Africa’s first Assistive Technology Accelerator, Innovate Now, is launching a call for application from innovators across the African continent to develop assistive technologies. Led by the Global Disability Innovation Hub as part of the AT2030 Programme, Innovate Now is implemented by Amref Enterprises Limited (AEL).
Innovate Now supports startups to create innovative assistive technologies which help people with disabilities. Our programme has already supported three successful cohorts, providing unique support to 15 game-changing startups.
The future of inclusive employment cohort is looking to support startups who leverage digital platforms to match people with disabilities with job opportunities, accessibility products to improve the work environment and startups who creatively finance assistive technology through employers.
Beginning in April 2021 for 12 weeks the accelerator will provide a hands on approach delivering curriculum implementation, expert mentorship and user research through a Live Labs network to accelerate scalable assistive technologies.
Director of Innovate Now, Bernard Chiira says:
“We are delighted to announce our fourth Innovate Now cohort, however, we are getting rid of a deadline and instead we invite the most exciting assistive technology companies to apply whenever through our rolling application. When we come to launch a cohort, the most promising applicants will be invited to participate. We are also broadening our focus to include all types of assistive technologies for the next two cohorts. So if you are a builder of assistive technology, we want you to apply. Assistive Technology really does have the chance to positively change so many peoples lives, and it’s our pleasure to support companies who are changing the world for the better”