Opportunity for African Deeptech startups: Apply for the BRAIN Program ($50k cash)

Attention African Deeptech startups! If you have developed an MVP, gained early traction, and have a vision for making an impact, we have an exciting opportunity for you. Apply now for the BRAIN program!

BRAIN (Bridging Research and Innovation) is a comprehensive program designed to foster Deep Tech Innovation in Africa. It enables scientist-entrepreneurs who are tackling fundamental challenges to access world-class opportunities.

In partnership with MIT Legatum Center, MIT Executive MBAs, and MIT Africa, Open Startup International conducts this program. We support 20 Pan-African Deep Tech startups to participate in a 1-week regional bootcamp in Cairo, Egypt. The bootcamp is co-developed with experts from MIT and the African innovation ecosystem, providing tailored mentorship and support. Additionally, the participating startups compete for the chance to be among the finalist teams who will have immersion visits in different ecosystems.

Here are some of the benefits of the program:

  1. Holistic educational curriculum developed by experts from MIT, one of the world’s leading universities.
  2. Tailored mentoring and networking opportunities with experts from various ecosystems.
  3. International exposure through immersive visits to the US, France, and Africa for the 8 pre-selected startups based on their needs.
  4. Matching with talented individuals who can contribute to your startup’s growth.
  5. Investor matching and soft landing opportunities.
  6. Cash prizes of up to $50K.

To be eligible for the program, please ensure that your startup meets the following criteria:

  1. Your startup is incorporated in the African continent.
  2. Your startup is based on a strong Deep Tech innovation rooted in scientific research.
  3. Your startup is currently in or near the MVP stage.
  4. Your startup demonstrates a path towards intellectual property (IP).
  5. Your startup shows early traction or early deals.
  6. Your startup has started securing initial grants or funds.
  7. Your startup has plans to scale GLOBALLY

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to take your African Deeptech startup to the next level. Apply now for the BRAIN program! For more information, visit BRAIN. Deadline: 26 January 2024

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