Kofi Annan Award for Innovation in Africa 2021

Apply to receive up to 250,000 Euros in grants, intensive training in our Innovation Bootcamp and hands-on support from a strong network of mentors, investors and business partners. The programme will take place in English only.

Application Deadline extended: 5 December 2021 at 11:59 pm (CET)

We invite all African social entrepreneurs and purpose-driven enterprises with digital healthcare solutions and a measurable social impact to apply for this pan-african Award for Innovations. Please find more details here. 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

Let us connect African, European and Austrian entrepreneurs to scale up and boost the social impact of innovative digital solutions. 

About the Award

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Benefits for finalists

what we offer, as described below

How it works

1 Source: A Panafrican call for innovations is launched and promoted be international and regaional partners. 2 Boost: 9 Teams are invited to take part in an innovation bootcamp and pitch to a jury panel. 3 Award: The 3 teams with highest potential are awarded 250.000 EUR. Winners are presented at a prestigiuos public event. 4 Accelerate: The 3 winning teams ventures receive support throught 12 months to build the foundations for growth.

Tapping into African Entrepreneurs‘ potential for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

By 2035, Africa will have the world’s largest labour force. By 2050, more than half of the world’s population growth will happen in Africa. With a fast growing and young population, Africa is at the forefront of the digital economy. Already today, the continent boasts one of the world’s highest entrepreneurship rates – women in Africa are twice more likely to start a business than women elsewhere in the world.

This growth will bring with it in equal measure unique challenges and opportunities. The Kofi Annan Award for Innovation in Africa seeks to raise awareness for the potential African entrepreneurs hold to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and honour the late Kofi Annan’s legacy and commitment to a more just and equitable world.

Africa – Europe: Taking cooperation to the digital age

Federal chancellor Sebastian Kurz with Paul Kagame, president of Ruanda, at the High Level Forum Africa - Europe on 18 decembre 2018.

Austrian Federal Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg remains committed to the vision of the Kofi Annan Award for Africa that was born out of the "High-Level Forum Africa – Europe: taking cooperation to the digital age" hosted by then Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and President Paul Kagame in the framework of Austria’s presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2018. The Forum highlighted the untapped potential for deepening the partnership between Africa and Europe in technology exchange and trade as well as their importance for economic growth, creating employment opportunities, building resilient societies and fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals.

In line with the High Level Forum and Austria’s 'bridge-building' tradition, the Kofi Annan Award for Innovation in Africa seeks to promote innovation and digitalisation as a key enabler of development and contribute to a new partnership of equals between Africa and Europe.