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First launched in 2017, the #Africa4Future initiative was created by Airbus BizLab with the objective to encourage and support entrepreneurship in Africa. The continent’s young and increasingly techno-savvy population is likely to be the driving force behind Africa’s socio-economic development. Setting up an entrepreneurship eco-system requires investment and collaboration. Through #Africa4future, Airbus seeks to build bridges between the aerospace industry and the different players in Africa.

For this second edition, Airbus calls for African tech start-ups that are actively working on solutions related to unmanned logistics and remote sensing technology, including automation and drones, electrification, blockchain, artificial intelligence, data analytics and material composites and manufacturing.

The joint program will be implemented by the MEST and Innocircle consortium. Successful applicants will receive space within MEST Incubators in Accra (Ghana), Lagos (Nigeria), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Cape Town (South Africa) or Nairobi (Kenya) from January to June 2019, where they will have the opportunity to become part of the vibrant, global MEST tech startup community.

During the program, the selected teams will participate in a mix of virtual and physical workshops. International travel, accommodation, and food will be covered for one person per team, for all workshops.

Below is an overview of the program timeline:

  • 15–17 January: Kick-off in Nigeria
  • 04–17 March: Workshop in Europe at Airbus
  • 13–24 May: Workshop in South Africa
  • 19–26 June: DemoDay at the Paris International Airshow (France) and CeBit Hannover (Germany)


Your start-up must be actively working on solutions related to any of the following:

  • Automation and drones,
  • Unmanned logistics and remote sensing technology
  • Electrification,
  • Blockchain,
  • Artificial interlligence,
  • Data analytics and new materials or production techniques
  • VR & AR
  • New Space solutions & SmartCity


Selected teams will receive:

  • Access to industry-leading experts at Airbus sites in Europe
  • Feedback on their technology and business models from top engineers
  • The opportunity to showcase their startups at the Paris International Airshow in June 2019
  • The opportunity to launch a collaboration project in partnership with key Airbus departments

About Airbus Bizlab

Airbus is an international pioneer in the aerospace industry. They are a leader in designing, manufacturing and delivering aerospace products, services and solutions to customers on a global scale.

Airbus BizLab is a global aerospace accelerator, where startups and Airbus intrapreneurs speed up the transformation of innovative ideas into valuable businesses. Bizlab closely collaborate with startups to allow smaller organizations to better understand needs and ways of working of large groups.

Over the past three years, Bizlab has hosted 50 start-ups and 40 Airbus internal projects in their six-month programme at the three locations - Toulouse (France), Hamburg (Germany) and Bangalore (India). And in 2017, Bizlab started providing opportunities to African start-ups pioneering in connectivity.