Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur (2015) and Sierra Leone Alumni Hub lead, Edmond Nonie’s firm, Track your Build has been selected as 1 of 15 businesses by the German Government through the Make-IT program in Lagos and Nairobi.
The Make-IT Alliance is an initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), companies, social entrepreneurs and associations to support the development of tech start-ups in emerging and developing countries and contribute to inclusive and sustainable economic growth. The German International Cooperation (GIZ) is commissioned to implement the piloting programme “Make-IT in Africa” over a two-year period in Kenya and Nigeria. The goal is to promote growth and employment in the digital economy as an input to the national ICT strategies.
The Make-IT Accelerator includes three structured phases for selected entrepreneurs:
1. Inspire – Achieve the Capacity for Growth (Jan – Mar 2018): cohort-based training and capacity development for growth, including individualised needs assessments and scaling plans and regular meetings with experienced acceleration managers to help you develop and grow your business.
2. Connect – From Cooperation Readiness to Cooperation (Apr – Jun 2018): B2B cooperation readiness training, individual support, preferred access to B2B matchmaking events with major international corporates and access to the Make-IT mentor pool as needed.
3. Develop – From Investment Readiness to Investment (Jun – Aug 2018): support from finance and investment experts, who will help you achieve investment readiness, prepare you with the skills to negotiate investment deals and provide pitch training for a final Demo Day in Lagos or Nairobi.
The significance of the selection for Track Your Build is that the support will enable the company to expand its operations from Sierra Leone to Nigeria.
In Nigeria Track Your Build will continue its focus of using drones and satellites for mapping of construction, environmental assessments, roads, bridges, mobile phone towers and other infrastructure.