Call for African Start-Ups: AEDIB|NET Africa-Europe Partnership Programme
Deadline for Submissions: January 29, 2023
The initial stage in a more comprehensive strategy for the African-European partnership on digitalization and innovation is AEDIB|NET: Bridging Digital Innovation Ecosystems across Africa and Europe. The project was started as part of the larger political movement AEDIB. initiated by the European Commission’s Digital 4 Development programme and EU Member States (France, Belgium, and Germany) (D4D).
AEDIB|NET Africa-Europe Partnership Programme
January 29, 2023
AEDIB|NET, funded by the Horizon 2020 program of the European Commission and directed by GIZ in Germany, brings together a network of powerful partners from the African and European innovation ecosystems with the following goals:
Create a supportive innovation policy framework for innovation, increase the capacity of marginalized people, and improve digital and entrepreneurial skills via a “Digital Entrepreneur Skills Academy” to inspire ecosystem actors.
Establishing African Digital Innovation Hubs (ADIHs), a Digital Hub Lab, online marketplaces with virtual communities, and investor networks will create digital innovation. The four areas of focus for the ADIHs are clean technology, smart cities, climate-smart agriculture, and digital trade.
Connections to Establish
Set up transnational connections that link start-ups, SMEs, DIHs, the diaspora, and other African and European ecosystem actors in order to promote intercontinental cooperation and the development of a single digital innovation ecosystem.
The European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN), on behalf of the AEDIB|NET consortium, is seeking 100 start-up companies to join in one of the two Virtual Partnership Programmes run by two innovation centers (one in Africa and one in Europe), as part of the AEDIB|NET project.
The virtual partnership program will be created with fundamental components that the 50 start-ups in each area will share and with components that are specially built to address needs that have been identified in each group’s businesses. The program is intended to last for six months.
The typical sessions will cover subjects like:
· Business expansion
· Beginning management
· Plan strategically
· Access to credit, financing, and fundraising
· Interacting with others
· Eu financing
· Ipr, a patent, and accreditation
· Cultural Education
Small groups will focus on sector-specific issues, trends, best practices, key players, and sessions with DIHs knowledgeable about each of the AEDIB|NET sectors will also be available.
The following principles will serve as the foundation for the Virtual Partnership Program:
Different innovation stakeholders, such as more seasoned business owners, second-chance business owners, and successful start-ups, will be invited to share their experiences and best practices for each block in order to encourage interactions between the participating start-ups and visiting innovation stakeholders based in the area.
The programs’ ultimate goal is to give startups the opportunity to participate in learning and knowledge-sharing activities. In order to increase the capacity of tech start-ups and to support the connections between the Digital Innovation Ecosystems in Europe and Africa, it will also be encouraged to link and match tech entrepreneurs, innovation partners, and intermediaries (such as hubs, entrepreneurship supporters, networks, and academia).
Conditions for Eligibility
Start-ups should be legitimately founded by the applicable laws in their nation and have the means to substantiate that status, if necessary. Additionally, they must be associated with one of the project’s focus areas or in the process of creating a good or service that may be used in any of these industries:
· Climate-smart farming
· The Smart City
· Online Trading
· ‘Clean Tech’
A few of the nations where some of the DIHs already chosen for the initiative are located are where African start-ups must set their headquarters:
· Egypt Côte D’Ivoire
· S. Africa
The Partnership Program and the Bootcamps will have entirely English-language content.
Please respond to the following survey at forms as completely as you can before January 29th, 2023 at 23:59 h.
The suggestions will be reviewed by a committee, and during the week of February 13th, those chosen to take part in the program will be made public. The first meeting, or kick-off session, will take place on March 1 and will cover all the specifics of the six-month program.
For Additional Information and to apply:
Visit the AEDIB|NET Africa-Europe Partnership Programme Call for Start-Ups‘ official website.
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