Call for startups to rethink how technology could interact with aerospace

November 1st, 2018, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: EngineerIT, Articles: PositionIT

Airbus launched its second edition of #Africa4Future, a joint accelerator programme between the company’s global aerospace accelerator BizLab and Make-IT in Africa, a programme by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit German (GIZ), the German Agency for International Cooperation.

For this second edition, the company calls for African tech start-ups that are working on solutions related to unmanned logistics and remote sensing technology, including automation and drones, electrification, the blockchain, artificial intelligence, data analytics, and material composites and manufacturing. The joint programme will be implemented by the MEST and Innocircle consortium, two organisations with a presence and knowledge of entrepreneurial ecosystems in Africa.

Airbus Bizlab launched #Africa4Future Challenge with GIZ Make-it, InnoCircle and MEST Africa.

Airbus Bizlab launched the #Africa4Future Challenge with GIZ Make-it, InnoCircle and MEST Africa.

Startups can submit applications for the programme until 30 November 2018 at https://www.airbus-bizlab.com/africa4future. Following the review, ten applicants will be chosen to receive the opportunity to join #Africa4Future, a six-month acceleration programme starting on 7 January 2019. Selected teams will receive access to experts at Airbus in Europe; feedback on their technology and business models from top engineers; the opportunity to showcase their startups at the Paris International Airshow in June 2019; and the opportunity to launch a collaboration project in partnership with key Airbus departments. They will also receive space within MEST Incubators in South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast or Kenya from January to June 2019, where they will have the opportunity to become part of the MEST tech startup community.

The initiative was created to encourage and support entrepreneurship in Africa. The continent’s young and increasingly techno-savvy population is likely to be the driving force behind the continent’s socio-economic development. Setting up an entrepreneurship eco-system requires investment and collaboration. Through #Africa4future, Airbus seeks to build bridges between the aerospace industry and other sectors in Africa.

Conta Nazli Allie, MEST Africa, nazli@meltwater.org