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BioInnovate Africa 2021-2022 Bioscience Innovation Bootcamp for Entrepreneurial Scientists

About the Bioscience Innovation Bootcamp BioInnovate Africa and BeCA-ILRI Hub in collaboration with Inclusive Business Sweden and Villgro Africa have organised a 5-day bioscience innovation bootcamp for entrepreneurial scientists in central and eastern Africa to empower them to develop innovative and commercially viable biological based ideas in areas including but not limited to: BIOSCIENCE INNOVATION BOOTCAMP, 2021 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Empowering entrepreneurial scientists to develop innovative and commercially viable biobased ideas;

  • . Agroecology
  • Bioenergy 
  • Biomaterials 
  • Biopharmaceuticals 
  • Biotechnology 
  • Food and Feed 
  • Green chemicals
  •  Plant and animal diseases diagnostics
  •  Wastewater treatment

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About BioInnovate Africa

BioInnovate Africa is a regional innovation-driven bioeconomy initiative established in 2010 with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). It is implemented by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), and operates in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and also involves partners in South Sudan. BioInnovate Africa (BA) assists countries in eastern Africa to build a sustainable bioeconomy based on revolutionary advances in bioscience and bioengineering, thereby diversifying sources of economic growth in the region.... read more


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BioInnovate Africa Bioscience Innovation Bootcamp


Aim and Benefits of BioInnovate Africa Bioscience Innovation Bootcamp

  • . You will gain skills in packaging your innovative idea and making it commercially viable and ready for investment
  • . You will increase your chances of being eligible for future funding and technical assistance by BioInnovate Africa and Villgro Africa.
  •  You will have the opportunity to pitch your innovative idea to potential investors during the bootcamp and a possibility to secure funding.
  •  Additionally, you will network with a wide range of stakeholders during the second regional Bioeconomy conference taking place in November 2021

Requirements for BioInnovate Africa Bioscience Innovation Bootcamp Qualification

  • An innovative biobased idea with potential for commercial application (40 points)
  • Technical proof of concept will be preferred over unproven ideas (30 points).
  •  A committed multidisciplinary team of three (3) members. It is highly preferrable to have the idea bearer in the team (30 points).

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Interview date, Process and Venue for BioInnovate Africa Bioscience Innovation Bootcamp

Successful teams will be notified through email by 3rd September 2021. Selected teams are expected to participate in the bootcamp for five days on 11-15 October 2021. Teams with promising ideas will pitch their innovative ideas to potential investors during a demo day on 15 October 2021.


Documents Required for Application

  • A support letter/email from your organisation of affiliation (signed by e.g., the head of department or supervisor)
  •  CVs of the team •
  • A one-page personal motivation statement by the team leader
  •  A PowerPoint application document 


Application Deadline

August 16, 2021


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to BioInnovate Africa on grants.bioinnovate-africa.org to apply

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