Airbus has announced the launch of the second edition of #Africa4Future, a joint accelerator programme between Airbus’ global aerospace accelerator BizLab and Make-IT in Africa.

First launched in 2017, the #Africa4Future initiative was created by Airbus BizLab to encourage and support entrepreneurship in Africa.

A statement from Airbus notes: “The continent’s young and increasingly techno-savvy population is likely to be the driving force behind Africa’s socio-economic development. Setting up an entrepreneurship ecosystem requires investment and collaboration. Through #Africa4future, Airbus seeks to build bridges between the aerospace industry and the different players in Africa.”

Target areas

For this second edition, Airbus calls for African tech start-ups that are actively working on solutions related to unmanned logistics and remote sensing technology, including automation and drones, electrification, blockchain, artificial intelligence, data analytics and material composites and manufacturing.

Start-ups can submit applications for the programme until November 30. Following review, ten applicants will be chosen to receive the opportunity to join #Africa4Future, a six-month acceleration programme, starting in January, 2019.

Airbus has also released a new whitepaper, The Great Enabler: Aerospace in Africa.

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