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Innovation for Impact Award

This award recognises innovations of products or services that have disrupted traditional approaches, introduced novel solutions, and created tangible value for businesses and individuals in Africa.

About the Innovation for Impact Award


The Innovation for Impact Award is dedicated to recognizing and celebrating groundbreaking innovations in products or services that have disrupted traditional approaches, introduced novel solutions, and created tangible value for businesses and individuals across Africa. This prestigious accolade honors those who have harnessed the power of innovation to address pressing challenges, drive economic growth, and improve the quality of life on the continent.

In a rapidly evolving global landscape, innovation is the cornerstone of progress and development. This award highlights the transformative potential of innovative solutions that not only challenge the status quo but also deliver significant benefits to society. By acknowledging these trailblazing efforts, the Innovation for Impact Award aims to inspire a culture of creativity and ingenuity that propels Africa toward a prosperous and sustainable future.

Award Criteria


Disruptive Innovation

The product or service must demonstrate a significant departure from traditional methods, introducing a novel approach that redefines industry standards and practices.

Tangible Impact

The innovation should have a measurable and positive impact on businesses and individuals, providing clear benefits such as increased efficiency, cost savings, enhanced performance, or improved quality of life.

Market Adoption & Success

The innovation must show evidence of market adoption and success, demonstrating that it meets the needs and preferences of its target audience effectively.

2024 Awards Timeline


Here is the timeline for the 2024 Africa Tech Festival Awards!

Key information:

  • The shortlist will consist of the top 5 candidates per category and will be subject to a public vote.
  • The top three shortlisted candidates with the most votes from the public will progress to the finals.
  • The finalists will be sent to our expert panel of judges, who will determine the winners.
  • The winners will be announced live at the ceremony in Cape Town on 13 November.

2023 Award Winner


Winner: MTN Uganda

MTN Webphone with webex is a calling and collaboration application that is powering communication and multimedia collaboration for traders, small size businesses, foreign students, foreign communities, Ugandan diaspora and migrant workers from Uganda.