AWIEF and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), Morocco partnered to launch LeadTech Incubation Program.

Program Description

LeadTech is an intensive 6-month incubation program dedicated to early stage women-owned or women-led tech start-ups. Based on a competition model, the program aims to nurture and provide a supportive environment for women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses while acquiring solid technical and leadership skills.

The goal of the program is to strengthen African women presence in the technology sector by supporting, promising and innovative tech startups.

Sharing the belief that entrepreneurship and women’s leadership are key drivers in transforming Africa, the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) through its entity P-Curiosity Lab, in partnership with AWIEF, will support 15 African young female entrepreneurs as part of the 2020 LeadTech cohort.

Selected from different African countries, the participants will have the opportunity to learn from an academic environment surrounded by a mature corporate ecosystem composed of industry leaders for their guidance.

What LeadTech offers participants

  • Tailored training and capacity building
  • 3 weeks residency at UM6P in Morocco
  • Space and infrastructure (Living Labs, Digital Lab, Data Center, Prototyping Labs)
  • World-class mentors and experts to work with you
  • 5 months virtual incubation
  • Venture showcase at AWIEF 2020 (2 – 3 December, Johannesburg)
  • Funding opportunities

Eligibility criteria

This program is open to early stage female digital startup leaders who are 18 years of age or older and residing in any African country. You have an innovative, scalable offer that integrates digital technologies into the process. You are passionate, committed, and have the capacity to engage fully in the program.

To apply for LeadTech, please follow this link: https://leafunder.um6p.ma/leadtech

Application closes on 20th May 2020.

 

PARTNERS

 

Inaugurated by His Majesty King Mohammed VI on January 12, 2017, the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University UM6P is an institution oriented towards applied research and innovation. The university aims to tackle challenges in research, innovation and education in Africa, and particularly in Morocco focusing on industrialization, food security and sustainable development.

The university ambitions to position itself among world-renowned universities in its fields. Committed to economic and human development, the university puts research, innovation and entrepreneurship at the service of the development of the African continent.  In this context, UM6P includes innovation-oriented structures such as the P-Curiosity Lab which is an innovation laboratory whose vision is to advance the development of inclusive, sustainable and innovative services for rural communities in Africa. To do this, their mission is to support ideas holders by following a Lean Start-up approach in order to offer tailor-made services.

Located in the city of Benguerir, close to Marrakech, and housed at the heart of Mohammed VI Green City, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University aspires to leave its mark nationally, continentally, and globally.