The Smart Cities

Innovation Programme

SCIP is a 6-month accelerator from June to December 2021 supporting start-ups from Rwanda and other African countries in the fields of Fintech, Mobility, Cleantech & Smart Housing.

Why apply to SCIP?

Access a network of international partners 

Start-ups will be supported by international corporate partners, investors and public institutions during the programme. 

Get support from dedicated mentors 

Start-ups will be advised remotely by a sector-specific mentor and matched with an additional business development mentor.

Pitch during demo-days in Kigali

Start-ups will be invited to pitch their solutions to corporates and investors in Rwanda in September. 

Learn from peers in your sector

Start-ups will exchange with their cohort peers in the mobility, housing or fintech sector.

Receive training tailored to your needs 

Start-ups will receive trainings based on their identified needs, not a predefined curriculum. 

Enter the Smart City ecosystem

Start-ups will gain visibility and support within the growing ecosystem of actors promoting Smart Cities. 

Who can apply?

 SCIP aims at accelerating start-ups that have:

  • Operations in one or more African countries 

  • Solutions in Fintech, Mobility, Cleantech & Smart Housing for Smart Cities 

  • Launched their product or service and have customers 

  • Growth and job creation potential 

  • Social and/or environmental impact 

  • A strong and motivated team

You can find the criteria definitions in the FAQ.  

How to apply?

 To apply to the Smart Cities Innovation Programme, please fill in the application form below before the 23rd of May.


If your application is selected, you will be invited to provide further information about your business and participate in an interview. 

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Partners involved during SCIP

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Partners implementing SCIP

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