American technology company Qualcomm has unveiled the Africa Innovation Platform, a suite of mentorship, education, and training programs designed to support the growth of Africa's emerging technology sector.
In a statement, Qualcomm said the platform will provide resources and support to local universities, small-to-medium-sized startups, and grant recipients, giving them access to Qualcomm Technologies Inc.'s engineers and its advanced mobile platforms and technologies, including 4G, 5G, IoT, AI, and machine learning.
The Africa Innovation Platform will "stimulate innovation around product development, inspire learning, fuel research, and increase awareness around the value of intellectual property throughout the continent," said Enrico Salvatori, Senior Vice President & President of Europe/Middle East and Africa, Qualcomm Europe.
Qualcomm representatives will work with governments, trade associations, and other key stakeholders throughout Africa, 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, successful initiatives in India, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
Applications will soon begin and you can find details of the application process, eligibility criteria, and program benefits will be announced on Qualcomm’s website.