Innovate Now has helped to launch 21 African assistive tech ventures over four acceleration cycles. African start-ups receive mentorship, learning and expert guidance over a 3-6 month period to create market fit, scalable and investable Assistive Technologies (AT).
A programme of learning centred around user, market, product and business development
Hands on mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs, product developers and disability experts
Clinical partners to help you understand, validate and test AT products and services with disabled individuals
Entrepreneur keynotes showcase the realities, success and challenges of venture building
Pitch to a panel of judges, and an audience of investors, entrepreneurs and leaders in AT
A new wave of momentum in the African innovation space.
A partnership between Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub), ICT Norway and Norad to recruit the next generation of cutting-edge disability innovators to drive Africa as a technology powerhouse. Building on AT2030 funding by UK aid, Innovate Now’s next phase will focus on Digital AT and Entrepreneurship.
Increasingly AT is digital, or requires digital capabilities. Digital AT are frontier technologies supporting the full inclusion of persons with disabilities. We are looking for innovation-driven startups who are improving access to assistive technology through digital means or offering digital assistive technology solutions across education, healthcare, livelihoods and other sectors. Apply to join us.
Innovate Now is part of GDI Hub Accelerate. Driving innovation impact through scale studios, accelerators, live-labs, networks, coaching, events, knowledge sharing and collaborative partnerships.
Innovate Now was launched in 2019 as part of the £40 million, UK Aid funded, AT2030 program, led by Global Disability Innovation Hub. Implemented through a consortium of partners including Amref Health Africa (lead implementing partner 2019-2021) and Kilimanjaro Blind Trust (Live Labs implementing partner and new lead implementing partner). Todays Innovation Now is a partnership between Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub), ICT Norway and Norad, bringing a new wave of momentum in the African innovation space.