Airbus Bizlab #Africa4Future global business accelerator 2018/2019 for African Startups (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: November 30th 2018

Airbus BizLab is a global aerospace business accelerator where startups and Airbus intrapreneurs speed up the transformation of innovative ideas into valuable businesses. The Airbus BizLab has developed a “hybrid” concept to closely collaborate with startups while allowing smaller organizations to better understand needs and ways of working of large groups.

The BizLab #Africa4Future initiative supports collaboration between Airbus and African startups by offering mentorship, networking and coaching.

#Africa4Future is a “Joint Accelerator Program” between Airbus BizLab & GIZ Make-IT in Africa. The program contributes to UN SDG # 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, and looks to foster the development of aerospace technologies with a goal of helping to solve development challenges in Africa. We focus on early-stage tech start-ups with technologies aimed at unmanned logistics and remote sensing, including automation and drones, electrification, blockchain, artificial intelligence, data analytics and material composites and manufacturing.

The program is implemented by a MEST & Innocircle consortium. MEST is a non-profit Pan-African organization where startups, entrepreneurs and members of the tech community can come together to meet, work and build. Innocircle is a South African based innovation consultancy focusing on co-creating the future with a global network.


The top ten applicants will have the opportunity to join a six-month acceleration program, starting on 7th January 2019. The teams will benefit from:
– Access to industry-leading experts
– Feedback on technology and business model
– Showcase at Paris International Airshow (France) and CeBit Hanover (Germany)
– Opportunity to launch a collaboration project with Airbus

  • From January to June, all startups will have access to virtual mentoring and co-working spaces in Accra (Ghana), Lagos (Nigeria), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Cape Town (South Africa) and Nairobi (Kenya).
  • Travel, accommodation and food will be covered for one person per startup for all workshops. Attendance to workshops are compulsory.As part of the program, you will participate in a mix of virtual business support and physical workshops. The preliminary programme includes:
    15-17 January: Kick-off in Nigeria
    04-17 March: Workshop in Europe
    13-24 May: Workshop in South Africa
    19-26 June: DemoDays in Paris and Hanover
  • Airbus BizLab is a global aerospace accelerator, where startups and Airbus intrapreneurs speed up the transformation of innovative ideas into valuable businesses.
  • GIZ Make-IT Accelerator offers tech start-ups a program to help them strengthen their growth, cooperation and investment readiness.
  • MEST Africa is an entrepreneurial training program, seed fund and incubator for African tech startups, headquartered in Accra, Ghana.
    lnnocircle, a South African based, innovation consultancy with a global network of associates.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Airbus Bizlab #Africa4Future global business accelerator 2018/2019 


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