Johnson & Johnson is proud to announce the 2017 Africa Innovation Challenge Winners.
Johnson & Johnson will support Mahmud Johnson to grow his company, turning local palm kernel oil into organic cosmetics.
Hear Grace Nakibaala speak about how Johnson & Johnson will help scale PedalTap to improve infection control and save water.
Francoise Nibizi’s project helps girls attend school month-round. Support from Johnson & Johnson will allow her to employ local women.
You could receive up to US $100,000 in funding
- Potential access to lab space in Africa
- Ongoing mentorship
Apply to one or more of the consumer health care categories today
Promoting Early Child Development & Maternal Health
Improving maternal health helps nurture happy, healthy babies and generates positive child development. We are looking for non-pharmaceutical product or technology solutions that will help ensure women and newborns in Africa stay healthy during pregnancy, childbirth and throughout child development stages.
Empowering Young Girls
Access to good education and basic needs such as feminine care products is important to make sure young girls across Africa realize their full potential. We are looking for consumer product, technology and educational innovations that address these needs, making a brighter future possible for young women.
Improving Family Well-being
Families need reliable health care information, access to health care professionals and effective everyday products in order to thrive. We are searching for innovative technology-driven solutions that help promote access to health care knowledge, advice and products to enhance the well-being of consumers in Africa.
Why this challenge matters to us
The Johnson & Johnson Credo lies at the heart of every aspect of our operations throughout the world. It is our undertaking to be agents of positive change in the countries in which we operate and the communities in which we live and work.
Johnson & Johnson’s engagement in Africa dates back more than 80 years in over 25 countries. Beyond our growing commercial presence, we have worked extensively with partners based in Africa and internationally to support the underserved in local communities.
To that end, Johnson & Johnson is introducing the Africa Innovation Challenge, to encourage entrepreneurial thinking in Africa and the creation of consumer health care solutions that address the critical unmet needs of the continent and her people.
Johnson & Johnson is not granted any rights in the ideas of applicants to the African Innovation Challenge as a result of their participation in the challenge. Applicants and winners remain free to continue the further development of their ideas on their own.
Learn more about the application process
The submitted consumer health care solutions will be evaluated based on their ability to meet the following criteria:
- Idea submission addresses at least one of the three challenge categories:
1) Promoting Early Child Development & Maternal Health in Africa,
2) Empowering Young Girls in Africa,
3) Improving Family Well-being in Africa
- Idea submission is innovative and creative
- Idea submission is scalable
- Idea submission outlines how the award would help them reach a critical milestone within the timeframe of a single year and provides a full commercialization plan
You have to sign up for an account to get started, and you will receive an email to activate your account. You will be guided through the application process which will include signing our general Terms and Conditions Agreement, filling out your application form and uploading your non-confidential project plan.
Deadline to apply is January 17th, 2017
Winners will be announced by the end of February 2017
Meet the mentors from
Johnson & Johnson
Project Leader J&Join
I’m more than passionate about Africa, I’m African! I strongly believe that the spirit, the creativity and the resourcefulness of local people will transform the continent.
So if you are trying to solve a problem that is a need in the community, the Africa Innovation Challenge may help you developing your solution, and I can’t wait to see that happen.
Scientist Sun Care Product Development
I am passionate about helping young children and babies who were abandoned or didn’t have opportunities in life. The Africa Innovation Challenge comes as another opportunity for me, as I am currently volunteering in my home city to support underrepresented youth. So, I am excited for this!
Manager Femcare R&D
I like to work on innovation-driven and creative projects that can positively impact people’s life, and can also provide business relevance that can lead to continuity. Being a part of the Africa Innovation Challenge will help me to learn more about Africa and its challenges, and I’m looking forward for another motivating experience.
Senior Scientist, Support to Marketed Product
I truly believe that every woman deserves the best opportunity for safe motherhood. For this reason, I am currently developing a maternity kit for moms in Benin to improve their hygiene conditions while giving birth. I hope this challenge will help us to identify new ways to support maternal health in Africa.
Sherket B. Peterson
Senior Scientist, Global Oral Care
I am most passionate about education, community outreach, and youth. I enjoy traveling to several schools year-round to share my story in hopes of motivating, encouraging, and inspiring underserved and underrepresented populations to shoot for the stars. My goal is show them that your background or past does not predict your success or your future.
Senior Scientist, Microbiology R&D
In Africa, a wide range of NGOs support underserved populations, helping them to survive against crisis. This is a necessary intervention overcoming the weakness that might affect local institutions. On the other hand, the side effect is that this may lead people to be in a dependence state, not allowing people to build their own future. The lack of resources led individuals to develop plenty of innovative solutions making the populations life easier. This has to be supported; this is the reason why I am engaged in the Africa Innovation Challenge.
Scientist, Tech Transfer
I try to contribute to the pursuit of a world where the opportunities are granted, no matter how or where you’ve grown. It wouldn’t make sense if it were an isolated effort, so it’s very important to take those efforts broadly into the communities that are in need. Africa Innocation Challenge is a great opportunity to contribute in a tangible way.
Sabrina R. Henry
Senior Scientist, Adult Skincare Franchise
My two utmost passions are education and youth. I light up when I can speak to someone about gaining interest or advice on their educational plan/path. I love pouring into young people from different walks of life - encouraging and inspiring in any way I can through my story.
Senior Scientist, Consumer R&D
I am passionate about people and education. I believe that we should contribute to creating better opportunities for everyone to develop their capabilities and live their mission. Being engaged in the Africa Innovation Challenge is connecting myself with personal values and vision of life, in a dimension and relevance that is only feasible through the respect to diverse cultures and connection with people that aim to impact other's lives.
Associate Director, Support Marketed Products for Emerging Markets
I’m passionate about working in emerging markets because the people that I have met and worked with over the last years are so engaged, energetic and full of new ideas despite the sometimes very difficult environment they live in. It is truly inspiring for me and I want to help promoting one or the other great idea that we will see during the innovation challenge!
Raw Material Qualifications Support
With unemployment being one of the key problems facing Africa, entrepreneurship has never been more important to the continent. However, while businesses are continuously being created in the areas of retail, financial services, fashion, and e-commerce, there are few successes in scientific and technological innovation. Having lived most of my life in Nigeria (and with my heart still there), I am excited about The Africa Innovation Challenge’s mission to promote this type of innovation. My hope is that this challenge will help stimulate an interest in science beyond oil and gas, and economic growth.