Digital Innovation Accelerator

Innovation Factory

A multi-stage Acceleration programme & Competition for start-up teams with innovative solutions for sustainable development.

The Innovation Factory Digital Innovation Accelerator is a multi-stage programme that includes a 6-month acceleration programme and a final competition.



Call for applications open to start-ups, companies, non-profits to submit innovations for sustainable development: Gender Equality, EduTech or Environmental Climate Action.
Submit your application & tell us why your innovation idea/prototype needs acceleration & funding support.


45 shortlisted teams will take part in the 6-month Digital Innovation Accelerator to:

  • Receive capacity-building support;
  • Be guided in business model refinement;
  • Become investment ready;
  • Optimise SDG impacts;
  • Develop a comprehensive business plan

The Accelerator programmes will be held in-person in the respective local countries. More information about venue and dates will be revealed in due time. Please be sure to select the correct countries in your application.


Teams successfully completing the Accelerator Programme will submit supporting documents for jury assessment. 12 winning teams will be selected to win tailored support packages equivalent to 15.000€ each.



Women and girls make up half the global population and therefore half its potential. However, gender inequality in various forms still persists everywhere and stands in the way of sustainable economic growth and social progress. Similarly, this disparity between genders is also reflected in the access to digital technology.

Whether it is providing equal education access or increasing access to adaptive microfinance, technology provide endless possibilities to improving quality of life and enabling women and girls to participate in building resilient communities.


Good quality and accessible education is a crucial foundation for sustainable development. In addition to improving quality of life, it equips locals with tools to further develop innovative solutions to global problems. According to the UN, 617 million children and adolescents lack minimum proficiency in reading and mathematics, and up to 750 million adults still remain illiterate*.

Digital technology has a high potential to help propel forward impoverished communities and to help youth gain relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills for employment.

*Source: UN (2019) The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2019


Climate change affects all communities globally with increasingly severe weather pattern changes, rising sea levels and extremely high greenhouse gas emissions. Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC will require drastic changes in all aspects of society. Furthermore, the poorest and most vulnerable people are affected the most.

Digital innovations that contribute to climate and environmental action can deliver scalable solutions to enable countries to increase local adaptation efforts across all communities and advance quicker towards cleaner and more resilient economies.


Have a clear business case and feasible financial sustainability for future/current revenue model

Have a digital innovation that delivers positive impact in the areas of Gender Equality, Environmental Climate Action or EduTech

Digital innovation solution is operational & has been introduced to the market & its intended users


Being locally-driven or locally-led from one of these 5 countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico, and Senegal

Have potential for scale and significant replication to maximise impact


February 24, 2020
Program dates Mar 1 - Nov 30, 2020
Organizer GIZ
Website Visit website
Targets Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico, Senegal
Sectors Sector agnostic



Name Country Sector(s)
Aid and recycling
Mexico Mobile, Smart city solutions, Waste management and…
Naa Sika Micro Bank
A Coin a Day
Ghana Fintech
LSSYA is an online psychotheraphy platform based in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia Healthcare, Healthcare providers and services
We merge technology with psychology making mentalhealth and wellbeing
Mexico Healthcare providers and services
Banopolis Inovasi Kendara
Ride The Future
Indonesia Internet of things (IoT), Public transport, Smart …
BezoMoney Technologies Limited
Save up, grow together
Ghana Agritech, Fintech
Your guide to recycling!
Mexico Packaging, Smart city solutions, Waste management …
Mousso Africa
Bringing the African informal sector online
Senegal E-commerce, Fintech, Retail
Soil Solutions
Affordable do it yourself soil test kit for smallholder farmers
Ghana Agrichemicals, Agritech, Crop farming
Recolecta México
Connecting sustainable Talents near from you
Mexico Educational services, Environmental services, Wast…