A Pan African Innovation Challenge: The Venture Bus
The Venture Bus is our flagship program and attracted over 10 000 applications from over 50 countries. Its goal is to empower highly talented entrepreneurs to develop innovative tech solutions and make a positive economic impact in their African communities together with other entrepreneurs from all over the world. The Venture Bus travelled across 16 countries with a total of 500 aspiring entrepreneurs from 37 countries powered by a unique Public-Private Partnership Model.
Each Venture Bus Tour has a specific focus track: East (E-Health); West (Fin-Tech); Southern (Agriculture) and Tunisia (Renewable Energy). The 7-day road trips across the continent are used to turn business ideas into real projects using Design Thinking. We connect our participants with the biggest tech HUBs and help to build lasting business ties with investors, co-founders and the local startup scene. The community remains very active years after and stays closely in touch through a variety of digital platforms for peer support.
Each Venture Bus tour culminates in a Grand Final at one of Africa's biggest tech conferences such as Demo Africa in Lagos, AfricaCom in Cape Town and the The Transform Africa Summit in Kigali, where the participants pitch on stage to a high-level jury to crown the winner. The best startups have the chance to apply for the 6-month Ampion Fellowship Program including mentorship and subsidized office space. Because we believe in the entrepreneurial spirit of young women, we aim to have a minimum of 50% of female Ampioneers on each bus.
Alumni startups include some of the most prominent ventures of the African Continent. A selection of our winners: Yapili is an app and online platform that connects users to local and international health professionals for health advice. Coliba Is an African startup that puts technology at the service of recycling and the revaluation of the plastic waste through a Web, Mobile and SMS application Ask Without Shame provides emergency sex education via mobile to you via android app, WhatsApp, a toll free line and SMS. Our medical experts and coaches are available to assist you with the right information regarding sexuality.
Africa's first health-tech accelerator: The Merck Accelerator
Sub-Saharan Africa is the fastest growing region in a global m-health market that is projected to reach $24 billion by 2018, up $4.5 billion from 2013.
We designed the first health-tech startup accelerator with Merck in Nairobi, Kenya. The accelerator supports startups for three months with accommodation and office space at Nairobi Garage, a co-working space for local startups, techies and entrepreneurs; equity-free funding (the first beneficiaries received $15,000 each); access to Merck’s global network of experts for coaching and mentoring; international travel and conference opportunities; and the possibility of expansion through Merck’s Silicon Valley Extension Program.
A Pan African Coding initiative: AfricaCodeWeek
Ampion Founder Fabian Guhl serves as member of the Global Steering Committee of AfricaCodeWeek and the Ampion team implemented workshops in Rwanda and South Africa introducing children to the concept of code.
Africa Code Week empowered 1.3 million youth with basic coding skills across 35 African countries in 2017. Launched in 2015 by SAP in partnership with the Cape Town Science Centre and the Galway Education Centre, Africa Code Week is an award-winning initiative that is now actively supported by UNESCO YouthMobile, Google, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), 15 African governments, over 100 partners and 100 ambassadors across the continent.
Africa Code Week received a number of awards, including the C4F award 2016 (category: ‘Education of the Future’) from the World Communications Forum in Davos.
Workshop with Impact Investors: World Economic Forum in Africa
For the World Economic Forum, we designed and facilitated a global cross-mentoring exchange to catalyse trust and investment and provide a platform to scale up solutions to the world’s challenges. We curated a match-making process with Impact Investors and Social Entrepreneurs to lead to high engagement and investment. This project is part of the World Economic Forum’s Shaping the Future of Long-Term Investing, Infrastructure and Development System Initiative. The Future of Sustainable and Impact Investing project aims to build industry coherence and collaboration to accelerate the evolution from the short-term investment mindset to one that focuses on long-term investments and sustainable impact.
An invitation-only event for investors: World Economic Forum on Africa
We hosted an exclusive side-event at the Impact Hub Kigali in Rwanda during the World Economic Forum in Africa for investors. Speakers included: Cherie Blair, CBE, QC Founder and Chair, Omnia Strategy Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women His Excellency, Jean Philbert Nsengimana Minister of Youth and ICT, Government of Rwanda