Elizabeth Kperrun, a mobile and web applications developer, has been shortlisted for the 2019 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.
Shortlisted for developing Zenafri, an app that teaches toddlers basic language and numeracy skills in their native tongue, Elizabeth will be the first female Nigerian to be selected alongside 15 African innovators.
Each of the 16 shortlisted engineers will develop skills that last a lifetime, and become part of a growing community of talented African engineers working to accelerate socio-economic development through business.
After seven months’ mentoring and training, four finalists will be selected from the shortlist. In June 2019 the finalists will present their businesses to judges, after which one winner will receive £25,000.
The Africa Prize, which recognises the most promising entrepreneurial engineers from across sub-Saharan Africa is run by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
The Royal Academy of Engineering provides a unique package of support, including funding, comprehensive business training, bespoke mentoring and access to the Academy’s network of high profile, experienced engineers and business development experts.