Kigali, Rwanda

Program

Entrepreneurship

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Details

The Smart Cities Innovation Programme (SCIP) is a 6-month accelerator aimed at supporting high-potential tech start-ups from Rwanda and other African countries operating in the fields of Smart Mobility, Smart Housing and Fintech for Affordability. 

30 startups will benefit from individual mentoring, training as well as intensive networking and matchmaking with international business partners and investors — Volkswagen, Siemens and the African Business Angels Network (ABAN) among others. Start-ups will also be able to use Green City Kigali, Rwanda’s flagship smart city project, as a real application case to test their solutions and enter the Rwandan market.

SCIP is a joint project of the Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation and the Tech-Entrepreneurship Initiative "Make IT in Africa". Both initiatives are implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The implementation of SCIP is supported by Luvent Consulting, MEST and AfriLabs.

Timeline:

  • The Call for Applications is launching on April, 12th and closing on May, 9th
  • The selection process, which consists of completing an application form, sending additional information and attending an interview, will end on June, 18th
  • The remote programme will kick-start on June, 21st
  • Demo-days will be organised in Kigali, Rwanda, during the last week of September
  • The Programme ends in December
     

Criteria

SCIP aims at accelerating start-ups which have:

  • Operations in Africa: The start-up is operating in one or more African country. Start-ups from Rwanda are preferred at equal qualification
  • Innovative Smart Cities Solutions: The start-up provides an innovative technology-powered product or service and/or an innovative business model in the field of Smart Mobility, Smart Housing and Fintech for affordability
  • Launched their product or service on the market and have customers
  • Growth & job creation potential: The start-up has potential to expand its operations and meet a significant market demand. Through growth the start-up has potential to create jobs and other sources of reliable income through its business model and/or connection to value chains
  • Social & environmental impact: The start-up has potential to have a positive effect on the environment and/or society
  • Strong & motivated team: The team has a solid background to grow the business and demonstrated motivation to join the programme. Start-ups with female members in management are preferred at equal qualification

Benefits

  • SCIP aims at supporting 30 high-potential start-ups from Africa divided into 3 tracks: Smart Mobility, Smart Housing and Fintech for Affordability
  • The start-ups will benefit from individual mentoring, training as well as intensive networking and matchmaking with international business partners and investors, including Volkswagen, Siemens and the African Business Angels Network (ABAN)
  • Start-ups will also be able to use Green City Kigali, Rwanda’s flagship smart city project, as a sandbox to test their solutions and enter the Rwandan market

About Make-IT in Africa

Tech Entrepreneurship Initiative ‘MAKE-IT IN AFRICA’, is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German Development Cooperation, GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as part of BMZ’s Digital Africa Initiative.

 

OUR MISSION

We promote digital innovation for sustainable and inclusive development from West and East African entrepreneurs in their early growth phase. In close collaboration with corporate and financing partners, social enterprises, hubs and networks Make-IT in Africa creates an enabling environment for better access to finance, markets and skills.

OUR FOCUS

  • Key sectors for sustainable development, such as e-agriculture, education, smart energy, e-health, fintech etc.
  • Cross-cutting technlogies  (e.g. Internet of Things, 3D printing, FinTech, blockchain, artificial intelligence)
  • Female and young entrepreneurs in West and East Africa!

OUR APPROACH

Make-IT promotes digital innovation in Africa along the motto:

  • INSPIRE. digital innovation by sharing good practices and showcases
  • CONNECT. and support tech start-ups through matchmaking and other exposure opportunities
  • DEVELOP. and create a supportive environment for digital entrepreneurship