UNECA, The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and TIA would like to encourage researchers, firms, public and private development agencies, government leaders, innovators, youths and development partners to showcase their innovations at the this first Africa Innovation and Investment Forum. Submission deadline: 05 June 2020, 17:00 hrs East African Time.

The Innovation Challenge 2020, specifically addressing COVID-19, seeks to identify and showcase some of the top technologies and innovations from across Africa and beyond; explore investment and market needs and; identify business opportunities in the following areas:

  1. Affordable rapid testing
  2. Enhance medical devices and personal protection gear design and fabrication
  3. Alternative tools for efficient and effective contact tracing and isolation
  4. Development and production of potential drugs and vaccines in Africa

As South Africa currently holds African Union (AU) chairmanship, it is expected that South African innovators will feature strongly in the Innovation Challenge and showcase.

Additionally, there are four components to the above-mentioned Forum, inclusive of the Innovation Challenge above:
Panel discussions within the Forum itself (Forum registration: https://www.uneca.org/acpc-common/registration)
Tech Exhibition for Entrepreneurs and Investors (https://www.uneca.org/aiif-covid-19-ic/pages/africa-innovation-and-investment-forum-2020-covid-19-innovation-challenge)
Innovation in Government (https://www.uneca.org/disgec/pages/innovation-government-challenge-covid-19)
Youth Innovators Competition and Design Bootcamp (http://ubora-biomedical.org/yicdb-2020/)

Further details and weblinks can be found in the attached document.

The COVID-19 Innovation and Investment Forum Final