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AIT Cleantech Program

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As the world faces the global challenge of Climate Change, Cleantech solutions will be essential. As part of the Swiss Leading House Africa initiative, the AIT Cleantech program seeks to create connections between Swiss and African ecosystems to foster opportunities for Sciencepreneurs from both regions.

In 2022, the program issued its first call for Swiss startups and curated a trip to South Africa in March 2023. The trip provided valuable insights into market opportunities and connections with academic and industry partners. Read the full report below. 


The AIT Cleantech program will engage with African partners to both create opportunities for Swiss Start-ups and co-create programmes that create value through connection between Swiss and African innovation ecosystems.

If you are a member of the Cleantech innovation ecosystem in either Switzerland or Sub-Saharan Africa please get in contact with the program manager directly


The AIT Cleantech program is part of the broader Leading House Africa program. More information and links to AIT programs in other geographies can be found here.


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Douglas Haggstrom

Univ. Basel - Innovation Office

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Eric Thaler

Univ. Basel

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Jacquelene Friedenthal

Univ. Basel

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