Spotlight on Innovators changing the face of the African innovation ecosystem –

July 12, 2017
Source: thebftonline.com l Ghana
Spotlight on Innovators changing the face of the African innovation ecosystem –

The Innovation Prize for Africa

 

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) on Thursday, 15th June 2017 announced the top 10 nominees who will be contending for the 2017 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) taking place at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel, Accra, Ghana on 18th July 2017. The event themed “African Innovation: Investing in Prosperity” is going to be the sixth IPA Award.

 

Meet 6 of the innovators shining as part of the top 10 nominees for the Innovation Prize for Africa 2017 awards

Adewole:

  1. Name of your innovation and one line overview

Sweat TB test. A rapid non-invasive diagnostic test to detect tuberculosis.

  1. What does local innovation mean to you and why does African need more need-based innovation?

This is home grown innovation, conceived, largely produced and implemented in African setting. 
Need based innovation addresses major problems people encounter regularly. For Africa, such innovations provide a sustainable pathway to socioeconomic recovery and growth. 


  1. How do you think AIF can add value to your innovations?

The opportunity to showcase the innovation so far is unique and remarkable. I hope AIF will be able to assit in securing funds and other supports required to reach market and scale. 

 

Gift Gana:

  1. Name of your innovation 

DrCADx

 

  1. One-line overview

Dr CADx is democratising access to quality radiology services by providing highly accurate, fast and low cost computer aided diagnosis for medical images.

 

  1. What does local innovation mean to you and why does African need more need-based innovation?

Local innovation is focused on creating solutions relevant for local communities or markets. In my case I have identified the problem of a shortage of radiologists in Zimbabwe, that is shared by pretty much all other African countries and have applied artificial intelligence technology to solve it.

 

The many problems that we face in Africa present a great opportunity for local innovators to grow their prosperity by developing commercially viable and sustainable solutions to those problems. Additionally, at present we see very little inter-Africa trade which is crucial to regional development, and as such I see that the creation of local solutions that can be replicated across Africa producing an opportunity of increasing that trade as we market those solutions across the continent.

 

  1. How do you think AIF can add value to your innovations?

Networks are essential in the successful dissemination and commercialisation of innovations and I see AIF playing a great role in helping us publicising the work we are doing on Dr CADx. I also hope that AIF will be able to connect us with potential partners to advance our solution in helping our carry out clinical trials and introduce our innovation in various markets across Africa, and to connect with investors to fund our project.

 

Nzola:

  1. Name of your innovation and one line overview

LOKOLE. It is a device that enables access to efficient email communications via cellular network at a price one hundred to one thousand time cheaper than via regular cellular bandwidth cost. 

  1. What does local innovation mean to you and why does African need more need-based innovation?

Local innovation means to me to create solutions for local problems and Africans need more based innovation because it will provide training and employment for the locals and easy to scale.

  1. How do you think AIF can add value to your innovations?

AIF can add value to my innovations by networking and connecting me to VC’s and to potential customers.

 

 

Dougbeh:

  1. Name of your innovation and one line overview

Title of Innovation: "A New Technology for Rapid Detection of Many Infectious Using Only One Test" 

My technology is a simple, affordable, and rapid diagnostic test that is applicable in resource-limited settings to detect and differentiate many infections in less than an hour, thus serving the health needs of neglected communities and populations. 

  1. What does local innovation mean to you and why does African need more need-based innovation?

I believe that locally derived innovations genuinely address the essential and actual needs of the community its people, as opposed to solutions that are sometimes imposed on African communities from the outside.

3.?How do you think AIF can add value to your innovations?

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) is doing a great work harnessing talents from the African Continent. By its support and promotion of my innovation, the AIF can further highlight the importance of my innovation which addresses a critical health care diagnostic question in under-served and neglected communities. Emphasizing the societal beneficial utility of my Rapid Multiplex Pathogen Diagnostic Test and connecting with interested partners will go a long way in enhancing the worth of our innovation.

 

Aly:

  1. Name of your innovation and one line overview

Smart Electro-Mechanical Actuator Journal Integrated Bearing (SEMAJIB) is a smart controllable bearing for large power generation turbines that can provide sustainable high load/high speed operation.

 

  1. What does local innovation mean to you and why does African need more need-based innovation?

Local innovation means unique local solutions to local and global problems.  Africa has not lived to its full potential as an innovative continent; by adopting and supporting need-based innovation African can solve many of their local problems and contribute significantly to the World economy.

 

  1. How do you think AIF can add value to your innovations?

AIF is already adding value by providing exposure to African innovation, connecting stakeholders and communicating with innovators, public and governments.

 

 

Badr:

 

  1. Name of your innovation and one line overview

 

ATLAN Space® Intelligence behind Smarter and Truly Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Performing long Endurance Missions

 

  1. What does local innovation mean to you and why does African need more need-based innovation?

 

Africans are innovators by definition, a simple look on the day to day challenges people on the continent are facing every day, and the way we are dealing with them, will convince you that all Africans are living an innovative life style. In fact, whether it is the little boy fetching cactus fruit with a bamboo stick, or the girl cooling water with clay jars wrapped in wet cotton rag, innovation is common place. But what we are still missing is confidence, we need to believe in ourselves, to understand that no one can solve Africa needs better than Africans themselves, that we are not only able to innovated on traditional industry but also in Biotechnology, Fintech, Deep Technology …

 

  1. How do you think AIF can add value to your innovations?

 

For any startup to succeed, it needs 3 magical ingredients: paying customers, engaged partners, and interested investors. AIF through its network facilitates the access to all the 3 success ingredients, but most importantly AIF believes in Africa and the Innovation coming from the continent, this is something you get sure about when interacting with the great team of AIF. Once you see the efforts they are putting, not only for the IPA to succeed, but for the startups to succeed, then you feel that you are part of the winning team.