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Milken-Motsepe Prize Vision Statement

The Milken-Motsepe Innovation Prize program was born out of a deep faith in human ingenuity and innovation, and a belief that global challenges facing humanity today cannot be solved without including the capabilities and voices from around the world. We aim to contribute to a world in which people work across borders and specialties to harness the power of imagination and new technologies to build a better future. We are offering prizes and programming to incentivize new voices—perhaps the unexpected, the bold—to bring fresh ideas for a more resilient, more equitable, and more sustainable future.

Technology has altered virtually every element of our lives at a rapid pace. It offers new challenges and abundant opportunities. Harnessing the power of technology for good allows us to finally break through and scale solutions for the toughest global challenges. Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies—such as artificial intelligence, 3D printing, robotics, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things—can transform Africa into a global powerhouse. However, Africa still lags behind other regions on many indicators of technology, and the global community needs to be intentional and focused on closing this technological divide. Paired with the needed infrastructure and skills for innovation and technology use, the Fourth Industrial Revolution represents a massive opportunity for growth across the continent.

We have structured this program to be beneficial to all who compete. The prize is meant to incentivize action through competition but also collaboration. As soon as someone signs up, they are able to connect with people from around the world with different skills and are given access to free resources to support them on their entrepreneurial journey. Throughout the competition, we provide opportunities to connect, grow, learn, get your ideas seen, and, hopefully, funded!

We have linked our work to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These Global Goals were adopted by all UN Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. The SDGs are articulated through 17 urgent objectives with specific suggested actions to reach each goal. Our work therefore is to determine which pieces of the problem are actionable and solvable, to determine the specific root-cause market failures and opportunities, and then to focus global innovators on solving that specific problem.

Prizes inspire action and reward innovation and data-driven results to inspire, empower, and support new ideas. There is limitless potential ready to be unlocked. Join us as we build a better future, together.

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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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ITWeb Africa: Agritech start-up Karpolax seeks action in Kenya, Tanzania

ITWeb Africa recently featured Karpolax, the Second Place Winner of the Milken-Motsepe Prize in AgriTech. In this article, Karpolax co-founders Sandra Namboozo and Samuel Muyita share the company’s plans for expansion, “bringing its green nanotechnology solutions for fruit shelf-life extension to new markets”. Read the full article here.

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