DIGITAL AFRICA:
CONNECT,
FOSTER AND STRENGTHEN
AFRICA'S INNOVATION
THROUGH DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION.

// 2018 – LAUNCHING DIGITAL AFRICA BY AND FOR THOSE WHO SUPPORT AFRICAN INNOVATION ENTREPRENEURS.

Launched by Emmanuel Macron, the President of the French Republic, Digital Africa’s mission is to promote African innovation and entrepreneurship. It is a collaborative initiative designed for African entrepreneurs, and it has been built through a new Africa-France relationship.

KEY ENABLER
N°1


65 million euros of funds, managed by AFD* for the ecosystem growth and PROPARCO for the startups investment. These funds are dedicated to innovative projects in Africa.

KEY ENABLER
N°2


A catalyst platform gathering and mobilizing the stakeholders especially for early-stage startups.

L’AFD*,
The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) Group funds, supports and accelerates the transition to a fairer and more sustainable world. Carrying out more than 4,000 projects in France’s overseas departments and territories and another 115 countries, the AFD contribute to the commitment of France and French people to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

// REINVENTING PARTNERSHIPS AND ALLIANCES.

Recognizing their common goals to support startups and entrepreneurs in Africa, the founding members co-created Digital Africa for the purpose of increasing their impact and support African entrepreneurs.

SERVE
INNOVATION
IN AFRICA:


Structure a stronger ecosystem able to unleash, develop and support innovative and impact-oriented entrepreneurial projects across the continent. Provide everything entrepreneurs need to hold their project: network, knowledge, resources, opportunities and exposure.

AFD

AFD is the leading actor behind France’s development policy. It is committed to projects that improve the lives of people in developing countries, emerging countries and French overseas collectivities, in a tangible manner. AFD is active in several areas – energy, health, biodiversity, water, digital, training – it is involved in creating a safer, fairer and more sustainable world: a common world.

Afrilabs

AfriLabs was founded in 2011 to build a community around rapidly emerging tech hubs―innovation spaces that serve as meeting points and communities for developers, entrepreneurs, and investors. Afrilabs believes that supporting the development of the African technology and innovation ecosystem enables Africa to participate in the global knowledge and innovation market place thereby stimulating economic growth.

Bond'Innov

Bond’innov is an incubator for projects which support innovation with a high economic and societal impact.

CFI

CFI projects French development assistance policy though the media of the global south, on behalf of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs. It supports public and private actors in the media sector to strengthen the modernisation and democratisation processes that France wishes to endorse.

Digital Observer for Africa

Digital Observer 4 Africa is the leading platform to identify digital projects and open datasets in Africa. It aims to give more exposure to digital projects and to promote a community for innovation.

Fing

Created in 2000 by a team of entrepreneurs and experts, Fing is a leading think-tank specialising on digital transformations.

GEN Africa

The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) is a year-round platform of programs and initiatives aimed at creating one global entrepreneurial ecosystem. GEN helps people in 160 countries unleash their ideas and turn them into promising new ventures—creating jobs, accelerating innovation and strengthening economic stability around the world.

Jokkolabs

An independent non-profit organization, JOKKOLABS is an ecosystem of open innovation and a virtual cluster for social transformation based on an organic community of entrepreneurs and an innovation center network. JOKKOLABS’ vision is to inspire and develop a community of entrepreneurs who will invent the future and achieve shared prosperity.

La Fabrique des Mobilités

La Fabrique connects actors and projects across Africa, capitalising on feedback and errors, in order to create an operational common ‘culture’ of innovation.

Le Ferme Digitale

The association focuses on two main areas: Creating a community of actors whose desire is to enhance the agricultural sector through research and innovation, while bringing consumers and farmers together through digital technologies.

// CO-CREATING WITH PARTNERS.

The association has signed many partnerships with key actors all over the world, and is open to collaborate with all organizations sharing the same values of data protection, openness, collaboration and common good.

Digital Africa community of partners who contribute actively to serving African entrepreneurs, includes already 60 partners.

Sharing strong values of collaboration and common good:

Engaged in sharing their resources and network, founding members and partners of Digital Africa work together with a strong collaborative approach rooted in the spirit of the commons. Sharing knowledge and experience participate in designing innovative digital solutions to face the most pressing challenges of our time.

DIGITAL AFRICA :

What is it?

AN ONLINE PLATEFORM:

NETWORK AND COMMONS

The catalyst platform is all at once a network, a resource centre and a community. It gatherers and mobilizes key stakeholders engaged in digital innovation in Africa:

• project holders present their ideas, their needs and their goals and access the smart Digital Africa ecosystem;
• investors find out local innovative projects;
• incubators, hubs, facilitators and structures supporting African entrepreneurship bring their knowledge and know-how.

Digital Africa is also a news feed to promote calls for proposal and events elaborated by and for the community.

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A LABEL:

PROMOTING PROMISING INITIATIVES

With the label, Digital Africa:

Identifies and promotes national and international key events, such as: Emerging Valley Summit and African Tour by Agri Startup Summit, the 2 first events labelled.

Endorses innovative projects and brings them support and exposure.

Gatherers recognized experts with a common goal: boost African innovative initiatives and entrepreneurship.

Fact and Figures
+ 170
hub d'innovation et incubators
through the network
42
countries
where the initiative is spread
+ 20
events in 2019
60
high-profile partners
in Europe and Africa