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The first Trans-continental Networking Academy for African and European Digital Innovation Hubs

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Connecting African and EU innovation actors

Digital innovation hubs (DIHs) represent a central factor in developing digital business opportunities between African and European entrepreneurs. The EU-funded AfriConEU project will expand and reinforce the digital innovation ecosystems in Africa, connecting DIHs from Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana and Tanzania with European DIHs. The project will deliver capacity building activities, ease knowledge and experience sharing, support the development of mutually beneficial partnerships, and encourage the establishment of collective projects, transforming local hubs into catalysts for digital transformation and entrepreneurship. AfriConEU will develop and demonstrate the AfriConEU Networking Academy as an innovative mechanism of connecting and sharing between Africa and Europe, contributing towards a vibrant digital economy and new job opportunities for the benefit of both continents.


The AfriConEu project envisions to essentially strengthen and reinforce the digital innovation ecosystems in Africa by targeting existing Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) and supporting them through capacity building and networking activities. African DIHs are playing a central role in the development of digital entrepreneurship and by raising their capacities to tackle the challenges they face they will be more effective in driving digital innovation forward. To achieve its mission, the AfriConEu project will connect DIHs from Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania with DIHs from Europe with the aim to (i) facilitate knowledge and experience sharing, (ii) drive the development of mutually beneficial partnerships and (iii) support the creation of collective projects for boosting digital economy, empowering youth and fostering innovation and growth. To realize its mission the project will develop, test and validate the “AfriConEu Networking Academy” an innovative mechanism for connecting and sharing best practices, experiences and resources between DIHs in Africa and between DIHs in Africa and EU, in a comprehensive, replicable and self-sustaining way. Through two flagships programmes, the AfriConEu Networking Academy will empower and enable African DIHs to best serve their local industry, boost their start-up ecosystem and empower the youth population with the necessary skills to thrive in a digitalized world.

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Net EU contribution
€ 330 268,75
Rua dr afonso cordeiro 567
4450-309 Matosinhos

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Continente Norte Área Metropolitana do Porto
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 141 543,75

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