ENRICH in Africa (EiA) is an H2020 project funded by the European Commission. EiA is a sister project to the current 4 ENRICH projects in China, LAC, India and the U.S.A. EiA will be building on the work and the numerous established tech hub linkages of the Africa Europe Innovation Partnership (AEIP). The project is led by Steinbeis 2i (Germany) with the support of 11 other partners from Europe and Africa. Together with the consortium partners, 20 EiA Champion organisations support the provision of services and activities to be implemented during the project. The project aims to support and connect innovation and tech incubators and accelerators in Europe and Africa in order to build mutually beneficial partnerships and networks between actors in the research, innovation and entrepreneurship sectors. The overall goal is to build on the existing culture of EU-African innovation networking and knowledge exchange to promote co-creation opportunities and reduce barriers to internationalisation for innovative start-ups and SMEs from the two continents. The project will run from 2021 to 2023.
The EiA project will establish the EiA Centre, which will:
- Bring together a network of associated partners (EiA Champions and companies supported by EiA);
- Boost activities and services provided by the expanding innovation ecosystems in Europe and Africa;
- Help overcome the fragmentation of information and services; and
- Enhance the sustainability of the Africa-Europe Innovation Partnership.
The EiA Centre will remain active after the project’s completion.
The overarching result of the project will be the launch of an Enrich in Africa centre in an African country (recently identified to be Cape Town, South Africa) that will provide services to the EU-Africa innovation ecosystems. The EiA Centre is a digital hub whose primary aim is to support innovation and foster EU-Africa synergies. The EiA Centre provides state of the art services to the EiA Champions and entrepreneurs while fostering a community of local innovation actors from academia, government and civil society to connect, learn and engage.