The Africa Prize encourages ambitious and talented sub-Saharan African engineers from all disciplines to apply their skills to develop scalable solutions to local challenges.

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The Africa Prize encourages ambitious and talented sub-Saharan African engineers from all disciplines to apply their skills to develop scalable solutions to local challenges, highlighting the importance of engineering as an enabler of improved quality of life and economic development. Crucial commercialisation support is awarded to a shortlist of innovative applicants through a six-month period of training and mentoring.

Following this period of mentorship, finalists are invited to present at an event held in Africa and a winner is selected to receive £25,000 along with runners-up, who are each awarded £10,000. 

The shortlist for the 2018 Africa Prize was announced in November 2017

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Meet the 2018 shortlist

The 2018 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation shortlist was announced in Cape Town, South Africa, on 15 November 2017. The shortlist includes engineers working to make malaria and reproductive health tests easier, using dolphin-inspired echo-location for visually impaired people, and recovering precious metals from car parts for re-use in manufacturing. The group also includes agricultural innovators and process engineers, as well entrepreneurs developing educational solutions and digital apps.

The 16 shortlisted engineers are now embarking upon a six-month programme of support including funding, business training, bespoke mentoring and access to the Royal Academy of Engineering’s network of engineers and business development experts. In June 2018, finalists will present their businesses to judges in front of a live audience before a winner and three runners-up are chosen.

Full profiles: 2018 Africa Prize shortlist


Winner of the 2017 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation: Godwin Benson from Nigeria

Godwin Benson's innovation – Tuteria, is an online platform that links students to qualified tutors in their area and within their budget. Users find the skill they want to learn on their app, set their budsget, and wait to be connected. He has been awarded with the prize money of £25,000 (10.3 million Nigerian Naira) following a competitive final pitch event against three other finalists held in Nairobi on 23 May 2017. 

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Full profiles: 2017 Africa Prize shortlist


The Africa Prize is generously supported by The Shell Centenary Scholarship Fund and the UK Government's Global Challenges Research Fund.

Historical sponsors have included Consolidated Contractors Company, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Africa Prosperity Fund, ConocoPhillips and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

If you would like to know more or are interested in being involved please contact the Africa Prize team at the Royal Academy of Engineering.