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Innovation Prize Program

harnessing Fourth Industrial Revolution
technologies for good

The Milken-Motsepe Innovation Prize Program is a series of multi-year, multimillion-dollar prize competitions and programs to advance technological solutions that accelerate progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a spotlight on Africa.

Scalable, tech-based solutions

The prize program mobilizes significant financial and human capital through its inclusive and integrated approach to access and mobility for innovators and startups. 

A global community of entrepreneurs

The inclusive ethos of the prize program provides an equal opportunity for success—irrespective of age, status, education, location, or past achievements.

Global data-driven insights

There will be significant new data captured and ideas generated from the range of innovations and field tests. Prizes are useful tools to accelerate data capture for evidence-based research.

Advisory Board

Iyinoluwa “E” Aboyeji

CEO & General Partner, Future Africa

Mona Hamdy

Chief Strategy Officer, Sino Global Capital


Paula Ingabire

Minister of ICT and Innovation of the Republic of Rwanda


Dr Wanli Min

Founder and CEO of North Summit Capital and QuadTalent Technology


Professor Landry Signé

Managing Director & Professor, Thunderbird; Senior Fellow, Brookings; Distinguished Fellow, Stanford 

Esther Pan Sloane

Managing Director, Avenue Capital Group


Prize in Agritech

Propelling innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa

The inaugural Prize challenges innovators from around the world to significantly increase value to small and medium-sized farms in Africa through new technologies and agribusiness innovation.

Our Vision

A collaboration between the Milken Institute and the Motsepe Foundation, the Prize program seeks to accelerate progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals. Its potential impact is endless.

"The purpose of the prize is to find anyone on this planet who has a good idea - who has an entrepreneurial way to solve a problem - and reward them."
Mike Milken
Chairman, Milken Institute
"The Milken-Motsepe Prize is a powerful tool for solving some of Africa’s problems, particularly when it comes to hunger and poverty."
Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe
Co-Founder, Motsepe Foundation
"Technology provides a unique opportunity to leapfrog – allowing Africa to join the fastest growing economies of the world."
Dr. Patrice Motsepe
Founder and Chairman, Motsepe Foundation


Program Underwriters

The Milken Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that helps people build meaningful lives, in which they can experience health and well-being, pursue effective education and gainful employment, and access the resources required to create ever-expanding opportunities for themselves and their broader communities. 

The Motsepe Foundation was founded in 1999 by Dr Patrice Motsepe and his wife, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe. The goal of the Motsepe Foundation is to contribute towards eradicating poverty and to sustainably improve the living conditions and standards of living of poor, unemployed and marginalised people in South Africa, Africa and the world. In January 2013 Dr Patrice Motsepe and Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe joined the Giving Pledge which was started by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates. The Motsepes committed to give half of their wealth to the poor and for philanthropic purposes during their lifetime and beyond.