Developing countries are already generating many innovative digital ideas and solutions. Young inventors are using their creativity to overcome local challenges, while at the same time their start-ups are generating new employment opportunities.
What do start-ups need to truly thrive? How can we create innovation ecosystems that make it easy for start-ups to have an impact? The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) takes on this mission through the Make-IT Initiative.
The Make-IT Initiative solves these challenges by connecting corporate support with start-up needs. The Make-IT Alliance – its operative arm – was founded at the “hub conference” of the tech association Bitkom, taking place on November 22, 2016 in Berlin. The Alliance is the next step following on from the announcement of BMZ’s Make-IT Initiative at the German government’s national IT summit in 2015 and its further development at CeBIT 2016 in conjunction with the German private sector.
The founding members of the Make-IT Alliance are SAP Germany SE, Deutsche Post DHL Group, IBM Germany GmbH, Autodesk GmBh, the associations DIHK, Africa-German Business Association and Bitkom e.V. Founding members also included the social businesses Ashoka, betterplace lab and the Impact Hub Network.