2iE Incubator Empowers Entrepreneurs Across Diverse Sectors

By : Melchior Koba

Date : mardi, 05 décembre 2023 03:24

Thanks to the support and guidance provided by 2iE Incubator, numerous projects have been launched and contributed to the economic development of Burkina Faso. Far from resting on its laurels, the incubator continues to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa.

2iE Incubator is a technological and social incubator that plays a pivotal role in empowering and supporting innovative entrepreneurs across diverse sectors, including agro-industry, eco-construction, water, sanitation, and renewable energies. Established in 2012 by the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE) in Burkina Faso, 2iE Incubator is dedicated to fostering the development of locally-driven solutions with a profound social and environmental impact.

The incubator provides project leaders and innovative companies with tailored support, access to cutting-edge technical and scientific infrastructure, financial backing, and a comprehensive network of mentors, experts, and investors. It additionally organizes a range of training courses, workshops, competitions, and networking events to foster collaboration and knowledge-sharing among its constituents.

Located within the scientific complex of the Ouagadougou campus, it boasts 257 square meters of dedicated space, encompassing two coworking rooms, two meeting rooms, three individual offices, a testing and prototyping platform, a reprography room, a kitchen, a coffee/relaxation and idea exchange area, and ample archiving and storage facilities. These coworking spaces are accessible to entrepreneurs and professionals, whether or not they are formally part of the 2iE Incubator program.

2iE Incubator also serves as an accelerator and incubator for established companies seeking rapid expansion or planning to establish their operations at 2iE sites. The incubator aims to facilitate their transition to scale by providing preferential access to financing sources tailored to their specific growth requirements.

Since its inception, 2iE Incubator has nurtured a multitude of successful projects. One notable example is the agri-food social enterprise InnoFaso, which is a member of the incubator. InnoFaso is committed to combating malnutrition by developing preventive and curative solutions, primarily utilizing locally sourced raw materials.

The incubator is supported in its mission by SOGEA SATOM, the Organisation internationale de la francophonie, the Fondation l'Occitane, the Maison de l'entreprise du Burkina Faso and Total, among others.

Melchior Koba


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