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Make-IT in Africa Newsletter #13

Focus: Ecosystem Collaboration

Dear Entrepreneurs and Tech Start-up Enthusiasts,

Welcome to the June and July edition of the Make-IT in Africa newsletter!

"It takes a village to raise a child – and it takes an ecosystem to raise a start-up”: This is the motto of Make-IT in Africa. In order to strengthen ecosystems, Make-IT works with different players in each of our five partner countries: such as political partners, ministries or innovation hubs. The goal: to promote knowledge exchange, offer capacity building for organisations, and promote multi-stakeholder dialogue.

In this issue of our newsletter we would like to explore the diversity of these collaborations and efforts.

If there are any topics you would like us to cover in future editions, please let us know (

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Kind regards
Dr Jan Schwaab
Head of G
Tech Entrepreneurship Initiative
‘Make-IT in Africa’
Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Anna Klenner
Junior Adviser
Tech Entrepreneurship Initiative
‘Make-IT in Africa’
Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH


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LOOP Accelerator Rwanda

Apply until August 31, 2020

LOOP is the latest acceleration program in Kigali, Rwanda, that aims to amplify the growth of high potential education start-ups with founders between the age of 18-25 years old.
The program includes weekly training (incl. COVID-19 measures), 1-1 coaching sessions, co-working space, pitch events, and mentor match-making. Estimated weekly time investment: 2-4 hours.
We are looking for passionate entrepreneurs who are ready to take their business to the next level.


Apply until August 21, 2020

Kenyan youth- and women-led agribusinesses have been awarded an opportunity to access USD 100,000 as investment for their companies through the FoodTech Africa accelerator. The accelerator is inviting post revenue level agribusinesses in Kenya to apply for the programme in order to meet the growing demand and challenge of food security in the country.

Focus: Ecoystem Collaboration

The theme of our newsletter this time is on the different partners Make-IT in Africa collaborates with in each country. In order to have a long-lasting impact on the start-up ecosystems, it is one of our core project goals to collaborate closely with existing structures and players. For instance, with government institutions to help make sure the right policies and frameworks are in place for new tech businesses to flourish. Other initiatives focus on collaborating with local meet-ups, NGOs, innovation hubs, as well as incubation and accelerator programmes, plus other local and pan-African partners.

Based on our goals of fostering innovation, retaining talent in the region, and nurturing sustainable growth, how successful is our work? A recent study shows that 89% of surveyed players have described that improved framework conditions have contributed to growth and employment.

Read more about some of these exciting initiatives and the partners we work with.


A is for Action: Collaboration with ASSEK

In Kenya, ASSEK is helping those who help innovation. The association grows the local entrepreneurship ecosystem by fostering collaboration, knowledge exchange and learning for those who support the development of start-ups.
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The Ondo State Hackathon

Various partners collaborated in Nigeria to host a hackathon for real change. Policy-makers, entrepreneurs and start-ups merged minds to brainstorm on how to create the best conditions for new businesses to thrive.
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Makers Assemble!

In Ghana, an innovative collaboration with Ghana Tech Lab is bringing players together in the fight against COVID-19. Makers Assemble is the result: a platform for innovators to share skills, brainstorm and collaborate on the production of solutions.

Partner Up! In Rwanda

Several collaborations in Rwanda are supporting the country’s growing technology and innovation business community. Already recognised as a regional IT hub, government entities, businesses and specialised mentors are keen to ensure the start-up sector here continues to flourish.

Healthtech Challenge Tunisia

New Competition Builds Community in Tunisia

Tunisia is strengthening the bonds that innovate with two exemplary collaborations: the HealthTech Challenge and a coaching programme for women entrepreneurs to help boost their business to the next level.


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Feedback Session: Mentoring Landscape

We are pleased to invite interested hubs/incubators who support entrepreneurs in Rwanda to our feedback session on the mentoring landscape in Kigali.
Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020.
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Women in Tech Wednesdays Webinar

In this talk you will learn essential strategies for keeping your code base lean and allow your JavaScript app to grow efficiently. Find out how you can cut non-essential clutter easily, rearrange your code base for optimal scalability and win back the joy of working on your project again.
Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Africa AI Accelerator

Africa AI Accelerator Announces Participants

Make-It's AI Accelerator is thrilled to announce that 11 innovation-driven AI startups have been finally selected in the Africa AI Accelerator Program. These startups will undergo 6 months of remote training, mentorship, and a bootcamp. This is to assist them to scale their startups.
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COVID-19 Response: The Robust and Sustainable Startup (RSS) Series

The Robust and Sustainable Startup (RSS) Series from Make-IT in Africa in Ghana provides start-ups and small businesses with the expertise they need – not just to survive, but to succeed when faced with the challenges of a global pandemic. Starting at the end of June 2020, the webinar series gives participants an edge in a constantly changing environment.
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Capacity Building D4Ag

In July, the application phase for the new initiative Digital4Agriculture has taken place. The initiative offers a unique training program that can be the next step for start-ups to level up and get platform-ready. The programme is designed for AgTech start-ups that are keen to integrate their product or service onto a digital platform and want to expand their user base or open new revenue streams for their business.


On Thursday, June 11th, 2020, the virtual showcase of the third edition of the Africa4Future, powered by Airbus Bizlab, GIZ, UP42, and implemented by CcHUB, unveiled the 10 newest African companies from the programme using remote sensing technology (satellite imagery) to address the food insecurity and infrastructure deficit challenges across the continent. The online event brought together investors, corporate executives and stakeholders from all around the world.


Apply Now: $1,000,000 for African Online Safety Solutions from Google

Deadline is August 21, 2020

The Africa Online Safety Fund has a $1 million commitment from It will support innovative existing and new solutions to address women and children’s online safety with two categories of funding. The Fund is prioritising applications that will impact communities in Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, and South Africa.

Running a Fully Virtual Accelerator Program: Experience

"In the last week of March and the early days of our new normal, the Africa4Future team was faced with a critical question: How do we run a successful accelerator programme that achieves our objectives in spite of the huge uncertainty and a global pandemic?"



Factsheet: Make-IT in Africa

Factsheet Q2 2020

Factsheet: Digital4Agriculture



For start-ups in Rwanda and Ghana we have expanded our series of investment guides. The Investment Guides support young entrepreneurs in generating investments and developing their business cases. You can find them on our homepage and under the link below.
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