Innovate UK Net Zero Africa Innovation Competition Briefing

The Net Zero Living Programme: User Focused Programme, Innovate UK will soon be launching a £2 million Net Zero Africa innovation competition, which aims to link UK and African innovators to develop and deploy net zero solutions in a number of target markets.

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14.00 - 15.30



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UK registered businesses can apply for £100K – £200K of grant funding to build innovation partnerships and demonstrate place-based solutions to accelerate a just net zero transition. The demonstration could be in either the UK market, or the African partner market (Kenya, South Africa or Nigeria), or both.

To apply the UK registered businesses must collaborate with an African partner (from Kenya, South Africa, or Nigeria). The aim of the competition is to:

  • Accelerate the innovations needed to create new or improved net zero solutions in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, and the UK. Addressing one or more target areas of cooling, power, mobility, manufacturing, resource management, or other major emissions sources in your locality.
  • Test and demonstrate solutions which support a socially just and inclusive net zero transition.
  • Create equitable partnerships between UK net zero innovators, and their counterparts in one or more of three African markets.
  • Take the best approaches from each partner market and help apply it to the other, we are particularly interested in frugal innovation processes, and designing appropriate net zero solutions for under-served market segments.

Please register to join the competition briefing on the 10th of October. Following this, you will receive details on how to join our collaboration platform to meet potential partners.


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