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Uganda’s Project Pedal Tap wins Johnson & Johnson Africa Innovation Challenge
Project Pedal Tap Uganda has the won the first Africa Johnson & Johnson Innovation Challenge at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress held in South Africa.
Project Pedal Tap Seeks to prevent disease transmission and a reduction of water use, the project will develop hands-free solutions for hand water taps in Uganda. The entrepreneurs will create manufacturing capabilities, using mostly recycled materials, which will lead to an ongoing business.
The Africa Innovation Challenge, launched in November 2016, solicited novel ideas with a focus on three critical health areas: promoting early child development and maternal health; empowering young women; and improving family well-being.
The initiative, organized which received nearly 500 submissions from innovators and entrepreneurs across the continent, sought the best ideas for new, sustainable health solutions that will benefit African communities.
The Africa Innovation Challenge is part of the Johnson & Johnson’s comprehensive approach to collaborate with and support Africa’s vibrant innovation, education and health systems institutions.
“This was an extremely difficult competition to judge as there were many terrific ideas.The projects demonstrated a strong benefit to local communities and the ability to empower young women, and they also have the potential to deliver ongoing economic support. We look forward to working with these entrepreneurs over the course of the next year to help them build sustainable operations.” said Josh Ghaim, Chief Technology Officer, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc
The winning recipients will receive funding as well as mentorship from scientists, engineers, and operations members from the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Research & Development organization and other areas of the company.
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