The Techub Catalyst Program intends to bring at least 10 African Tech Hubs to a higher level in IoT and emerging technologies. The program will focus on increasing the hubs’ IoT capabilities as well as boosting the development of sustainable value-added services. The Hub Catalyst Program will empower the hubs for technological innovation, skill development, and entrepreneurial growth within their local ecosystems. We will provide intensive IoT training to the hub personnel (“Train the trainers”). This includes both virtual and in-person training on cutting-edge technologies. The in-person training will take place in Tanzania for one week. We will also provide the “Solution Box” package to the hubs. The Solution Box will be used to set up or upgrade the hub’s in-house IoT lab. Using the acquired competencies, the hubs will launch a short IoT certification course without their community. This is a pre-designed IoT certification program including one hackathon. Each hub will also need to develop or improve two “Minimum Viable Products” with IoT technologies. Finally, we will invite all successful hubs for the “Hubiquitous Innovation Week” in Europe. The hubs will have the opportunity to present their success stories and demonstrate their MVPs. The event will also offer opportunities for partnerships with European counterparts in Brussels and Berlin.
The hubs joining the program will get the following benefits:
Additionally, to help the hubs bootstrap their new services, a contribution of max 10,000€ will be awarded. This contribution can be used for travelling expenses reimbursement, event organisation (e.g. hackathon) and MVP costs.
To be considered for the program, TecHubs should:
It is important for hubs to carefully review the specific eligibility criteria outlined in the call for applications. Hubs that fail to fulfill any of the criteria will automatically be disqualified.
Hub catalyst program timeline: