Airbus and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) have announced ten African technology start-ups in the latest Airbus Bizlab #Africa4Future accelerator programme. They have been selected from 314 entries in 19 African countries and evaluated by a panel of Airbus and other independent experts during an open public pitch event in Nairobi, Kenya.
Collaboration for maximum effectiveness
#Africa4Future is a joint Business Accelerator Initiative by Airbus and the GIZ’s Make-IT in Africa initiative with Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) a non-profit seed fund and pan-African organisation that brings together start-ups, and Innocircle, a South African innovation consultancy. The programme promotes and support entrepreneurship in Africa. The competition identifies Africa’s own pool of talented entrepreneurs using innovative aerospace solutions to address the continent’s most pressing challenges such as transport, agriculture and health.
Innovations in aerospace
Highlights of the programme include Demo Day events at the biennial Paris International Airshow from June 17-23, 2019 and a special event in Berlin from June 19-26, 2019. Then, finalists will present their products, learn about the co-operation with Airbus and inform representatives of the entire aerospace industry about financing commitments. As a global aerospace accelerator, Airbus Bizlab is ideally placed to help African start-ups transform innovative ideas into viable and profitable business models. This will strengthen the industry’s commitment to hardware and software innovators and entrepreneurs in Africa, while help create competitive business ecosystems on the continent.