AMPION, a non-profit organization that collaborates with with startups, public institutions, partner NGOs, investors, incubators and innovation hubs all over Africa and the world has announced that five leading global IT, healthcare and satellite giants are joining forces with her NGO to enable entrepreneurial talent in Africa to develop innovative solutions on the continent.
The aim is to allow Africa’s entrepreneurial talent make the best use of the power of mobile technology. This can be seen in the choice of partners which include MTN, SAP and Microsoft.
African mobile phone network provider, MTN as well as SAP and Microsoft will financially support AMPION’s 2014 operations and enable the NGO to successfully operate on a pan-African level and generate long-term impact. Microsoft will additionally provide a package of free software and training to winning startups of the 2014 AMPION Venture Buses. More than 700 applications from all over the world have been reviewed by AMPION as of today for the 180 seats on the Venture Buses.
The venture Bus is an initiative by AMPION where change makers and tech experts are brought together on a 5-day road trip across the continent, to turn business ideas into real projects.
The goal is to empower highly talented young Africans to develop innovative solutions and make a tangible impact in their communities together with other entrepreneurs from all over the world.
The pilot bus was in 2013 and itcreated eight startups tailored for the African market. One of them is the app sterio.me, an E-Learning solution to surmount obstacles in the sector of education in Africa. Sterio.me has been honoured as Finalist at the Harvard Africa Business Award as well as the MIT Africa Innovate and Mobile World Congress “4YFN” competitions. It was voted as #6 in the list of “10 Most Innovative Companies in Africa” for 2014 by Fast Company.
Still on the partnership,free hardware and bandwidth will be provided by Inmarsat and will allow the AMPION Venture Buses with satellite connectivity. Global healthcare leader Merck will be AMPION’s prime sponsor for theEast African Venture Bus as participants on the Venture Bus travelling from Tanzania to Rwanda will specifically focus on developing e-Health solutions.
Speaking on the partnerships,, Fabian-Carlos Guhl Founder & MD, AMPION, said: “We are delighted to work with our new sponsors MTN, SAP, Microsoft, Inmarsat and Merck in Africa. Sponsoring and partnering with AMPION is an investment into the African mobile technology, start-ups and ICT space of tomorrow – and the creative entrepreneurs behind it. We are proud that world leading companies are convinced that our work is making a difference and decided to be a part of it.”
Interested entrepreneurs, designers and coders still have a chance to apply for a seat on the Venture Buses