Innovation Fair





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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