16 African Startups Shortlisted for the 2019 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation
21-11-2018 06:37:46 | by: Nixon Kanali | hits: 6158 | Tags:

The Royal Academy of Engineering has announced the 16 African startups that have been shortlisted for the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

Now in its fifth year, The Africa Prize will give the innovators a chance of winning up to £25,000, and a chance to develop skills and network and become part of a growing community of talented African engineers working to accelerate socio-economic development through business.

“The shortlist has come to represent the most talented engineers on the continent,” said Rebecca Enonchong, Africa Prize judge and Cameroonian entrepreneur. “Through the Africa Prize, we’ve seen cutting-edge technologies and world-firsts develop into businesses that manufacture locally, and drive research and development on the continent. We can’t wait to meet the new group of engineering pioneers.”

After seven months’ mentoring and training, four finalists will be selected from the shortlist. In June 2019 the finalists will present their businesses to judges in front of a live audience in Kampala, after which one winner will receive £25,000, and three runners-up will be awarded £10,000 each.

  • 3-D-3-P Industrial dryer, Professor Dele Sanni from Nigeria – An industrial food dryer that dries grain for livestock feed faster, and increases the nutritional value of food stocks.

  • Baby Delivery Kits, Muzalema Mwanza from Zambia – Disposable, affordable and comprehensive equipment that helps midwives deliver babies safely.

  • Chanjoplus, Collince Oluoch from Kenya – An online platform that tracks immunisation data, helping health workers ensure all children are vaccinated.

  • Elo-cart, Kenneth Guantai from Kenya – A battery powered system that recoups energy from motion to self-power hand carts, used by traders, farmers and health workers.

  • Hybrid five-axis machine tool, Dr Lukas du Plessis from South Africa – A hybrid machine tool that increases productivity, but costs less than traditional machine tools to manufacture

  • JuaKaliSmart, James Ochuka from Kenya – an online platform that connects “JuaKali”, or informal artisans, directly to their customers.

  • KAOSHI, Chukwunonso Arinze from Nigeria – An online platform that exchanges currencies peer-to-peer instead of through banks, cutting costs and waiting periods.

  • Majik Water, Beth Koigi from Kenya – A technique for harvesting water from the air to provide a new source of affordable, clean drinking water for off-grid communities.

  • Pelebox Smart Lockers, Neo Hutiri from South Africa – A secure temperature-controlled lockers that eliminate medication queuing time for patients.

  • Sign-IO, Roy Allela from Kenya – A smart-glove that tracks and translates sign language movements into speech in real time.

  • Smart Brooder, George Kimani from Kenya – The system that takes the guess work out of poultry farming, automating heating systems according to animals’ ages.

  • Smart Havens Africa, Anne Rweyora from Uganda – A combination of technologies that help women acquire their first homes affordably and sustainably.

  • SolarKoodo, Safiatou Nana from Burkina Faso – A solar irrigation system that uniquely caters for semi-arid areas where precision and efficiency are essential.

  • The Vertical Farm, Paul Matovu from Uganda – A ‘farm-in-a-box’ for urban areas, using urban waste to grow high yielding plants.

  • WellNewMe, Dr Obi Igbokwe from Nigeria – An algorithmic approach to proactively identifying people at risk of contracting non-communicable diseases.

  • Zenafri, Elizabeth Kperrun from Nigeria – An app that teaches toddlers basic language and numeracy skills in their native tongue.