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Young Innovators Awards

| Young Innovators Awards
Young Innovators Awards
Status/stage of development: Fully incubated at Nahdet El Mahrousa

The Young Innovators Awards (YIA) aims to stimulate the environment for scientific research and development (R&D) in Egypt. Through a combination of financial awards and practical trainings, YIA’s programs build upon the talents of young Egyptian scientists—both undergraduates and recent graduates—and help foster long-term careers in the field of scientific innovation. By supporting development of projects from the early university-level stages, all the way to commercialization in the market, YIA enables young scientific innovators with opportunities for work in R&D in Egypt, while having an overall effect on the Egyptian economy at large.

Over the past years, the program has grown to cover all 19 national Egyptian universities, including all 87faculties of Engineering, Computer Science, Agriculture and Sciences and has implemented partnerships with numerous businesses, government agencies and educational institutions. To-date, more than 3,800 young scientists, engineers and researchers in these universities have received the YIA awards. Since inception in 2004, 670 graduation projects and 24 prototype awards were distributed.

YIA's program also has a direct impact on the innovation economy in Egypt.  It’s because Creativity and innovation are critical to the success of business, industry, and the economy. When ideas are developed into constructive goods and services and are protected through strong intellectual property (IP) rights, consumer interest and demand are spurred. As a result, jobs are created, economies grow, and societies advance. Studies have shown that innovation magnified growth during the upturns and led economies out of downturns.

YIA’s success stories demonstrate the program’s overall impact. A number of awardees have pursued careers in scientific innovation, and helped to develop new, Egypt-owned scientific research and products. Companies in Egypt have purchased products from YIA beneficiaries, and some YIA beneficiaries have also gone on to start small businesses.

 

 

The program aims to positively impact the scientific culture in Egypt in many ways by:

  • Creating a research friendly environment where young scientists are encouraged to innovate
  • Enhancing the training of young scientists
  • Promoting science and technology related innovations to be integrated into the Egyptian economy
  • Producing a greater number and higher quality of Egyptian scientists in the future.

 

The YIA program has two core aspects:

Stage 1: The Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

The program sponsors a merit-based competition that provides research projects, developed by students in Egypt’s national universities, EGP 6,000 to implement their project. The evaluation of the projects is entrusted to experienced scientists and practitioners in the area of R&D, with possible participation from private sector donors’ representatives.

Each year, YIA offers awards to 160 graduation projects, which are meant to cover a portion of costs associated with graduation projects. Students are eligible to apply from the faculties of engineeringcomputer scienceagriculture and sciences in all 19 national Egyptian universities.

Educational component

YIA has determined that only providing awards is not enough; an additional element of education on practical related topics help students to move forward in careers of R&D. Thus, students who win the awards are required to attend 3 workshops:

  • Proposal writing for R&D competitions
  • Research tools & the role of intellectual property
  • Commercialization & venture capital

Stage 2: Prototype Design Awards and Commercialization

YIA-PD moves beyond graduation projects and ideas, awarding top-notch scientific prototypes and helping them turn their prototypes into products ready for the marketplace. This stage has two components which act simultaneously:

Prototype Design Awards

YIA-PD provides grant awards to graduates and student groups (each comprising 4 or 5 students on average) based on their actual prototypes. Each year, 20 awardees receive prizes of EGP 20,000 each. The funds are expected to be used to fund the commercialization of their projects. Funds may be used for purposes such as developing the prototype into a product that could be commercialized or seed funding for new business start-ups/

Commercialization Program

Simultaneous with the awards is a program that builds the capacity and enables innovators to commercialize their projects and, whenever possible, become small business entrepreneurs. The aim is to tie financial support with practical training, technical assistance, networks and linkages, and infrastructural support to help move their prototypes into the market. The program will also aim to enable these innovators to continue on their path, ensuring their contribution to the field of R&D is sustained through the long-term.

Training and Capacity Building

All awardees will be required to participate in the YIA-PD training program. Aiming to empower young scientific innovators with the skills and knowledge to commercialize their products in the market, the program will combine knowledge-based courses with hands-on skills-based workshops. It will be structured so that projects can apply the learnings directly to their own projects during the program.

The curriculum will involve 2 components: a) R&D and scientific commercialization; and b) entrepreneurship and small business management.

Nada El Gammal: Project Manager

Shireen Zayed: Project Coordinator (Lazord Fellow)

 

 

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