West Africa

Making way for startups

akzente gathered insights on the Tech Entrepreneurship Initiative ‘Make-IT in Africa’ featuring the voices of four young African experts and an interview with the Head of the programme.

Olivia Cuthbert
Thomas Imo

Innovation is bubbling at the surface in digital hubs across West Africa as young entrepreneurs are determined to put technology at the forefront of development in the sub-Saharan Region. To support startups designing these solutions GIZ launched Make-IT in Africa as a pilot project on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. It also promotes the creation of sustainable business ecosystems for this new generation of entrepreneurs. Click on the photos to learn more about startups from West Africa and the GIZ Technology Initiative. 

Debu Odulana (29) Gründer der Onlineplattform „Doctoora“ in Lagos, Nigeria


“We enable doctors to set up practices in Nigeria”


Debu Odulana (29), Founder of Doctoora, a health technology startup in Lagos, Nigeria​


Edmond Nonie (31), Geschäftsführer des Start-up-Unternehmens „Track your Build” in Westafrika


“It can be quite difficult to persuade African companies to invest in startups.”


Edmond Nonie (31), CEO at the startup Track Your Build in West Africa​


Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu (41), ernannte Geschäftsführerin der Tony Elumelu-Stiftung in Lagos, Nigeria


“We want to make Africa a land of opportunity.”


Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu (41), appointed Chief Executive Officer at Tony Elumelu Foundation in Lagos, Nigeria​


Tunji Eleso (41), Managing-Partner des Wachstumskapitalfonds des Co-Creation Hub in Lagos, Nigeria


“The next generation of African kids won’t just be consumers of technology, they can become its creators.”


Tunji Eleso (41), managing partner at Co-Creation Hub in Lagos, Nigeria​


GIZ-Programmleiter Jan Schwaab über die Technologie-Initiative „Make-IT in Africa“


“We help promising startups find a foothold in the market.”


GIZ head of “Make-IT in Africa” programme Jan Schwaab talks us through technology entrepreneurship in West Africa​

Contact: Jan Schwaab, jan.schwaab@giz.de

January 2019

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