Open Call: Smart City Innovation Programme (SCIP) Accelerator For African Start-ups

The Call for Applications for the Smart Cities Innovation Programme is now officially open. If you are a tech start-up operating in the field of Mobility, Housing or Fintech, you are encouraged to apply to the #SCIPAfrica accelerator and contribute to shaping the African Cities of tomorrow!

What is the Smart Cities Innovation Programme (SCIP)?

SCIP aims at supporting 30 high-potential start-ups from Africa divided into 3 tracks: Smart Mobility, Smart Housing, and Fintech for Affordability. The start-ups will benefit from individual mentoring, training as well as intensive networking and matchmaking with international business partners and investors, including Volkswagen, Siemens and the African Business Angels Network (ABAN).

Start-ups will also be able to use Green City Kigali, Rwanda’s flagship smart city project, as a sandbox to test their solutions and enter the Rwandan market. To learn more about SCIP, visit

Who Is The Program Is Looking For?

The start-ups must have already launched their tech-enabled product or service on the African market and have customers. They should also have a high growth and job creation potential, as well as a positive social and/or environmental impact. Finally, start-ups from Rwanda and/or with female members in management are preferred at equal qualification.

When and Where Does SCIP Take Place?

SCIP is a 6-month remote accelerator running from June to December 2021. It will culminate with demo-days organised in Kigali the last week of September. 

How To Apply?

Submit your application form on before the end of the Open Call on May 9th. If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to submit additional information about your start-up and participate to an interview.

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