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Milken-Motsepe Innovation Prize

Milken-Motsepe Innovation Prize Program

Null The Milken–Motsepe Innovation Prize program is a series of multiyear, multimillion-dollar innovation competitions for technological solutions that accelerate progress toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

There are two innovation competitions in the program so far. The Milken–Motsepe Prize in AgriTech focuses on SDGs 1 and 2 (no poverty and zero hunger) launched in April 2021. This is a global competition for solutions to increase economic value for farmers. Following field testing in 16 countries across Africa, the $1 million grand prize and runner-up prizes were announced at the 2023 Milken Institute Global Conference in May. 

Registration for the second competition, the Milken–Motsepe Prize in Green Energy, closed in March 2023. This competition aims to expand access to reliable, affordable, and sustainable electricity in Africa as an essential factor in achieving long-term economic growth and shared prosperity. The competition advances progress toward SDG 7 (ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all).  

Both prizes have $1 million grand prize available for the winning team, and $1 million in additional prizes.


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Our Vision
A collaboration between the Milken Institute and the Motsepe Foundation, the Prize program seeks to accelerate progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals. Its potential impact is endless.
"The purpose of the prize is to find anyone on this planet who has a good idea—who has an entrepreneurial way to solve a problem—and reward them."

Mike Milken, Chairman, Milken Institute

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"The Milken-Motsepe Prize is a powerful tool for solving some of Africa’s problems, particularly when it comes to hunger and poverty."

Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Co-Founder and CEO, Motsepe Foundation

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"Technology provides a unique opportunity to leapfrog—allowing Africa to join the fastest growing economies of the world."

Dr. Patrice Motsepe, Founder and Chairman, Motsepe Foundation

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