Africa University Shines: Wins Top Honours at Nairobi Hult Prize Summit 2024

Story by Staff Writer

Africa University has proved once again that it is a centre of excellence and continues to stake its claim as an innovation hub of the continent, after ruling the roost in the Hult Prize Summit 2024 competition held at Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya from June 6-9. 

The three-member team made up of Jeffrey Takunda Murungweni- BSc. Honours in Computer Science (2.2), Genius Tadiwa Mukichi – BSc. Honours in Computer Science (2.2) and Simbisai Clotilda Mangwiro – Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Sciences (3.2), collectively known Reagan Technologies, carried on with their winning streak after coming out tops during the campus Hult innovation pitch competition in November last year.

This time, the team had their work cut out, taking on innovators from more than 60 universities from around the world. The team was accompanied by the Innovation Manager, Ms Yollanda Washaya. 

The AU team developed a cutting edge pavement tile technology  that will revolutionize normal walking areas by harnessing kinetic energy to generate electricity. 

This global event brought together young entrepreneurs, mentors, judges and industry leaders to tackle global challenges through innovative solutions. The theme for this year’s summit, “Unlimited,” allowed participants to explore any area under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The teams now move on to the hybrid Global Accelerator, to run from July to September 2024. The Accelerator is designed to help the 12-14 semi-finalists from the summits and secondary open application review to refine their ideas into investment-ready ventures. 

The first part of the programme is virtual, allowing teams to complete asynchronous assignments and participate in pitch practice. After this, the teams move to Ashridge Castle in the United Kingdom, for a three-week intensive mentorship programme with world-class experts-in-residence.

At the end of the Global Accelerator, six teams move on to the finals set for September to pitch their ideas before globally-renowned judges in London. The overall winner walks away with the
US$1 million Grand Prize.

With academic excellence, transformative research, creativity and innovation all integral components of Africa University’s overarching goals, Reagan Technologies’ victory at the Nairobi Hult Prize Summit 2024 is proof that innovation, when aligned with the challenges we face as a continent, can go a long way in creating a better Africa and beyond for us all.