ACTIVITIES | MAKE-IT ACCELERATOR

WE PROMOTE DIGITAL INNOVATION FOR SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT.

THE MAKE-IT ACCELERATOR

The Make-IT Accelerator offers tech start-ups from East and West Africa a nine-month programme to help them strengthen their growth, cooperation and investment readiness.

GIZ implements the non-profit support programme in collaboration with renowned accelerators and hubs, as well as corporate and financing partners. As a non-profit provider, we take no equity, we charge no participation fee, and we make no other claims on intellectual property.

Phase 1 – Capacity for Growth

Phase 2 – Cooperation Readiness

Phase 3 – Investment Readiness

OUR APPROACH
OUR GOALS
OUR TARGET GROUP
OUR APPROACH

In its first cohort, the Make-IT Accelerator offered 28 promising technology start-ups in East and West Africa a comprehensive range of local and international support over a 9-month period. The unique program provides access to large international corporations and investors who want to share their industry expertise, learn from talented entrepreneurs and enter into mutually beneficial partnerships.

Based in Lagos, Nigeria and Nairobi, Kenya, the programme consisted of three successive phases and promoted sustainable and inclusive development for African technology start-ups. The accelerator is part of our support for a local and sustainable business ecosystem in East and West Africa.

We offer start-ups:

  • a tailor-made scaling plan for innovation;
  • 3 x 3 months of interactive, blended trainings for growth, cooperation and investment readiness;
  • free access to mentoring for business development, technical expertise and scaling;
  • coverage of travel expenses for accelerator and exposure events;
  • access to co-working spaces in Lagos or Nairobi during the first three months;
  • preferred access to investor pitches, demo days and financing opportunities;
  • regional networking events with investors, mentors and corporate partners;
  • international exposure trips for Investor/Customer/Partner acquisition;
  • the chance to participate in the “Make-IT Network” with access to events, meet-ups and network of interesting partners;
  • startup2startup exchanges (peer 2 peer learning)
  • and best of all: We don’t take equity – but we don’t directly fund either.

Our three phases approach

Phase 1 – Capacity for Growth

Phase 2 – Cooperation Readiness

Phase 3 – Investment Readiness

OUR GOALS

We strive to:

  • scale innovative digital businesses and boost start-up growth;
  • support cooperation and investment readiness;
  • provide access to finance and corporate partners;
  • make a real contribution to sustainable and inclusive development;
  • and draw international attention to your products and solutions.
OUR TARGET GROUP

We support start-ups that:

  • are registered as business entitites in an African country and have been in operation for at least one full year;
  • run a digital product or service on the market (software or hardware);
  • have a business model with a social impact and the potential to scale;
  • and have a team of at least two people.
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LATEST NEWS FROM THE MAKE-IT ACCELERATOR

In January 2018, the first round of the Make-IT Accelerator was launched in Nigeria and Kenya. At the same time, Make-IT in Africa is supporting entrepreneurs in building, fostering and strengthening their start-ups.
Stay tuned – 2019 is going to be an exciting year!

Meet the participants

AB3D (African Born 3D Printing)

Annona

ClinicPesa

DaktariPap Solutions

Doctoora E-Health Ltd.

DoLessons

Genexe Engineering

Ghalani

Gjenge Makers

ICT for Development Kenya

Insight Africa / Studylab

Kaaro Health Finance Ltd

Kitovu Technology Company

KoloPay

Micrive Infinite Limited

Placements Africa

PreDiagn

Print Anything

RedHunt

Sauti East Africa Limited

Slide Safe

Social Lender

Taimba Ltd

TECH KIDZ AFRICA

Track Your Build

Trusmart

WazInsure

ZOA

Implementing Partners

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