Oxford Africa Conference 2021

Innovation Fair

The 2021 Innovation Fair of the Oxford Africa Conference will bring together African entrepreneurs that are addressing some of the most critical challenges in key sectors of African economies and societies. Selected businesses will receive masterclasses and mentorship from world-class industry experts inside and outside of the University of Oxford, as well as the chance to participate in a pitch competition. The Innovation Fair will be a two-day VIRTUAL event during the conference for selected small and medium businesses in African countries that operate within the creative, healthcare, and sustainability sectors. The event will take place on May 28th and 29th, 2021.

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Application window will CLOSE on March 31, 2021.

Eligibility Criteria

Should you have any questions, please email innovation@oxfordafricaconference.com

Previous Innovation Fair Participants

2019 Winners

Utiva africaaaaaa about about

Education & Digital Skills
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Utiva

Education & Digital Skills

Utiva as a platform to boost premium digital skills acquisition among Nigerians and connect them to leading global employers in the tech ecosystem. With expert instructors, the company trains tech talents through live virtual classes in courses including Data Analysis, Product Management, Digital Marketing, Artificial Intelligence and UI/UX Design.

Impact

The startup has so far trained over 7,000 professionals across 12 digital schools and worked with more than 350 hiring partners.

Awards

Utiva has raised a total of $58,000 in funding since it began operations in 2017. The company was one of three Sub-Saharan African start-ups to win the 2020 Facebook Community Accelerator winning $25,000.

Talents in Africa about about about

Workforce Development
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Talents in Africa

Workforce Development

Talents in Africa uses an integrated technological solution to remove bottlenecks and frictions in connecting Africa’s youth to work. Their tools up-sell African candidates while our recruitment software enables recruiters to efficiently and effectively find talent, all the while collecting data to feed to our artificial intelligence software to amplify the scale and efficiency of our work.

Awards

The company has raised more than $30,000 from GoodSoil Venture Capital and Twelve Spring Investment Group.

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The Ganglion Initiative

Education

The Gangolian Initiative is a Nigerian non-profit providing innovative educational programmes, provision of career counselling, entrepreneurship, leadership and university admission services to pre-university students as well as employment seminars, masterclasses and bootcamps to university students.

Impact

The initiative has reached more than 8,000 students in Nigeria and has more than 60 volunteers.

Awards

The founder, Toluwalase Awoyemi, has been nominated for the 2020 Africa Youth award, which is a Pan African award that honours inspirational young Africans who are championing the development of the continent in diverse fields.

2018 Winners

EcoAct Tanzania about

Sustainability & Upcycling
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EcoAct Tanzania

Sustainability & Upcycling

EcoAct Tanzania is using chemical-free and energy conserving plastic extrusion technology to recycle and transform post consumer waste plastics, packaging materials, and agricultural waste into durable and environmentally friendly plastic lumbers.

Impact

The company has been operational for over three years whilst ensuring the withdrawal of over 2.5 million kilogrammes of post-consumer waste plastics from the environment and use of manufacture plastic lumbers, saving an estimated 250 acres of forest that would have been cut. The company has more than 1,000 customers across Tanzania, Kenya, and the DRC

Zaacoal about

Sustainability & Energy
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Zaacoal

Sustainability & Energy

Zaacoal produces quality and affordable environmentally friendly charcoal for households and industries using coconut waste.

Impact

The four-year old company has served more than 1,000 customers to date.

Majik Water about

Sustainability & Water Management
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Majik Water

Sustainability & Water Management

Majik Water harvests clean drinking water from air for off grid communities in Kenya. It system harvests drinking water from air using desiccant materials to adsorb water and solar thermal heat to release this for collection. The concept, it says can generate 10 litres of water in 24 hours.

Impact

As the company continues to raise funds and lower its system operating costs, the company was included as one of the 50 ideas to change the world by the Financial Times in 2018. In 2019, the company was shortlisted for the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa prize.

Honourable Mentions

Help Mum about

Healthcare
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Help Mum

Healthcare

HelpMum is a social enterprise birthed with the mission to reduce maternal and infant mortality in Nigeria. The enterprise’s mission is to eradicate infant and maternal mortality in Nigeria through the distribution of affordable Clean Birth kits to pregnant women in deprived and underserved communities, registration of mothers on our vaccination tracking system, training of community birth attendants using our E-learning platform, and complete renovation of the highly unhygienic and deteriorated state of community birth attendant homes.

Impact & Awards

Check out their website to observe the tremendous impact the company has had on maternal and infant mortality: 2018 Google Impact Challenge Winner and one of three Sub-Saharan African start-ups to win 2020 Facebook Community Accelerator Winner.

CodeTrain about

Education & Digital Skills
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CodeTrain

Education & Digital Skills

Codetrain runs in-person software training bootcamps for young people and matches them with employers. It prepares students for the modern workplace by teaching them essential soft skills such as teamwork, taking feedback, ethics and values, as well as coding skills. At the end of the programme, Codetrain graduates showcase apps they have built to employers and recruitment agencies at a demo day.

Impact

Of the almost 400 developers that have taken part in this mentoring programme, 81 per cent have gone on to secure job placements. Brandt says Codetrain has also trained over 10,000 students via mini training bootcamps in universities and schools.

Imagine We Rwanda about

Education & Publishing
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Imagine We Rwanda

Education & Publishing

Imagine We Rwanda is changing the reading culture among children and youth in Rwanda and giving a voice to young by publishing storybooks about Rwanda, donating books to schools in need, training authors and language teachers, and creating platforms for self-expression and creative thinking.

Impact

7 Published Books; 31,694 Children Reached; 10,000+ books collected and donated