Innovation Prize for Africa 2016 comes to Botswana
By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana
Botswana has won the bid to host the fifth annual Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA). IPA is a landmark programme of the African Innovation Foundation (AIF), whose purpose is to increase the prosperity of Africans by catalyzing the innovation spirit in Africa.
According to the Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) manger responsible for communications, Tigele Mokobi, the Botswana government, through the Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology (MIST) in collaboration with Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) submitted the bid to host the IPA in an effort to build the national innovation ecosystem.
“The bid, which has the endorsement of His Excellency President Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama, celebrates IPA’s 5 year milestone in helping to shape the innovation landscape in Africa,” said Mokobi in a statement communicated to biztechafrica.
To date, IPA has attracted more than 6000 innovators from 50 African countries, making it a truly Pan-African initiative, he added.
This year’s event with its “Made in Africa” theme promises to be ground-breaking, extending beyond the Awards ceremony. AIF is offering several avenues of opportunity for local, national and international growth and exposure to Africa’s next cadre of innovators. The event will provide an unprecedented platform for African innovators and innovation enablers to network, share knowledge, explore business opportunities and boost collaboration.
Botswana Innovation Hub in collaboration with the Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology and the African Innovation Foundation will conduct a Press Conference to announce details of the IPA at the Gaborone International Convention Center (GICC) on the 20th of January. One of the panelists is Pauline Mujawamariya from the Innovation Prize for Africa secretariat.