GERMAN non-profit organisation, Siemens Stiftung, has launched its first E-Mobility Innovation Call seeking solutions for ‘Electric Mobility Made in Africa for Africa’. African entrepreneurs, start-ups, and social ventures may win pre-seed funding of up to 50,000 euros.
Specifically, Siemens is seeking applications from entrepreneurs headquartered in Africa that are developing innovative e-mobility solutions. These can range from manufacturing over business models to creating mobility services such as apps or delivery services.
Both companies that are already generating revenue and companies in the earliest development stages are encouraged to apply. A high representation of female employees on staff is relevant, according to Siemens.
The deadline for applications is April 30, 2021. Those shortlisted will be invited to a virtual interview in May or June.
A jury will decide the outcome in July 2021. Winners will receive prizes ranging from 10,000 to 50,000 euros.
Furthermore, Siemens Stiftung says it would support the selected applicants in promoting their companies to a wider audience, ‘reflecting the foundation’s commitment to inclusive, digital, and socio-economic growth of African entrepreneurs and social businesses in electric mobility and the circular economy.’
Siemens is already working with organisations such as Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Shell Foundation, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), P4G – Partnering for Green Growth and Global Goals 2030 as well as local, regional, and national authorities in Kenya, Ghana, and Uganda.