Promote technology partnerships between Airbus and startups in Africa
Jan 7-Jun 30 '19 (6 months)
#Africa4Future is a "Joint Accelerator Program" between Airbus BizLab & GIZ Make-IT in Africa. The program contributes to UN SDG # 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, and looks to foster the development of aerospace technologies with a goal of helping to solve development challenges in Africa. We focus on early-stage tech start-ups with technologies aimed at unmanned logistics and remote sensing, including automation and drones, electrification, blockchain, artificial intelligence, data analytics and material composites and manufacturing.
The program is implemented by a MEST & Innocircle consortium. MEST is a non-profit Pan-African organization where startups, entrepreneurs and members of the tech community can come together to meet, work and build. Innocircle is a South African based innovation consultancy focusing on co-creating the future with a global network.
Project proposals can be submitted until 30th November 2018.
The top ten applicants will have the opportunity to join a six-month acceleration program, starting on 7th January 2019. The teams will benefit from:
- Access to industry-leading experts
- Feedback on technology and business model
- Showcase at Paris International Airshow (France) and CeBit Hanover (Germany)
- Opportunity to launch a collaboration project with Airbus
As part of the program, you will participate in a mix of virtual business support and physical workshops. The preliminary programme includes:
15-17 January: Kick-off in Kenya
11-21 March: Workshop in Europe
03-15 May: Workshop in South Africa
19-26 June: DemoDays in Paris and Hanover
From January to June, all startups will have access to virtual mentoring and co-working spaces in Accra (Ghana), Lagos (Nigeria), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Cape Town (South Africa) and Nairobi (Kenya).
Travel, accommodation and food will be covered for one person per startup for all workshops. Attendance to workshops are compulsory.
MORE INFO ABOUT THE PROGRAMME:
Airbus BizLab is a global aerospace accelerator, where startups and Airbus intrapreneurs speed up the transformation of innovative ideas into valuable businesses.
GIZ Make-IT Accelerator offers tech start-ups a program to help them strengthen their growth, cooperation and investment readiness.
MEST Africa is an entrepreneurial training program, seed fund and incubator for African tech startups, headquartered in Accra, Ghana.
lnnocircle, a South African based, innovation consultancy with a global network of associates.
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