The Venture Bus

A Pan African Innovation Challenge: The Venture Bus

The Ampion Venture Bus is our flagship program launched in 2015, which attracted over 10 000 applications from over 50 countries during its launch. 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.

An innovation challenge

The goal of the program is to bring together highly talented African and international entrepreneurs to develop innovative tech solutions in the E-Health, Ag-Tech, FinTech and Renewable Energy sector in order to achieve positive social and economic impact in local African communities. For the flagship program in Africa - a total of four Ampion Venture buses travelled across 16 African countries with 500 aspiring entrepreneurs from 37 countries, powered by a refined program of design thinking methods to support the start-up development process with HPI & Stanford trained facilitators.

Fabian Guhl Ampion's founder

4 Buses & 16 Nations

Each Venture Bus tour concludes with a Grand Finale at one of Africa's biggest tech conferences - Demo Africa in Lagos, AfricaCom in Cape Town and the Transform Africa Summit in Kigali, where the Bus participants pitch their start-up idea on stage to a high-level jury and a winner is crowned. The best start-ups from each Bus had the chance to apply for the 6-month Ampion Fellowship Program, which includes mentorship and subsidized office space. As Ampion strongly believes in supporting the entrepreneurial spirit of young women, we aim to have a minimum of 50% of female Ampioneers on each Bus.

A positive impact

Through the Venture Bus journeys, Ampion connects the participants with the biggest tech Hubs and helps the entrepreneurs build lasting business ties with investors, co-founders and the local startup scene in each country. The program brought some of Africa’s most innovative companies to life, over 30 tech-centered start-ups emerged from the Ampion Venture Buses. The Ampion alumni community still remains very active and connected today through a variety of digital platforms to ensure continuous peer support.

Startup Bus Entrepreneurs

Some of our alumni

Ampion Alumni startups include some of the most prominent ventures of the African Continent. A selection of our winners:

Yapili

Yapili is an app and online platform that connects users to local and international health professionals for health advice.

Coliba

Coliba is an African start-up that uses technology to recycle plastic waste through a Web, Mobile and SMS application.

Ask without shame

Ask Without Shame provides emergency sex education via mobile to users via an android app, WhatsApp, a toll-free line and SMS. They have a network of medical experts and coaches that are available to assist users with the right information regarding sex.

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