AfriConEU is an H2020 project funded by the European Commission. We envision creating the first Trans-continental Networking Academy for African & European Digital Innovation Hubs, strengthening a common EU-Africa innovation & Startup ecosystem.
The AfriConEU project envisions essentially strengthening and reinforcing the digital innovation ecosystems in Africa by targeting existing Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) and supporting them through capacity building and networking activities. African DIHs are playing a central role in the development of digital entrepreneurship and by raising their capacities to tackle the challenges they face they will be more effective in driving digital innovation forward.
To achieve its mission, the AfriConEU project will connect DIHs from Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, and Tanzania with DIHs from Europe with the aim to (i) facilitate knowledge and experience sharing, (ii) drive the development of mutually beneficial partnerships, and (iii) support the creation of collective projects for boosting digital economy, empowering youth and fostering innovation and growth. To realize its mission the project will develop, test, and validate the “AfriConEU Networking Academy” an innovative mechanism for connecting and sharing best practices, experiences, and resources between DIHs in Africa and between DIHs in Africa and EU, in a comprehensive, replicable and self-sustaining way.
Through two flagship programs, the AfriConEU Networking Academy will empower and enable African DIHs to best serve their local industry, boost their start-up ecosystem and empower the youth population with the necessary skills to thrive in a digitalized world.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101016687.