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As a start-up incubator, Createam, through its incubation and pre-incubation programs, welcomes and supports entrepreneurs and companies in the fields of ICT, renewable energies, the environment, and agribusiness.

Founded in 2017, Createam is a Malian business incubator that supports and strengthens the performance of startups in various sectors, including information and communication technologies (ICT), renewable energies, the environment, and agribusiness.

Led by Managing Director Souleymane Drave, Createam offers accommodation, consulting, and networking services to help young companies navigate their early stages. It positions itself as a hub for identifying and accelerating promising Malian business talent.

Createam provides a range of programs and services tailored to different stages of a startup's journey. They include pre-incubation,  a four-month program that helps project leaders validate their ideas, gather customer feedback, and refine their business models to ensure market fit. There is also an Incubation program that incubates existing companies already generating sales but facing growth challenges for up to three years. During that program, participants receive personalized support, including guidance on accounting, tax management, fundraising, networking, and partnership development. Createam also offers a shared workspace for entrepreneurs to collaborate and network.

Createam has supported several Malian startups, including e-commerce platform Sani-fere.com, online bus ticket booking platform Nextbus, web agency Cat Digital, and Suruku, a website offering discount vouchers to consumers.

The incubator’s mission is backed by several partners, including Orange Mali, Allianz Mali Assurances, Agence française de développement (AFD), Total Mali, Institut des hautes études en management (IHEM), Entreprendre Mali, Mercy Corps, and Diop Fall Associés.

Melchior Koba

Posted On lundi, 05 février 2024 12:22 Written by

In partnership with local and international players, Factory 619 offers a dynamic ecosystem and tailor-made programs to support entrepreneurs in Tunisia. 

Factory 619, a global innovation and technology center based in Tunis, has been fostering entrepreneurship and technological advancement since its inception in 2017. The center’s mission is to establish and co-develop enterprises specializing in e-health, gaming, blockchain, and digital transformation.

Led by founders Mehdi Nakouri and Hédi Michau, it offers a broad spectrum of activities and programs, such as hackathons, challenges, networking events, and workshops. The center operates through four divisions: The Studio, The Foundry, The Forge, and The Garage.

The Studio, the center’s inaugural division, champions technological innovation by validating business concepts and transforming them into scalable tech start-ups. To date, The Studio has successfully launched seven startups, including 4Labs, a Software as a Service (SaaS) sales support solution for the pharmaceutical sector.

The Foundry division serves as a launchpad for entrepreneurs to establish startups and grow businesses. It aids CEOs by overseeing the product development process and bolstering commercial endeavors. Additionally, it provides strategic support to the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the company’s growth and market entry.

The Forge division provides entrepreneurs with bespoke services in technology, product creation, and innovation programs. The Garage division, on the other hand, cultivates a conducive entrepreneurial environment and fortifies start-ups through pre-incubation and pre-acceleration programs and events.

Factory 619 has forged several strategic partnerships to provide its entrepreneurs with optimal conditions for success. Partners include Tunisian radio station Express FM, the Mediterranean Development Initiative, Nextera, and the Athens Lifelong Learning Institute.

Melchior Koba

Posted On samedi, 03 février 2024 04:00 Written by

The Algerian entrepreneur initiated a platform designed to tackle the escalating issue of illegal parking. This platform aims to link drivers with vacant parking spots.

Algerian entrepreneur Oudda Abbes, a civil engineering graduate from the University of Science and Technology of Oran Mohamed Boudiaf (USTOMB), heads Garini, a mobile app for parking reservations.

Founded in 2017, Garini partners with property developers, private parking lots, and hotels to optimize their parking space usage. It aims to become a key player in the sharing economy through its parking solutions.

The startup has gained recognition in Algeria, winning first place at the 2020 Tunisian Hackathon and the logistics category at the 2021 Startup Challenge Algeria. In 2022, it was the Algerian winner of the Emerging Mediterranean Bootcamp and placed second at the GEC + Africa Regional Pitch Event. Additionally, it received the "Sustainable Cities" award from the Algerian Ministry of Knowledge Economy in 2023.

Abbes currently manages Oran's large parking lot and real estate company Oudda Isjane Immobilier. Before founding Garini, he worked as an inspection engineer at the National Technical Control of Construction Centre (CTC) from 2010 and later joined Ace Architecture as Senior Manager in 2016.

Melchior Koba

Posted On vendredi, 02 février 2024 10:41 Written by

Through its activities, events, and partnerships, Founders Factory Africa helps stimulate innovation and economic growth in Africa. It helps solve the social and economic problems facing many countries.

Founders Factory Africa, a startup accelerator and investor, is reshaping the startup landscape in Africa. Established in 2018 by Roo Rogers, Alina Truhina, and Sam Sturm, and headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, the firm is dedicated to fostering and scaling innovative startups, channeling fresh capital into the African continent, and generating systemic impact.

It aims to equip founders with the necessary funding, knowledge, and hands-on support to achieve commercial success. The firm cultivates and grows businesses in Africa across four sectors: healthcare, energy, fintech, and education, with an emphasis on scalability, technology, and impact.

Founders Factory Africa boasts a portfolio of over 55 companies, including Lipa Later and Asaak, spread across 11 countries in East, West, North, and Southern Africa. In August 2023, the accelerator raised $114 million to broaden its model to better cater to founders in the African tech ecosystem. Its hybrid investment approach merges company building, business engagement, and strategic investment to deliver large-scale solutions to consumers in sub-Saharan Africa.

The accelerator team, under the leadership of CEO Bongani Sithole, is entirely African, supplemented by key members from around the globe. It also benefits from the backing of corporate partners such as Standard Bank, Small Foundation, Netcare Group, and Mastercard Foundation.

Melchior Koba

Posted On vendredi, 02 février 2024 10:36 Written by

With a background in economics, he has served as an investment analyst for global corporations. Currently, he leads a firm that provides financial support for the acquisition of solar energy equipment to underserved communities.

South African entrepreneur Michael Heyink (photo), a University of Cape Town Economics graduate, co-founded and now leads Yellow, a startup focused on distributing and financing affordable solar home systems for low-income rural households.

Established in 2018 by Heyink and Maya Stewart, Yellow offers a solar system package that includes a panel, battery, four lamps, a cell phone charger, and a radio. The company also markets smartphones and larger solar systems.

Yellow has developed Ofeefee, a comprehensive sales force network solution for last-mile delivery. This platform automates recruitment and training, offers engaging incentives, and includes an e-commerce and task management engine to streamline informal processes. It facilitates digital inventory, delivery, and warranty service management, and provides real-time credit scoring and portfolio management services.

With its headquarters in South Africa, Yellow operates in Malawi, Rwanda, Madagascar, Uganda, and Zambia. The company employs over 1,000 agents and serves more than 480,000 customers across Africa. In June 2023, Yellow secured $14 million in Series B funding to bolster its presence in existing markets.

Before founding Yellow, Heyink worked as a strategy consultant at Monitor Group from 2012 to 2014. He later joined Agis Investment as an investment analyst in 2015, and subsequently worked as a private equity analyst at Metier, a private equity fund manager.

Melchior Koba

Posted On jeudi, 01 février 2024 14:58 Written by

Through its programs, the KivuTech incubator aims to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation, contributing to the technological and economic development of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

KivuTech, a business incubator in eastern Congo, champions young entrepreneurs and emerging businesses, fostering a vibrant tech ecosystem and driving economic growth. Founded by social entrepreneur Benjamin Cinamula and other young Congolese, KivuTech caters to a diverse audience, including entrepreneurs, students, researchers, and startups.

Its mission revolves around fostering technological innovation and economic development. The incubator provides a supportive environment, offering training, mentorship, financing, and collaborative workspaces to nurture promising ventures. Its diverse programs empower entrepreneurs with the skills and resources needed to thrive, contributing to Congo's technological advancement and economic diversification.

The incubator actively promotes education, particularly in tech and computer skills, to equip future generations with the necessary tools for success. It also champions initiatives focused on socio-economic reintegration, gender equality, and unemployment reduction, contributing to broader societal development in the region. Its work has yielded impressive results. With over 40 expert mentors and a robust network of partners, the incubator has supported more than 200 projects, boasting over 100 success stories. Notable initiatives include "l'or dans nos poubelles," a UNDP-backed project that upcycles plastic waste, showcasing KivuTech's commitment to sustainable development.

KivuTech's Kivu Digital Summit, organized in collaboration with young entrepreneurs' organizations, is a testament to its commitment to fostering connections and collaboration within the Congolese tech ecosystem. The event brought together hundreds of young innovators, government officials, academics, and business leaders, fostering dialogue and driving innovation forward.

Melchior Koba

Posted On mercredi, 31 janvier 2024 13:13 Written by

He is an award-winning technology entrepreneur in Africa. Specializing in educational technologies, he aims to stimulate the continent's development through education and knowledge sharing. 

Edouard Claude Oussou (photo), a Gabonese strategic leader and entrepreneur, is the founder and CEO of Scientia Africa, an educational technology startup established in 2017. The company, which operates in Gabon, Côte d’Ivoire, and Comoros, aims to ensure 100% academic success for all students through its web, mobile, and SMS/USSD applications.

According to the World Bank, Gabon has the highest school failure rate globally, primarily due to inadequate infrastructure and poor quality school supervision. “Since we can’t replace the state in terms of building schools, we’ve positioned ourselves in terms of school follow-up,” Oussou stated in 2020.

Scientia Africa offers a school tracking application, providing students, parents, teachers, and school administrators with real-time access to essential information for monitoring students’ education. The application analyzes and processes data to evaluate pedagogy, course quality, student assimilation, potential shortcomings, and educational progress.

In addition to his role at Scientia Africa, Oussou serves as the Head of Strategy, Research, and Development at Société équatoriale des mines (SEM) in Gabon. He holds a diploma in computer administration and management from the Institut Supérieur de Technologie in Libreville, obtained in 2003, and a certification in business and entrepreneurship from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in the USA.

Oussou also founded Routedusucces.com, an educational platform where he served as CEO from 2016 to 2020. His professional career began in 2003 at CRN, a marketing company, where he was a Multimedia Manager. In 2018, he interned in business development at Microsoft.

Oussou and his company, Scientia Africa, have received several awards and distinctions. In 2017, the African Startup Forum voted Scientia Africa as the best African startup in the education category. Positive Youth’s Africa named Oussou as one of the 100 most inspiring young Africans. In 2019, the African Union Commission recognized him as one of Africa’s top education innovators. In 2021, he won the Moov Africa Gabon Télécom Startup Challenge.

Melchior Koba

Posted On mercredi, 31 janvier 2024 11:39 Written by

Financial hurdles can hinder start-up growth. To equip aspiring entrepreneurs with the tools and guidance needed to secure funding, 250 STARTUPS offers customized incubation, acceleration, and mentorship programs in Rwanda.

250STARTUPS, a Rwandan incubation and acceleration center led by Managing Director Charles Shyaka, provides technology startups with the resources to develop a proof of concept and become investment-ready through a customized program. The center accelerates startups for six months per cohort, offering financial, legal, technical, and mentoring support to help them transition from incubation to expansion.

The center also runs a capacity-building program for young graduates in information and communication technology (ICT), finance, and law, who collaborate closely with entrepreneurs under expert guidance. Each month, the center hosts Capital Talks, where incubatees showcase their progress to potential partners, investors, and other startups. The center currently supports 160 beneficiaries, 40 companies, and 80 associates.

Among the startups backed by 250 STARTUPS are Nyereka Tech, an e-commerce platform selling IoT sensors and experiential learning tools, and AFIA Pharma, a pharmaceutical e-commerce platform. Another notable startup is Safe Sana, which has developed a safety device that detects gas leaks, automatically shuts down the gas cylinder, triggers an alarm, and sends SMS alerts and calls to a mobile phone.

Melchior Koba

Posted On mardi, 30 janvier 2024 16:49 Written by

An agricultural technology entrepreneur, she created a crop and soil management tool aimed at enhancing farmers' productivity and mitigating crop pests. Her innovation has earned her numerous accolades and distinctions.

Maryanne Gichanga (photo), a Kenyan tech entrepreneur and law student at Mount Kenya University, is the co-founder and CEO of AgriTech Analytics. The company, established in 2018, is committed to eradicating hunger and poverty by assisting small-scale farmers in rural Africa to increase crop yields and secure food supplies.

AgriTech Analytics employs various data types, including satellite imagery and data from its solar IoT crop and soil sensors. The device sends alerts or reports to farmers via mobile phones with over 97% accuracy, enabling early pest detection to prevent crop damage and harvest loss.

The company currently serves 2,880 small-scale farmers across the Rift Valley, Central, and Eastern Kenya, with plans to enroll 15,000 farmers by 2024. "There are 33 million farmers in Africa and approximately 4.5 million small-scale farmers in Kenya. Our target market is 2.5% of this demographic in Kenya which translates to 112,500 farmers by 2027," Gichanga stated in 2023.

Gichanga, a former data analyst at Standard Chartered Bank (2013-2020), received several awards and honors in 2023. She was included in Business Daily Africa's 40 under 40 women list and won the 2023 Agritech of the Year award on behalf of her company from Guzakuza, a women leaders in agribusiness support organization, and the German Agency for International Development Cooperation (GIZ).

Melchior Koba

Posted On mardi, 30 janvier 2024 12:57 Written by

MALhub, a shared workspace in Ilorin, offers budding entrepreneurs and small businesses affordable workspace, training programs, and incubation support. The hub aims to nurture young talent and foster economic growth in the Nigerian city.

Nigeria’s Makers and Leaders Hub (MALhub), an incubator established in 2017, is fostering a supportive and inclusive tech community under the leadership of managing partners Kehinde Kamaldeen and Abubakar Sadiq.

The hub, based in Ilorin, is a gathering place for technologists, social entrepreneurs, government officials, tech companies, impact investors, and local youth. They collaborate to devise innovative solutions to Nigeria’s pressing social issues, with MALhub aiming to be the go-to partner for such initiatives.

MALhub offers training programs to equip its clients with a competitive advantage and provides a well-resourced coworking space for entrepreneurs. Its incubation program offers the necessary advice and resources for entrepreneurs to realize their business aspirations, providing them with valuable insights and practical strategies to navigate challenges, capitalize on opportunities, and ensure sustainable growth.

With a strong commitment to promoting women’s participation in entrepreneurship and technology, MALhub has organized numerous Women in Tech programs, supporting over 200 women to date. The hub boasts a vibrant community of more than 7,000 active members and has facilitated the creation and support of over 50 sustainable jobs and business ventures.

Melchior Koba

Posted On lundi, 29 janvier 2024 17:42 Written by
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