Up to £200k of funding available to make assistive tech accessible in Africa

Up to £200k of funding available to make assistive tech accessible in Africa

GDI Hub states that of the one billion people internationally live with disability, 90 percent of these individuals do not have access to cost effective assistive technology innovations that would enhance their quality of life.

This failure is not due to a lack of assistive innovation items, GDI Hub states, however that products are not getting to the people who need them. The Assistive Technology Impact Fund (ATIF) exists to alter the prospects of the innovators in this area by supporting the growth of the sector in Africa.

The International Special Needs Development (GDI) Hub is releasing the Assistive Technology Impact Fund Global Call (ATIF), which is set to considerably change the lives of disabled individuals in Africa through assistive innovation developments.

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The ATIF supports assistive innovation innovators in addition to those in other sectors, crucial to unlocking sustainable scale, like production and circulation.

ATIF has been launched out of the UK Aid-funded AT2030 programme, led by the GDI Hub. It is a collaboration between GDI Hub, Brink, Tamara Giltsoff and Catalyst Fund. The collaboration combines competence in assistive technology, innovation and venture building in Africa, respectively.

Effective applications will get: approximately ₤ 200k of grant funding; Tailored Venture Building assistance and training from world-leading professionals; brokering and matchmaking to partners, investors and specialists; and access to a growing international network of impairment leaders.

To find out more about the ATIF, GDI Hub is hosting a launch occasion on Wednesday 10th of February type 10:00 -11:30 am.

During the launch occasion, GDI Hub will be joined by world-leading assistive technology professionals:

Welcome from Cathy Holloway, Professor of Interaction Design & & Innovation at UCLs Interaction Centre and Academic Director of the Global Disability Innovation Hub
Special words from Chapal Khasnabis, World Health Organisation and Magdalena Banasiak, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office
Introduction to the fund and how it works
Words from ATIFs launch grantees hearX and Wazi Vision

Register for the launch event here

Check out the full ATIF investment timeline here

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