The Co-Creation Hub’s Pitchdrive tech tour second edition kicked off today. Ten selected African startups, who utilise hardware and deep technology tools in their businesses, are participating in this tech tour.
CcHUB, the leading technology innovation centre in Nigeria and Google for Startups announced the launch of the PitchDrive II in April this year. This edition is a three-week, five-city Asian tech tour across Singapore, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Seoul, and Tokyo.
The PitchDrive kicked off today with a target is to bring 10 elite African hardware and advanced technology startups together to discover and engage Asian suppliers and manufacturing partners.
The startups will be interacting with deep tech and hardware communities in Singapore, Japan, China, Hong Kong and South Korea. They are to engage in pitching events, seek out collaborations, partnerships and potential investment opportunities to help them grow further and scale their businesses.
Speaking on this, the Director of Incubation at CcHUB said, “We find that there’s a lot of interest from Asia in Africa and we believe there are opportunities for collaboration that could help strengthen the hardware and deep tech ecosystem in Africa.”
Selected from a highly competitive pool of over 200 applicants from across Africa, the participating startups are: Moroccan safety IoT device company Casky; Rwandan smart transport solution company, AC Group; Nigeria’s Gricd Frij, a cold chain technology for transportation of healthcare and agricultural produce; Access Afya, a Kenyan primary healthcare social enterprise using technology to deliver affordable and effective health access; Ugandan CHIL AI Lab which leverages AI to improve cancer diagnostic services; and Taeillo, a Nigerian furniture and design company that leverages mixed reality to improve customer experience.
Others include Enova Robotics from Tunisia which specialises in mobile robot development for security purposes; Flare, a Kenyan uber-like company which aggregates ambulance/emergency options for easy access; LIFI-LED, an Ivorian energy startup providing electricity and internet connectivity to difficult-to-access communities, and Nigeria’s Reliance HMO, which employs a consortium of tools to make health insurance accessible and affordable.
This CcHUB tech tour edition is supported by Google For Startups; Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO); ICT and Innovation ministry (Rwanda); German Society for International Cooperation [GIZ]; TechCabal, the media company in charge of curating the tour in images, film and text which will culminate in a documentary production to be aired at the end of the tour; Keppel Capital, MainOne, Future Hub, Found8, and CoCoon.