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

Make IT in Africa About Us

A collaborative approach to innovation

African digital visionaries develop innovative solutions with significant impact on people’s lives and their environment. But on the road to breakthrough, they can face certain challenges.

Therefore, we aim to create an environment in which the full potential of African digital innovation can unfold – with all ecosystem stakeholders.

Wether you are a startup, innovation enabler or dealing with innovation policies, we believe only a collaborative and systemic approach can overcome the obstacles these digital visionaries are facing.

For you, we develop and implement our programmes in close collaboration with our private and public sector partners. The overall aim is to strengthen African ecosystems as a whole.

Together, we join forces to create a momentum for innovation and change by empowering and growing African #InnovationEcosystems.

Our Services

Make-IT Africa, Innovative Solution
How we support
Innovative Solutions
Make-IT Innovation Ecosystem
How we support
Innovation Ecosystems
Make-IT Africa, Innovation Policies
How we support
Innovation Policies

Meet our Team

We operate from Africa and Europe.

Abdallah Souissi
Abdallah Souissi
Adwoa Boa Essilfie
Adwoa Boa Essilfie
Alex Calvin Gbetie 1to1
Alex Calvin Gbetie
Anna Vambe
Aneth Batamuliza
Aneth Batamuliza
Bartha Alexander
Beny Meier
Benjamin Meier
Bernhard Rohkemper
Bernhard Rohkemper
Christiane Uwase Bukuru
Christiane Uwase Bukuru
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Daniel Ritter
Desiree Winges
Desiree Winges
Fatou Doumbia
Fatou Doumbia
Geoffroy Berson
Geoffroy Berson
Linda Mc Leod
Linda McLeod
Lorraine Davis
Lorraine Davis
Matthias Rehfeld
Matthias Rehfeld
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Melanie Schimanski
Nora Ehrhardt
Nora Ehrhardt
Olaf Seidel
Olaf Seidel
Olivier Habumugisha
Olivier Habumugisha
Rosina Naab
Rosina Naab
Sergej Pochkunov
Sergei Pochkunov
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Simaneka Nangombe
Stefanie Zinsmeyer
Stefanie Zinsmeyer
Susan Wanjiru
Valeria Hernandez
Valeria Morua

Our background

Make-IT in Africa is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)


Creating impact with a strong network

We collaborate with a network of strong partners from innovation enablers to policymakers and the public and private sector.

Our track record

Our impact since 2017 – created together with our partners

Publications and Downloads

Over the years, we have gathered useful information, valuable insights, and practical tools – ready for you to download.

Digital Innovation Made in Africa
Digital Innovation Made in Africa for Sustainable and Inclusive Development Vol. 1
Digital Innovation Made in Africa for Sustainable and Inclusive Development Vol. 2
How to acquire investments
Founder's Guide to Fundraising in Ethiopia
Founder's Guide to Fundraising in South Africa
How to Transition from a General Hub to a Specialized Hub Industry
GIZ Make-IT in Africa Hub Specialization Playbook
How to provide an open innovation program for startups
Make-IT in Africa Open Innovation Program Toolkit
How to provide an effective mentorship programme & make best of your angel investment trough mentorship
Mentorship Guide – Mentor-Driven Capital for Entrepreneurial Success in Africa
Evaluating the Potential of a Mentoring Programme for Tech Entrepreneurs in Rwanda
How to become a Tech Trendscout
Tech Trendscouting Toolkit – How to Become a Tech Trendscout for Digital Innovation with Social Impact in Africa 
How to scale your digital business
The Data Science in Python Playbook – How to turn data into assets
The Interoperability Playbook – How to integrate into a platform
Our latest stories
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    Unveiling the Makerspace Marvel: A Journey through Innovation in Cape Town
    Step into the vibrant realm of Makerspaces, where creativity and innovation converge to shape the future.
    Blog Article — December 15, 2023 — Rosina Naab
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    Catalyzing the African AgriTech Ecosystem by Fostering Partnerships among Startups
    The GreenAPI: Smart Agriculture Program brought together Seven Startups and a Digital Agriculture Platform to Senegal with the aim to foster mutual trust and Propel Innovative Agritech solutions in WA
    Blog Article — December 13, 2023 — Fatou Doumbia
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    ii2030 Green Hydrogen in Africa Edition
    The 2023 edition of Endeva’s ii2030 focused on the question: „How can startups and local innovators benefit from the potential of green hydrogen in Kenya, Namibia and South Africa?
    Blog Article — December 12, 2023 — Claudia Knobloch
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    Leadership Roundtable LTST side-event
    Change the game. Not the players. The 5th edition of the Female Founder’s flagship conference took place on 11 and 12 Ocotber 2023 in Vienna, Austria.
    Blog Article — October 24, 2023 — Elisabeth van Holthe tot Echten
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    Journey to Maximum Impact: 3 Stops for Africa’s Leading National Innovation Networks
    Make-IT in Africa had the privilege of working with Seedstars and Pangea Trust on a program to accompany national innovation networks from across Africa on their journey to maximum impact ecosystems.
    Blog Article — October 6, 2023 — Valeria Morua
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    8 reasons why we are excited about embedding inclusion in Africa's Digital Innovation Ecosystem
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    Blog Article — September 27, 2023 — Aparajita Agrawal
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    Enthralling Estonia: On a Safari to meet the Unicorns of the North
    Estonia is simply impressive. In “the world’s most digital nation”, 99% of government services are available online. We wanted to see ourselves: how did Estonia pull off its digital transformation?
    Blog Article — August 11, 2023 — Anna Vambe
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    GenBlue: Empowering Innovation Support Organizations for Blue Innovation and Inclusivity in Southern Africa
    GenBlue is dedicated to empowering Innovation Support Organizations (ISOs) as key enablers for ocean impact solutions while promoting inclusivity and addressing gender imbalances and biases.
    Blog Article — July 18, 2023 — Linda McLeod
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    We need female role models – then and now
    Ellen Fischat is passionate about people development and transformation. She co-founded Inspiring African Women NPC: a network designed to inspire the next generation of female changemakers.
    Blog Article — April 5, 2023 — Ellen Fischat
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    MARKET PLAYERS: Reimagining pan-African Entrepreneurship & Innovation Ecosystems
    Katlego Mokgethi, founder of Market Players in Botswana, shared with us the importance of a 'shared vision' and what it means to 'lead in action'.
    Blog Article — March 29, 2023 — Katlego Mokgethi

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