A high level Ethiopian public-private delegation just completed a successful week in the Silicon Valley. The delegation publicized Ethiopia’s initiatives for job creation through digital transformation.

It also highlighted opportunities in the Ethiopian tech market to U.S. tech companies, investors and accelerators including, among others, to Google, Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, Stanford University, Y Combinator and VMWare. The visit also provided the participants with the opportunity for immersive, onsite interaction leading to concrete commitments for partnership.

Google committed to launch a ‘Google Arts and Culture’ in Ethiopia through which Google will work with the government to digitize Ethiopia’s rich historical catalogue from ancient scripts to historical sites with huge potential to revolutionize tourism.

During the visit to Plug & Play, a renowned accelerator, a proposal was received to setup a state-of-the-art acceleration in Ethiopia to support a vibrant startup ecosystem leveraging Plug & Play’s milieu of global corporations for sustainable investments and partnerships.

At Cisco, the team discussed and agreed to expand Cisco Academy, explore ways to pilot Cisco EDGE program and Digital Classrooms, and initiate targeted digital inclusion programs for refugees and IDPs, in addition to investment opportunities in cyber security and network infrastructure.

The delegation also visited Digital Realty’s cutting edge data centers with the support of Red Fox (a data center solutions company with Ethiopian Roots) and agreed to further discussions on investments to implement top-of-the-line data centers in Ethiopia.

With Oracle, the team explored the potential for expanding existing relationship with the government of Ethiopia, and investment in e-business suite with the introduction of cloud capabilities in order to support planned transformation in citizens services and e-government.

500 startups, Y Combinator, 8VC, Y Combinator, companies in the co-working, incubation and acceleration space, have meanwhile shown strong commitment to support Ethiopian startups and share experience in replicating their model in Ethiopia.

The delegation also discussed with Stanford University’s Center for Sustainable Development and Global Competitiveness (SDGC) and Santa Clara University on creating a university-to-university partnerships for entrepreneurship development.

Photos From The Visit


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