Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

The Africa Prize is now OPEN for applications 


We are delighted to announce the 2015/2016 Finalists!

20152016 Africa Prize shortlist


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 Dr Askwar Hilonga, the first winner of the Africa Prize for Enginneering Innovation.

Dr Askwar Hilonga’s innovation – a sand-based water filter that cleans contaminated drinking water using nanotechnology – has earned him prize money of UK £25,000 (TZS 79 million). Dr Hilonga competed against three other finalists at the final pitch event held in Cape Town on 1 June 2015. 

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

On 1 December 2015 Dr Hilonga 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.