JR Bio-Venture creation

Hunger, malnutrition, and extreme poverty are major problems in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the World Bank (2018), more than 700 million people around the world live in extreme poverty, with 42.3 percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s population living on $1.90 or less per day. As Africa’s population is expected to double to 2.4 billion people by 2050 (United Nations, 2019) coupled with the impact of climate change, there is an urgent need to develop new interventions to improve food and nutrition security across the continent.

We developed the JR Bio-Venture Creation Project to encourage African early-career researchers to co-create concepts that can deliver projects and initiatives aimed at eradicating hunger, malnutrition and extreme poverty in African nations. In its 4th year, the project has seen incredible innovative ideas and initiatives with great potential to solve some of the most pressing challenges faced in sub-Saharan Africa.

Bio-innovation Pitch Prize Winners

2021 Bio-innovation
Pitch Prize Winners

The early-career researchers participated in our 2021 lab training workshop in Ghana.

2019 Bio-Innovation
Pitch Prize Winners

The researchers participated in our 2019 Reach & Teach Workshop held in Benin Republic.

2018 Bio-innovation
Pitch Prize Winners

Participants of our 2018 world-class lab training workshop held at the University of Cambridge.

2017 Bio-Innovation
Pitch Prize Winners

Part of our 2017 world-class lab training workshop held at the University of Cambridge.