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Startups Invited to 'Shape African Cities of Tomorrow'

The programme is a six-month accelerator that provides support to 10 high-potential tech startups in the fields of smart mobility, smart housing, and fintech for affordability.

The Smart Cities Innovation Programme (SCIP) is a partnership between the Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation and “Make-IT in Africa“, implemented by the GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, with support from the Rwandan government.


The programme is a six-month accelerator that provides support to 10 high-potential tech startups in the fields of smart mobility, smart housing, and fintech for affordability.


SCIP is implemented in partnership with Volkswagen, Siemens, and the African Business Angels Network (ABAN), with the goal of bringing specialised technical expertise to selected startups and widen their networks. In other words, selected startups will benefit from individual mentoring, training, and intensive networking and matchmaking with international business partners and investors.  


Green City Kigali, Rwanda’s flagship smart city project, will act as the real application case to test the startups’ solutions and eventually enter the Rwandan market. Culminating in demo days organised in Kigali, the programme will take place at the end of September, with applications open until May 9th.