On March 21st 2019, the Make-IT Alliance gathered for the 9th network meeting hosted by SAP in Berlin. During the morning session, participants of a dozen established organisations exchanged updates on the current developments of the Tech-Entrepreneurship Initiative “Make-IT”.

As of today, the Make-IT Alliance counts more than 20 contributing organizations. In addition, the local Make-IT in Africa network is successfully expanding to Rwanda, Ghana and Tunisia. Representatives of the five African regional offices presented local activities taking place across Africa. Besides an update on the current activities and success stories on the local African ecosystems, Make-IT in Asia is being established gradually in Indonesia, where an ideation challenge on environment and energy took place.

A highlight of the Make-IT Alliance meet-up was the presentation of the accelerator program #Africa4Future. Airbus BizLab and Make-IT in Africa jointly implemented the programme. For six months, the #Africa4Future accelerator programme offered structured mentorship to aerospace start-ups as well as relevant exposure to investors and potential partners for their growing businesses. Make-IT is looking forward to seeing new partnerships emerge.

Picture credit: Julia Jatzkewitz/GIZ

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