AIT-SASBI Start-ups expected in Basel

Swiss Residency Week 18th – 25th June 2023

This event is part of the AIT-SASBI program. Click here to find out more about Academia-Industry Training – Swiss and African Science and Business Innovators.

At the occasion of the Annual The AIT-SASBI Conference, held this year from 22nd – 23rd February 2023 in Johannesburg, South Africa, under the common theme of “Social and tech driven innovation for impact” 5 start-up companies from Rwanda, South Africa and Nigeria, preselected by their national agencies or regional hub universities, were chosen as winners by a high-profile jury of Swiss market experts for one of the Swiss Residency seats.

The Swiss Residency Week will start on Sun 18th of June with the arrival of participants, offer networking and business opportunities during five days in Basel and 3 days in Zurich and end with the departure on Sun 25th June. During these days, Swiss flagship institutions like EMPA will be visited, the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IGE.IPI) as well as FH Ost are on the visiting agenda as well as contacts to Impact Hubs, Innovation and Tech Transfer Offices.

Participating Startups

Igugu Clean Tech, Lola Green, One Trail, and Rwanda Green Lighting as well as Zaio who qualified already in 2022.

The Start-ups will be accompanied by the Coordinators of their respective institutions.

Igugu Clean Tech (South Africa) aims to produce biodiesel from nicotine-free tobacco plants for a cleaner, more environmentally friendly option than traditional diesel.
The founder is Ms Zinhle Ngidi.
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Cape Town based Lola Green converts waste products into sustainable construction materials.
The founder is Mr Matimba Mabonda.
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Rwanda Green Lighting harnesses airborne electrical energy to power street lights and areas still off the grid in Rwanda. The Chief Executive Officer is Ms Diane Mumararungu.
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Trail NG is a Nigeria-based ed-tech company that has created a platform enabling companies to identify skills gaps in their employees.
The owner is Mr Mubarak Lawal of the University of Ibadan.
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Zaio offers an Online Learning Management System (LMS) with various learning journeys in coding education. The founder is Mvelo Hlophe.
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Download the PDF program of the whole Swiss Residency Week.

Last modified: 6. October 2023