Incub'Ivoir: A Catalyst for Agricultural Entrepreneurship in Côte d'Ivoire

By : Melchior Koba

Date : lundi, 27 novembre 2023 17:19

In Côte d'Ivoire, this incubator dedicated to streamlining the agricultural value chain provides comprehensive support to agricultural entrepreneurs from the conception phase to the successful implementation of their projects.

Established in 2016 by three entrepreneurs from the Ivorian diaspora and members of the Club d'Affaires Afrique-Monde (CAAM), Incub'Ivoir is a specialized incubator fostering innovative projects in the agricultural sector. It is headed by Hermann Christian Kouassi (photo, right), one of its co-founders.

The incubator was created to inspire, train, structure, and support potential entrepreneurs to become catalysts for change in their communities. It offers a comprehensive six-month incubation program, equipping beneficiaries with the resources necessary to bring their projects to fruition. To date, a total of 82 projects have successfully undergone incubation.

Additionally, Incub'Ivoir provides a three-month acceleration program, granting startups access to mentoring, investors, and other crucial support to help them achieve stability and self-sufficiency. This Acceleration Program currently supports 38 companies.

When a company becomes a part of Incub'Ivoir's support system, it joins a vast network that includes other companies, major groups, institutions, investment funds, public players, and civil society.

Incub'Ivoir has spearheaded various initiatives, including Environnement Startup, a project call caravan endorsed by the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). This initiative provided support to ten project leaders in 2017-2018.

Another initiative, Speed Farmer –an acceleration program for agribusiness and foodtech entrepreneurs supported by the Netherlands– empowered ten entrepreneurs to enhance their skills in business management and product development in 2019.

With its diligent efforts, Incub'Ivoir has made a positive impact on the Ivorian entrepreneurial ecosystem, supporting over 120 structures and collaborating with 34 partners.

Melchior Koba


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