Orange Fab: a network of corporate accelerators helping African startups go international

By : Melchior Koba

Date : jeudi, 08 juin 2023 11:57

In the booming African tech ecosystem, Orange Fab is emerging as a key player in promoting and supporting startups operating on the continent. It is committed to stimulating the African entrepreneurial ecosystem by providing technology start-ups with invaluable support.

Orange Fab is a network of corporate accelerators set up by the French telecom group Orange in 2012. Thanks to its extensive network of partners and strong relationships with local and international players in the technology industry, Orange Fab offers African start-ups a unique platform to develop their innovative ideas and propel their businesses to new heights.

Currently, there are 21 Orange Fabs across 4 continents, several of which are located in Africa: Senegal, Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon, and Madagascar. They identify and support start-ups that focus on strategic technological fields such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), cybersecurity, fintech, and many others.

They offer selected startups access to co-working spaces and a comprehensive ecosystem of seasoned experts, mentors, and advisors, who help selectees hone their ideas, develop their products, and successfully market them. Students in the Orange Fab accelerator program also have privileged access to major national and international events sponsored by Orange (VivaTech).

One of the most valuable advantages offered by Orange Fab is the opportunity to work closely with Orange, one of Africa's leading telecom operators. This collaboration enables start-ups to benefit from the company's expertise and infrastructure, as well as the credibility and reach of its network, to accelerate their development.

In addition, Orange Fab facilitates African start-ups' access to strategic sources of funding by putting them in touch with potential investors. Through pitches, demonstrations, and meetings with investors, start-ups present their innovative projects and attract the interest of investors looking for new opportunities in Africa.

Melchior Koba


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