TechInAfrica – A Nigeria’s Innovation Center, Co-creation Hub (CcHub) and Google for Startups have launched PitchDrive II, a tech tour in five Asian cities—Singapore, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Seoul, and Tokyo—for three weeks. The tour will include 10 African tech startups to engage with Asian suppliers and manufacturing partners.
Furthermore, the PitchDrive II Asian cities tour will also give African startups opportunities to explore potential funding and markets, as well as learn from Asian tech market.
“The growing relationship between Africa and Asia presents an opportunity for African startups to leverage the advantages of a distributed innovation system that the world today offers. PitchDrive II is a unique opportunity to inspire international collaboration, strengthen and grow world-class African businesses while helping startups explore markets, networks, and relationships in key Asian countries,” said Bosun Tijani, Co-Founder and CEO of CcHub.
Through PitchDrive II cities tour, African startups will be able to discover and connect with suppliers or manufacturing partners while at the same time get the opportunity to secure funding and get knowledge about manufacturing.
The cohort will be started with a two-day bootcamp in Kigali, Rwanda on August 15th, 2019 at the CcHub Design. From there, the tour participants will visit Singapore, China, South Korea, and end the tour in Japan during the Tokyo International Conference on Africa’s Development (TICAD 2019) event.
Connor Swenson, EMEA Partnerships Manager at Google for Startups, commented: “We’re thrilled to be supporting the second round of PitchDrive. African tech startups are building companies on a global scale, and we believe connecting them to Asian markets through the Google for Startups partner network will not only help them grow even further but provide a chance for Asian startups to learn from best-in-class African entrepreneurs.”
To get selected in the three-week Asian cities tour program, a startup must have a legal and registered enterprise based in Africa, able to show a minimum of 12 months operation revenue, and either CEO of founders of the African startups must be available for a three-week period from August 15th throughout August 31st.