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WomEng Africa Innovation Fellowship 2020 for Female African Innovators

Inviting all female African innovators with an early stage engineering innovation or startup to apply for Africa Innovation Fellowship 2020.

Africa Innovation Fellowship, powered by WomEng and the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation is a nine-month leadership and business development opportunity for female African innovators with an early stage engineering innovation or startup.

Africa Innovation Fellowship (AIF) kicks off with an in-person training week in Accra, Ghana from 14 to 17 June 2020, focused on idea and business incubation, leadership development, networking and getting pitch-ready. The Fellowship training week is followed by nine months of personalised virtual support with regular check-ins and milestones, ending in March 2021.

Apply now for this unique opportunity to take your innovation to the next level.

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About Women in Engineering (WomEng)

WomEng is an authentic values-driven organisation for women in engineering by predominantly women engineers who have developed programmes to address the issues facing women in the engineering sector from school level all the way through to industry. Being a dynamic organisation, WomEng has been able to meet the changing demands and needs of the global engineering industry through effective lobbying, advocacy, capacity building and engagement of the sector. WomEng has been able to deliver cost effective, impactful programming and has a successful track record since 2006 in developing program... read more


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Aim and Benefits of WomEng Entrepreneurs

The Africa Innovation Fellowship aims to develop the talent pipeline for future cohorts of the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

Fellowship candidates who apply and are subsequently shortlisted for the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation will receive additional individual coaching and mentoring to support them in getting pitch ready.


Requirements for WomEng Entrepreneurs Qualification

  1. Applicants must be a female founder or co-founder. Note that the individual can be from a mixed team of co-founders
  2. Individual applicants must be citizens of a country within Sub-Saharan Africa*. For teams of two or more, the lead applicant must be a citizen of a country within Sub-Saharan Africa.
  3. The innovation must be based in a country in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  4. Applicants must have an engineering innovation, though they are not required to be an engineering graduate or student themselves.
  5. Industrial researchers and establishments are not eligible to apply.
  6. The lead applicant must be over the age of 18. There is no upper age limit.
  7. The applicant’s innovation can be any new product, technology or service, based on research in engineering defined in its broadest sense to encompass a wide range of fields, including: agricultural technology, biotechnology, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, design engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, ICT, materials science, mechanical engineering, and medical engineering. If you are in any doubt that your area of expertise would be considered engineering, then please contact [email protected] to discuss your application.
  8. Applicants should have an early stage engineering innovation and/or startup that:
  9. Will bring social and/or environmental benefits to a country/countries in Sub-Saharan Africa
  10. Is accompanied by an ambitious but realistic business plan which is near-ready or has been tested for commercial viability
  11. Has strong potential to be replicated and scaled up.

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Interview date, Process and Venue for WomEng Entrepreneurs

  1. Successful candidates notified: 20 April 2020
  2. Fellowship Week Ghana: 14 to 17 June 2020
  3. Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation Submission deadline: 23 July 2020
  4. Online support & mentoring: June to March 2021

Application Deadline

April 1, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Women in Engineering (WomEng) on bit.ly to apply

For more details, visit WomEng website



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