The UK’s Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport launches scheme, ‘Go Global Africa’ to develop next generation of African start-ups. Africa’s most innovative start-ups are invited to take part in a global tech project to take their businesses and ideas to the next level.
The Digital Access Programme aims to boost digital skills and connectivity and build the cybersecurity capacity of partner countries. It will also help create a thriving digital ecosystem that will stimulate innovation to address local development challenges, create skilled jobs and generate partnerships between the UK and Africa.
Digital Minister, Matt Warman said, “Africa is home to a rapidly growing tech sector and it is great to welcome leading figures from across the continent to the UK-Africa Investment summit. Through the Go Global Africa project we are giving entrepreneurs the support they need to grow their business and benefit from the UK’s world-leading tech and innovation expertise. This will allow them to continue developing technology to improve lives around the world.”
Entrepreneurs who have developed products that are ready to go to market and already raised investment are invited to apply. The successful African startups will be expected to act as Go Global champions and share the skills they have learned with other firms across the continent. This will help spread digital skills, digital capability and increase entrepreneurial spirit, creating jobs and prosperity.
The 15 most promising startups, as determined by in-country pitch events, will come to the UK in March 2020. Here, they will benefit from a 5-day training programme designed to improve business skills and capability, build links with the UK’s thriving tech sector, and work with UK expertise to grow their business.
The scheme will help firms in the host country make links with UK startups in new markets and benefit from the expertise in our booming tech ecosystem worth £184 billion to the economy every year.
The International Tech Hub Network welcomes applications from founders based in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa who are using technology to tackle local issues. Fifteen founders from each country will be selected to join the delegation to the UK in March 2020. Find eligibility criteria and further details in the application form.
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The deadline for entries is 5 pm on February 3, 2020 (GMT).
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Go Global, originally developed by the UK-Israel Tech Hub, aims to provide innovative startups using technology to tackle local challenges with the tools needed to expand globally. The programme helps startups to improve their business skills and capability, build links with the UK’s thriving tech sector, and work with UK expertise to grow their business. Following the programme, participants become Go Global Champions, cascading new ideas to their local ecosystem resulting in an improved ability to provide digital solutions to local problems.
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