African App Launchpad initiative for Young African Startups

African App Launchpad initiative for Young African Startups


The African App Launchpad (AAL) initiative is an Africa-wide platform aiming to build capacity of Egyptian and African youth and foster establishment of sustainable Egyptian and African startups in the area of the advanced ever-changing app and game technologies.

AAL targets building capacity of ten thousand learners and establishing one hundred startups.

AAL works by availing a high-quality, technology-learning online platform through crowd-sourcing top online content developed by prestigious universities and leading companies, and delivered through three leading MOOCs; Coursera, edX, and Udacity.

Objectives

  • Building capacity and certifying young African calibers on the recent advances in app and game technologies.
  • Supporting creation of job and business opportunities for the African youth through wage employment, freelancing, and startup establishment.
  • Increasing the competitiveness of African ICT companies by availing an abundant talent pool.
  • Forming Africa-wide learning networks in leading technologies to act as platform for fostering technology innovation and entrepreneurship.

    Eligibility
  • Citizens of each participating African state can submit their application through the initiative website currently being developed.
  • Applicants are accepted as learners subject to fulfilling the following criteria:
  • Higher-education graduate of year 2006 or after or about to graduate in the next two years.
  • Good knowledge of essential ICT technologies as proven by
  • University degree in ICT specialization.
  • Min 5-year work track in ICT proven by stamped reference letters and approved by the corresponding African state’s focal point
  • Min 6-month international training record in software technologies proven by formal certificates
    and approved by the corresponding African state’s focal point.
  • In case of limited seats, priority is given to those with university degree then to those with work experience then to those with training record.

    Benefits
  • Free top-quality learning track in one of the advanced app and game technologies.
  • Prestigious international certificate after successfully completing the learning track.
  • Potential chance to attend a local learning group to experience cross learning and discuss business impact of the underlying technologies.
  • Opportunity to join startup competitions where each winning startup is awarded USD 2K in additional to possible seed fund or incubation service.
  • Being informed of Africa-wide employment opportunities.

    How to Apply
  • For more information and fellowship application details, see; application details, see; African App Launchpad initiative for Young African Startups

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