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The Kenyan capital will host the 3rd edition of the Next Einstein Forum from March 10 to 11. An event that contributes to the promotion of science and innovation on the continent. And the list of 25 finalists has been published. Among them, perhaps the future Einstein…

By Bilkiss Mentari

The 2020 edition of the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) will be held in Nairobi from March 10 to 11. An event that helps promote science, technology and innovation on the continent. With a certainty: “We think that the next Einstein will be African”. To this end, the NEF strives to build the ecosystem adapted to the hatching of these future geniuses made in Africa. Which means making Africa “a hub for science and technology.”

“Africa’s young people, the driving force for Africa’s scientific renaissance “

“We believe the next Einstein will be African. We are working to make Africa a global hub for science and technology.” With the ambition, the NEF, launched in 2013 by the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), is bulding a platform that connects science, society and policy in Africa and the rest of the world – with the goal to leverage science for human development globally. “The NEF believes that Africa’s contributions to the global scientific community are critical for global progress. At the centre of our efforts at NEF, is Africa’s young people, the driving force for Africa’s scientific renaissance.”

In addition, the NEF organizes an Africa Science Week in over 30 countries each year. The last edition was held in 35 countries from September to December 2019. To make science relevant for everyone, the NEF publishes a public magazine Scientific African Magazine.


” Ambitious African innovators”


” For the last six years we have been working with young African innovators whose disruptive and transformative innovations in health, agriculture and fintech are having a wider impact for African citizens”, explain Nathalie Munyampenda, Managing Director of the Next Einstein Forum.

It is within this framework, the NEF announces the 25 finalists for its Challenge of Invention to Innovation (Ci2i) competition in five categories to be held on 10-11 March 2020 in the NEF Innovation Salon. ” The third cohort of Ci2i finalists, selected from 260 applications, are ambitious African innovators developing scalable solutions to local challenges in agriculture, integration and logistics, personalized and precision health, power and energy. They will pitch for a $25,000 prize in each category but also be connected to investors in a one-of-a-kind ‘Sciencepreneur Investor Meetup'”, said Nathalie Munyampenda,

The 25 finalists selected, with the support of Co-creation Hub, include the creators of an overweight and obesity tracking database, portable solar-powered solution against post-harvest milk losses, ophthalmic devices emerging as the world’s first definitive treatment of glaucoma, an online blood bank connecting hospitals, and two innovations aiming to ease the burden of doing business in Africa: a cryptocurrency and industrial IoT solution.


The finalists will be treated to a lab-style bootcamp, held before the NEF Global Gathering 2020 in Nairobi starting on 10th March. The bootcamp will involve pitch preparation and investment readiness sessions. At the end of the bootcamp, the young sciencepreneurs will gain knowledge of how to create and deliver value through their solutions as well as understanding funding options & valuations.

“We are once again honored to give these 25 brilliant Sciencepreneurs, the NEF platform to catapult from and to connect them with the investors they need to scale impact”.

Further information : https://gg2020.nef.org/speakers

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