The annual competition seeks to identify Africa’s top female innovators, in order to bring them together with governments and policymakers to engage on how to create environments supportive of female-led entrepreneurship.

The contest is open to any female entrepreneur whose business is less than three years old, uses innovative technology or business models, and has at least one year of revenue generation. The business must also be able to demonstrate social and economic potential.

“Africa’s best prospects for inclusive growth lie in its ability to tap into its vast pool of entrepreneurial talent,” said Elsie Kanza, head of Africa at the World Economic Forum.

“We want Africa’s top female tech entrepreneurs to join us so we can celebrate them as role models and so they can help governments and policymakers create conditions for others to flourish.”

Applications can be submitted here, until Monday April 17 a panel of experts will then select the five top entrepreneurs to participate in the meeting.

In May last year the WEF selected five entrepreneurs from Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, as Africa’s top female innovators.  They were invited to showcase at the WEF on Africa.

This year’s WEF on Africa takes place on May 3-5 in Durban, South Africa; and will take the theme “Achieving Inclusive Growth”.