Airbus Bizlab #Africa4Future Global Business Accelerator for African Startups

Airbus Bizlab #Africa4Future Global Business Accelerator for African Startups

Airbus BizLab is a global aerospace business accelerator where startups and Airbus intrapreneurs speed up the transformation of innovative ideas into valuable businesses.

The Airbus BizLab has developed a “hybrid” concept to closely collaborate with startups while allowing smaller organizations to better understand needs and ways of working of large groups.

The BizLab #Africa4Future initiative supports collaboration between Airbus and African startups by offering mentorship, networking and coaching.

#Africa4Future is a “Joint Accelerator Program” between Airbus BizLab & GIZ Make-IT in Africa. The program contributes to UN SDG # 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, and looks to foster the development of aerospace technologies with a goal of helping to solve development challenges in Africa.

We focus on early-stage tech start-ups with technologies aimed at unmanned logistics and remote sensing, including automation and drones, electrification, blockchain, artificial intelligence, data analytics and material composites and manufacturing.

The program is implemented by a MEST & Innocircle consortium. MEST is a non-profit Pan-African organization where startups, entrepreneurs and members of the tech community can come together to meet, work and build. Innocircle is a South African based innovation consultancy focusing on co-creating the future with a global network.


  • The top ten applicants will have the opportunity to join a six-month acceleration program, starting on 7th January 2019.
  • The teams will benefit from:
  • Access to industry-leading experts
  • Feedback on technology and business model
  • Showcase at Paris International Airshow (France) and CeBit Hanover (Germany)
  • Opportunity to launch a collaboration project with Airbus
  • From January to June, all startups will have access to virtual mentoring and co-working spaces in Accra (Ghana), Lagos (Nigeria), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Cape Town (South Africa) and Nairobi (Kenya).
  • Travel, accommodation and food will be covered for one person
    per startup for all workshops.
  • Attendance to workshops are compulsory.As part of the program, you will participate in a mix of virtual business support and physical workshops.
  • The preliminary programme includes:
  • 15-17 January: Kick-off in Nigeria
  • 04-17 March: Workshop in Europe
  • 13-24 May: Workshop in South Africa
  • 19-26 June: DemoDays in Paris and Hanover
    Airbus BizLab is a global aerospace accelerator, where startups and Airbus intrapreneurs speed up the transformation of innovative ideas into valuable businesses.
  • GIZ Make-IT Accelerator offers tech start-ups a program to help them strengthen their growth, cooperation and investment readiness.
  • MEST Africa is an entrepreneurial training program, seed fund and incubator for African tech startups, headquartered in Accra, Ghana.
  • lnnocircle, a South African based, innovation consultancy with a global network of associates.

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