The Qualcomm Africa Innovation Platform

Qualcomm Incorporated has announced the shortlisted startups for Qualcomm Make in Africa 2024, marking a pivotal moment for Africa's emerging technology ecosystem. The initiative, now in its second year, aims to nurture promising startups by providing mentorship, education, and training programs focused on advanced connectivity and processing technologies.

Global Interest in African Tech

With approximately 250 applications from 30 countries, the response to Qualcomm Make in Africa 2024 underscores the global interest in Africa's tech landscape. These startups, spanning diverse sectors and countries, have showcased exceptional potential in leveraging advanced technologies to drive innovation.

Driving Innovation: The Selected Startups

The selected startups represent a diverse range of industries and innovations. From AI-based healthcare tools to smart farming IoT devices, these startups are poised to revolutionize various sectors across Africa. With free mentorship, business coaching, and access to engineering consultation, these startups will receive invaluable support to fuel their growth.

Introducing the 2024 Cohort:

- Aurora Health (Kenya): AI-based cardiovascular healthcare tools

- CropScan (Kenya): Solar-powered smart farming IoT devices

- Cure Bionics (Tunisia): Smart 3D printed prosthetic arms

- DevisionX (Egypt): AI-based low-code computer vision tools

- Kalio (Cameroon): AI tools for Agricultural IoT

- Kitovu (Nigeria): Tools and software for smart agricultural warehouse management

- NextAI Studios (Kenya): AI-based emotion detection in children’s mental healthcare toys

- RIM Nextgen (Kenya): Smart tools for monitoring propane consumption

- Sparcx (South Africa): AI for enhancing radar signal processing

- Vizmerald (Tunisia): AI-based textile industry inspection

The Wireless Reach Social Impact Fund

Ecorich Solutions Limited, a female-founded organization based in Nairobi, Kenya, has been awarded funding from the 2023 Wireless Reach Social Impact Fund. This funding will support Ecorich in scaling its smart organic food composter, addressing environmental pollution and promoting sustainable agricultural practices.

The L2Pro Africa IP E-learning Platform

In collaboration with Adams and Adams, Qualcomm has launched the L2Pro Africa IP E-learning Platform to empower startups, SMEs, and researchers in Africa to protect their innovations. With step-by-step descriptions of filing procedures, this initiative aims to equip innovators with the knowledge to safeguard their intellectual property effectively.

Championing Innovation: Commitment to Africa's Tech Future

Alex Rogers, President of QTL & Global Affairs at Qualcomm Incorporated, expressed enthusiasm for the Africa Innovation Platform, highlighting the immense talent and potential within Africa's tech ecosystem. John Omo, Secretary General of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU), affirmed the ATU's commitment to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship across the continent.

Driving Collaboration: Towards a Brighter Future

As Africa's tech landscape continues to evolve, partnerships and initiatives like Qualcomm Make in Africa play a crucial role in driving innovation and creating a positive impact. With collective efforts, Africa's tech innovators are poised to shape the future of technology and drive socio-economic growth across the continent.