Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

The Africa Prize is now closed for applications and will reopen in 2017. 


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 will be invited to present at an event held in Africa and a winner will be selected to receive £25,000 along with runners-up, who will each be awarded £10,000. 


Meet Arthur Zang, from Cameroon, the 2015/16 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation winner.

Arthur Zang (centre) with judges Malcolm Brinded CBE FREng and Dr Bola Olabisi


BBC World News' coverage of the 2016 Africa Prize.

Arthur Zang's innovation – the Cardio-Pad, a small tablet device that allows any medical professional to perform heart diagnostics at any location – has earned him prize money of UK £25,000 (21 million FCFA). Arthur Zang competed against three other finalists at the final pitch event held in Dar es Salaam on 26 May 2016. 

Read more about the final and the winner in our press release.

On 1 December 2015 Dr Hilonga, the inaugural winner of the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, was invited to participate in the inaugural Pitch@Palace Africa held at St James' Palace in London, founded by the Duke of York, Alico Dangote and H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo and he was selected as the overall winner!


Dr Moses Musaazi, Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation judge and Siemens Stiftung Empowering People Award Winner

The Africa Prize is generously supported by The Shell Centenary Scholarship Fund, 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.