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.
Meet our Team
We operate from Africa and Europe.
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.
- Women, AHEAD!#EmbraceEquity is this year’s theme for #InternationalWomensDay. On the lead-up to March 8th, let’s commemorate women, their achievements, and their allies by highlighting those who inspire us.Blog Article — February 28, 2023 — Aneth Batamuliza
- 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
- AfriLabs Annual Gathering 2022: The ecosystem future is femaleWe 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
- Conversations to spur sustainable and seamless mobility in AfricaInnocent 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
- Event season is back: Make-IT in Africa and Friends attend Germany’s largest Founders Festival Bits & Pretzels 2022Good 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
- The ii2030 Rwanda Smart City Edition JourneyTo co-create systemic solutions in the smart city space, Make-IT supports the “ii2030 Rwanda Smart City Edition” a flagship initiative of Endeva.Blog Article — May 24, 2022 — Belen Adem, Endeva
- Naa Sika: FinTech startup with an innovative banking solutionThe startup Naa Sika Micro Bank and its lead Ralph Menz are on a journey of creating innovative and trendy ways to manage money effectively.Blog Article — March 30, 2022
- Cooling with the sun? Yes! The KOOLBOKS way…Frequent power outages, high costs of buying and running generators, and the relatively high cost of refrigerators prevent many African businesses ...Blog Article — March 30, 2022
- With Optimalogistic an empty truck becomes an opportunityIn Tunisia, for every three deliveries, two trucks return empty to their cities of origin.Blog Article — March 30, 2022