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Evaluating the African deep-tech startup ecosystem

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By Dr. Bienvenu Agbokponto Soglo, Director, Government Affairs Africa & IGA CTO Liaison (PE), Intel; Kate Hach, Head of Program at Intel Ignite’s Accelerator; Sven Beckmann, Emerging Markets Director for Government and Education, Intel

Technology is revolutionizing every industry, and deep-tech is at the forefront of this change. Deep-tech refers to solutions that are based on scientific discoveries and that enable us to solve complex problems. Deep-tech startups are using cutting-edge technology such as Ubiquitous Compute; Pervasive connectivity (e.g., 5G/Wi-Fi 6E); Artificial Intelligence; and Cloud to Edge Infrastructure; to tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues, from climate change to healthcare. These companies are developing innovative solutions enabling use cases in areas such as healthcare, fintech, agriculture, e-commerce, mobility, and hardware/Internet of Things (IoT).

Despite its early-stage, deep-tech pools across Africa have been experiencing growth over the past decade, especially driven by the development of new applications and the integration with existing products.

This report takes a closer look and evaluates the deep-tech ecosystem in Africa, summarizing the findings of the mappings of relevant stakeholders, identifies existing gaps, and provides a summary of the identified needs for supporting the deep-tech startups ecosystem in Africa. Here is the link to the report: