, validation, interview and consensus.
Next stop: Who inspired the judges? Look out for the announcement of the 10 IPA 2016 nominees. For more information, check out www.innovationprizeforafrica.org
About the African Innovation Foundation (AIF)
AIF works to increase the prosperity of Africans by catalysing the innovation spirit in Africa.
About the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA)
IPA is a landmark initiative of the AIF with the purpose of strengthening the African innovation ecosystems and spur the growth of market-driven African solutions to African challenges
For the Government of Botswana:
Tigele Mokobi, PR and Communications Manager, Botswana Innovation Hub
Tel: +267 391 3328
For the African Innovation Foundation:
Find us on:
The Internet: www.africaninnovation.org; www.innovationprizeforafrica.org