The Africa Innovation Challenge

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Johnson & Johnson is looking to drive entrepreneurship and help advance promising consumer healthcare solutions throughout Africa . Chosen applicants will receive a combination of awards including funding up to US $100,000, potential lab space in Africa and/or business and technical mentoring from some of the brightest minds at Johnson & Johnson to help bring their idea to life and create meaningful change in their community or country.

To this end,  the Africa Innovation Challenge, will encourage entrepreneurial thinking in Africa and the creation of consumer health care solutions that address the critical unmet needs of the continent and her people.

You could receive up to US $100,000 in funding Potential access to lab space in Africa Ongoing mentorship.

Apply to one or more of the consumer health care categories today:

  • Promoting Early Child Development & Maternal Health

Improving maternal health helps nurture happy, healthy babies and generates positive child development using non-pharmaceutical product or technology solutions that will help ensure women and newborns in Africa stay healthy during pregnancy, childbirth and throughout child development stages.

  • Empowering Young Girls

Access to good education and basic needs such as feminine care products is important to make sure young girls across Africa realize their full potential- Consumer product, technology and educational innovations that address these needs, making a brighter future possible for young women.

  • Improving Family Well-being

Families need reliable health care information, access to health care professionals and effective everyday products in order to thrive. Innovative technology-driven solutions that help promote access to health care knowledge, advice and products to enhance the well-being of consumers in Africa.


The submitted consumer health care solutions will be evaluated based on their ability to meet the following criteria:

Idea submission addresses at least one of the three challenge categories:
1) Promoting Early Child Development & Maternal Health in Africa,
2) Empowering Young Girls in Africa,
3) Improving Family Well-being in Africa
Idea submission is innovative and creative
Idea submission is scalable
Idea submission outlines how the award would help them reach a critical milestone within the timeframe of a single year and provides a full commercialization plan
You have to sign up for an account to get started, and you will receive an email to activate your account. You will be guided through the application process which will include signing our general Terms and Conditions Agreement, filling out your application form and uploading your non-confidential project plan.


Apply here

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