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Young African Scientist? A Chance to win $25,000 at the Next Einstein Forum 2020

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Co-Creation Hub in partnership with Next Einstein Forum (NEF) has launched a call for the Sciencepreneur Investor Meetup – to find, identify and support Science-driven innovators, solving some of the continent’s biggest problems, with access to investors, training and resources.

The partnership seeks the next generation of young African scientists and technologists with solutions that fall under one or more of the AfDb High 5s.

The High 5s include: Integrate Africa, Light up & Power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialize Africa, and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa.

The objective of this meetup is to support some of the exceptional African science entrepreneurs (Sciencepreneurs) with pitch preparation and investment readiness sessions and thereafter, connect them to investors.

These sessions will take the form of a boot camp and are scheduled to hold before the NEF Global Gatherings in March 2020; the largest science and innovation gatherings on the African continent.

Shortlisted applicants will pitch before investors during the NEF Innovation Salon in Nairobi in March 2020, at the NEF Global Gathering where they can raise funding for their solutions.

In addition, the top 5 winning solutions will take home $25,000 for each category.

Benefits of the NEF Investor Meet Up to Sciencepreneurs:
  • Scientists will gain knowledge of how they create and deliver value
  • Gain a deep understanding of how to transition from lab to market
  • Be prepped on pitch preparation & investment readiness
  • Have an understanding of funding options & valuations
  • Be connected to investors at the NEF Global Gatherings in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Beyond the winning prize per category, startups will be matched with investors for a chance to raise funding

Receive a free ticket and accommodation to attend the NEF Global Gatherings in Nairobi Kenya in March 2020; the largest science and innovation gatherings on the African continent.

Who is eligible?
  • Be a holder of a passport from an African country
  • Africans/people of African descent living on the continent
  • Be 42 years of age or less as of 31 December 2019
  • You are passionate about raising Africa’s profile in STEM globally
  • You are able to clearly present your work to an audience in English or French
  • Hold a BSc/MBA/Ph.D. in a field of science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or the Social Sciences
How to apply

Applicants for the Next Einstein Forum can go ahead to apply here. The deadline for applications is Friday, December 20, 2019.


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