What is the Smart Cities Innovation Programme?

SCIP is a 6-month accelerator aimed at supporting high-potential tech start-ups from Rwanda and other African countries operating in the field of Smart Cities. The programme is divided into 3 tracks supporting 10 start-ups each:

Smart Mobility

Solutions to enable people and goods to be transported in cities. 

Cleantech & Smart Housing

Solutions for smart construction, utilities and waste management.

Fintech for Affordability

Solutions to make living and moving in cities more affordable. 

The 30 selected start-ups will benefit from individual mentoring, training as well as intensive networking and matchmaking with international business partners and investors such as Volkswagen, Siemens, Viktoria Ventures, and the African Business Angels Network (ABAN). These partners will bring in highly specialised technical expertise, build the start-ups’ networks and participate, along other ecosystem players, to the demo-days in Kigali.

Why Smart Cities?

The rate of urbanisation in Africa is the highest in the world. By 2030, 50% of Africans are predicted to be living in urban settings. According to the World Bank, this increasing urbanisation holds much potential for the continent, as it can result in economic growth and poverty reduction. At the same time, it holds the risk of aggravating inequality and urban poverty. Therefore, concrete action to direct Africa’s urban transformation in terms of the Sustainable Development Goals is needed.

In collaboration with the Rwandan government, the Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation and the Tech-Entrepreneurship Initiative “Make-IT in Africa” have set up SCIP to support the growth of digital urban innovations in Rwanda and beyond. 

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Meet our core team

Our core team will be working throughout the programme with an extensive network of mentors and experts to provide tailored support and trainings to the start-ups. Mentors will also introduce start-ups to relevant partners within and outside of the accelerator.