The 2019 edition of the Africa4Future accelerator program is set to take place and the startups involved have been announced. Airbus and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) announcement of the top startups that came through the selection process. They were selected after an open public pitch event in front of experts, potential investors, the media and other stakeholders in Kenya’s capital city.
The Africa4Future accelerator program is a joint initiative of Airbus and GIZ’s Make-IT in Africa initiative. The program also come together as a result of a collaboration with Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) and Innocircle. MEST Africa is an entrepreneurial training program, seed fund and incubator for African tech startups, headquartered in Accra, Ghana. The incubator brings startups and entrepreneurs together. Innocircle is a boutique consultancy focused on innovation out of South Africa.
Startups from 19 African countries took part in the challenge. A reported 314 entries were received and assessed. These were assessed by a panel of Airbus and other independent experts and the top 10 start-ups were selected.
The program was setup to encourage entrepreneurship in Africa. Noting the increasing number of technologically inclined people in the region could be the main players in Africa’s socio-economic development.
The 6-month business incubation and accelerator program is set to start. It will involve technical, commercial and mentorship activities in France, Germany and South Africa. The #Africa4Future programme will include workshops and coaching sessions with AIrbus experts and coaches fromGIZ’s Make-IT in Africa, MEST and Innocircle.
The programme will come to a conclusion in some style with Demo Day events at the biennial Paris International Airshow and a special event in Germany set to take place from 19-26 June. The finalists will then launch their products, define and set a structure of their collaboration with Airbus. Their investment commitments will also be announced in front of representatives from across the aerospace industry.
The 2019 Africa4Future accelerator program finalists
The Finalists are:
1. Astral Aerial (Kenya) – using drones for humanitarian cargo transport, surveillance and emergency response.
2. Cote d’Ivoire drone (Ivory Coast) – locally-manufactured drones for various applications.
3. Elemental Numerics (South Africa) – applies computational fluid dynamics techniques to the design of machines and components, ranging from aircraft to heart valves.
4.Track Your Build (Nigeria) – a novel infrastructure management tool for construction and operations.
5. Map Action (Mali) – a solution offering real-time online urban mapping to identify problems affecting water supplies, hygiene and sanitation.
6. MamaBird (Malawi) – provides a platform to help Governments, NGOs and other organisations deliver vital life-saving supplies to remote communities.
7. Maisha ICT Tech PLC (Ethiopia) – deploying locally built drones for delivering medicines, blood and healthcare items to remote and rural areas.
8. MobiTech Water Solutions (Kenya) – an online real-time water monitoring solution that allows businesses, homes and water-service providers to manage their available water using an app-based dashboard and instant messaging.
9. Lentera Limited (Kenya) – applying remote sensors to monitor and transmit environmental data to enable more efficient and smarter farming.
10.WiPo Wireless Power (South Africa) – offers reliable and convenient wireless power chargers for businesses, conference centres, airports, restaurants and other venues for the charging of mobile devices, laptops and drones.
BY BOLA JOHNSON