Kofi Annan Award for Innovation in Africa 2021

Apply up to receive 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. Dates for submission will be announced in September 2021.

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 in the Call for Innovations. With your application for the Kofi Annan Award for 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

what we offer, as described below

What we offer

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Social Enterprises that are accepted to the Innovation Bootcamp will have the opportunity to pitch to a high-level jury that will determine which 3 teams will each receive a grant of 250,000 EUR from the Austrian Development Agency.

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Finalists will gain international recognition and exposure.

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9 social enterprises will be accepted to participate in a fully virtual WFP Innovation Bootcamp, where they will benefit from the chance to work with technical and industry experts, who will provide guidance to further develop and refine their solutions.

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Selected teams will be able to connect with an entrepreneur ecosystem and leverage a strong network of mentors, investors and business to accelerate implementation.

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The 3 winning teams will additionally benefit from the WFP Sprint Programme, a 12-month acceleration programme with access to mentorship, knowledge management and WFP’s global network of partners.

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.

How we select innovations

how we select

Innovations will be evaluated and selected according to the following criteria: 
1. Impact & Scalability: The idea has the potential to positively impact the health and wellbeing of a specific population. 
2. Business Model: the project has a scalable product/service with sustainable revenue generation and scalable financial model. 
3. Team: The team members have relevant experience, are committed to the project and ability to implement the solution. 
4. Innovativeness: The idea is a new technology, the approach of applying existing technology, process or business model addressing a problem. 
5. Traction: The innovation has shown demonstrable results in terms revenue, customers, investments, or grants.