Make-IT in Asia

Supporting local ideas for local challenges

The German development cooperation is moving beyond aid. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) created a Tech-Entrepreneurship Initiative called “Make-IT” to support local tech-startups in partner countries.

The Idea

Instead of designing solutions for context we may know little about, we support local change agents to build up fruitful environments for innovation, investment and development. Lively local ecosystems equal good business environments equal self-determined development paths. Any questions?

The How

We established a consortium of private tech-companies, business associations, crowd-sourcing platforms and impact investors called “Make-IT Alliance”. We bundle and channel their existing activities in tech start-up promotion and develop own measures with our partners on top. Bottom line is, we act as a facilitator and active supporter for start-up promotion and impact investment, holding up high principles of sustainability and local benefit.

The What happened already

Make-IT in Africa is supporting tech-start-ups on the ground since 2016. Make-IT Asia got kick-started in 2018 with an ideation challenge.

Ideation challenge

We just completed an ideation challenge in November 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia to kick-start Make-IT in Asia. We called for tech innovations in the energy and environmental sectors in Indonesia. From September to November 2018, there was a total of 100 proposals from Indonesia and 40 proposal from across Southeast Asia handed in by tech-start-ups, which were reviewed and evaluated by the Make-IT Alliance Jury.
Now the most promising ideas were selected and will be provided with further trainings, mentoring and linked to investors and Make-IT Alliance members.

The Who

Make-IT Alliance members such as the German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), Siemens, the Impact Hub Network, SAP, Deutsche Gesellschaft für international Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, are especially interested and participated already in the ideation challenge. Additionally new partners that just recently joined the Make-IT Alliance already contributed: OAV – German Asia-Pacific Business Association Robert Bosch GmbH and GFA Consulting Group.

The What next?

The first concrete steps are taken, the first tech-start-ups are being promoted: Now we look to bring forward our activities on the ground. The floor is open.