The Africa Young Innovators for Health Award is launching its first competition designed to highlight and support the work of pioneering young entrepreneurs developing health innovations. IFPMA and Speak Up Africa want to encourage business entrepreneurship and help advance promising health care solutions. This year, we are searching for solutions that support and empower healthcare workers – those on the frontline of delivering healthcare to communities.
Successful applicants need to show how their health innovation is scalable, measurable and makes a lasting impact on supporting and empowering healthcare workers. Those who do can receive funding of up to $40,000 and follow a business mentorship programme delivered by leading entrepreneurs to help bring their idea to life.
The “Africa Young Innovators for Health Award” is supported by AMREF Health Africa, BroadReach, Ecobank Academy, Forum Galien Africa, IntraHealth International, Microsoft 4Afrika, the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, Social Change Factory, Africa.com and Sci.Dev.
Applications will be open from 11 January 2021 to 31 March 2021. For more information, please visit https://africayounginnovatorsforhealth.org/
There are significant imbalances between men and women from access to funding, training and skills development, accessing professional networks and overall participation in competitive environments – all are key ingredients for a successful business.
The overall participation in competitive environments was particularly evident in the Africa Young Innovators for Health Award application process.
The Award programme attracted over 300 applications, yet only 21% were from women. The low number of female applicants is revealing of the structural gender inequalities in the field of scientific and technological innovation from the get-go. In response to these challenges, IFPMA and Speak Up Africa developed a dedicated program, the Women’s Innovators Incubator, as a practical attempt to address gender equality in the health innovation landscape by leveling the playing field and giving women innovators a chance to bring their projects closer to fruition.