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Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Investor Meetup Pitch 2020




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The third edition of the Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering will have a new program, NEF Investor Meetup holding concurrently.

The objective of this meetup is to support some of the exceptional African science entrepreneurs (Sciencepreneurs) with pitch preparation and investment readiness sessions and thereafter, connect them to investors. These sessions will take the form of a bootcamp and are scheduled to hold before the NEF Global Gatherings in March 2020; the largest science and innovation gatherings on the African continent.

At the end of the bootcamp, the Scientists will gain knowledge of how they create and deliver value, through their solution, to their end-users. In addition, they will have an understanding of funding options, valuations and how to tell a compelling story when pitching their solution to investors.

The underlying goal is to show that successful African science entrepreneurs can demonstrate that, given the right investment and access to training and resources, they can compete on the regional and world stage.

What we are looking for?

1. Sciencepreneurs with ideas/ solutions that fall under the following          
         categories in line with the AfDB High 5s:

  • Integrate Africa
  • Light up & power Africa
  • Feed Africa
  • Industrialize Africa
  • Integrate & improve the quality of life for the people of Africa

2. Adequately researched problem with a clear picture of the target                        segment it affects
3. The solution should be at the idea stage or MVP stage [proven/tested                       scientific solutions]
4. Early-stage companies and scientists interested in commercializing their            solution
5. The innovation/ breakthrough idea could be from an individual or an existing company. It must improve on an existing process or be                          completely new [i.e. hasn’t been done in the Sciencepreneur’s region/               in Africa]

Benefits of the NEF Investor Meet Up to Sciencepreneurs

  1. Scientists will gain knowledge of how they create and deliver value
  2. Gain a deep understanding of how to transition from lab to market
  3. Be prepped on pitch preparation & investment readiness
  4. Have an understanding of funding options & valuations
  5. Be connected to investors at the NEF Global Gatherings in Nairobi, Kenya
  6. Pitch your idea for a chance to win $25,000 per category [AfDB High 5s]. Beyond the winning prize per category, startups will be matched with investors for a chance to raise funding.
  7. Receive a free ticket and accommodation to attend the NEF Global Gatherings in Nairobi Kenya in March 2020; the largest science and innovation gatherings on the African continent.

Who is eligible?

  1. Be a  holder of a passport from an African country
  2. Africans/people of African descent living on the continent
  3. Be 42 years of age or less as of 31 December 2019
  4. You are passionate about raising Africa’s profile in STEM globally
  5. You are able to clearly present your work to an audience in English or French
  6. Hold a Bsc/MBA/ PhD in a field of science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or the Social Sciences
  7. Available to travel from March 5 to March 13, 2020
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Just Imagine If… 2020 Competition



Do you have an innovative idea for a world-changing enterprise? Enter the JUST IMAGINE IF… 2020 competition for a chance to turn your idea into reality.


just IMAGINE if… is an annual international social enterprise and innovation competition, hosted by Durham University and Ella’s Kitchen founder, Paul Lindley.

The competition is open to anyone across the global who has a business idea which tackles at least one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. just IMAGINE if… exists to drive social, economic and environmental change in the world by helping little ideas become big impact realities.

Ten shortlisted finalists will present their business idea in front of a panel of expert business leaders at the March 2020 final in Durham.


Each finalist will receive mentoring from a leading businessperson and professional pitch training from One Young World to perfect their presentation ahead of the event, and will attend a bespoke course at Durham Business School.

The winner will receive bespoke research support worth over £75,000 from Durham University, plus invaluable bespoke support from key business partners.


Applicants will need to submit a video and written document which will be judged by a panel of judges. Applicants will need to:

  • Demonstrate a clear vision of how the business idea will work and its viability.
  • Provide a clear explanation as to the sustainability and scalability of the business idea.
  • Provide a definition of which of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals the idea aims to tackle and how.
  • Explain the impact that winning the research prize will make on your ability to develop your business idea.

Learn more and apply below. Any questions, email



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Administered by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) and a Board of Trustees, the annual Al-Sumait Prize honors individuals or institutions who have through their work or research made significant advances in the fields of food security, health and education in Africa.

The prize is awarded annually within one of three fields – Food Security, Health and Education – and has a value of $1,000,000 (One million US dollars).

The Prize is to be awarded to individuals or institutions who through their research projects or initiatives have made significant advancement within one or more of the following areas (or other related fields):

  • Improving people’s access to basic education, vocational & training programs and/or higher education.
  • Improving literacy among all members of society.
  • Decreasing the dependence of children’s education on the socio-economic status of their parents.

Conditions and requirements:

  1. The nominated candidates’ research work or projects and initiatives must be innovative and must have achieved high-impact in line with international standards for the prize.
  2. The submitted work must be of paramount importance in promoting significant economic, social, human resources and infrastructure development in the African continent within the announced field of the prize. Submitted research work of a nominated candidate should be composed of studies and applied research, published in peer-reviewed journals and recognized at a global level within the announced field. The research outcome needs to have been applied after publication in African countries within the past ten years. Adequate supporting evidence needs to be provided including collaboration with African and international NGOs and institutions.
  3. Nominations are to be accepted from institutions and scientific centers (universities, institutes, and centers of scientific research) as well as from competent regional or international and UN organizations and awards and former winners in the field of the prize or former evaluation members. Self nominations are not acceptable
  4. All submissions must be submitted in English. If the work is carried out in other working UN languages, a comprehensive summary of the nominated work in English must be submitted.
  5. Fill in the prize application form and send it along with the scientific production works electronically in PDF format via CD, DVD, Flash Memory or via the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) Prizes Office email The nomination form can be obtained from the Applications are addressed to the Director General of the foundation.
  6. The application and submitted works must be received before 30/06/2020
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