FAQ and contact

🏍️What is Smart Mobility?

New technology led solutions to enable people and goods to be transported within and between communities. Our target topics include:

  • Shared mobility
  • Road safety
  • e-Parking
  • e-charging
  • Micro-mobility (shared or personally owned)
  • Ticketing/payment/info integration

🏙️ What is Cleantech & Smart Housing?

Housing and in-home solutions that are focused on the future, innovative, and seek to expand access to affordable housing. This may include things like:

  • Smart construction (more efficient, cheaper, modular, locally adapted)
  • Smart customization (better fit to location / local demand, affordable to more people)
  • Smart integration (with utilities like energy, water, waste management)
  • Climate smart (materials, energy usage, water usage)

💸What is Fintech for Affordability?

Seeking ways in which financial technology can be deployed to make the various smart solutions affordable to different market segments. The financial solutions are typically credit, savings, investment, remittance and insurance solutions. Examples include payment enablement for mobility services or utilities; micro-mortgage; smart contracts; voucher systems.

What are the eligibility criteria?

SCIP aims at accelerating start-ups which have:

  • Operations in Africa: The start-up is operating in one or more African country. Start-ups from Rwanda are preferred at equal qualification.
  • Innovative Smart Cities Solutions: The start-up provides an innovative technology-powered product or service and/or an innovative business model in the field of Smart Mobility, Cleantech & Smart Housing and Fintech for affordability.
  • Launched their product or service on the market and have customers.
  • Growth & job creation potential: The start-up has potential to expand its operations and meet a significant market demand. Through growth the start-up has potential to create jobs and other sources of reliable income through its business model and/or connection to value chains.
  • Social & environmental impact: The start-up has potential to have a positive effect on the environment and/or society.
  • Strong & motivated team: The team has a solid background to grow the business and demonstrated motivation to join the programme. Start-ups with female members in management are preferred at equal qualification.

Where is SCIP happening?

SCIP is a remote programme with events (bootcamp and demodays) happening in Rwanda in September, depending on the Covid situation.

Is SCIP free?

Participating to SCIP is entirely free, including the potential travels to Rwanda. The porgramme is entirely funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

What is the selection process?

Start-ups interested in the programme must first complete the application form where they answer questions regarding their venture and their management team. The form takes between 30 and 60 minutes to complete. After this first round, the selection team will shortlist start-ups based on the eligibility and strength of their application. These start-ups will be asked to:

  1. Provide additional information such as their pitch deck, CVs of founders, business plan, and so on.
  2. Participate in a 30-minute interview with the relevant head of track (Smart Mobility, Smart Housing, or Fintech for Affordability).
Only 30 start-ups will be selected at the end of the process - 10 start-ups per track. All the communications will happen via email.

How can I contact you?

You can contact us at the following address: info@scipafrica.com