Empower your Hubs with the TecHub Catalyst Program

Call for applications is now closed.

The Evaluation Process is just concluded.
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About the Call

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 servicesThe 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 technologiesFinally, 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.

Benefits & Budget

The hubs joining the program will get the following benefits:

  • Improve the hub capacity on IoT technologies through intensive “train the trainers”.
  • Receive a complete IoT hardware and software “Solution Box” to enable the creation of an IoT Lab.
  • Design new tech services which could be a possible additional revenue stream.
  • Participate in the HUBiquitous Innovation Week in Europe to showcase the hubs’ achievements.


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.


Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for the program, TecHubs should:

  • Have a physical address in an African country or be affiliated with a TecHub or entity based in any African country. 
  • Be legally registered with a valid certificate of registration within the respective African country.
  • Complete application forms & submit all documentation highlighted for upload in the application form.
  • Complete the application form before the declared deadline.

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.


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