Make-IT Innovation Ecosystems
Innovation enablers

Let’s join forces to grow your local Innovation Ecosystem from within and connect it locally and internationally.

What we do for your Innovation Ecosystem

Collaboration and networking are critical to innovation enablers' work. Working closely with our private and public sector partners, we give you the tools to drive local innovation and create impactful change in African regions.

Strengthening ecosystem builders

With technical and financial support, we improve your strategy, service delivery, and business model for long-term sustainability.

Growing purpose-driven communities

We support you to find your prupose, align with other ecosystem players, and start your joint journey towards specialization.

Boosting ecosystem collaboration

We assist you in making contacts and learning from like-minded people by expanding your networks – locally and internationally.

News & events
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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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    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
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    Launch: Investment Guide Uganda
    The Investment Guide Uganda launch event brings together important actors in the Ugandan Innovations Ecosystem
    Event — August 19, 2022
  • Startups in Africa pitch their smart cities ideas at the demo day in Rwanda for the Smart Cities Innovation Programme
    22 African Smart Cities Startups Pitch their Ideas
    The Smart Cities Innovation Programme had a successful online-pitch event, where the participating startups from across the Continent were able to showcase their achievements and investment readiness.
    News Article — June 29, 2022
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    Make-IT Day at hub.berlin 2022
    This year the Make-IT Day will be live and in person again! Taking place on the 22nd of June, at Germany's largest business festival for digital movers and makers; hub.berlin2022 at Funkhaus Berlin
    Event — June 21, 2022
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    Demo Day - Smart Cities Innovation Programme
    The SCIP Demo Day marks the finale of the Smart Cities Innovation Programme, spotlighting participating startups, connecting them with you!
    Event — June 19, 2022
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    Ecosystem resilience requires resilient innovation enablers
    The COVID-19 pandemic has had adverse effects on the development of entrepreneurship ecosystems.
    News Article — January 20, 2022

Our programmes to empower Innovation Ecosystems

Your goal is to foster innovation and collaboration in your ecosystem. But who supports you in this? Our partner network is up to the challenge. Together, we have developed and implemented programmes tailored to the needs of innovation enablers like you.

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HUGG – Hubs GoGreentech
Building capacity for specialized GreenTech Accelerators
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ASSEK – Building Start-up Resilience by Investing in ESOs in Kenya
Boosting innovation enabler resilience during and after the pandemic.
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Our latest stories
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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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    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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    The ii2030 Rwanda Smart City Edition Journey
    To 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: Leveraging the innovation ecosystem to scale
    Naa Sika: FinTech startup with an innovative banking solution
    The 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…
    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
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    With Optimalogistic an empty truck becomes an opportunity
    In Tunisia, for every three deliveries, two trucks return empty to their cities of origin.
    Blog Article — March 30, 2022

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