London, United Kingdom

Program

Entrepreneurship

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Details

Africa is home to a rapidly growing tech sector. Nigeria’s tech sector generates more than 10% of the country’s economic output and the sector is projected to create three million jobs and generate $88 billion by for the local economy by 2021. 

Kenya’s technology sector is growing rapidly and is more than 11% of the country’s economic output and is considered one of the most vibrant, advanced and successful in Africa. 

South Africa attracted a record amount of investment in tech of any African country – in 2017, raising almost $168m and research by the World Economic Forum ranks it as the best place to do business in Africa.

Programme details

Go Global Africa aims to give the entrepreneurs from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa who have developed products that are ready to go to market and raised investment the tools they need to grow their business globally, build links with the UK’s thriving digital sector and pave the way for future economic partnerships.

The 15 most promising startups, as determined by in-country pitch events, will come to the UK in March 2020. Here, they will benefit from a 5-day training programme designed to improve business skills and capability, build links with the UK’s thriving tech sector, and work with UK expertise to grow their business. 

The successful African startups will be expected to act as Go Global champions and share the skills they have learned with other firms across the continent. This will help spread digital skills, digital capability and increase entrepreneurial spirit, creating jobs and prosperity.

Go Global Africa is part of the UK Government’s Prosperity Fund Digital Access Programme led by the Department for International Development and is delivered in partnership with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to help boost digital. 

The Digital Access Programme aims to boost digital skills and connectivity for people in the local community and build the cybersecurity capacity of partner countries. It will also help create a thriving digital ecosystem that will stimulate innovations to address local development challenges and create local skilled jobs and generate partnerships between the UK and Africa. 

The scheme will help firms in the host country make links with UK startups in new markets and benefit from the expertise in our booming tech ecosystem worth £184 billion to the economy every year.

Criteria

Applications are open to tech startups from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa who meet ALL of the following criteria:

  1. Work in one of the following four verticals: AgriTech, FinTech, HealthTech or Clean Energy
  2. Post-MVP stage, fully operating in market
  3. Can demonstrate a clear business model with evidence of customer traction
  4. Looking to raise their first round of funding
  5. Can demonstrate clear social impact potential
  6. Can demonstrate commitment to strengthen the local ecosystem by passing on learnings to other startups
  7. Ambition to expand internationally in the future

Benefits

  • Join in-country masterclasses as well as a UK programme
  • Build links with the UK’s thriving digital sector and pave the way for future economic partnerships

About International Tech Hub Network (ITHN)

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport’s International Tech Hub Network (ITHN) works to forge innovation partnerships between the UK and international tech sectors, stimulate local digital economies, and build high-end digital skills to drive sustainable jobs and growth.

The UK government is committed to supporting the UK tech sector to succeed in overseas markets, and to working with partner countries to build thriving digital ecosystems that drive growth and development. The Hubs support the growth of digital inclusion, creating local skilled jobs and generating opportunities for business partnerships.