IPA Prize Ghana misses out of Innovation Prize

Out of ten nominees of the biggest prize for African Innovators, there is no single Ghanaian

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The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) has officially released the nominees of the 6th edition of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) event.

However, the event organized here in Ghana has no innovator among the list of shortlisted nominees

IPA seeks to inspire the growth of Africa’s innovation hub by strengthening competition and encouraging Africans to invent solutions for the challenges facing the continent.

The yearly ceremony awards African innovators with US$ 185 000 and a strong network base to advance their innovation. As part, the event is the Second Innovation Ecosystems Connector a networking event for African innovators.  The two-day event commences today 17th and ends tomorrow 18 July 2017, in Accra.

Here is a list of the nominees.

Peris Bosire: FarmDrive (Kenya)

Peris Bosire (26 years) is a social entrepreneur and co-founder of FarmDrive. She previously won the 2016 Queen's Young Leaders Award from Her Majesty the Queen and the 2016 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work.

Her company, FarmDrive assesses data of farmers to determine the risk involved in their work and given them a better chance at gained loans from credit facilities.

Gift Gana: Dr.CADx (Zimbabwe)

Gift Gana is a 34-year old tech entrepreneur whose company Avelgood Apps has won several tech awards.

Dr CADx is a computer aided diagnostic system that helps doctors and health care workers diagnose medical images more accurately.

Dougbeh-Chris Nyan: A New Technology for Rapid Detection of Many Infections Using Only One Test (Liberia)

Dr. Dougbeh Christopher Nyan is a 53-year-old medical doctor who developed a fast test that can identify about seven infections in at most 40 minutes. The doctor’s easy-to-use innovation has been published in respected international journals like "Nature-Scientific Reports". 

Aly El-Shafei: Smart Electro-Mechanical Actuator Journal Integrated Bearing "SEMAJIB" (Egypt)

Prof. Aly El-Shafei is an MIT trained engineer mechanical engineering who has received many grants and awards for his innovation.

His SEMAJIB technology is applicable in turbine efficiency and can, therefore, be used to curb Africa’s energy problems. The first of its kind, Siemens, and other international cooperation in the West have shown interest in technology

Omolabake Adenle: Voice Recognition and Speech Synthesis Software for African Languages (Nigeria)

Omolabake Adenle’s start-up, AJA.LA Studios develops voice recognition and speech synthesis applications for African languages. Currently, the Swahili and Yoruba versions among other 14 languages are available for testing.

Philippa Ngaju Makobore: Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed Infusion Set (ECGF) (Uganda)

Philippa Ngaju Makobore’s innovation the Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed Infusion Set (ECGF) is designed to accurately administer intravenous (IV) fluids and drugs by controlling the rate of fluid flow based on feedback from a drop sensor.

Olanisun Olufemi Adewole: Sweat TB Test (Nigeria)

Olanisun’s innovation takes the sweat of patients to test their positivity for tuberculosis.

Nzola Swasisa: Lokole (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Nzola Swasisa is a radio communications technician from the Congo DRC. Nzola has decades of experience working with telecommunications infrastructure and nonprofits in underserved communities in the DRC, Angola, Zambia, Mozambique, and Namibia.

Nzola's innovation, Lokole provides the cheapest platform to communicating through email in the continent.

Badr Idrissi: Atlan Space (Morocco)

Badr Idrissi is CEO and Co-Founder of ATLAN Space a deep-technology start-up. Atlan Space develops software technology that is then deployed to manage the operations of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. 

Nokwethu Khojane: Lakheni (South Africa)

Nokwethu is one of the founders of Lakheni. Lakheni is a social and business model innovation which seeks to aggregate low-income households into buying-groups in order to negotiate favorable discounts for goods and services supplied to these households.

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