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Westerwelle Entrepreneurship Program: East Africa 2023

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Deadline: December 15th, 2022

Applications open for the Westerwelle Entrepreneurship Program, submit straight away!

The 6-month Westerwelle Entrepreneurship Program designed for cutting-edge tech startups in Tanzania and Rwanda. 30 chosen startups will receive the tools, networks, and infrastructure they need to improve their technological offerings.

​Make-IT in Africa is a project run by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development that provides funding for this initiative (BMZ).

Benefits:
  • 6-month free access to workspace at the Westerwelle Startup Haus Kigali/Westerwelle Startup Haus Arusha
  • Access to Makerspace / digital fabrication lab and product development support
  • Business and leadership skills training with specialized experts
  • Technical advisory support: legal, financial and digital marketing
  • Individual mentoring with investors, business leaders and industry experts
  • Online/offline meetups with peers and entrepreuneurial communities around the world
  • Linkage with East African corporates, investors and other key players

Eligibility

  • You are passionate about building an innovative high-growth venture addressing a need in a market
  • Your product is built on technology: IOT/ Sensoring, Data Analytics/ Intelligence/ AI/ Machine Learning, Virtual Reality, Robotics, Drones/Aerial Imagery, Digital Platforms, Blockchain, etc.
  • You and your team members are domain experts with complimentary skills and have a track record working as a team
  • Your startup solution has a clear business model and is able to scale its operations in East Africa
  • Your startup’s product/service contributes to the achievement of the SDGs (i.e., safe and fair job creation, potential to help underserved or low-income communities, climate mitigation and adaptation)
  • You have women in your management team (executive or non-executive)
  • Your operations are based in Rwanda or Tanzania
Timeline:
  • Application deadline: December 15th, 2022 at 11:59 pm EAT
  • Online Info session 1: November 23rd, 2022 at 4:00pm EAT
  • Online Info session 2: December 9th, 2022 at 4:00pm EAT
  • Notification of selection: December 24th, 2022
  • Program start: January 3rd, 2023

For further information, visit Westerwelle

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