Digital Innovations for Business Resilience in the East African Community, a program under Digital Skills for an Innovative East African Industry (dSkills@EA) project, seeks to support young innovators from universities from the EAC member states. Through the program, young innovators will be supported to develop and implement digital innovations for business resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The dSkills@EA project is part of the technical development cooperation between the EAC and Germany.

Ten selected teams per country will be offered an opportunity to participate at the National Pitch-Event, where they will present their digital innovations to the industry, academia, investors, government representatives and the EAC entrepreneurship ecosystem stakeholders. Additionally, selected participants will benefit from the following:

  • Opportunity to finetune their innovative idea via online ideathon to acquire skills in customer insights, product development and business modelling
  • Access to connections from the East African Innovation Ecosystem
  • An opportunity to be selected for the boot camp to receive in-depth support through mentors and trainers to shape their innovations further.
  • Team winners will receive grants of a pool of USD 10,000

Interested applicants must fulfil the following to apply:

  • Be university students or recent graduates (not more than one year in the past)
  • Be from an East African University
  • Be between 18  and 35 years  of age
  • Have fluency in English
  • Possess an idea for digital innovation or are in early implementation stages.
  • Have a team of a minimum of two people.

To apply for this program, visit: Digital Innovations for Business Resilience in the EAC