Digital Innovation Bootcamp 2019
The GIZ Digital Innovation Bootcamp is an opportunity for early-stage innovators who are keen on developing a sustainable business model around their digital innovation ideas. Designed for both business-minds and techies alike, the Digital Innovation Bootcamp cultivates digital start-ups contributing to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals with the capacity and agility to disrupt traditional models and processes. It is a hands-on learning experience with expert workshops, tailored coaching, design thinking techniques as well as personal mentoring and feedback on your digital innovation and business plans.
Teams will get to examine the keys to success and principles of the agile development culture that will help accelerate their digital innovation and revenue generation to the next level. Participants will come out armed with a toolkit to scale up their existing activities.
The Bootcamp also helps you prepare yourself for the upcoming Digital Innovation Idea Competition 2019 which will be launched in June 2019 and through which you will be able to receive additional acceleration support.
Download the call for applications document here and apply below.
About the Digital Innovation Bootcamp 2019
The Bootcamp supports participants with digital innovations in 5 countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico OR Senegal.
The 2-day Bootcamp will be sponsored by The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and includes expert coaches, work materials, as well as catering. Two participants from each innovator (ideally technical expert & business expert) will be able to attend.
Location & Dates
The Application Period
Submissions will be accepted until 22 April 2019, 23:59 CEST. Late submissions will not be considered. Proposals that are shortlisted will be offered feedback and invited to submit additional information.
You are eligible to apply for the Bootcamp if your start-up or team:
a) has an digital innovation idea that aims to contribute to sustainable development;
b) has the intention and potential to become financially sustainable;
c) is locally driven or locally led from one of these 5 countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico, OR Senegal; and
d) is in the early stages of implementation (ideation, product design, business planning etc.)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Applicants are not required but recommended to show a proof of concept*. However you are encouraged to demonstrate the potential of your digital innovation ideas and business models in driving sustainable development.
*Proof of concept is evidence from your pilot project or experiment that demonstrates that your digital innovation or business model is feasible. Your proof of concept can be small and does not need to be complete.
The Bootcamp supports early stage start-ups who have a core team with diverse skills offerings and have a digital innovation idea (or prototype) that supports sustainable development in the local communities of the target countries. You do not need to be a registered NGO, company or start-up yet.
We strongly encourage applicants to apply with at least 2 members from the core team representing diverse skills – e.g. a business developer and a technical expert – to fully exploit the benefits of the Bootcamp and achieve significant acceleration in your digital innovation and team development.
We do not provide accommodation and travel expenses as part of the Bootcamp. The Bootcamp will take place in 5 countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico, and Senegal. Applicants are encouraged to participate in the Bootcamp in their home country.
Once you’ve submitted your application, the innovation factory jury team will review your submission. If your profile and digital innovation fits with the Bootcamp, we will be in touch with more information about the 2-day Bootcamp in your local country. All applicants will be notified of their application results, whether successful or not.
Congratulations! You will then be invited to join the Digital Innovation Bootcamp and partake in a hands-on learning experience with expert workshops, tailored coaching, design thinking techniques as well as personal mentoring and feedback on your digital innovation and business plans. Please note that successful participants will not receive financial support.
When you have completed the Bootcamp, you will become part of the Innovation Factory Digital Innovation Alumni which provides you with a certificate, as well as access to tools and network for further development of your digital innovation.
You will also be equipped and prepared for the Digital Innovation Idea Competition 2019 which is currently aimed to be launched in June 2019. The winners of the Digital Innovation Idea Compeititon will benefit from a six month Acceleration Programme during which they will be supported in refining their digital innovation and developping their business model further. Additionally they will join fellow Innovators at a Digital Innovation Academy event and get a chance to learn from other success stories while also being profiled at an International Awards Ceremony.