Frequently Asked Questions

What if I’m having trouble accessing the portal/website?

Please contact: info@africayounginnovatorsforhealth.org for any issues with the website/portal

Can I submit supporting documents (for example a video) as part of my application?

Yes, we welcome a short video, no more than 3 minutes, to introduce yourself and your team.

Is it ok if some of the information I submit is confidential or proprietary to a third party?

Do not submit confidential information. Only non-confidential information should be submitted and anything you submit will be treated as non-confidential.

What happens with IP (Intellectual Property)?

IFPMA and Speak Up Africa does not acquire any IP.  Any IP creation and/or protection remains the sole responsibility of the inventors.

Is a patent required to apply?

No, a patent is not required to apply.  However, you should not submit any information that you wish to keep confidential or that may negatively impact upon the future patentability of your invention.

What kind of technology is required for the Award?

There is no specific technology requirement for the Award. We are looking for innovative solutions, this means it must break new ground and meet a healthcare challenge in your city, region or country.

What are the specific criteria for application?

To be eligible to apply you must be aged between 18 and 35 at the time of applying for the Award and be a citizen or resident of an African country. Successful applicants will need to show how their inventive healthcare solution is scalable, measurable and makes a lasting impact for healthcare workers.

You must be able to show your innovation is scalable, measurable, has a sustainable and positive impact on healthcare workers and that their innovation is commercially viable and at least at the proof of concept stage. Submissions will be evaluated based on the following:

Innovation. The submission must show, first and foremost, an innovative character this means it must break new ground and meet a challenge in its city, region or country.

Scalability. The applicant must show the innovation be scaled up and used in a wider region of the country, neighbouring countries or across the continent.

Impact. It must show a measurable and sustainable impact on health. It will be important to show not only that it supports, equips, protects and trains healthcare workers but that this is measurable and can be maintained and is therefore sustainable.

Commercial viability. The innovation must be commercially viable, so we have to see that it is a business proposition, that it can compete effectively with its competitors and make profit.

What is the review process?

The application first assessed for its eligibility, before then being assessed on a points system on the winning criteria. Winners will then be shortlisted before being put to the jury for a final selection of the three winners.

How will the winners be selected?

The Jury team will select the 3 winners according to the winning criteria.

How many winners be selected?

Three winners will be selected for the Awards.

Can applications be submitted in any language?

The applications can be submitted in French and English only.

Who can I contact if I have questions about the Challenge or the application process?

You can contact the Award team at info@africayounginnovatorsforhealth.org or by using the Contact Us page

Where do I apply? And do I have to complete the application in one sitting?

Please apply using application form, here. You need to complete the application in one sitting.