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Past Events & Programming


The Zambezi Prize is a $200K prize that was established by the MIT Legatum Center in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation to unearth, inspire and celebrate Africa’s most promising and innovative early-stage start-ups that help advance financial inclusion. The top prize awards US$100,000 to Africa’s most promising early-stage start-up that is solving a major financial inclusion challenge in the most innovative way. Prize finalists are eligible to receive additional cash prizes and for a chance to attend MIT’s acclaimed Entrepreneurship Development Program, a week-long immersive executive program at the MIT Sloan School of Management.


 Innovators and entrepreneurs around the world are challenging what is possible in global health. They are looking at innovative, scalable and sustainable approaches to change local healthcare systems, especially in emerging economies. To showcase their solutions and explore how partnerships make progress possible, the MIT Sloan School of Management and King’s College London will host an inclusive all-day summit on May 22 in London. The event, “Building Sustainable Healthcare Systems through Innovation and Entrepreneurship,” will bring together entrepreneurs, academics, healthcare professionals and policymakers from around the world to discuss opportunities to strengthen healthcare ecosystems.

Open Mic Africa @ MIT (OMA@MIT) is a conversational series about Africa’s rising innovation sector featuring tech entrepreneurs from the continent. This interactive, five-part program runs from February to May and will draw on guest CEOs, founders, and industry leads to delve into core facets of Africa’s innovation landscape. Topics will include financial inclusion, supply chain logistics, startup VC funding, and African e-commerce on and off the continent.

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