The Africa Prize Final 2023
On Thursday 6 July, four finalists pitched their businesses in Accra, Ghana for the chance to win £25,000 and be crowned the winner of the 2023 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.
For the past eight months, 15 talented entrepreneurs have undertaken intensive training and mentoring from international business leaders and experts. These entrepreneurs represent ten countries including, for the first time, Angola and Sierra Leone. Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe are also represented on this year’s shortlist.
This year’s final was hosted on Thursday 6 July in Accra, Ghana and was also livestreamed internationally for viewers at home. The Africa Prize winners received £25,000 and three finalists won £10,000 each. The event also included an audience vote for the most impactful ‘One to Watch’ pitch and an exhibition to allow attendees to explore and connect with the Africa Prize 2023 shortlist. Those unable to attend in person could join an online livestream and participate in the One to Watch vote.
The final was hosted by Ato Ulzen-Appiah, Director at GhanaThink Foundation and Entrepreneurship Development Specialist at Kosmos Innovation Centre.
A keynote was delivered by Professor Elsie Effah Kaufman, a biomedical engineer, Dean of the School of Engineering Sciences at the University of Ghana, and host of the Ghana National Science and Maths Quiz.
The closing remarks were delivered by the British High Commissioner for Ghana, Harriet Thompson.
The innovations shortlisted in 2023 tackle challenges central to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals