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Apply now for the BRAIN Program ($50K): Africa’s Deeptech Startups!

7 months ago

African Deeptech Startup? Apply For BRAIN Program ($50K)

Key Points:

  • The BRAIN program aims to foster deep tech innovation in Africa
  • 20 Pan-African deep tech startups will be selected to join a 1-week regional bootcamp in Cairo
  • Selected startups will receive mentorship, international exposure, and cash prizes

If you’re running an African Deeptech startup with an MVP developed in the process, early traction, and a vision for impact, this is your call! Apply now for the BRAIN program.

BRAIN (Bridging Research and Innovation) is a holistic program that aims to foster Deep Tech Innovation in Africa by enabling scientist-entrepreneurs who are solving fundamental challenges to access world-class opportunities. The program, conducted by Open Startup International in partnership with MIT Legatum Center, MIT Executive MBAs and MIT Africa supports 20 Pan-African Deep Tech startups to join a 1-week regional bootcamp in Cairo, Egypt, co-developed with experts from MIT and the African innovation ecosystem to benefit from tailored mentorship and support while competing to be among the finalist teams who will have immersion visits in different ecosystems.

Benefits of participation:

  • Holistic educational curriculum grounded in practice and developed by experts from one of the best leading universities-MIT
  • Tailored mentoring and networking with different ecosystem experts
  • International exposure through Immersive visits to the US, France, and Africa for the 8 pre-selected startups based on needs
  • Matching with talents
  • Investor matching and soft landing opportunities
  • Cash Prizes up to $50K

Eligibility for participation:

  • Your startup is incorporated in the African continent
  • You have a strong Deep Tech innovation based on scientific research
  • Your startup is currently in and/or near an MVP stage
  • Your startup demonstrates a path towards intellectual property (IP)
  • Your startup demonstrates early traction or early deals
  • Your startup started securing initial grants, funds
  • Your startup is aimed to scale internationally

How to apply:

Click here to apply. The deadline for application is Wednesday, January 26, 2024.