The goal of the Make-IT Initiative is to contribute to inclusive and sustainable economic development by promoting the start-up scenes of technology companies (tech entrepreneurship) in developing and emerging countries.

The target group of the programme is commercially viable businesses with five to 250 employees that have significant potential, and ambition, for growth — Small and Growing Businesses (SGBS).

What we do


To achieve the goals of the Make-IT Initiative, BMZ cooperates with German and international companies, associations, universities, investors, funding institutions and other local partners. Linking the experience and practical knowledge of successful companies with the ideas and innovative power of young entrepreneurs in technology start-ups creates a strong foundation for sustainable development.

in Africa

The “Tech Entrepreneurship Initiative Make-IT in Africa” has supported more than 180 selected African start-ups whose digital innovations are particularly relevant to the sustainable development of their countries.

in Asia

The “Tech Entrepreneurship Initiative Make-IT in Asia” kicked off with an ideation challenge in 2018. More activities will follow.

Tech start-ups