“This year’s innovation fair invites pre-seed and early stage social enterprises to compete in the pitch competition. Shortlisted candidates will compete for the following prizes:

£4000 1st prize

£2000 2nd prize

£1000 3rd prize

… and receive mentorship from key industry players”

Each year, the Oxford Africa Innovation Fair brings together entrepreneurs and innovators tackling challenges in Africa. They participate in networking sessions and a pitch competition for a chance to win cash prizes to further their impact. The 2018 Oxford Africa Innovation Fair is sponsored by the United States African Development Foundation ( USADF)

The U.S. African Development Foundation (“USADF”) is an independent federal government agency established to support African-led development that grows community enterprises by providing seed capital and access to technical support. Partnering with Africans, USADF is answering the development demands from communities one partnership at a time.


Each venture must fulfil the following minimum requirements to be considered for shortlisting:

  1. Must be an impact driven, social enterprise creatively tackling a challenge in Africa.
  2. Core team must include at least one African national.
  3. Must demonstrate in-depth knowledge of target group and environment.
  4. Must operate in Africa.
  5. At least one core team member or founding member MUST be able to attend the conference.

(You will be awarded one free conference ticket. Please note that all other team members who wish to co-present must buy conference tickets)

Deadline for submissions is 23:59 GMT+1 on Wednesday 2nd May 2018.

How to Apply

  1. Download the application form, fill and submit to innovation@oxfordafricaconference.com  by  23:59 GMT+1, Wednesday 2nd May 2018.
  2. Shortlisted candidates present at the Innovation Fair pitch competition on 19th May 2018.




The Innovation Fair brings early stage startups to the Oxford Africa Conference. Innovators and social entrepreneurs participate in a series of workshops, mentoring session, and an elevator pitch session to compete for a £2,000 cash prize to further their impact. The Innovation Fair is supported by the Higherlife Foundation.

Higherlife Foundation is an Africa-based social impact organisation committed to investing in the future of children through Education. The Foundation is working to scale its impact across Africa by raising 2 million African leaders by 2020. The Foundation targets orphans and vulnerable children, as well as students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and focuses its work in education on the three key areas of Providing Access to education, Improving Quality of education and Providing Lifelong Development.

Innovation Fair 2017 Candidates

Africa Technology Business Network

The Africa Technology Business Network is a social enterprise and global network focused on driving growth and impact in the African technology ecosystem

Do It Now Now

Do it Now Now is a powerhouse in the Africa/diaspora startup space. Having amassed a network of over 900 Africa-focused startup founders through their “Startups for Africa” initiative, DiNN is well placed to create opportunities for founders to learn, collaborate and grow together.

Profile Namibia Chemicals

Profile Namibia Chemicals is a chemical and industrial minerals start-up based in Walvis Bay. We aim to produce chlorine for water purification by electrolysing salt using abundant solar energy.


Releaf is a database of private African companies. Our platform serves as a tool for foreign investors to make faster and better-informed decisions on the continent. We present investors with verified and analyzed private African company data, using analytics to measure each business’ performance relative to it’s peers.

Craft and Theory Flying Labs Malawi

Craft and Theory Flying Labs Malawi is a hybrid organization founded in 2016, providing primarily drones as a service, our mission is to provide advanced drone analytics to support  sustainable natural resource management and climate change resilience in Africa.

The Medical Concierge Group Limited

The Medical Concierge Group Limited is a digital health company in Africa that connects patients to healthcare providers via mobile technologies.


AB3D is a hardware start-up in Nairobi, Kenya that deals in the production of local, quality and affordable 3D printers.


Shuttlers is a platform that enables professionals in different communities access safe, comfortable and efficient transport in metropolitan cities, easing their daily commute using a pool of buses.

Post-Harvest Project

Post-Harvest Project is mainly focused on addressing post-harvest losses in horticulture through intervention at all stages in the value chain and introduction of a low-cost fresh produce storage device, called the e-cooler that ideal for use off grid and uses basic concepts such as evaporative cooling and powered by solar energy which is readily available.

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