Qualcomm Incorporated launched the Africa Innovation Platform, a composition of mentorship, education, and training programs created to support the development of Africa’s emerging technology ecosystem. The platform is aimed at providing resources and support for local universities, small-to-medium-sized startups, and grant participants, exposing them to Qualcomm Technologies Inc.’s engineers and its state-of-the-art capabilities suite for mobile platforms and technologies, including 4G, 5G, IoT, AI, and machine learning.
Qualcomm representatives will engage and collaborate with governments, trade associations, and other key stakeholders throughout the continent, including the African Telecommunications Union (ATU), to launch the Africa Innovation Platform. The Africa Innovation Platform will also help African entrepreneurs and researchers service markets throughout the continent, and participate in many economic sectors including healthcare, education, agriculture, critical infrastructure, smart cities, and smart industries. This program builds upon Qualcomm’s ongoing experience in operating similar, initiatives in India, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
Applications will open in mid-December 2022, and Qualcomm Technologies will hold online webinars to offer information sessions about the program. Details of the application process, eligibility criteria, and program benefits will be announced on Qualcomm’s website.