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Inventor shortlisted for prestigious award, secures more UCT funding

  • UCT News
  • Nadia Krige

Dr Jack V Fletcher, the co-founder, director and chief technology officer of Hydrogen Energy Applications (HYENA), a University of Cape Town (UCT) spinoff company, is among 16 talented innovators who have been shortlisted for the 2022 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation (APEI). The company is fundraising for a second round of funding, which will include investment by UCT’s Evergreen Fund.

Founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), APEI is Africa’s biggest prize dedicated to engineering innovation. With the winner receiving £25 000 (approximately R513 000), three runners-up receiving £10 000 each (approximately R205 200), and a special “One to Watch” award of £5 000 (approximately R102 600), the prize offers crucial commercialisation support to African innovators who are tackling local challenges with scalable engineering solutions.

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