The Venture Bus is our flagship program and attracted over 10 000 applications from over 50 countries. Its goal is to empower highly talented entrepreneurs to develop innovative tech solutions and make a positive economic impact in their African communities together with other entrepreneurs from all over the world. The Venture Bus travelled across 16 countries with a total of 500 aspiring entrepreneurs from 37 countries powered by a unique Public-Private Partnership Model.
Each Venture Bus Tour has a specific focus track: East (E-Health); West (Fin-Tech); Southern (Agriculture) and Tunisia (Renewable Energy). The 7-day road trips across the continent are used to turn business ideas into real projects using Design Thinking. We connect our participants with the biggest tech HUBs and help to build lasting business ties with investors, co-founders and the local startup scene. The community remains very active years after and stays closely in touch through a variety of digital platforms for peer support.
Each Venture Bus tour culminates in a Grand Final at one of Africa's biggest tech conferences such as Demo Africa in Lagos, AfricaCom in Cape Town and the The Transform Africa Summit in Kigali, where the participants pitch on stage to a high-level jury to crown the winner. The best startups have the chance to apply for the 6-month Ampion Fellowship Program including mentorship and subsidized office space. Because we believe in the entrepreneurial spirit of young women, we aim to have a minimum of 50% of female Ampioneers on each bus.
Alumni startups include some of the most prominent ventures of the African Continent. A selection of our winners:Yapili is an app and online platform that connects users to local and international health professionals for health advice.Coliba Is an African startup that puts technology at the service of recycling and the revaluation of the plastic waste through a Web, Mobile and SMS applicationAsk Without Shame provides emergency sex education via mobile to you via android app, WhatsApp, a toll free line and SMS. Our medical experts and coaches are available to assist you with the right information regarding sexuality.