DIGITAL AFRICA: An initiative at the service of innovation in Africa

In the course of 2018, a dozen actors from the world of the institutional, private and associations - including Agence Française de Développement (AFD) - launched the Digital Africa initiative. This is the realisation of a commitment made in 2017 in Ouagadougou by President Emmanuel Macron. A € 65 million programme to support the African entrepreneurial dynamic and the development of digital innovation projects impacting the continent.

DIGITAL AFRICA: An initiative at the service of innovation in Africa

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In the course of 2018, a dozen actors from the world of the institutional, private and associations - including Agence Française de Développement (AFD) - launched the Digital Africa initiative. This is the realisation of a commitment made in 2017 in Ouagadougou by President Emmanuel Macron. A € 65 million programme to support the African entrepreneurial dynamic and the development of digital innovation projects impacting the continent.

The Digital Africa initiative, unlike the eponymous competition (now AFD Digital Challenge), is an association, a digital platform and a label.

The Digital Africa association brings together 10 members committed to following-up and closely supporting the African digital ecosystem. They are CFI, Jokkolabs, Afrilabs, GEN Africa, Bond’Innov, Fabrique des Mobilités, Ferme Digitale, Fing, Digital Observer for Africa and AFD. AFD will deploy the funds made available in the form of a facility for seed funding, support and technical assistance as well as support for incubators and accelerators.

Digital Africa digital platform is at the same time a social network, a resource centre and a network of business angels. It comes to interconnect African entrepreneurs and the innovation ecosystems (local and international). Objective: mobilise knowledge communities and initiatives, and make available to them resources and business opportunities shared by Digital Africa partners.

In addition to entrepreneurs and project leaders, the platform caters for investors (funds, banks, business angel networks); coaches / facilitators (hub, accelerator, incubator, research centre, university, etc.) and the general public.

Already 135 innovation platforms and incubators in 35 countries, entrepreneurs’ networks from 42 countries, 8 leading Tech4good initiatives and numerous stakeholders have joined the platform.

Third component of the initiative, the Digital Africa label is in charge of identifying and bringing out actors, projects and innovative events by promoting sharing. It is not a sponsorship of a financial nature, but the label reinforces their visibility, connects them with the ecosystem and the appropriate support and financing mechanisms.

The Emerging Valley summit (Marseille, 20-21 November 2018) and the African Tour of the Agri Startup Summit (Paris, Orléans, Nantes and Roche sur Yon, 19-23 November 2018) were the first two events labelled Digital Africa.

To join the initiative or get more information: https://digital-africa.co/

Dernière modification : 13/03/2019

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