Make-IT in Africa

We promote digital innovation for sustainable and inclusive development

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Berlin, Germany
Africa
Agribusiness, Business services, Clean technology and energy, Utilities, Construction and manufacturing, Manufacturing, Creative, media and entertainment, Education, Financial services, Healthcare, ICT, Leisure and travel, Retail and wholesale, Consumer non-durables, Transport and logistics, Water, sanitation and hygiene, Cars, Household appliances, Luxury goods and jewelry

Tech Entrepreneurship Initiative ‘Make-IT in Africa’

Digital entrepreneurship is the driving force for global economic growth and poverty alleviation as we look towards the future. Entrepreneurs have the potential to modernise the economies and societies of their countries, discover innovative solutions to development challenges and create new opportunities for employment.

Make-IT promotes digital innovation for sustainable and inclusive development, focusing on entrepreneurs running early growth phase start-ups. Here, for instance, digital innovation in health, agriculture and energy plays a key role for development and involves applying technologies such as innovative app solutions, internet of things systems, 3D printing, blockchains, and many more.


About Make-IT in Africa

The Tech Entrepreneurship Initiative ‘Make-IT in Africa’ promotes digital innovation for sustainable and inclusive
development in Africa. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) implements this project on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), as part of BMZ’s Digital Africa Initiative.

In close collaboration with more than 30 corporate and finance partners, social enterprises, hubs, and networks, ‘Make-IT in Africa’ supports an enabling environment for young entrepreneurs – to enable better access to finance, markets and skills.


Goals and impact

In its four-year project phase (2017-2020), Make-IT supports tech start-ups in their early growth phase and strengthens public and private intermediaries of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The initiative’s objectives are that:
20 key stakeholders from public and private sectors in each supported ecosystem improve their collaborations, creating a stronger and more supportive environment for digital entrepreneurship.

200 digital enterprises receive support from Make-IT and its partners to build and secure 2,000 future-proof jobs.

400 digital enterprises benefit from matchmaking opportunities and international market exposure, to successfully scale their businesses and acquire investments.

Their products and services support millions of users all over Africa in key sectors such as health, agriculture, energy, financial services and smart cities.


Key sectors for Make-IT

 

Agritech solutions – give millions of smallholder farms better access to markets, weather data, finance and insurance, thus generating income in rural areas.

 

 

 


E-Health solutions
– improve medical care and boost the entire health management system, thus saving lives and reducing the spread of disease.

 

 

 


Smart energy solutions
– enable internet access, off-grid use of renewable energies and infrastructure. This enables education and business activities until the evening hours.

 

 

 


Fintech solutions
– enable mobile phone payments and access to financial and insurance products for all people, especially in rural areas. This is an important step out of poverty.

 

 


Key areas of our work


Better access to finance
– creating a pan-African “investment pipeline” for tech start-ups and better information about financing opportunities, and connecting start-ups with finance partners. Our collaboration partners include funds, investor networks, development banks and foundations.


Capacity building for growth
– preparing tech entrepreneurs for the challenges of managing growth and achieving investment readiness. Jointly with business partners and leading innovation hubs, we established a benchmark for “partners in acceleration”.


Better access to markets
– establishing business-to-business and public-private partnerships to provide start-ups exposure and matchmaking opportunities at local and international levels. This includes study tours, trade fairs, B2B events, etc.


Innovation ecosystem support
– providing partner institutions, associations and other intermediaries with forums for multi-stakeholder dialogue, knowledge sharing and capacity development.

 


Pan-African milestones

With the partners of the Make-IT Alliance, we focus on

  • Investment pipelines, such as a joint start-up pool where investors can share offers with entrepreneurs
  • Online training based on a “best of” selection of opensource educational material
  • Online deal rooms for pitches and matchmaking for tech start-ups and investors
  • Joint accelerators (e.g. with Airbus, Merck, etc.) to allow for joint innovation of start-ups and corporates
  • Digital Innovation Made in Africa – a showcase series for tech entrepreneurs with high impact
  • Developing a mentorship pool (with VC4Africa) to enable mentor-driven financing and learning
  • Exposure for international visibility of innovation ecosystems and start-ups (e.g. Cebit, Vivatech, Afrolynk, etc.)
  • Pan-African knowledge sharing for innovation hubs and intermediaries (e.g. at Transform Africa, i4policy)

Team

Programs

Portfolio

NameCountrySector(s)
Farmula Limited
Fresh from source.
Kenya Agritech, Blockchain, Machine learning
PlayJoor
Realtime social gaming platform
Nigeria Computer games, Financial services, Mobile
Trusteefarm Limited
Improving access to safe and traceable foods.
Ghana Agribusiness, Agritech, Internet-of-things
Afrikapu Ltd
Style With A Story
Kenya E-commerce, Educational products, Specialty retail
Goo App
Goo App is an on-demand food and courier delivery mobile app platform
Ghana Transport and logistics
Africa Global Radio
An online radio station promoting and projecting Global Africa.
Ghana Internet
Spesuna Limited
Design . Code . Invent
Ghana Enterprise software, Software as a Service
AGRO INNOVA COMPANY LIMITED
Poultry farm management solutions with market linkages
Ghana Agribusiness, Enterprise software, Transport and l…
MAURICE COMMUNICATION MARKETING
MCM
Côte d'Ivoire ICT, Internet-of-things
Kawilab Energy systems
Energy for economic development
Kenya Clean technology and energy, Renewable energy
Wecyclers Nigeria Limited
Creating value from waste
Nigeria Waste management and recycling
Epilert
Wearable Device for Epilepsy Detection/Prediction
Tunisia Medical equipment and supplies
SMART LOGGER
Welcome to the future
Tunisia Agribusiness, Farm machinery, Fish farming
FRIONTOP LIMITED.
Business Path, Enabling your Lending.
Kenya Fintech
LifePro Food company.
A social enterprise tackling malnutrition in Africa.
Nigeria Food production
CitizenUp
Citizen Engagement from Philanthropy CSR & SDGs to Social Impact
Morocco Artificial intelligence, E-learning, Enterprise so…
TalentsinAfrica
Finding exceptional talents in Africa just got easier
Ghana Healthcare providers and services
Green Slabs Zimbabwe
For sustainability in construction
Zimbabwe Healthcare providers and services
Swiftly
We are the first online marketplace for shipping in Africa
Ghana Transport and logistics
Dropque
interview candidates anywhere and anytime
Nigeria Enterprise software, HR and recruitment
Upsist
On-Demand professional app for skilled auto maintenance services.
Kenya Business services, Information technology
EasyChurch
Church made eaiser
Kenya Cloud solutions, Creative, media and entertainment…
Carrot Advisory Limited
Value you loved ones
Nigeria Insurance, Legal services, Software as a Service
ProbitySoftware
We Build Solutions for SMEs to Grow Their Business
Nigeria Accounting services, Financial services, Manufactu…
Nectar
Making it easy to get paid for Electricity, Water and Gas before use.
Kenya Utilities
Brandocks
At Brandocks.com we make creative apparels that speak for your businesses
Nigeria Clothing and textiles production, E-commerce
SecureFarmer
Building the Next Gen Farmers.
Nigeria Agribusiness, Artificial intelligence, Financial s…
TruSmart
Truly Smart
Nigeria Electronics, Internet-of-things, Machine learning
DIYlaw Technologies Limited
Legal, Simplified.
Nigeria Business services, Legal services
Angaza Elimu
Delivering personalized and mastery-based learning experince
Kenya E-learning, Software as a Service
One Kiosk Africa Limited
Building a Sustainable and Inclusive E-commerce for Africa
Nigeria E-commerce, Fintech, Retail
Bakeli by volkeno
Offering young africans training, internship opportunities in tech
Senegal Education, HR and recruitment, Information technol…
Bisa
Doctor at your finger tips
Ghana Healthcare
Wastezon
Connecting Recycling industries with households to transact e-wastes.
Rwanda Clean technology, Environmental services, Waste ma…
Kaicedra Consulting / Map Action
Innovation Environnementale
Mali Environmental services
Gebeya Inc
The best of African talent
Ethiopia Education, Software as a Service
AcquahMeyer Drone Tech
We are the done people
Ghana Agribusiness, Agrichemicals, Crop farming
optimalogistic
ONLINE MARKETPLACE FOR LOGISTICS SERVICES
Tunisia E-commerce, Green transportation and electric moto…
Eneza Education
Spreading education everywhere
Kenya Education, Software as a Service
Qisimah Audio Insights
Africa's Music Consumption Data Company
Ghana Big data, Music, Online analytics
CoverApp
It works
Kenya Financial services, Insurance
Redbird Inc
Convenient care for chronic disease
Ghana Healthcare
Farmingtech Solutions Ltd
Offer agricultural mobile based solutions for farmers and stakeholders
Kenya Animal farming, Consulting and business developmen…
Qataloog
Higher education learning content distribution engine
Nigeria Education, Educational products, Educational servi…
Uzapoint Limited
Uwezo Pamoja
Kenya E-commerce, Information technology, Retail and who…
AF MAP WORKS
Agritech, Environmental and land surveying services
Ghana Environmental services, Waste management and recyc…
Chekkit Technologies
Connect. Verify. Trust.
Nigeria Blockchain, Food and beverage, Pharmaceuticals
AMPZ
where talents meet opportunities
Nigeria Big data, ICT, Sports and wellness
MyFugo
Realize your passion
Kenya Animal farming
EduPoint Limited
One stop point for connecting learners with verified tutors
Nigeria Education, Educational services
Bitmama
Exchange Africa
Nigeria Blockchain, Fintech
Lentera Limited
Precision agriculture for every farmer
Kenya Agribusiness, Agritech
TERA TRIG GEOSERVICES LIMITED
The Home of Geo-Engine
Kenya Construction, Environmental services, Real estate
Weza Ventures Ltd
Get quick loans wherever you are
Kenya Financial services, Fintech, Mobile
MICRO-CAP HOLDINGS LTD
AGRIBUSINESS - DAIRY MOBILE SOLUTION
Kenya Agribusiness
Genexe Engineering
Combating Indoor Air Pollution, Saving Lives
Kenya Biofuels, Biomass
Crop2Cash
Grow it, cash it.
Nigeria Agribusiness, Agritech, Fintech
The MUDiA Project
The future is created by your hands
Nigeria Big data, Education
RedHunt
RedHunt provides a blood donation drive service
Kenya Healthcare providers and services
Gjenge Makers Ltd
Gjenge a recycling ecosystem solution for urban sustainability
Kenya Construction, Manufacturing, Waste management and …
Tech Kidz Africa
Empowering future innovations
Kenya Education, Educational products, Educational servi…
TVP Adventures
Explore, Discover, Live!
Nigeria Leisure and travel, Tourism
QualiTrace Ghana Limited
Choose Quality, Trace Quality
Ghana Agribusiness, Agritech, Food production
Data Integrated Limited (DIL)
Streamlining enterprise payment solutions across Africa
Kenya Fintech, Internet-of-things, Public transport
Cloud9xp
An online marketplace and booking service for leisure experiences.
Kenya Leisure and travel
Gerocare Solutions Ltd
We provide regular doctor home visits to the elderly
Nigeria Healthcare
KoloPay
Best way to Save and Buy at the best discount
Nigeria E-commerce, Financial services, Fintech
Afya-Plan
Financing Tomorrow's Health Care!
Kenya Banking, Financial services, Fintech
WazInsure
Digitizing the insurance ecosystem in Africa.
Kenya Fintech, Insurance
Noobites Inc
Round the clock Protection
Tanzania, United Republic of Biotechnology and medical research, Healthcare
Bismart Insurance
Be smart Buy smart
Kenya Insurance
SuperFluid Labs
Bringing tomorrow's analytics capabilities to businesses today
Kenya Agribusiness, Financial services, Renewable energy
eProd Solutions Ltd
management solutions for agribusinesses
Kenya Agribusiness, Financial services, Mobile
Equatorial Energies Ltd
The Solar Guys
Kenya Clean technology and energy, Solar power
Kaaro Health
Good health for everyone, everywhere
Uganda Healthcare
GRIT Systems Engineering
What gets measured gets managed
Nigeria Electronics, Manufacturing, Renewable energy
Micrive Infinite Limited
Holy Union of Man and Machine
Kenya Healthcare
AB3D (African Born 3D Printing)
Leveraging 3D Printing for Development
Kenya Diversified services, Manufacturing, Waste managem…
Placements Africa
"Indeed" for Internships in Africa
Nigeria Education, Educational products, Educational servi…
PreDiagn
A digital healthcare solution that brings new model in diagnostic care
Nigeria E-commerce, Healthcare
Sauti East Africa Limited
Empowering SMEs to trade safely, legally and profitably across borders
Kenya Diversified services, Import and export, Mobile
Annona
Trusted trading from seed to stall
Kenya Agribusiness, Computer software, Financial service…
Doctoora E-Health Ltd
Healthcare you can trust
Nigeria Healthcare, Real estate
ZOA
Connecting lenders to borrowers anywhere at anytime.
Kenya Financial services, Mobile
Zydii
Online Learning Platform Tailor Made for Africa
Kenya Education, Internet
Print Anything Nigeria Ltd
Prints Delivered in 48Hours
Nigeria Clean technology, Creative, media and entertainmen…
Swipe2Pay
Empowers SME's to accept both card & mobile money as a mode of payment
Uganda Financial services
Mamalette
Ensuring that every pregnancy to has a happy ending
Nigeria Healthcare
Ongair
Fast, affordable and personal customer service for SMEs
Kenya Computer software, Mobile
Aerobotics
Clarity from Above
South Africa Agribusiness, Financial services, Insurance
LifeBank
Smart healthcare supply chain for Africa
Nigeria Healthcare, Transport and logistics
M-Shule
Together we learn, together we succeed.
Kenya Computer software, Education, Mobile
Khalmax Software Systems
Robotics training for kids
Ghana Education, Electronics, Manufacturing
Happierco
Improve team performance and engagement
Benin Computer software, Internet
Versecom Limited
Everywhere We Go, You Connect
Nigeria Internet, Telecom
Teheca
Connecting new parents to nurses for postnatal care services and support
Uganda Healthcare, Healthcare providers and services, Inf…
Taimba
A B2B online platform connecting  rural small scale farmers to urban retailers.
Kenya Agribusiness, E-commerce, Mobile
Sokowatch
Last-mile ordering and delivery to small shops in emerging markets
Kenya E-commerce, Retail
Usalama Tech Group
We are an app-based platform that connects users to emergency providers
Kenya Automotive, Healthcare
Findworka
Hire Freelancers online for all your digital projects.
Nigeria Computer software, Diversified services, E-commerc…
Once Sync Limited
Creating innovative solutions using emerging tech for Africa.
Kenya Financial services, Internet, Mobile
DoLessons
Tutoring and learning marketplace
Nigeria E-commerce, Education, Educational services
Trotro Tractor Limited
Trotro Tractor, Save time, Achieve more.
Ghana Agribusiness
PiggyVest
Automated savings for African millenials
Nigeria Financial services, Fintech
Track Your Build
Building the African Dream
Sierra Leone Construction, Diversified services
Mobitech Water Solutions
Monitor Your Water, Anytime, Anywhere
Kenya Mobile, Utilities
Shawara Group
Africa's Leading Platform as a service company
Nigeria Agribusiness, Food and beverage, Retail
Riby Finance
We automate cooperatives, their business and financial activities.
Nigeria Computer software, Financial services, Internet
Delivery Science
Distribution Chain... as easy as flying a paper plane
Nigeria Manufacturing
Firefly Media
The advertising platforms to connect brands to commuters in Africa
Senegal Adtech, Public transport
Bluewave Insurance Agency
Insurance easier, better
Kenya Clean technology, Financial services, Insurance
PAPS
African delivery service
Senegal E-commerce, Food and beverage, Transport and logis…
paid (Inclusion Media Ltd)
novelty seeking
Kenya Mobile, Retail, Telecom
Ghalani
Bringing traceability to agriculture
Ghana Agritech, Big data, Software as a Service
BitPesa
Digital F/X platform for businesses to make payments to & from Africa
Kenya Financial services
clinicPesa
Save For Health, Save A Life.
Uganda Financial services, Healthcare
mlinzi.co.ke
Safeguarding your transcations from fraud
Kenya E-commerce, Financial services
GENIUS FAMILY
Web and mobile applications
Senegal Computer software
MedRx Limited
Medrx app provides an innovative way of accessing medication
Ghana Healthcare, Retail
Kitovu Technology Company
health in every bite
Nigeria Agritech
MaTontine
Improving Financial Outcomes
Senegal Financial services, Insurance, Mobile
Social Lender
Microcredit based on social reputation
Nigeria Financial services
Monichron
Monitoring Chronic disease to improve care
South Africa Computer software, Electronics, Healthcare
Shuttlers
Redesigning urban mobility using technology
Nigeria Information technology, Transport and logistics
StaffBus.ng
A mobile pre-booking bus service for daily commute
Nigeria Leisure and travel, Transport and logistics
AgroCenta
Empowering those who feed the nation through technology
Ghana Agribusiness, Computer software, E-commerce
Lucy.ng
online gifts superstore and brand merchandising company
Nigeria E-commerce, Logistics, Specialty retail
PayGo Energy
Modern energy for all
Kenya Clean technology, Financial services, Mobile
GiftedMom
End-to-end platform for distributing and monetizing digital content
Cameroon Computer software, Creative, media and entertainme…
MOBicure
Bringing healthcare to the finger-tips of everyone
Nigeria Healthcare
JokkoSanté
ehealth pharma circular economy mobile money community medicines
Senegal Healthcare, Internet, Telecom
FARM FRESHGambia Agribusiness, E-commerce
ClinicMaster INTERNATIONAL
Your Health Data Partner
Uganda Enterprise software, Healthcare providers and serv…
ONELAMP
Onelamp Envisions a World Where Every African Household has Access to Modern Clean Energy
Uganda Renewable energy
Prepclass
Your one stop learning centre
Nigeria Education
GoMetro
Improve the way we move
South Africa Computer software, Mobile, Transport and logistics
Nicademia
A Video Streaming Platform for African Animation preventing the Extinction of African Languages and Culture
Nigeria Creative, media and entertainment, Education

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