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Lagos-based innovation centre Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) and Google for Startups have partnered to take 10 top African hardware and deep tech startups on a 14-day tour of five Asian cities through August’s PitchDrive II initiative.
The initiative aims to facilitate Africa-Asia collaborations to strengthen deep technology companies in Africa.
The idea is that the initiative will create a platform for startups to: take key learnings from the Asian tech market and apply them locally to improve their businesses, while being able to network and explore funding opportunities.
African hardware and deeptech startups keen on participating in the tour have until 20 May to apply.
The PitchDrive II initiative will see 10 African hardware and deep tech startups tour Singapore, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo
The tour will kick off with a two-day bootcamp in Kigali, Rwanda. Thereafter, between 15 and 31 August, the 10 startups selected for the initiative will tour Singapore, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo.
To be considered for the initiative, applicants must be based in Africa and must have legally-registered enterprises which can demonstrate a minimum of 12 months of revenue-generating operations. Startup founders or CEOs must also be available for the duration of the tour.
The 2017 edition of the PitchDrive initiative saw 14 African tech startups tour London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Zurich and Paris.
Featured image: Co-creation Hub Nigeria (CcHub) via LinkedIn