Deadline: January 17th, 2017.
The Africa Innovation Challenge
Throughout Africa, we are looking to drive entrepreneurship and help advance promising consumer healthcare solutions. 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
You could receive up to US $100,000 in funding
Potential access to lab space in Africa
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. We are looking for 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. We are looking for 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. We are searching for innovative technology-driven solutions that help promote access to health care knowledge, advice, and products to enhance the well-being of consumers in Africa.
Why this challenge matters to us
The Johnson & Johnson Credo lies at the heart of every aspect of our operations throughout the world. It is our undertaking to be agents of positive change in the countries in which we operate and the communities in which we live and work.
Johnson & Johnson’s engagement in Africa dates back more than 80 years in over 25 countries. Beyond our growing commercial presence, we have worked extensively with partners based in Africa and internationally to support the underserved in local communities.
To that end, Johnson & Johnson is introducing the Africa Innovation Challenge, to encourage entrepreneurial thinking in Africa and the creation of consumer healthcare solutions that address the critical unmet needs of the continent and her people.
Johnson & Johnson is not granted any rights in the ideas of applicants to the African Innovation Challenge. Applicants and winners remain free to continue the further development of their ideas on their own.
More about the application process
The submitted consumer healthcare 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.
Winners will be announced by the end of February 2017.