#Africa4Future – The African Hub for Ideas in Logistics and Remote Sensing
Businesses are the driving force behind Africa's digital transformation. Oftentimes it is local entrepreneurs who fin innovative solutions to development challenges. Not only does their work have positive social impact, it creates new job opportunities with great future potential too. The continent's young and increasingly technophile population is a catalyst for Africa's socioeconomic development. Some African states already bring various innovations to the table that allow for sustainable development in the fields of agriculture, energy and fintech. They employ different technologies such as apps, the internet of things (IoT), 3D printing or blockchain. Nonetheless, there are numerous obstacles for young technology startups in sub-Saharan Africa: Their access to sector-specific communities could be limited. Necessary training and coaching is not available everywhere or the companies lack capital, consumers, employees and digital infrastructure. This is where #Africa4Future comes in to present new perspectives and boost competitive advantages in a sustainable fashion. #Africa4Future is a joint venture accelerator program by Airbus BizLab and the Tech-Entrepreneurship-Initiative Make-IT of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It specializes in supporting and promoting up-and-coming businesses in the aviation technology industry in Africa. The Accelerator focuses on startups that are exploring digital solutions in the field of autonomous logistics and remote sensing. By doing this, the project contributes significantly to the Social Development Goals of the United Nations (mainly to the SDGs two, nine and eleven).