“It takes a village to raise a child,
and it takes an eco-system to raise a start-up.”

African countries
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About Us

Our mission

In close collaboration with corporate and financing partners, social enterprises, hubs and networks, we support the growth of an enabling environment for young entrepreneurs in the digital sector – to facilitate better access to finance, markets and skills.

Our goals

  • Unleash the creativity and potential of entrepreneurs
  • Collaborate with the brightest minds to shape a digital future
  • Promote digital technologies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Create new jobs and opportunities

Our approach

  • Inspire. digital innovation by sharing good practices and showcases
  • Connect. and support tech start-ups through matchmaking and other exposure opportunities
  • Develop. and create a supportive environment for digital entrepreneurship

News & Events

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12sep18:0021:00Cape Town | Meetup Joint Start-up Programme Make-IT in Africa & MerckWork in ProgressCountry:South Africa

11sepallday13Cape Town | Exhibition Joint Start-up Programme Make-IT in Africa & MerckCape Town StadiumCountry:South Africa

09sepallday10Johannesburg | Demo Day Joint Start-up Programme Make-IT in Africa & MerckMerckCountry:South Africa

05sepalldayMake-IT in Africa brings three tech start-ups to re:publica 2020Among our Make-IT fellows we raffled off three trips to the re:publica 2020 BerlinCountry:Germany

28aug18:0020:30NAIROBI | Women in Agriculture Panel6/F Belgravia 14 Riverside Drive #Suite 6A

Selected Programmes

Make-IT Accelerator

The Make-IT Accelerator strengthens entrepreneurs’ skills to help scale their innovation and achieve growth, cooperation and investment readiness.

Digital Innovation Made in Africa

We use different formats like exhibitions, web clips and online catalogues to showcase selected tech entrepreneurs focusing on social impact.

Entrepreneurs’ Guides to Investment

Explaining how to access capital in Kenya and Nigeria to foster financing opportunities. These guides share information, match start-ups and investors, introduce funding instruments and share investor directories.


TEF-GIZ entrepreneurship programme 2018

Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) and Make-IT in Africa collaborate to strengthen 210 ICT and tech-enabled entrepreneurs with capacity development, mentoring and seed funding aimed at creating new jobs and growth in 54 African countries.

Airbus BizLab & Make-IT joint accelerator programme

Airbus BizLab and Make-IT in Africa’s joint accelerator #africa4future aims to support 10 tech start-ups in the fields of unmanned logistics and remote sensing to find technology solutions contributing to UN SDG #9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.

Tech Start-ups

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Impact Since 2017 …

… 191 digital entrepreneurs from 23 countries in East and West Africa have received support directly and indirectly from Make-IT, to build capacity, acquire investment (of more than USD 1.7 million), set up their businesses, establish new partnerships and scale up their innovations. 46% of these are female founders.

… 6,024 founders and employees in tech start-ups and their local business partners have improved their capacity for growth, increased income and developed future-proof employability.

… more than 2,9 million people have already been reached through innovative digital products from start-ups with a high potential for social impact in key sectors. These include e-agriculture, e-health, fintech, education and smart energy.

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