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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)
- Past Program
Making you platform-ready!
Style With A Story
|Kenya||E-commerce, Educational products, Specialty retail||Startup stage|
Connecting lenders to borrowers anywhere at anytime.
|Kenya||Financial services, Mobile|
The advertising platforms to connect brands to commuters in Africa
|Senegal||Adtech, Public transport||Startup stage|
|Kitovu Technology Company|
Transforming African agriculture, one farmer at a time.
|Nigeria||Agritech, Artificial intelligence, Machine learnin…||Startup stage|
Help connect families to a pool pre-vetted and qualified nurses
|Uganda||Healthcare, Healthcare providers and services, Inf…||Startup stage|
Improve the way we move
|South Africa||Computer software, Mobile, Transport and logistics|
Workforce Upskilling Platform tailored for African Businesses
|Kenya||EdTech, Mobile, Software as a Service||Startup stage|
Empowers SME's to accept both card & mobile money as a mode of payment
Promoting a safer, and greener environment.
|Ghana||E-commerce, Waste management and recycling||Startup stage|
Democtatizing AI one data set at a time
|Kenya||Artificial intelligence||Startup stage|
|One Kiosk Africa Limited|
Trusted Trade and Finance Partner for Local Stores
|United States of America||E-commerce, Fintech, Retail||Growth stage|
where talents meet opportunities
|Nigeria||Big data, ICT, Sports and wellness||Startup stage|
Adding value to cassava tubers, Impacting small-holder farmers
Fresh from source.
|Kenya||Agritech, Blockchain, Machine learning||Startup stage|
East Africa’s First Data-Driven Food Supply Chain Platform.
|Kenya||Agribusiness, E-commerce, Mobile||Growth stage|
|Track Your Build|
Building something? Build it right, build it better.
|Nigeria||Construction, Diversified services||Growth stage|
Learning content distribution engine
|Nigeria||Education, Educational products, Educational servi…||Startup stage|
End-to-end platform for distributing and monetizing digital content
|Cameroon||Computer software, Creative, media and entertainme…|
A safe space for young adults to discuss sex
|Nigeria||E-commerce, Healthcare, Sexual and reproductive he…||Growth stage|
Insects are the Future
|Weza Ventures Ltd|
New generation lending platforms, Credit Scoring and Fraud Mitigation
|Micrive Infinite Limited|
Holy Union of Man and Machine
Improving access to safe and traceable foods.
|Ghana||Agribusiness, Agritech, Internet of things (IoT)||Startup stage|
|Rural Farmers Hub|
Crop intelligence solution for optimal farming decisions and timing.
|Nigeria||Agribusiness, Agritech, Artificial intelligence||Growth stage|
|Africa Global Radio|
An online radio station promoting and projecting Global Africa.
|Flamingoo Foods Company Ltd|
Agribusiness Food Trade Tech Enabled Climate Smart
|Tanzania, United Republic of||Agritech, Artificial intelligence, Transport and l…||Growth stage|
Promoting and digitizing small scale farmers in Africa
|Kenya||Agritech, Blockchain, Mobile||Growth stage|
|AF MAP WORKS|
Agritech, Environmental and land surveying services
|Ghana||Agritech, Environmental services||Startup stage|
|Doctoora E-Health Ltd|
Healthcare you can trust
|Nigeria||Healthcare, Real estate||Startup stage|
Save For Health, Save A Life.
|Uganda||Financial services, Healthcare||Startup stage|
|Commodities Network Management Limited|
Data-driven distribution of proven agriculture solutions.
|Ghana||Agribusiness, Agritech, Crop farming||Startup stage|
|Grow For ME|
Farm from anywhere
|Ghana||Agritech, Fintech, ICT||Startup stage|
Data-driven insurance management platform
|Kenya||Enterprise software, Insurance, Machine learning||Startup stage|
Monitoring Chronic disease to improve care
|South Africa||Computer software, Electronics, Healthcare|
|Go Ads Africa|
Buy online and offline ads on one platform.
On-Demand professional app for skilled auto maintenance services.
|Kenya||Business services, Information technology||Idea/Concept stage|
|Gerocare Solutions Ltd|
Providing access to medical care for underserved segments of people
Improving Financial Outcomes
|Senegal||Financial services, Insurance, Mobile||Growth stage|
Precision agriculture for every farmer
|Kenya||Agribusiness, Agritech||Growth stage|
We Train Future Data Experts and provide AI solution to companies.
|Rwanda||Artificial intelligence, Information technology, M…||Startup stage|
One stop point for connecting learners with verified tutors
|Nigeria||Education, Educational products, Educational servi…||Mature stage|
Round the clock Protection
|Tanzania, United Republic of||Biotechnology and medical research, Healthcare|
|Mobitech Water Solutions|
Monitor Your Water, Anytime, Anywhere
|Kenya||Mobile, Utilities||Growth stage|
Microcredit based on social reputation
|Nigeria||Financial services||Startup stage|
Save a Mother Save a Life
|Uganda||Healthcare providers and services, Sexual and repr…||Startup stage|
Affordable decentralized medical diagnostic systems
|South Africa||Biotechnology and medical research, Healthcare, Me…|
|Bluewave Insurance Agency|
Insurance easier, better
|Kenya||Clean technology, Financial services, Insurance|
|paid (Inclusion Media Ltd)|
|Kenya||Mobile, Retail, Telecom||Startup stage|
Design . Code . Invent
|Ghana||Enterprise software, Software as a Service||Startup stage|
Citizen Engagement from Philanthropy CSR & SDGs to Social Impact
|Morocco||Artificial intelligence, E-learning, Enterprise so…||Startup stage|
Delivering personalized and mastery-based learning experince
|Kenya||E-learning, Software as a Service||Startup stage|
Connect. Verify. Trust.
|Nigeria||Blockchain, Food and beverage, Pharmaceuticals||Growth stage|
|Nigeria||Blockchain, Fintech||Startup stage|
|Carrot Advisory Limited|
Value you loved ones
|Nigeria||Insurance, Legal services, Software as a Service|
|Kenya||E-commerce, Information technology, Retail and who…|
Your Health Data Partner
|Uganda||Enterprise software, Healthcare providers and serv…||Growth stage|
interview candidates anywhere and anytime
|Nigeria||Enterprise software, HR and recruitment||Startup stage|
African delivery service
|Senegal||E-commerce, Food and beverage, Transport and logis…|
Be smart Buy smart
A mobile pre-booking bus service for daily commute
|Nigeria||Leisure and travel, Transport and logistics||Startup stage|
Your entire church experience in your pocket
|Ghana||Big data, Enterprise software, Fintech||Growth stage|
Stop searching. Start interviewing. Measure true talent potential.
|Kenya||HR and recruitment, Online analytics, Software as …||Startup stage|
The best of African talent
|Ethiopia||Education, Software as a Service|
Explore, Discover, Live!
|Nigeria||Leisure and travel, Tourism|
At Brandocks.com we make creative apparels that speak for your businesses
|Nigeria||Clothing and textiles production, E-commerce|
|The MUDiA Project|
The future is created by your hands
|Nigeria||Big data, Education||Startup stage|
We provide rent finance for tenants and allow them to repay monthly.
|Ghana||Fintech, Real estate||Startup stage|
|Farmingtech Solutions LTD|
We are one stop shop for dairy value chain
|Kenya||Agribusiness, Animal farming||Growth stage|
We transform manufacturers' product manuals into 3D engaging manuals.
|Tunisia||Agritech, Household appliances, Manufacturing||Startup stage|
|AB Precision Solutions|
Improving yields through precision agriculture.
|Ghana||Agribusiness, Agrichemicals, Agritech||Growth stage|
|Agriculture Growth Network LTD(A.G.Network LTD)|
No farmer left behind
|Rwanda||Agribusiness, Crop farming, E-learning||Startup stage|
|Agro Kings Limited|
Advancing Human Lives
|Nvoicia – Growth Factor Technologies|
Unlocking working capital
|Ghana||Agribusiness, Hospitality, Telecom||Startup stage|
Feeding Africa sustainably
|Nigeria||Agritech, Animal farming, Crop farming||Growth stage|
Freight and logistics optimization through digital solution
|Tunisia||Green transportation and electric motors, Import a…||Growth stage|
Convenient care for chronic disease
Realize your passion
|Kenya||Agritech, Animal farming, Financial services||Startup stage|
An online marketplace and booking service for leisure experiences.
|Kenya||Leisure and travel||Startup stage|
3D Animation 3D – in real time – AR – VR
|Tunisia||Construction, Virtual reality||Startup stage|
online gifts superstore and brand merchandising company
|Nigeria||E-commerce, Logistics, Specialty retail||Growth stage|
EPINEC is a cloud technology consulting company.
|Nigeria||Construction and manufacturing, Consulting and bus…||Growth stage|
|Sauti East Africa Limited|
Empowering smes to trade safely, legally and profitably across borders
|Kenya||Agribusiness, Import and export, Mobile||Growth stage|
|Gravity Studios Ltd|
We are a visual art agency
|Rwanda||Creative, media and entertainment, E-learning, Edu…||Growth stage|
Simple and effective construction management platform.
We Dream of a Better World
|Tunisia||Agribusiness, Farm machinery, Fish farming||Growth stage|
Church made eaiser
|Kenya||Cloud solutions, Creative, media and entertainment…|
|Once Sync Limited|
Creating innovative solutions using emerging tech for Africa.
|Kenya||Financial services, Internet, Mobile||Startup stage|
|Mula Export Ltd|
|Kenya||Agribusiness, Crop farming||Startup stage|
Smart healthcare supply chain for Africa
|Nigeria||Healthcare, Transport and logistics|
We provide a reliable education electronic components with ICT skills
|Rwanda||E-commerce, Educational services, Electronics||Startup stage|
|Bakeli by volkeno|
Offering young africans training, internship opportunities in tech
|Senegal||Education, HR and recruitment, Information technol…||Growth stage|
Grow it, cash it.
|Nigeria||Agribusiness, Agritech, Fintech|
your intelligent pest control
|Ghana||Agribusiness, Crop farming, Farm machinery||Startup stage|
Finding exceptional talents in Africa just got easier
|Ghana||Healthcare providers and services||Startup stage|
Doctor at your finger tips
Tutoring and learning marketplace
|Nigeria||E-commerce, Education, Educational services||Growth stage|
Providing farmers with precision farming solutions, to improve yields
|South Africa||Animal farming, Crop farming||Startup stage|
Your Ideal Dev is just a click away
|Nigeria||Educational products, Educational services, HR and…||Growth stage|
Realtime social gaming platform
|Nigeria||Computer games, Financial services, Mobile||Growth stage|
Firming the value chain | Empowering the Farmer
|Ghana||Agribusiness, Blockchain, Fintech||Growth stage|
Connecting Recycling industries with households to transact e-wastes.
|Rwanda||Clean technology, Environmental services, Waste ma…|
|AcquahMeyer Drone Tech|
We are the done people
|Ghana||Agribusiness, Agrichemicals, Crop farming|
Prioritize science and engineering
|Rwanda||Educational services||Startup stage|
|HeHe Innovation Academy|
|Rwanda||Agritech, Computer software, E-commerce||Startup stage|
Software Engineering, Mobile development, Medical equipment
|Tunisia||Medical equipment and supplies, Mobile||Startup stage|
Safeguarding your transcations from fraud
|Kenya||E-commerce, Financial services||Startup stage|
Better STEM. Smarter Students
|DopeApps’ Keza 3D Game|
Keza is a gamification platform that educates about ASRH in a fun way!
|Rwanda||Computer games, Computer software, Software as a S…||Startup stage|
|Wecyclers Nigeria Limited|
Creating value from waste
|Nigeria||Waste management and recycling||Growth stage|
We are the first online marketplace for shipping in Africa
|Ghana||Transport and logistics||Growth stage|
|Kenya||Financial services, Insurance|
Transforming Data into a Nutrient
|Morocco||Agritech, Artificial intelligence, Internet of thi…||Idea/Concept stage|
|LifePro Food company.|
A social enterprise tackling malnutrition in Africa.
|Nigeria||Food production||Growth stage|
|Green Slabs Zimbabwe|
For sustainability in construction
|Zimbabwe||Healthcare providers and services||Startup stage|
Making it easy to get paid for Electricity, Water and Gas before use.
"Indeed" for Internships in Africa
|Nigeria||Education, Educational products, Educational servi…||Growth stage|
Connecting financial support to students in need in Africa
|Rwanda||Educational services||Startup stage|
It is an e-learning platform that aims at connecting all students
|Rwanda||Educational services||Startup stage|
Smart, Digital Receipts for the 21st Century
|Ghana||Artificial intelligence, Fintech, Machine learning||Idea/Concept stage|
|AGRO INNOVA COMPANY LIMITED|
Poultry farm management solutions with market linkages
|Ghana||Agribusiness, Enterprise software, Transport and l…||Mature stage|
|Kawilab Energy systems|
Energy for economic development
|Kenya||Clean technology and energy, Renewable energy||Startup stage|
|Nigeria||Electronics, Internet of things (IoT), Machine lea…||Startup stage|
We Build Solutions for SMEs to Grow Their Business
|Nigeria||Accounting services, Financial services, Manufactu…|
Building the Next Gen Farmers.
|Nigeria||Agribusiness, Artificial intelligence, Financial s…|
|Brave Venture Labs|
Unleashing the best in people by connecting them to opportunities.
|Kenya||Computer software, Education|
Easier to Use, Easier to Transport, Best for Industrial Use
|Rwanda||Clean technology and energy, Educational services||Idea/Concept stage|
Medrx app provides an innovative way of accessing medication
Onelamp Envisions a World Where Every African Household has Access to Modern Clean Energy
|Uganda||Renewable energy||Growth stage|
|Severe weather consult|
Data based Mitigation of climate change and adaptation.
|Rwanda||Agribusiness, Education||Startup stage|
|MAURICE COMMUNICATION MARKETING|
|Côte d'Ivoire||ICT, Internet of things (IoT)||Mature stage|
Business Path, Enabling your Lending.
Empowering children one story at a time
|Rwanda||E-learning, Educational products, Educational serv…||Startup stage|
The Gas People
|Ghana||Clean technology and energy, Internet of things (I…||Startup stage|
Providing Lifetime Experience
|Ghana||Hospitality, Tourism||Growth stage|
|FARM FRESH||Gambia||Agribusiness, E-commerce||Growth stage|
An Agri-Tech company working with smallholder farmers
|Ghana||Agribusiness, Agritech, Crop farming||Startup stage|
Financing Tomorrow's Health Care!
|Kenya||Banking, Financial services, Fintech||Startup stage|
To see and foresee
|Tunisia||Financial services, Healthcare, Utilities||Startup stage|
|TERA TRIG GEOSERVICES LIMITED|
The Home of Geo-Engine
|Kenya||Construction, Environmental services, Real estate||Growth stage|
AI for auto insurance fraud
Promoting Equal Opportunity for Rwandan Women in Tech BPO Services.
|Rwanda||Artificial intelligence, Computer software, E-lear…||Growth stage|