As Part of its focus on consumer health care, Johnson & Johnson through its Africa Innovation Challenge (AIC), is aiming to tackle “important issues impacting local communities” – health wise and as such, is organizing an idea competition among health entrepreneurs across Africa to help provide solutions to such important issues. Johnson & Johnson in a written statement, said: “We are looking for an idea that has a clear project plan to progress towards commercialization. Commercialization is the process of introducing a new product or solution into commerce – making it available on the market. As you are submitting your application, you will find a downloadable project plan template that will guide you step-by-step so that we can better understand the feasibility of your idea. If you have a business plan to share, that is great.
” Therefore, entrepreneurs who are above 18 years of age and work in the following fields promoting early child development and maternal health, empowering young girls and improving family well-being are encouraged to apply before January 17, 2017. According to the company, participants with the best solutions will receive up to $100,000 in funding and mentor ship from scientists, engineers and researchers in the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Research & Development organization. “The winner(s) of the challenge could also receive dedicated space at a lab facility in Africa throughout their product or service development, dependent on the needs of the solution submission,” the company added.