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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.
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)
Fresh from source.
|Kenya||Agritech, Blockchain, Machine learning||Startup stage|
Realtime social gaming platform
|Nigeria||Computer games, Financial services, Mobile||Growth stage|
Improving access to safe and traceable foods.
|Ghana||Agribusiness, Agritech, Internet-of-things||Startup stage|
Style With A Story
|Kenya||E-commerce, Educational products, Specialty retail||Startup stage|
Goo App is an on-demand food and courier delivery mobile app platform
|Ghana||Transport and logistics||Startup stage|
|Africa Global Radio|
An online radio station promoting and projecting Global Africa.
Design . Code . Invent
|Ghana||Enterprise software, Software as a Service||Startup stage|
|AGRO INNOVA COMPANY LIMITED|
Poultry farm management solutions with market linkages
|Ghana||Agribusiness, Enterprise software, Transport and l…||Mature stage|
|MAURICE COMMUNICATION MARKETING|
|Côte d'Ivoire||ICT, Internet-of-things||Mature stage|
|Kawilab Energy systems|
Energy for economic development
|Kenya||Clean technology and energy, Renewable energy||Startup stage|
|Wecyclers Nigeria Limited|
Creating value from waste
|Nigeria||Waste management and recycling||Growth stage|
Wearable Device for Epilepsy Detection/Prediction
|Tunisia||Medical equipment and supplies||Startup stage|
Welcome to the future
|Tunisia||Agribusiness, Farm machinery, Fish farming||Startup stage|
Business Path, Enabling your Lending.
|LifePro Food company.|
A social enterprise tackling malnutrition in Africa.
|Nigeria||Food production||Growth stage|
Citizen Engagement from Philanthropy CSR & SDGs to Social Impact
|Morocco||Artificial intelligence, E-learning, Enterprise so…||Startup stage|
Finding exceptional talents in Africa just got easier
|Ghana||Healthcare providers and services||Startup stage|
|Green Slabs Zimbabwe|
For sustainability in construction
|Zimbabwe||Healthcare providers and services||Startup stage|
We are the first online marketplace for shipping in Africa
|Ghana||Transport and logistics||Growth stage|
interview candidates anywhere and anytime
|Nigeria||Enterprise software, HR and recruitment||Startup stage|
On-Demand professional app for skilled auto maintenance services.
|Kenya||Business services, Information technology||Idea/Concept stage|
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|
We Build Solutions for SMEs to Grow Their Business
|Nigeria||Accounting services, Financial services, Manufactu…|
Making it easy to get paid for Electricity, Water and Gas before use.
At Brandocks.com we make creative apparels that speak for your businesses
|Nigeria||Clothing and textiles production, E-commerce|
Building the Next Gen Farmers.
|Nigeria||Agribusiness, Artificial intelligence, Financial s…|
|Nigeria||Electronics, Internet-of-things, Machine learning||Startup stage|
|DIYlaw Technologies Limited|
|Nigeria||Business services, Legal services|
Delivering personalized and mastery-based learning experince
|Kenya||E-learning, Software as a Service||Startup stage|
|One Kiosk Africa Limited|
Building a Sustainable and Inclusive E-commerce for Africa
|Nigeria||E-commerce, Fintech, Retail||Startup stage|
|Bakeli by volkeno|
Offering young africans training, internship opportunities in tech
|Senegal||Education, HR and recruitment, Information technol…||Growth stage|
Doctor at your finger tips
Connecting Recycling industries with households to transact e-wastes.
|Rwanda||Clean technology, Environmental services, Waste ma…|
|Kaicedra Consulting / Map Action|
The best of African talent
|Ethiopia||Education, Software as a Service|
|AcquahMeyer Drone Tech|
We are the done people
|Ghana||Agribusiness, Agrichemicals, Crop farming|
ONLINE MARKETPLACE FOR LOGISTICS SERVICES
|Tunisia||E-commerce, Green transportation and electric moto…||Startup stage|
Spreading education everywhere
|Kenya||Education, Software as a Service|
|Qisimah Audio Insights|
Africa's Music Consumption Data Company
|Ghana||Big data, Music, Online analytics|
|Kenya||Financial services, Insurance|
Convenient care for chronic disease
|Farmingtech Solutions Ltd|
Offer agricultural mobile based solutions for farmers and stakeholders
|Kenya||Animal farming, Consulting and business developmen…|
Higher education learning content distribution engine
|Nigeria||Education, Educational products, Educational servi…||Growth stage|
|Kenya||E-commerce, Information technology, Retail and who…|
|AF MAP WORKS|
Agritech, Environmental and land surveying services
|Ghana||Environmental services, Waste management and recyc…||Growth stage|
Connect. Verify. Trust.
|Nigeria||Blockchain, Food and beverage, Pharmaceuticals||Startup stage|
where talents meet opportunities
|Nigeria||Big data, ICT, Sports and wellness||Startup stage|
Realize your passion
|Kenya||Animal farming||Startup stage|
One stop point for connecting learners with verified tutors
|Nigeria||Education, Educational services|
|Nigeria||Blockchain, Fintech||Startup stage|
Precision agriculture for every farmer
|Kenya||Agribusiness, Agritech||Startup stage|
|TERA TRIG GEOSERVICES LIMITED|
The Home of Geo-Engine
|Kenya||Construction, Environmental services, Real estate||Growth stage|
|Weza Ventures Ltd|
Get quick loans wherever you are
|Kenya||Financial services, Fintech, Mobile|
|MICRO-CAP HOLDINGS LTD|
AGRIBUSINESS - DAIRY MOBILE SOLUTION
Combating Indoor Air Pollution, Saving Lives
Grow it, cash it.
|Nigeria||Agribusiness, Agritech, Fintech|
|The MUDiA Project|
The future is created by your hands
|Nigeria||Big data, Education||Startup stage|
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…|
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|
An online marketplace and booking service for leisure experiences.
|Kenya||Leisure and travel||Startup stage|
|Gerocare Solutions Ltd|
We provide regular doctor home visits to the elderly
Best way to Save and Buy at the best discount
|Nigeria||E-commerce, Financial services, Fintech|
Financing Tomorrow's Health Care!
|Kenya||Banking, Financial services, Fintech||Startup stage|
Digitizing the insurance ecosystem in Africa.
|Kenya||Fintech, Insurance||Startup stage|
Round the clock Protection
|Tanzania, United Republic of||Biotechnology and medical research, Healthcare|
Be smart Buy smart
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|
Good health for everyone, everywhere
|GRIT Systems Engineering|
What gets measured gets managed
|Nigeria||Electronics, Manufacturing, Renewable energy|
|Micrive Infinite Limited|
Holy Union of Man and Machine
|AB3D (African Born 3D Printing)|
Leveraging 3D Printing for Development
|Kenya||Diversified services, Manufacturing, Waste managem…|
"Indeed" for Internships in Africa
|Nigeria||Education, Educational products, Educational servi…||Growth stage|
A digital healthcare solution that brings new model in diagnostic care
|Sauti East Africa Limited|
Empowering SMEs to trade safely, legally and profitably across borders
|Kenya||Diversified services, Import and export, Mobile||Growth stage|
Trusted trading from seed to stall
|Kenya||Agribusiness, Computer software, Financial service…|
|Doctoora E-Health Ltd|
Healthcare you can trust
|Nigeria||Healthcare, Real estate|
Connecting lenders to borrowers anywhere at anytime.
|Kenya||Financial services, Mobile|
Online Learning Platform Tailor Made for Africa
|Kenya||Education, Internet||Startup stage|
|Print Anything Nigeria Ltd|
Prints Delivered in 48Hours
|Nigeria||Clean technology, Creative, media and entertainmen…||Growth stage|
Empowers SME's to accept both card & mobile money as a mode of payment
Ensuring that every pregnancy to has a happy ending
Fast, affordable and personal customer service for SMEs
|Kenya||Computer software, Mobile|
Clarity from Above
|South Africa||Agribusiness, Financial services, Insurance|
Smart healthcare supply chain for Africa
|Nigeria||Healthcare, Transport and logistics|
Together we learn, together we succeed.
|Kenya||Computer software, Education, Mobile|
|Khalmax Software Systems|
Robotics training for kids
|Ghana||Education, Electronics, Manufacturing|
Improve team performance and engagement
|Benin||Computer software, Internet|
Everywhere We Go, You Connect
Connecting new parents to nurses for postnatal care services and support
|Uganda||Healthcare, Healthcare providers and services, Inf…||Startup stage|
A B2B online platform connecting rural small scale farmers to urban retailers.
|Kenya||Agribusiness, E-commerce, Mobile||Growth stage|
Last-mile ordering and delivery to small shops in emerging markets
|Usalama Tech Group|
We are an app-based platform that connects users to emergency providers
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||Startup stage|
Tutoring and learning marketplace
|Nigeria||E-commerce, Education, Educational services||Growth stage|
|Trotro Tractor Limited|
Trotro Tractor, Save time, Achieve more.
Automated savings for African millenials
|Nigeria||Financial services, Fintech||Growth stage|
|Track Your Build|
Building the African Dream
|Sierra Leone||Construction, Diversified services|
|Mobitech Water Solutions|
Monitor Your Water, Anytime, Anywhere
|Kenya||Mobile, Utilities||Growth stage|
Africa's Leading Platform as a service company
|Nigeria||Agribusiness, Food and beverage, Retail|
We automate cooperatives, their business and financial activities.
|Nigeria||Computer software, Financial services, Internet|
Distribution Chain... as easy as flying a paper plane
The advertising platforms to connect brands to commuters in Africa
|Senegal||Adtech, Public transport||Startup stage|
|Bluewave Insurance Agency|
Insurance easier, better
|Kenya||Clean technology, Financial services, Insurance|
African delivery service
|Senegal||E-commerce, Food and beverage, Transport and logis…|
|paid (Inclusion Media Ltd)|
|Kenya||Mobile, Retail, Telecom||Startup stage|
Bringing traceability to agriculture
|Ghana||Agritech, Big data, Software as a Service|
Digital F/X platform for businesses to make payments to & from Africa
Save For Health, Save A Life.
|Uganda||Financial services, Healthcare||Startup stage|
Safeguarding your transcations from fraud
|Kenya||E-commerce, Financial services||Startup stage|
Web and mobile applications
Medrx app provides an innovative way of accessing medication
|Kitovu Technology Company|
health in every bite
Improving Financial Outcomes
|Senegal||Financial services, Insurance, Mobile||Growth stage|
Microcredit based on social reputation
Monitoring Chronic disease to improve care
|South Africa||Computer software, Electronics, Healthcare|
Redesigning urban mobility using technology
|Nigeria||Information technology, Transport and logistics|
A mobile pre-booking bus service for daily commute
|Nigeria||Leisure and travel, Transport and logistics||Startup stage|
Empowering those who feed the nation through technology
|Ghana||Agribusiness, Computer software, E-commerce|
online gifts superstore and brand merchandising company
|Nigeria||E-commerce, Logistics, Specialty retail||Growth stage|
Modern energy for all
|Kenya||Clean technology, Financial services, Mobile|
End-to-end platform for distributing and monetizing digital content
|Cameroon||Computer software, Creative, media and entertainme…|
Bringing healthcare to the finger-tips of everyone
ehealth pharma circular economy mobile money community medicines
|Senegal||Healthcare, Internet, Telecom|
|FARM FRESH||Gambia||Agribusiness, E-commerce||Growth stage|
Your Health Data Partner
|Uganda||Enterprise software, Healthcare providers and serv…||Growth stage|
Onelamp Envisions a World Where Every African Household has Access to Modern Clean Energy
|Uganda||Renewable energy||Growth stage|
Your one stop learning centre
Improve the way we move
|South Africa||Computer software, Mobile, Transport and logistics|
A Video Streaming Platform for African Animation preventing the Extinction of African Languages and Culture
|Nigeria||Creative, media and entertainment, Education|