About the Initiative

The President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, announced the African App Launchpad initiative within the closing ceremony of the World Youth Forum (WYF) 2018 on Nov 6, 2018 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

The African App Launchpad (AAL) initiative is an Africa-wide platform aiming to build capacity of Youth from Egypt and other African States and foster establishment of sustainable startups in the area of the advanced ever-changing app and game technologies.

AAL targets to build capacity of 10,000 young calibers and support the establishment of 100 startups in gaming and app development across all Africa. AAL works by availing a high-quality, technology-learning online platform through crowd-sourcing top online content developed by prestigious universities and leading companies, and delivered through three leading MOOCs; Coursera, edX, and Udacity.

President Abdel Fatah Elsisi Launched the presidential Initiative African App Launchpad, AAL in World Youth Forum - Sharm El Sheikh in Nov 2018.


    • Building capacity and certifying young African calibers on the recent advances in app and game technologies.
    • Supporting creation of job and business opportunities for the African youth through wage employment, freelancing, and startup establishment.
    • Increasing the competitiveness of African ICT companies by availing an abundant talent pool.
    • Forming Africa-wide learning networks in leading technologies to act as platform for fostering technology innovation and entrepreneurship.

African App Launchpad initiative Supports young African entrepreneurs in Gaming and App Development.


    • Free top-quality learning track in one of the advanced app and game technologies.
    • Prestigious international certificate after successfully completing the learning track.
    • Potential chance to attend a local learning group to experience cross learning and discuss business impact of the underlying technologies.
    • Opportunity to join startup competitions where each winning startup is awarded USD 2K in additional to possible seed fund or incubation service.
    • Being informed of Africa-wide employment opportunities.

AAL supports African Youth to gain international certificate in Gaming and app development.


    • Citizens of each officially participating African state can apply through the initiative website.
    • Applicants are accepted as learners subject to fulfilling the following criteria:
      1. A higher-education college graduate of year 2006 at most or will graduate within 2 years (by 2021). Can access all tracks.
      2. Non-ICT applicants and junior university students are eligible for some introductory tracks. If non-ICT applicants are interested in other ICT tracks, a good knowledge of essential ICT technologies is recommended through the following:
        • Min. 2-years work track in ICT.
        • Min. 6-month international training record in software technologies.

African App launchpad initiative is open for about 20 countries in Africa.

Governance and Management

  • The AAL is an international initiative led by the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology under the overarching Presidential Initiative, the Next Technology Leaders, mandated to the Ministry. The AAL is executed by a work group headed by the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) of Egypt. The AAL Work Group has one focal point from each participating African state.

    The responsibilities of a focal point of a participating African state concerning its citizens are as follows:

    • Promote initiative within its African state.
    • Answering initiative queries of its own citizens.
    • Screening the applicants of that state to select learners.
    • Monitoring performance of the enrolled learners and motivate them for completion.

AAL is a Governmental initiative led by the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

Work Plan

  • The workplan of the AAL initiative is outlined in the graph below, where periodic learning cohorts will take place every 6 months for 10,000 learners as well as BootUP camps and startup competitions that will be held periodically to select the 100 startups to establish


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Our Partners

Egyptian MOFA logo. The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a partner to the African App Launchpad, AAL.
GIFEC White logo. Ghana Investment Fund for Electronics Communications is one of AAL ’s partners.
ENASTIC White logo. National School of Information and Communications Technologies of Chad is a partner to the African App Launchpad, AAL.
NIED White logo. National Institute for Educational Development of Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture of Namibia takes part in the African App Launchpad, AAL initiative.
MPTDN White logo. Madagascar ’s Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Digital Development is a partner to the African App Launchpad, AAL.

MERI White logo. Togo ’s Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation takes part in the African App Launchpad, AAL initiative.
RISA White logo. Rwanda Information Society Authority is one of AAL ’s partners.
NITDA White logo. Niger National Information Technology Development Agency takes part in the African App Launchpad, AAL initiative.
IMDID White logo. IMDID is an outreach partner to the African App Launchpad.
NYCOM White logo. The National Youth Council of Malawi is a partner to the African App Launchpad, AAL.
Logos of other African partners will be added soon once each partner is determined

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