Airbus and the German Development Agency (GIZ) have announced the top 10 African tech startups that will take part in the latest Airbus Bizlab #Africa4Future accelerator programme.
The #Africa4Future is a joint business accelerator initiative of Airbus and GIZ’s Make-IT in Africa initiative together with the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), and Innocircle, the South African-based innovation consultancy.
The programme aims to encourage and support the continent’s young and increasingly techno-savvy population that is the driving force behind Africa’s socio-economic development in solving the most pressing challenges such as transportation, agriculture and healthcare.
The 10 startups that were selected from 314 entries representing 19 African countries will participate in an intensive 6-month business incubation and accelerator programme involving technical, commercial and mentorship activities in France, Germany and South Africa.
The programme will culminate with Demo Day events at the biennial Paris International Airshow and a special event in Germany from 19-26 June, when finalists will launch their products, define their collaboration with Airbus and announce their investment commitments in front of representatives from across the aerospace industry.
These are the 10 startups selected for the #Africa4Future Accelerator Programme:
Astral Aerial (Kenya): Using drones for humanitarian cargo transport, surveillance and emergency response.
Lentera Limited (Kenya): Applying remote sensors to monitor and transmit environmental data to enable more efficient and smarter farming.
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.
Cote d’Ivoire drone (Ivory Coast): locally-manufactured drones for various applications including energy and agriculture.
Maisha ICT Tech PLC (Ethiopia): Deploying locally built drones for delivering medicines, blood and healthcare items to remote and rural areas.
MamaBird (Malawi): Provides a platform to help Governments, NGOs and other organisations deliver vital life-saving supplies to remote communities.
Action (Mali): Offering real-time online urban mapping to identify problems affecting water supplies, hygiene and sanitation.
Track Your Build (Nigeria): Infrastructure management tool for construction and operations.
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