Promoting technology partnerships between AirBus and African startups

The BizLab #Africa4Future initiative supports collaboration between Airbus and African startups by offering mentorship, networking and coaching


#Africa4Future is a “Joint Accelerator Program” between Airbus BizLab & GIZ Make-IT in Africa. The program contributes to UN SDG # 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, and looks to foster the development of aerospace technologies with a goal of helping to solve development challenges in Africa.

We focus on early-stage tech start-ups with technologies aimed at unmanned logistics and remote sensing, including automation and drones, electrification, blockchain, artificial intelligence, data analytics and material composites and manufacturing.

The program is implemented by a MEST & Innocircle consortium. MEST is a non-profit Pan-African organization where startups, entrepreneurs and members of the tech community can come together to meet, work and build. Innocircle is a South African based innovation consultancy focusing on co-creating the future with a global network.


The top ten applicants will have the opportunity to join a six-month acceleration program, starting on 7th January 2019.

  • Access to industry-leading experts
  • Feedback on technology and business model
  • Showcase at Paris International Airshow (France) and CeBit Hanover (Germany)
  • Opportunity to launch a collaboration project with Airbus


As part of the program, you will participate in a mix of virtual business support and physical workshops.

  • 15-17 January: Kick-off in Kenya
  • 11-21 March: Workshop in Europe
  • 03-15 May: Workshop in South Africa
  • 19-26 June: DemoDays in Paris and Hanover

From January to June, all startups will have access to virtual mentoring and co-working spaces in Accra (Ghana), Lagos (Nigeria), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Cape Town (South Africa) and Nairobi (Kenya).

Travel, accommodation and food will be covered for one person per startup for all workshops. Attendance to workshops is compulsory.

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November 30
January 7 - June 30, 2019
AirBus-BizLab Innovation Hub
Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Réunion, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, United Republic of, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Artificial intelligence, Big data, Smart city solutions, UAVs (drones)