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We believe in the catalytic power of African innovation and digital technologies for green and inclusive development.

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    How might we ensure that digital startups and local companies in Africa benefit from the green hydrogen boom?
    Green hydrogen may or may not be the next big thing, but we believe it has the potential to be a game changer. Our partner Endeva will explore this in its “ii2030 Green Hydrogen in Africa edition”.
    Blog Article — January 27, 2023 — Anna Vambe
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    AfriLabs Annual Gathering 2022: The ecosystem future is female
    We met with over 300 pan-African innovation enablers at the AfriLabs Annual Gathering. Our goal: highlighting female leadership. Read about Aneth and Sue's experience in Lusaka.
    Blog Article — December 19, 2022 — Aneth Batamuliza
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    Conversations to spur sustainable and seamless mobility in Africa
    Innocent Orikiiriza, Founder and CEO of KaCyper Technologies – an e-mobility tech startup from Uganda – looks back on our delegation trip to the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.
    Blog Article — December 19, 2022 — Innocent Orikiiriza
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    Next Generation of Ghana FinTech Innovation celebrated during the Ghana Digital Innovation Week 2022
    Startups from our NextGen FinTech Accelerator programme pitched at the Ghana Digital Innovation Week in November 2022.
    News Article — December 14, 2022 — Doreen Aglago-Cofie
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    MalawiUP! Startup Connect Week
    In partnership with Mzuzu E-Hub, we are implementing the MalawiUP! Startup Connect Week between the 13th-16th December 2022 in Lilongwe. The aim: To foster collaboration in the Innovation Ecosystem.
    Event — December 12, 2022 — December 15, 2022 — Gerold Dreyer
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    Southern Africa: Hacking innovation ecosystems through collaboration
    BongoHive, in partnership with ESTDEV, Garage48 and us hosted the second edition of the Empowering the Startup Community Hackathon in Lusaka, Zambia, from the 15th-17th November 2022.
    News Article — November 18, 2022 — Gerold Dreyer
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    Event season is back: Make-IT in Africa and Friends attend Germany’s largest Founders Festival Bits & Pretzels 2022
    Good things come to those who wait! After events were postponed over and over again a Make-IT in Africa & Friends delegation attended the Bits & Pretzels in Munich. And they had a blast!
    Blog Article — November 9, 2022 — Anna Vambe
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    Empowering the Startup Community Hackathon 2022
    BongoHive, in partnership with the Estonian Centre for International Development, Garage48 and us is hosting the 2nd edition of the Empowering the Startup Community Hackathon in Lusaka in November.
    Event — November 13, 2022 — November 16, 2022
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    Smart Cities Innovation Study Tour
    Make-IT in Africa brings African smart city visionaries to Barcelona – ‘Europe’s smartest city’
    Event — November 13, 2022 — November 17, 2022
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    AfriLabs Annual Gathering 2022
    This year’s Annual Gathering explores ‘Intra-Africa Connectivity, Collaboration and Innovation’. We look forward this opportunity to convene with stakeholders from the African innovation ecosystem.
    Event — October 25, 2022 — October 27, 2022

What we do

With our partners, we co-create strong foundations for innovation by empowering African #InnovationEcosystems. We encourage startups, innovation enablers, and political partners to connect, exchange, and scale digital solutions.

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Our goal

Our goal is to make these #InnovationEcosystems future-ready – to build a resilient environment for digital visionaries and their partners. So, they can create impactful change in Africa – socially, environmentally, and economically.

OUR PARTNERS

Creating impact with a strong network

Since the start of our project we have been collaborating with a network of strong allies from innovation enablers to the private sector, civil society and policy makers.

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