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2021 Africa Young Innovators for Health Award

January 21, 2021 - 20:47 -- Malaria World


Are you developing the next game-changing health innovation?

Application deadline March 31, 2021

The Africa Young Innovators for Health Award is launching its first competition designed to highlight and support the work of pioneering young entrepreneurs developing health innovations.


They want to encourage business entrepreneurship and help advance promising health care solutions that support and empower healthcare workers – those on the frontline of delivering healthcare to communities. Therefore, they are looking for innovative healthcare solutions aimed at supporting, protecting, and empowering healthcare workers through solutions like training programmes, providing protective equipment or improving the quality of healthcare.

Eligibility criteria

  • To be eligible to apply you must be aged between 18 and 35 at the time of applying for the Award
  • Be a citizen or resident of an African country
  • Successful applicants will need to show how their inventive healthcare solution is scalable, measurable and makes a lasting impact for healthcare workers

Evaluation criteria

  • Innovation. The submission must show, first and foremost, an innovative character this means it must break new ground and meet a challenge in its city, region or country
  • The applicant must show the innovation be scaled up and used in a wider region of the country, neighbouring countries or across the continent
  • Impact.  It must show a measurable and sustainable impact on health. It will be important to show not only that it supports, equips, protects and trains healthcare workers but that this is measurable and can be maintained and is therefore sustainable
  • Commercial viability. The innovation must be commercially viable, so we have to see that it is a business proposition, that it can compete effectively with its competitors and make profit

Award winners will receive:

  • Financial Support
  • A 3-month Business Mentorship programme from leading entrepreneurs
  • Technical support with Intellectual Property protection, if relevant
  • Gain exposure and recognition from global healthcare leaders and the public

Application deadline March 31, 2021

How to apply and read more about the 2021 Africa Young Innovators for Health Award