The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, run by The Royal Academy of Engineering recently announced its 2020 shortlist of African innovators developing engineering solutions to meet local challenges. Three (3) out of the sixteen (16) shortlisted candidates are 2019 WomEng Fellows.
Aisha Raheem from Nigeria and Charlette N’Guessan from Ghana were part of WomEng’s first cohort on the Africa Innovation Fellowship hosted in Uganda while Catherine Tasankha Chaima from Malawi was selected as part of WomEng’s first Fellowship programme for university-level students hosted in Malawi under the Africa Catalyst project.
Aisha is the founder of Farms2U, providing tech solutions that help farmers and families prevent food waste and enhance nutrition.
Charlette is the founder of BACE API, a system that uses live facial recognition technology to verify identities and prevent financial and online identity fraud.
Catherine is the founder of Cathel, an affordable antibacterial soap made from agricultural waste and other plant-based extracts. Catherine is also a final year chemical engineering student at the Malawi University of Science and Technology and the first shortlisted candidate from Malawi in the history of the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.
The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, is Africa’s biggest prize dedicated to engineering innovation. It awards crucial commercialisation support to ambitious African innovators developing scalable engineering solutions to local challenges, demonstrating the importance of engineering as an enabler of improved quality of life and economic development.
The shortlisted candidates have much to look forward to with an eight-month period of tailored training and mentoring culminates in a showcase event where a winner is selected to receive £25,000 along with three runners-up, who are each awarded £10,000.
For more information about the African Prize for Engineering Innovation: https://www.raeng.org.uk/news/news-releases/2019/november/royal-academy-of-engineering-recognises-the-ambiti