mAkE aims at developing decentralised production systems between African and European makerspaces, allowing a joint ecosystem with and for European and African hubs.

Objectives of the mAkE include: 

  • create a distributed manufacturing network of makerspaces across Africa. Strengthening innovation ecosystems for digital hardware startups and initiatives at the local level, nationally and on a pan-African level. 
  • equip makerspaces with necessary resources to target critical development issues and create meaningful, impact oriented innovations, including their capacity to build impact oriented, climate relevant, technologies and solutions thereby supporting the digitalisation of traditional sectors in Africa. 
  • support the creation of new business models for African hardware start-ups and provide business training opportunities, thereby enhancing entrepreneurial and innovation skills of makers and hardware start-ups. 
  • foster the development of an enabling environment, thereby strengthening local digital innovation and hardware startup ecosystems by community building and creating new networks with funders, corporates and local governments. 
  • enable the formulation of a common policy approach for makerspaces and their role in the digital innovation and local production ecosystem 
  • foster the development of an enabling environment, thereby strengthening local digital innovation and hardware startup ecosystems. This enabling environment include new networks between local governments, international networks, academic institutions, early stage investors and corporates.