Connecting the Francophone and Anglophone African Tech Industry with the European Start-up Ecosystem

Make-IT participated at the Afrobytes & Viva Technology (Vivatech) in Paris with start-up and hub delegations from Tunisia, Ghana, Nigeria and Rwanda from 15th May until 18th May 2019. At Afrobytes Conference, Make-IT supported the Ghanaian and Nigerian country booths and the networking reception at Station F, the world’s largest start-up campus. The Afrobytes conference provides a matchmaking platform where handpicked African tech entrepreneurs can meet their peers, pitch their solutions to investors and network with European corporate business partners. In its third edition at Station F in Paris, Afrobytes attracts around 500 participants with around 50 investors, 250 start-ups and 50 corporates.

At VivaTech, France’s biggest event for tech innovation and digital transformation, Make-IT has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Digital Africa, an initiative supported by French President Emmanuel Macron and the Agence Française de Développement (AfD). The MoU aims at deepening the collaboration between the French and German initiatives through jointly supporting individual tech entrepreneurs and strengthening the ecosystems as a step towards an African European Digital Innovation Bridge. Digital Africa is an open and collaborative initiative designed to promote African innovation and entrepreneurship and, through its founding members, the initiative is present today in 42 African countries and more than 150 innovation hubs.

Make-IT also supported the Tunisian, Rwandan, Nigerian and Ghanaian start-up and hub delegations with a total of 17 tech start-ups and 3 innovation hubs attending VivaTech. Make-IT supported the delegations with their visibility and networking with investors and potential partners. For this, Make-IT collaborated with the German Tech Hub Initiative and Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) to provide the delegations with a guided tour of the German Tech Hub Pavilion and dedicated B2B Matchmaking with the German start-ups. VivaTech is a key event for start-ups and the start-up ecosystem, which took place in Paris for the fourth time from 16th to 18th May 2019. VivaTech is an annual technology conference for digital innovation and considered the most important digital trade fair in Europe after Hannover Messe. In 2018, around 100,500 participants with 9,000 start-ups and 1,900 investors from 125 countries participated. VivaTech 2019 was once again inaugurated by French President Emmanuel Macron and had numerous high-ranking state and business guests and speakers such as Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, Paul Kagame, President of Ruanda, and Jack Ma from Alibaba among others.

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