Johnson & Johnson is calling on African Entrepreneurs to Submit Ideas in  Mental Health, Consumer Packaging, Botanical Solutions, Health Worker Support, Digital Health Tools and Essential Surgery.

The Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0 is designed to address the critical unmet needs of the continent and local communities in Africa while providing support to Africa-based entrepreneurs in creating innovative health care products and services. 

Among the selection criteria, entries must demonstrate the potential for scale from proof of concept stage to long-term sustainability. Challenge participants with the best solutions will receive up to US$50,000 in funding and mentorship from the global network of scientists, engineers and business managers within the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies to bring new solutions forward.

Speaking during the launch of the Innovation Challenge, Alma Scott, Vice President, Operations and Partnerships, Global Public Health, Johnson & Johnson pointed out the importance of local empowerment in solving last mile challenges.

“We've learned over time that solving last-mile challenges through local empowerment offers the greatest potential impact in the fight against public health challenges, and that it can also help fuel the local economy and catalyze infrastructure investments.

The deadline for application of the Champions of Science Africa Innovation Challenge in January 16th 2019. Cick on the  Official Johnson & Johnson Innovation Webpage for more information.