Congratulations to the Finalists of the Milken-Motsepe Prize in Green Energy!
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Business Opportunities in the Milken-Motsepe Prize Program

Emily Church, Senior Director of the Milken Institute, speaks on Private Property Podcast, where she gives insight into the Milken-Motsepe Innovation Prize Program and how it aims to assist with our global challenge. Click here to hear more.

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Meet the Finalists: Stories from the Field: Milken-Motsepe Prize in Green Energy

The Milken-Motsepe Prize in Green Energy competition launched at the Milken Institute Middle East and Africa Summit in November 2022. Aiming to reward innovators working to expand access to reliable, affordable, sustainable energy in Africa, more than 160 teams from around the world entered, and 20 semifinalist teams from 36 countries were chosen to prove the effectiveness of their ideas in field tests. Five finalists, including the teams below, were selected to advance in the competition and deploy their technologies in a live demonstration in South Africa in February 2024. In addition to receiving funds to test their innovations and a variety of special benefits, finalists are competing for the $1 million Grand Prize, which will be announced at the Milken Institute Global Conference in May 2024. Meet the finalists, and learn more about what inspired them to participate in this one-of-a-kind competition program here.

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Milken–Motsepe Prize in Green Energy Finalists Announced

Milken–Motsepe Prize in Green Energy Finalists Announced  Five teams to share $350,000 in funding to continue developing and testing innovative off-grid green energy technologies  Los Angeles and Johannesburg (2 November, 2023) – The Milken Institute and the Motsepe Foundation today announced the five teams advancing to the Finalist Round of the Milken–Motsepe Prize in Green Energy. Each finalist team will receive $70,000 to further develop and test their designs in a live field test demonstration in South Africa next year.  The finalist teams are:  AfTrak Micro Electric Agriculture and Energy, for its innovative system of using solar microgrids to power custom-designed tractors for deep-bed farming;  “GEG – Geosleeve” Team for its thermoelectric geothermal power generation from low temperature geothermal; Newdigit Technologies, for its compact, portable device to generate energy and purify water;  OMNIVAT, for its containerized electricity generation and storage system for remote communities; and,   Smart Agri-Centres, for its solar-powered

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ITWeb Africa: Researchers Unveil AgriTech Plan to Boost Rice Production

ITWeb Africa recently featured IRRI-AfricaRice, the Third Place Winner of the Milken-Motsepe Prize in AgriTech. In this article, Venuprasad Ramaiah, PhD, head of the International Rice Greenbank at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), details the importance of growing flood-tolerant rice varieties across Africa. Read the full article here.

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