THE MAKE-IT ALLIANCE
The Make-IT Alliance is a strategic grouping of tech companies, business associations, social entrepreneurs and ecosystem partners. By linking the experience and practical knowledge of successful and established companies and other institutions in the digital economy with the ideas and innovative strength of young entrepreneurs of tech start-ups, the Make-IT Alliance adds further value to the Make-IT initiative.
The members of the Make-IT Alliance support the initiative directly e. g. by offering interested start-ups opportunities of exposure or by linking them to their existing start-up programmes. In addition, they join their forces and develop together new ideas in order to support young digital innovators in a specific field in a specific country. The instruments of German development cooperation targeted at the cooperation with the private sector like the develoPPP.de programme or the lab of tomorrow can support these efforts.
The Make-IT alliance is generally open to companies, stakeholders and interest groups and will be gradually expanded.
Called to life by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as part of the Tech Entrepreneurship Initiative Make-IT, the goal of the Make-IT Alliance is to support tech entrepreneurs in developing and emerging countries, thereby contributing to the initiative’s overall objective of fostering inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
Digital entrepreneurship is a key driver behind a society’s digital transformation. Tech entrepreneurs provide innovative, marketable digital solutions and services that address important needs and problems hindering development, such as lack of information and skills, reliable provision of electricity or basic healthcare. At the same time, these entrepreneurs create new employment opportunities and have a positive impact on the economies and societies of their countries.
Many technology start-ups in developing and emerging countries do not succeed on regional or international markets because they lack access to capital, clients, talented staff and digital infrastructure. For female, young or non-metropolitan entrepreneurs it is even harder to cope with these challenges. The Make-IT Alliance wants to contribute to the establishment of an enabling environment for young tech entrepreneurs – to ensure better access to finance, markets and skills.
Declaration of Intent
Each member of the Make-IT Alliance signed the Declaration of Intent (DoI). With the DOI, the Partners recognize that exceptional value can be created by combining their strengths, resources and networks.
Furthermore, the members acknowledge that “development processes require joint strategies that address challenges and facilitate change at multiple levels in society and the economy.” Thus they recognize the value of tech-entrepreneurs as change makers and the importance of community-based initiatives to foster worldwide emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems.
The Make-IT Alliance aims to support
- learning, the exchange of good practices, and collaboration within and about entrepreneurial ecosystems
- locally-embedded spaces, programs and supportive communities for tech entrepreneurs
- capacity building, training, mentorship, knowledge sharing and other learning opportunities to help tech entrepreneurs develop their digital and managerial skills to solve problems, make informed choices, define priorities and plan for the future.
- understanding the local context, setting impact goals for planned interventions and impact measurement for delivering valuable learning and change experiences in a networked environment.
In addition to the DOI, each member formulated its own Action Statement, as a complementing document of the DOI.
The Action Statements can be found here: