Dakar gears up for Innovation Week forward of AfricArena Dakar Summit and ASIP Demo Day

Dakar, one in every of Africa’s main startup ecosystems attracts buyers 

All roads result in Dakar, Senegal for a collection of occasions taking place in the course of the Enrich in Africa week which begins on the twenty second of Could with a Studying Expedition held by incubator  Bond’innov .  Key highlights for the week embrace the AfricArena Dakar Summit, VC UnConference, and the highly-anticipated ASIP Accelerator Demo Day powered by Startupbootcamp AfriTech and based by telecoms large Telecel Group .

Within the days previous the summit, Bond’innov has organized a one-week Studying Expedition to Dakar which can happen from the twenty second to the twenty sixth of Could. This particular expedition will assist 15 to twenty international entrepreneurs and SMEs to find the Senegalese market, create lasting partnerships and launch their financial actions within the area. The Studying Expedition gives a novel alternative to fulfill native facilitators and potential enterprise companions. This system additionally offers individuals with beneficial market intelligence in key areas of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, together with the native enterprise setting and finest practices to sort out the native market. 

Senegal’s positioning because the window into Francophone Africa has been solidified by the nation’s continued success within the know-how startup and innovation house. Dakar has a quickly rising startup ecosystem that’s proving engaging to buyers. In line with the StartupBlink International Startup Ecosystem Index 2022, 93% of Senegal’s startups are primarily based in Dakar’s vibrant startup ecosystem which ranks 4th in Africa. 

In 2019, the nation grew to become the second African nation to move a Startup Act and subsequently, President Macky Sall established The Common Delegation for the Fast Entrepreneurship of Ladies and Youth (DER/FJ), which has partnered with AfricArena, Startupbootcamp AfriTech, and Enrich in Africa in numerous capacities. 

Partnerships in West Africa essential to constructing Africa’s tech ecosystem 

Partnerships reminiscent of these have led to a rise in occasions that convey collectively a few of the brightest minds and innovators in Africa’s tech and startup ecosystem, making a platform for collaboration, studying, and development.

“We’re thrilled to be internet hosting this in Senegal, which is quick changing into a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa,” stated Henry Ojuor, Program Director at Startupbootcamp Afritech. “By these occasions, we hope to create a platform for collaboration and development, in addition to showcase the unbelievable expertise and potential that exists throughout the African tech and startup ecosystem.” 

The ASIP Demo Day, which takes place in the course of the AfricArena Dakar Summit, will showcase probably the most promising startups from the ASIP Accelerator Program, offering a platform for them to pitch their revolutionary concepts and merchandise to buyers and potential companions. The ASIP Demo Day takes place on Africa Day which is twenty fifth Could. This shall be a novel alternative for buyers to find and join with a few of the most disruptive startups within the African tech business. Startupbootcamp AfriTech will even be having a gathering of all of its alumni straight after Demo Day. 

The AfricArena Dakar Summit is a premier tech convention that can convey collectively entrepreneurs, buyers, and company executives from around the globe to discover the most recent traits and improvements within the African tech ecosystem. The occasion, which has an overarching deal with Fintech, Mobility & Logistics shall be taking place on the Museum of Black Civilizations and can function keynote audio system, panels, and pitch classes, in addition to networking alternatives for attendees. 

After the Summit, AfricArena, in partnership with Startupbootcamp AfriTech, shall be operating an Open Innovation & Company VC Unconference to happen from Friday twenty sixth Could to Sunday twenty eighth Could on the Rhino Resort Resort and Spa in Saly, Senegal. 

The aim of this VC Unconference shall be to allow key gamers within the company neighborhood staked in or planning to faucet into tech innovation in Africa to take part in an alternate of finest practices and information round the best way to efficiently function on the continent to develop new services and products in partnership with startups. 

“Along with Startupbootcamp Afritech and ENRICH in Africa, we’re proud to host the AfricArena Dakar Summit in such a historic metropolis that may be a hub of commerce, funding, and innovation and which positively impacts Africa’s tech and startup ecosystem,” says AfricArena CEO and founder Christophe Viarnaud. 

Company partnerships and bilateral agreements enhance Africa’s quickly rising tech ecosystem 

The involvement of corporates within the collection of occasions is a sign of how necessary it’s to collaborate and study from each aspects of the ecosystem. Founding companion of the ASIP Accelerator, The Telecel Group, who lately accomplished the acquisition of the Vodafone Group’s Ghana Division shall be main the fray of key gamers within the ecosystem. 

“We’re extremely happy with all revolutionary startups in our accelerator program, and we consider that their success is essential to the long-term growth and prosperity of the African continent,” famous Government Deputy at Telecel and ASIP Mission Director Eleanor Azar. “That’s why we’re at all times by their facet to supply them with the steerage, mentorship, and assist they want. Such occasions are a part of our identification at Telecel, and we stay dedicated to supporting these startups each step of the way in which.” 

The ASIP Program can be supported by the Dutch Entrepreneurial Improvement Financial institution (FMO), DER/FJ, AWS, Google, and ENRICH in Africa. ENRICH in Africa has acquired funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 analysis and innovation program beneath grant settlement No. 101004709. 

The ENRICH in Africa Studying Expedition in Dakar will supply a tailor-made instructional program for delegates in search of to deepen their information of the African tech business. This system will embrace website visits, workshops, and networking classes, offering attendees with a complete understanding of the African tech ecosystem. 

Registration for all occasions is now open, and individuals can discover extra data and register for the occasion by the Bond’innov, AfricArena, and Startupbootcamp AfriTech web sites. 

E book your seat on the AfricArena Dakar Summit right here. 

E book your seat for the Open Innovation Unconference right here. 

For media inquiries or extra data, please contact: 

Startupbootcamp Afritech – jocelyn.nyaguse@startupbootcamp.org 

AfricArena – jngwenya@methys.com 

Bond’innov – ikhoukhi@bondinnov.com 

About Africa Startup Initiative 

ASIP is a program based by Moh Damush, Telecel Group CEO as a CSR exercise. ASI Program contributes in a significant strategy to the African Continent to assist younger startups whose revolutionary concepts are making a distinction of their communities, exposing them to worldwide organizations, and bridging the information and experience to permit them to draw companions that may add worth to their startups. For extra data on the ASIP, go to www.asiprogram.com 

About AfricArena 

AfricArena was launched as a platform in 2017 to assist the creation of market entry and funding alternatives for its ever-increasing neighborhood of founders, angel buyers, corporates, and VC buyers. Designed with a digital strategy in thoughts, AfricArena consists of a collection of funding deal move occasions and interventions and an open-source platform for all stakeholders, all primarily based on ideas of open innovation and entrepreneurship. The AfricArena model has quickly gained huge credibility within the tech startup ecosystem with alumni startups elevating over $500 million up to now six years. The AfricArena Summit occasions are damaged into three segments as follows: Investor Unconference, Founder’s BootCamp, and the primary Summit Occasion. For extra details about AfricArena, go to www.africarena.com 

About Startupbootcamp AfriTech 

Startupbootcamp AfriTech was launched in 2017 as the primary multi-corporate-backed pan-African startup accelerator. We run world-class accelerator applications, working with a few of the most disruptive startups on the continent. We offer entry to our international community of company companions, buyers, and mentors. For extra data go to: http://bit.ly/sbcafritech 

About ENRICH in Africa 

ENRICH in Africa is a three-year undertaking funded beneath the European Union’s Horizon 2020 analysis and innovation program designed to convey collectively core stakeholders from Africa and Europe with the intention to assist and strengthen the European and African innovation ecosystem. Its principal targets are to supply capability upgrading and assist to incubators and accelerators throughout each areas and facilitate the development of concepts and profitable outcomes by constructing a powerful neighborhood with a basis within the supply of high quality companies. After the undertaking ends, actions and companies shall be continued by the ENRICH in Africa Centre, which has lately been launched. 

About Bond’innov : 

For over a decade, Bond’innov has been supporting innovation with excessive financial and social influence in Europe and Africa, utilizing confirmed instruments and methodologies. By its 3 workplaces in France (Bond’innov Europe), Senegal (Bond’innov Afrique), and Morocco (Bond’innov Méditerranée), and its community of nation consultants, Bond’innov deploys its experience to strengthen numerous startups and innovation ecosystems. Bond’innov additionally performs a key position in startup funding by tailored monetary leverages and investment-readiness coaching applications.

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