Ericsson Sub-Saharan Africa Innovation Awards for Entrepreneurs 2016

Ericsson Sub-Saharan Africa Innovation Awards for Entrepreneurs 2016

Are you a bright spark who has a unique, innovative ICT solution that can change the future of food?
Submit your entry to the Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa Innovation Awards 2016 today and you could win a $10, 000 cash prize, as well as an entry into the Global Innovation Awards.

The Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa Innovation Awards 2016 is a competition looking for the latest innovations in the future of food. Sub-Saharan Africa faces a rapidly growing population and as a result, food production will need to increase significantly.

We encourage young innovators and start-ups to use this opportunity to make a real difference by using technology and ICT to make a positive contribution towards sustainability in the food sector in sub-Saharan Africa.

The goal is to find innovations that promote sustainability in the future of food, whether it be in food production, packaging, information availability or distribution – we want to see your innovation and how it will change the future of the food industry as we know it!

The Innovation Awards recognizes thought leaders who create innovative technological solutions to empower communities and individuals, while working towards the goal of a fully networked society.

Outstanding ideas are rewarded to foster fresh talent. By competing in these awards, innovators will have the chance to showcase their ideas, grow their networks and reputations, and receive start-up support and guidance from leading African businesspeople.

How to enter and what to expect

Tell us your big idea by completing the application form. You’ll need to provide a 3-page business case and 3-minute video (maximum) as part of your entry.

Your Big Idea:

Please share your Future of Food idea with us. We are looking for any idea that you think will contribute to the Future of Food – it can be highly technical or it can be a more social concept but please remember the solution needs to involve ICT.

Team Requirements:

  • If you wish to partake in the student category, all team members will need to be a registered student at a tertiary institution on October 1, 2016. Your team must be a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4. Students from all years and all fields of study are eligible to participate, including PhD students. We encourage diversity in our teams and are open to teams of different nationalities, universities and fields of study.
  • If you wish to partake in the start-up category, your annual turnover must be less than USD800 000.

Business Case requirements:

Your business case will need to include: a product description, a problem statement and solution, a financial analysis and a sustainability analysis. It should be no longer than 3 pages.

Video Submission requirements:

You will need to submit a video or provide a link to a video of your innovation. This video must be no longer than 3 minutes. The video needs to show what the innovation is, and how it works through a demonstration. It would also be nice to include an introduction of you and your start-up.

(Please note that the video does not need to be a professional production, but needs to meet the following specs: landscape orientation and quality of 720p or 1080p. It can be filmed on a high quality smartphone.)

Deadline for submission of applications: Monday 31 October 2016.

Adjudication process:

  • A judging panel will select ten semi-finalists.
  • One winner will be chosen from the semi-finalists.
  • The semi-finalists will be presented at the awards ceremony in a video that will showcase their innovations.
  • The Winner/winning team will be awarded and will present their innovation at the awards ceremony.

Selection Criteria

The jury will evaluate submissions based on the follow criteria:

  • How well the innovation addresses the theme “The Future of Food”. What specific problem is stated and how does the innovation solve this problem in a unique manner?
  • The impact of the innovation on sustainability levels/ how socially responsible is the innovation.
  • How well the team members have collaborated – teams with members from different universities, fields of study, backgrounds and nationalities will have an edge in the jury process.
  • The level of scalability of the innovation to be deployed in different markets or user segments (consumers and/ or organisations). This includes the reach of the innovation (global, regional, local).
  • The financial implication of the innovation. The financial analysis in the business case should verify this. Does the innovation generate revenue or will it be used for cost reduction?
  • Ease of development and speed to market. This should be explained in the business case.
  • The impact of the innovation: ease for potential customers to deploy (account for time, change of behaviour, money). This should cover the benefits of this innovation (e.g. user benefits, efficiency).
  • Demonstration of the innovation and standing by this idea through a lite-prototype or minimum viable product. This needs to be submitted in the 3 minute video.

Please do visit the Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa Innovation Awards 2016 website to learn more about the competition.

Once again, deadline for submission of entries is Monday, October 31, 2016.

Good luck as you apply.

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