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African startups invited to apply for $1.2m Earthshot Prize.

African startups have been invited to apply for the Earthshot Prize, a global environmental prize to discover, accelerate, and scale ground-breaking solutions to repair and regenerate the planet.

Each year, the Earthshot Prize launches a global search for breakthrough solutions, with a worldwide network of more than 350 nominating individuals and organizations from 66 countries tasked with ushering the process through.

African organisations, businesses, governments, and individuals who are doing scalable and impactful work in this capacity can enter into any of the five categories of the Earthshot Prize – Protect and Restore Nature, Clean our Air, Revive our Oceans, Build a Waste-Free World and Fix our Climate. 

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The prize is awarded annually to five winners, each receiving a US$1.2 million prize grant to scale their projects.

“By entering this prestigious prize, African innovators will be afforded the platform to pitch their solutions, inspire other corporates to join the fight against climate change and motivate governments to prioritize climate change as part of their national agendas,” said Imtiaz Patel, chairman of MultiChoice Group, the official African broadcast partner and member of the Earthshot Prize Global Alliance. 

“If you have a worthy intervention whose solution makes significant progress towards achieving any of the five Earthshots, we urge you to send in your nomination and be part of the solution.”

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When the Earthshot Prize was first launched in 2021, three African organisations were selected as finalists – Kenya’s Sanergy, Nigeria’s Reeddi Capsules, and Pole Pole Foundation, from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Meanwhile, in December 2022, the Kenya-based Mukuru Clean Stoves, a startup providing cleaner-burning stoves to women in Kenya to reduce unhealthy indoor pollution and provide a safer way to cook, won the coveted environmental prize.

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Interested parties should apply here before January 27.

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