Prize Rules

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Our Drive

The STEM Prize was established to encourage young Cameroonians and Africans, especially girls and young women to pursue careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. This competition brings together young scholars from both secondary and tertiary schools (between the ages of 13 and 21 years old) to design projects that have the greatest potential of positively changing their communities. Projects evaluated on:-

  • Relevance and Novelty: Innovative with demonstrable creativity and originality

  • Scalability: Scale and the likelihood of implementing the project in areas with similar problems

  • Social impact: Especially how it addresses challenges faced by the specific community or country

Based on the recommendations of the evaluators at the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation, winners will be chosen and prizes presented to them.

Various Awards

A total of 5,000,000 FCFA (approximately $10,000 USD) will be awarded in prizes and will be distributed as follows:

  • Winning team: 1,500,000 FCFA ($3000 USD)
  • 1st Runner Up: 1,000,000 FCFA ($2000 USD)
  • 2nd Runner Up: 500,000 FCFA ($1000 USD)
  • Other individual prizes: 2,000,000 FCFA ($4000 USD)

The foundation, through its Small Business & Entrepreneurship Center (SBEC) will work with all winning teams to assist with project implementation as necessary.

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The Basics

Science and technology are becoming the most pervasive forces in our global economy and modern society. In other words, the growth and ultimately the success of any economy in these modern times depend heavily on their investment and improvement in the fields of science and technology. As our society becomes increasingly environmentally aware, health conscious, and reliant on technology, it is normal it becomes more dependent on students pursuing studies in STEM.

A few years ago, the Government of Cameroon (GoC) launched its strategy to make Cameroon an emerging economy by the year 2035. For this vision to be realised, Cameroon needs to produce more professionals in the field of STEM by increasing the number of youths studying courses in STEM from 10% to at least 30%.

Hence the aim of the STEM Prize Competition is to raise awareness on the importance of STEM to an economy and encourage more youths to get into careers in STEM, consequently, building a foundation for Cameroon’s 2035 vision to be achieved.

The STEM Prize competition will consider applications from teams/groups of 2-5 members age between 13 and 21 years old. Each team will design a project that has the greatest potential of positively improving their communities. The best projects will be chosen and the teams will be invited to spend 3 days at the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation where they will participate in several educational trainings. Prizes will be given out to the successful teams at the end of the competition.

To be eligible for The STEM Prize Competition, applicants must be between the ages of 13 and 21 years old and be citizens of CEMAC countries (Cameroon, Chad, Central Africa Republic, Congo, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea). An application must be made by a team or group of at least 2 people or at most 5 people.

Project proposals will follow the outline below:

  • Names and Community(ies) of applicants
  • Title of project
  • Identification and elaboration of community problem
  • Proposed solution and illicit method of solving problem based on recommendations
  • Budget Planning
  • Partners and timeframe of project realisation
  • Evaluation of project.

A total of 5,000,000 FCFA (approximately $10,000 USD) will be awarded in prizes and will be distributed as follows:

  • Winning team: 1,500,000 FCFA ($3000 USD)
  • 1st Runner Up: 1,000,000 FCFA ($2000 USD)
  • 2nd Runner Up: 500,000 FCFA ($1000 USD)
  • Other individual prizes: 2,000,000 FCFA (? $4000 USD)

The foundation will work with all winning teams to get their projects up and running.

  1. By accepting The STEM Prize, eventual winners will be requested to play an active role in promoting their awards and the Prize in general. By accepting the Prize, the winners would be accepting to dedicate time to be Ambassadors of STEM education.
  2. The Foundation reserves the right to cancel the Prize at any time, if a selected applicant is found ineligible or does not fulfill the conditions laid down for the Prize. Any misrepresentation of any kind will lead to the removal from the competition.
  3. All applicants are required to present original ideas and failure to disclose ownership may lead to disqualification. In case the innovation has been undertaken in collaboration with others, the names and contacts of the other collaborators need to be specified.
  4. The decision of The STEM Prize selection panel shall be final.
  5. To avoid conflict of interest, The STEM Prize selection panel members and technical validation experts shall not be eligible to submit an entry.
  6. The STEM Prize organizing team will ensure the strict protection of Intellectual Property rights, and everyone involved in the STEM Prize selection process will be required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA).
  7. The STEM Prize organizing team might contact the applicants after the competition to propose various options including networking and business opportunities.

Meet Our Team

We seek to engage the most innovative Cameroonians, especially young girls, and encourage them to pursue a education in the STEMs and ultimately a STEM career

Dr. Denis Foretia
Dr. Denis ForetiaFounder
Dr. Denis Foretia is the Founder and Co-Chair of the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation
Melaine Nsaikila
Melaine NsaikilaCoordinator
Melaine Nsaikila is a Senior Policy Analyst and Head of the Economic Affairs Section of the Nkafu Policy Institute, a Cameroonian think tank at the Foretia Foundation
Odette Kibu
Odette KibuCoordinator
Odette Kibu is a Health Policy Analyst at the Nkafu Policy Institute and Coordinator of the STEM Prize

“To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.”


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