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  Open Startup International is organizing the Bridging Research and Innovation (BRAIN) program for Deep Tech startups in Africa, in collaboration with the MIT Legatum Center, MIT Executive MBAs and MIT Africa. This initiative is aimed at identifying, celebrating, and supporting scientist-entrepreneurs who are leveraging deep tech to build solutions to some of Africa’s biggest concerns.
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As part of the program, startups from across the continent will undergo a regional 1-week boot camp in Cairo, Egypt. They will receive tailored mentorship and support, even as they compete to be one of the finalists who will be visiting various tech ecosystems.
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This program offers the following benefits to its participants:
  • Learn from educational content prepared by experts from MIT, one of the world’s leading universities
  • Be mentored by and network with experts from various ecosystems
  • Go on immersive visits to the US, France, and Africa, for 8 preselected startups
  • Get matched with talent
  • Access investor matching opportunities
  • Get cash prizes of up to $50,000

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The BRAIN 3.0 program is open to teams that meet these criteria:
  • Startup is incorporated in Africa
  • Have a strong deep tech solution that’s derived from solid scientific research
  • The startup is in or near the MVP stage
  • Has a track towards Intellectual Property (IP)
  • Getting early deals or gaining traction
  • Aims to scale internationally
Applications will remain open until January 26, 2024. If you would like to apply for this opportunity, you can do so HERE.
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This article was first published on 3rd January 2024 and updated on January 10th, 2024 at 9:23 am


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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