African Innovation Prize

The African Innovation Prize is a University Business Plan Competition - click here to learn more

Business plan competitions encourage entrepreneurship and innovation. Competitions allow students to test out ideas in a safe environment supported by mentors, coaches and spurred by the incentive of seed funding. This valuable opportunity should be opened to students/budding entrepreneurs everywhere. In partnership with African Universities, African Innovation Prize (AIP) aims to help establish and run a first-rate student business plan competition for African University students. AIP is rooted in the belief that grassroots entrepreneurship is a key driver in knowledge creation and economic development. This iterative business plan competition will also help fuel entrepreneurial fire in the university's ecosystem and inspire long-term creative and applied thinking.

The AIP concept was first inspired by a public policy lecture given by President Paul Kagame at the University of Cambridge in December 2008.

In 2009, AIP established a partnership to run the first AIP Business Plan Competition at Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST). The Competition commenced January 2010 at KIST.

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