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Kofi Annan Award for Innovation in Africa [€250,000 Grant]

Deadline: December 1st, 2021

Apply to receive up to 250,000 Euros in grants, intensive training in Innovation Bootcamp and hands-on support from a strong network of mentors, investors and business partners.

The Kofi Annan Award aims to identify and support promising social entrepreneurs with digital or technology-powered solutions for people in Africa to help them build the foundations to scale.

For the 2021 Kofi Annan Award they are seeking innovative solutions from across the African continent to contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 3, Good Health and Well-Being, with a strong focus on achieving high quality universal health coverage.

With your application for the Kofi Annan Award for Innovation in Africa you will get the chance to:

  • win up to EUR 250,000 in grants as a finalist and attend a 12-month accelerator program
  • participate in a 5-day innovation bootcamp
  • present your solution to a distinguished jury
  • network with mentors, investors and potential business partners
  • gain international exposure

Why You Should Apply

The WFP Innovation Accelerator together with the Federal Chancellery of Austria (BKA), the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the Kofi Annan Foundation (KAF) wish to support innovative solutions that address the urgent healthcare needs of people across Africa. Therefore, offer is:

  • To select 9 teams that will be invited to participate in a fully virtual WFP Innovation Bootcamp, where they will benefit from the chance to work with technical and industry mentors who will provide guidance to further develop and refine their solutions.
  • Projects that make it to bootcamp have the opportunity to apply to the Austrian Development Agency for 3 x EUR 250,000.
  • The 3 ventures that are each awarded EUR 250.000 will also join the WFP Sprint Programme, a 12-month acceleration programme with access to mentorship, and a global network of partners.
  • The final 9 ventures will be able to tap into and leverage a network of relevant businesses, investors and mentors.

Who Can Apply?

The 2021 Kofi Annan Award is seeking to support technology-powered solutions and approaches that are helping to achieve high quality universal health coverage in African countries, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.

They welcome applications from social entrepreneurs with digital or technology-powered solutions for people in Africa who are addressing one or more of the following challenges:

  • Availability and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines (including production, transport and distribution, as well as financial mechanisms allowing for affordability)
  • Access to quality essential healthcare services (including telemedicine: diagnostics, data exchange between health posts and specialists in hospitals and mHealth (Mobile Health):
  • Availability and access to mental health services (including training of mental health practitioners, tele-health solutions and projects aiming at de-stigmatisation)
  • Better prevention and prophylaxis: early warning, risk reduction, and management of health risks (including disease prevention and prophylaxis and health awareness)
  • Improve financial risk protection for the most vulnerable (including micro-insurance solutions, reduction of out-of pocket expenses, prepayment and pooling of resources for health)
  • Wildcard: high potential disruptive innovations in the digital health space are welcomed to apply.

Visit Kofi Annan Award for more information.

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