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Applications for the Africa Innovation Fellowship Programme are invited from all female-owned engineering firms.

The answer to improving the African continent is to encourage female entrepreneurs. Are you an inventive African woman who has a keen interest in manufacturing, mining, engineering, or any of the other STEM fields? Do you cater to the need for growth in your country? Do you have what it takes to create a world-changing startup from scratch? If this is the case, we strongly urge you to apply for our fellowship programme for African innovation.

Since 2019, the Royal Academy of Engineering and Africa Innovation Fellowship (AIF) have collaborated to foster women-owned STEM breakthroughs throughout sub-Saharan Africa. The African Innovation Fund 2023 (AIF 2023) is an eight-month leadership and business development opportunity for African women innovators with early-stage engineering innovations or start-ups looking to grow, scale, and become investor-ready. A number of AIF alumni have gone on to successfully submit bids for the Royal Academy of Engineering's Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

WomHub was established in 2015 as a dedicated pan-African incubator for female business owners in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Manufacturing) fields. By offering a broad variety of services tailored particularly for female entrepreneurs, the specialised incubator and consulting firm WomHub fosters innovation along the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Manufacturing) value chain.

The Incubator and Accelerator supports STEM innovation by providing hackathons, venture creation, virtual and physical incubator and accelerator support. WomHub has successfully managed projects that are gender agnostic despite its expertise in working with female founders and female led innovation. Female-led innovators can get business support, event space, and co-working at the suitable WomHub Hubs in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

With a virtual masterclass series on concept and business incubation, leadership development, fundraising, and pitch readiness, AIF starts in October 2023 and ends in May 2024. The objective of the programme is to provide founders with the fully funded, on-site entrepreneurial bootcamp, professional engineering council, venture clinic, mentoring, and financial advising they need to transform their ground-breaking ideas into successful businesses.

Additional Information

Host Institution
Royal Academy of Engineering
Event Duration
Eight Months
Program Type
Partially Funded
Program Starts
October 19, 2023
Program Benefits
-The program's goal is to give founders the fully financed, on-site entrepreneurship bootcamp, professional engineering council, venture clinic, mentoring, and financial counselling they need to turn their ground-breaking ideas into profitable enterprises.

-Access to a network of seasoned mentors and subject-matter authorities.

-Workshops and Training: Complete company development training, covering product strategy, market access, external factors, and commercial models.

-Co-working Space: Use of a dedicated workspace with necessary tools.

-Opportunities for networking: Make contact with other business owners, financiers, and possible partners.

-Opportunities for Pitch: Demonstrate your startup to prospective partners and investors.

-Exposure: Make the world aware of your innovation.
Eligibility Criteria
- The applicant must have a startup or new business idea based on STEM that is registered and based in sub-Saharan Africa.

- Applicants must have created or be in the early stages of commercialising an engineering breakthrough that will assist a country or countries in sub-Saharan Africa on the social and/or environmental front.

- Each applicant must be a national of a nation in sub-Saharan Africa. The primary applicant for teams of two or more must be a citizen of a nation in Sub-Saharan Africa.

- No alumni of the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, or co-founders of alumni, shall be eligible for the AIF programme

- A steadfast dedication to pursuing entrepreneurship.

- Applicants must be above 18 years

Eligible Countries
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland/eSwatini, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Application Procedure
Check out the apply link.

As directed, fill out each required cell (sections include Founder Information, Business Information, and Declaration).

In the application form, upload any supporting papers.
Application Deadline
October 6, 0023

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