Prototyping Make-IT: A retrospect and glimpse of the future at the 6th Make-IT Alliance Meeting

How can the Make-IT Alliance keep innovating for itself? The 6th Make-IT Alliance Meeting saw its members come together to look back and celebrate the achievements of 2017.

Dr. Michael Blank from the DIHK underlined the successful Make-IT collaboration for the “Start.Up! Germany Tour 2017”. This roadshow successfully connected tech start-ups from African countries and Germany.

Not just in Germany, but also in Kenya and Nigeria did Make-IT boost innovation ecosystems. The Make-IT in Africa accelerator program successfully launched in both Nairobi and Lagos, supporting 91 tech start-ups through various activities.

In 2018, Make-IT in Africa will continue to build on the winning formula: facilitating powerful partnerships by providing capacity. An investment guide, a policy hackathon, a mentoring instrument, and not to forget the second batch of the accelerator cohort will make for a busy year 2018.

The meeting was concluded with a co-creative session borrowing from human-centered design. In this small workshop, first prototypes were developed that serve to further leverage the Make-IT network. The prototypes look at different user perspectives: How can the Alliance members get support from Make-IT, how can the start-ups and ecosystems get empowered to solve local challenges? These prototypes will be further improved and developed by their product owners by engaging other Make-IT Alliance members.

Picture credit: Tarek Hassan/GIZ

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