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.
SCIP aims at accelerating start-ups which have:
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.
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.
Make-IT promotes digital innovation in Africa along the motto: