Kmer Tech, A Network of Technological Entrepreneurship Support Structures

By : Melchior Koba

Date : jeudi, 07 décembre 2023 10:53

Incubators, accelerators, and fablabs are now vital players in driving technological development. In Cameroon, Kmer Tech actively supports these structures, empowering entrepreneurs and accelerating innovation.

Established in 2020, Kmer Tech is a Cameroonian network of support structures dedicated to accelerating technological and innovative entrepreneurship. Its mission is to prepare the ecosystem for a thriving digital economy, empowering incubators and startups through comprehensive support programs.

Kmer Tech champions the interests of incubators, providing them with resources and visibility through branding, lobbying, and access to valuable partnerships. It also promotes, develops, and enhances the competitiveness of startups within the network.

Responding to the challenges of the digital age, Kmer Tech launched the KMER TECH TIE project (Tech-Innovation-Entrepreneurship) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This national program aims to equip companies and organizations with the skills and technologies needed to address outstanding socio-economic problems in Cameroon. KMER TECH TIE usually culminates in the KmerTech TIE Champion competition–launched in December 2021, which recognizes and rewards innovative startups across various sectors. In 2022, the competition awarded six startups in the healthcare, education, and commerce sectors.  

Furthermore, the network's KMER TECH ESO SUPPORT program empowers its member hubs with grants ranging from XAF100,000 to 250,000 (approximately $160 to 400), depending on their specific activities. 

With over 134 members and supporting more than 22 startups, Kmer Tech plays a vital role in driving youth employment and accelerating technological entrepreneurship in Cameroon. The network receives valuable support from ST Digital, the European Union, and the French Embassy in Cameroon.

Melchior Koba


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