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Call for African based Start-ups in new GIZ 'Smart Cities Innovation Programme'

The Smart Cities Innovation Programme (SCIP), a joint project of the Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation and 'Make IT in Africa' implemented by our partners at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, is a 6-month accelerator aimed at supporting high-potential tech start-ups from Rwanda and other African countries operating in the field of Smart Cities.
The programme is divided into 3 tracks - Smart Mobility, Smart Housing & and Fintech for Affordability - supporting 10 start-ups each. The 30 selected start-ups will benefit from individual mentoring, training as well as intensive networking and matchmaking with international business partners and investors. SCIP is implemented in partnership with various partners — Volkswagen, Siemens, and the African Business Angels Network (ABAN) among others — to bring in highly specialised technical expertise and to build the start-ups’ networks. Start-ups will also be able to use Green City Kigali, Rwanda’s flagship smart city project, as a real application case to test their solutions and enter the Rwandan market.

SCIP aims at accelerating start-ups in the fields of Smart Mobility, Smart Housing and Fintech for affordability. The start-ups must have already launched their tech-enabled product or service on the African market and have customers. Start-ups should also have a high growth and job creation potential, as well as a positive social and/or environmental impact. Finally, start-ups from Rwanda and/or with female members in management are preferred at equal qualification.

The Call for Applications officially opened on 12 April. Click here for more information

EBN and its global community of certified EU|BICs are pleased to partner with the EU and like-minded international partners in supporting a better connection between European and African innovation ecosystem actors to promote economic, social, and sustainable development through quality business support services for startups and SMEs.

Our goal is to promote job creation, empowerment of youth and women and the growth of entrepreneurship in our three most recent projects: ENRICH in Africa (EiA), our development of Regional Network to support business incubation in Africa & the AEDIB project. Please do not hesitate to contact Robert Sanders for any information regarding EU-Africa opportunities. 

Published on 12-04-2021 00:00 by Joao Carvalho. 248 page views

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