The challenge focuses on three critical health areas: promoting early child development and maternal health; empowering young women; and improving family well-being.
Winners will receive up to US$100,000 in funding and mentorship from scientists, engineers and researchers in the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Research & Development organization.
Also, the winners could be housed in a dedicated space at a lab facility in Africa throughout their product or service development, dependent on the needs of the solution submission.
“With its focus on consumer healthcare, the Africa Innovation Challenge will help to surface important issues impacting local communities. We look forward to engaging with the continent’s top entrepreneurs and scientists, and through collaboration, helping advance their ideas and bringing meaningful solutions across three very important healthcare areas,” said Josh Ghaim, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.
Health-focused entrepreneurs anywhere in Africa should apply by January 17, 2017 to be a part of the challenge. Winners will be announced in February 2017.
This challenge is in furtherance of Johnson & Johnson’s commitment to advancing health and innovation worldwide. Earlier this year, it launched its global public health (GPH) strategy in Cape Town, South Africa.
This led to the opening of its GPH operations headquarters in the country, and saw it providing additional investments to the more than 1,500 employees.