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Since its inception, the company has been dedicated to aiding young entrepreneurs and project leaders in transforming their concepts into profitable businesses. Over the course of seven years, it has provided training and support to more than 500 young individuals.

Kinstartup Academy, a Congolese training academy and startup incubator, has been dedicated to discovering, training, and promoting startups or project bearers wishing to establish their own businesses since its inception in 2017. The academy, founded by President and CEO Shola Deen, provides entrepreneurs with essential resources for their start-ups.

The academy equips participants with essential information and concepts, everything an aspiring entrepreneur needs to launch into entrepreneurship and develop their business in a concrete and effective way,” Dean explains.

In addition to its training programs, Kinstartup Academy hosts a televised competition for young Congolese entrepreneurs and project leaders. The competition, which has already run for four seasons, offers training and coaching from expert trainers and experienced business leaders. The jury comprises professionals from financial institutions and business management educators.

The academy also organizes several conferences in fields such as edtech and healthtech and has established the Kinshasa Innovation Forum, a major forum dedicated to promoting innovation. Through its Face the Leopards platform, it connects investors with the entrepreneurs it has trained and supported.

To date, Kinstartup Academy has raised awareness among over 50,000 young people, identified over 2,000 project leaders, trained and supported over 500 young people, and created over 1,000 jobs. Beneficiaries of the Academy’s programs include Cedric Onaya, founder of Ebushafu, a digital waste management platform in the DRC, and Josè Rodriguez, founder of Uzuri RDC, an online shopping mall and digital marketplace offering products and services for professional sellers and individual customers.

Melchior Koba

Posted On mercredi, 13 mars 2024 15:51 Written by

A self-taught entrepreneur, he boasts 10+ years of experience in the field. He developed a real estate rental platform operating in Gabon and Benin.

Fulgence Menouho (photo), a self-taught entrepreneur with a passion for innovation and growth, is co-founder and CEO of Cabalou, a Gabon-based startup dedicated to helping business travelers and professionals find and book furnished accommodation.

Founded in 2021 by Menouho and Aude Késia Obiang, Cabalou is an accommodation solution designed for professionals, enabling them to book and stay in comfortable, reliable, and well-located accommodation for their activities. The startup's vision is to become the most loved, most used, and most profitable travel platform for professionals in Africa by 2030.

For accommodation owners, Cabalou offers total autonomy, from managing their accommodation to communicating with travelers and hassle-free tracking of transactions. In Gabon, the startup lists 300 apartments, 150 hosts, and has a presence in four cities. In February 2024, it added Cotonou, Benin, to its destination list.

In 2023, Cabalou was selected as part of YouthConnekt Gabon, an initiative of the United Nations Development Program. The startup received technical support and around $166,500 (XAF100 million) in funding.  

Between 2014 and January 2024, Menouho independently led and pioneered entrepreneurial ventures, leveraging the Internet to assist individuals across various backgrounds in establishing their home-based businesses for income generation.

Melchior Koba

Posted On mercredi, 13 mars 2024 11:36 Written by

An economist turned entrepreneur, she develops digital finance products to meet the needs of individuals and businesses in Zambia.

Evelyn Chilomo Kaingu, a Zambian economist with a background in financial services and technology, is the co-founder and CEO of fintech startup Lupiya. Established in 2016 by Evelyn Chilomo Kaingu and Muchu Kaingu, Lupiya aims to make financial opportunities accessible to all Zambians by simplifying the borrowing process and conditions.

The company offers three loan programs: Personal Loans, Lupiya for Business, and Lupiya for Women. The Personal Loans program provides secured loans and loans backed by a memorandum of understanding, catering to civil servants via Zambia’s integrated payroll and settlement control system (PMEC). Lupiya for Business offers secured working capital loans to help entrepreneurs expand their businesses.

Lupiya for Women serves as a growth partner for women-led small businesses. Under this initiative, women receive management training and best practices for startups, along with financial support through flexible credit facilities. This program provides a financing opportunity for women who lack the financial resources to advance economically.

Kaingu, a 2010 Economics graduate from Cavendish University Zambia, has held various roles in her career. In 2012, she joined The SPAR Group, a South African retailer, as Finance and Administration Manager. She later worked as a data specialist at the World Bank Group in 2015 before dedicating herself full-time to her startup, Lupiya.

Melchior Koba

Posted On mardi, 12 mars 2024 17:20 Written by

Boasting a career of over two decades, she brings extensive experience in the African ICT sector. Having served in key strategic and managerial roles at the Orange Group, she later transitioned to Schneider Electric, overseeing operations across sixty nations.

Senegalese computer scientist Diaretou Madina Gaye Dieng (photo) has been named President of the French-speaking Africa & Islands Cluster of Schneider Electric, a global firm specializing in the digital transformation of energy management and automation. Her appointment was announced on Friday, March 8, 2024.

From her base in Casablanca, Morocco, Dieng will oversee the group’s operations in sixty countries in the Maghreb, West and Central Africa, and the islands. She will be tasked with steering Schneider Electric’s strategy in this region, with a focus on key sectors such as infrastructure, industry, data centers, and buildings.

On her appointment, Dieng stated, “I am honored to join Schneider Electric in this region, and at a crucial time when nations and businesses around the world are seeking reliable partners for their digitalization, sustainability, and decarbonization journey. I look forward to working more closely with all our customers, partners, and key stakeholders from the public and private sectors, academia, and society to create an impact that leads to a more prosperous and sustainable future.”

Dieng holds a Master’s degree in Management Information Systems (1999) from the Centrale Lille Engineering School, a post-graduate diploma in Information Systems Management (2000) from HEC Paris, and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School Executive Education.

Before joining Schneider Electric, she served as Chief of Staff to the Managing Director of the Sonatel Group, which operates in five countries under the Orange brand (Senegal, Mali, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone). She joined the group in 2004 as Director of Marketing and Communications for the B2B commercial unit.

During her tenure at Sonatel, Dieng held successive positions as Sales Director for commercial and government customers in the B2B business unit, and Strategy and Business Development Director for the B2B business unit. In 2016, she was appointed President and CEO of Sonatel Business Solutions in Orange Senegal.

Melchior Koba

Posted On mardi, 12 mars 2024 11:56 Written by

Initiated by the Ivorian government, the incubator offers young project holders training sessions, partnership opportunities, and dynamic community events.

Fondation jeunesse numérique, an Ivorian incubator established by the Ministry of the Digital Economy, is designed to tackle youth unemployment through information and communication technologies. The foundation provides comprehensive support to startups to enhance their businesses.

Its mission is to promote digital entrepreneurship among young people, identify innovative projects, and provide support. It also seeks to strengthen and improve the startup support ecosystem in Côte d’Ivoire.

The foundation regularly conducts training sessions for the entrepreneurs it supports, covering a wide range of areas to enhance their managerial skills, including project management, accounting, and public speaking.

In addition to training, the incubator assists entrepreneurs with administrative procedures, providing legal guidance through collaboration with legal experts.

The foundation collaborates with investment funds and financial organizations capable of investing in high-potential projects. It organizes pitch sessions for young entrepreneurs to present their projects and has partnerships across various business sectors, aiming to foster synergies that boost the competitiveness of the supported companies.

The foundation also organizes “Caravane jeunesse numérique” (Digital Youth Caravan) to promote new digital professions among the country’s population. It also hosts an annual “inside the start-up” event to promote startups and facilitate networking in a friendly atmosphere.

Fondation jeunesse numérique has incubated several startups, including Etudesk, Cookie Labs, and Lifi-led CI. Etudesk specializes in educational technologies and offers professionally oriented online training courses. Cookie Labs uses drones and artificial intelligence to detect agricultural diseases, while Lifi-led CI aims to address issues of internet inaccessibility and energy deficits in remote areas.

Melchior Koba

Posted On lundi, 11 mars 2024 13:59 Written by

A serial entrepreneur, he leverages drone technologies to collect farm data and optimize management operations. 

Joseph-Olivier Biley (photo) is an Ivorian tech entrepreneur on a mission to revolutionize farm management and broaden the use of drone technologies in agriculture. He is the co-founder of JooL International, a drone startup established in 2021. The startup aims to democratize drone usage to ensure Africa has access to the necessary data for its development, particularly in the agricultural sector.

JooL International provides farmers with the ability to remotely manage their plantations, offering a range of services including Jool Lab, Jool Monitor, and Jool Audit.

Jool Lab, a drone repair and manufacturing laboratory, is proudly “made in Côte d’Ivoire.” Jool Monitor, a software suite, offers features such as agricultural plot delimitation, plant counting, aerial farm views, and plant health analysis.

Jool Audit provides an audit and analysis service, giving plantation owners insights into their plantation’s condition and factors affecting their yield. It suggests an action plan to enhance productivity and ensures transparency throughout the process.

The company has also developed the Jool Box, a smart device that allows drones to be controlled remotely from a computer or tablet. The solar-powered box is rain-resistant and capable of obstacle avoidance.

In addition to his role at JooL International, Biley heads the West Africa hub of ZEBOX, a technology startup incubator and business innovation center. He is also a co-founder of #Ci20, an association comprising Côte d’Ivoire’s most innovative and disruptive startups.

Biley, a graduate of Paris Business College and OMNES Education, was the CEO of WeFly Agri, a startup that utilized drones for remote visualization and control of agricultural plantations, from 2017 to 2021.

The entrepreneur has been recognized both domestically and internationally, receiving the Young African Personality of the Year 2020 award from Africa 35.35 and the ECOWAS Best Startup Award for JooL International in 2021.

Melchior Koba

Posted On lundi, 11 mars 2024 12:56 Written by

Through innovative incubation programs, specialized training, and a host of events dedicated to innovation and entrepreneurship, ANPT aims to boost Algeria's ICT sector. It has already supported hundreds of projects and startups.

The National Agency for the Promotion and Development of Technology Parks (ANPT), an initiative by the Algerian government, is dedicated to enhancing the country's technological capabilities. Established in 2004, the agency focuses on the validation, implementation, and generalization of information and communication technologies (ICT). Sidahmed Benarbia has been serving as the Managing Director since 2020.

ANPT's primary objective is to stimulate the ICT sector by ensuring the availability of necessary tools, mechanisms, and skills. This aims to foster a national ecosystem conducive to the growth of an ICT industry that serves various sectors of the Algerian economy.

With offices in Algiers, Oran, Bordj Bou Arreridj, Ouargla, and Annaba, the agency offers a free incubation program to assist entrepreneurs and start-ups in creating and developing their products and businesses over an average of four years.

In addition, ANPT has introduced a Virtual Incubation Program (VIP) that provides future innovators nationwide with free access to its online services. The VIP program utilizes digital platforms developed by the agency, such as ANPT Meet for online meetings and ANPT Learn for e-learning and e-training.

The agency also designs training programs focusing on three key areas: ICT, business creation and management, and personal development. Upon request and based on need, the agency offers additional training courses in various fields.

ANPT regularly hosts activities and events centered around ICT and entrepreneurship, including seminars, conferences, workshops, and webinars. To date, it has organized over 200 events, hosted more than 45 companies, and supported over 800 start-ups and projects.

Melchior Koba

Posted On vendredi, 08 mars 2024 17:23 Written by

A serial entrepreneur, he has helped set up several technology companies in Algeria and the United Arab Emirates. His latest venture, Goubba, offers a platform for businesses to enhance employee loyalty and motivation through benefits programs.

Algerian tech entrepreneur Yacine Benmosbah (photo) is the founder and CEO of Goubba, a company that provides a suite of services aimed at enhancing employee benefits, wellness, and corporate gifting in Algeria. Established in 2021, Goubba’s digital platform is designed to improve the day-to-day experiences of employees, offering services such as FitPass, Tickets-Resto, and Carte-Cado.

FitPass grants access to over 120 gyms throughout Algeria, promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. Tickets-Resto is a digital meal voucher service partnered with over 500 restaurants and supermarkets, providing a flexible solution for employee meals. Carte-Cado allows Goubba to offer personalized gift cards from a range of top brands, incentivizing and rewarding employees, partners, and customers.

Benmosbah, a serial entrepreneur, co-founded VYBZ in 2015, a social music network that bridges the gap between established artists, emerging musicians, and music fans by facilitating musical challenges and tournaments. In 2016, he launched Adoo Advertising, a UAE-based rewards and coupons app that allows users to earn points by engaging with various ads, which can be exchanged for free vouchers and coupons at their favorite restaurants and retail stores.

In 2018, he also founded Batr, an AI-powered peer-to-peer marketplace for buying and selling second-hand goods. Before these ventures, he served as a board member and CTO of VentureFin, an online platform for participatory investment and lending.

Melchior Koba

Posted On vendredi, 08 mars 2024 10:46 Written by

Following a philanthropic stance, Zafy Tody provides its expertise and financial support to a select group of Malagasy startups annually, without seeking equity or future ownership rights in the supported companies.

Zafy Tody, a Malagasy tech startup incubator and business angel, offers free incubation and funding to selected startups without taking equity stakes. Founded in 2019 by Andréa Zafitody Li-Sai Chimento and CEO Manambina Ramaroson Vandewalle, the incubator aims to boost Madagascar's startup ecosystem.

Each year, Zafy Tody offers free incubation to  5 to 10 Malagasy startups, providing financing without any equity investment or future ownership stake in the company. For other Madagascar-based start-ups, the incubator offers a paid program for personalized support.

Its 12-month incubation program allows beneficiaries to validate their business plan, test their product, bring it to market, and prepare for fundraising or competitions. Incubated startups also gain access to Amazon Web Services' AWS Activate program. 

In 2023, Zafy Tody supported startups selected for the Miary Digital program, including E-voyage, Andao Share, NextFoodAfrica, and Zion. Partners include Orange Fab Madagascar, NextA Accelerator, LivePlan, the Center for Excellence in Entrepreneurship, and the French Embassy in Madagascar.

To cater to companies or individuals seeking to enhance their skills in entrepreneurship and digital transformation, the incubator offers professional training programs. These include training in UX & UI (user experience and interface), entrepreneurship, and the tech tools and solutions offered by the AWS cloud platform.

Zafy Tody has established several partnerships to aid in its mission. It is supported by Orange Fab Madagascar, NextA Accelerator, LivePlan, a business planning solution, the Center for Excellence in Entrepreneurship, and the French Embassy in Madagascar, among others.

Melchior Koba

Posted On jeudi, 07 mars 2024 14:56 Written by

Despite his background in business and marketing, he has carved out a niche for himself in the technology sector, focusing on solar innovation in Madagascar. He offers innovative and sustainable solutions to address the increasing electricity demand.

Yann Kasay (photo), a tech entrepreneur and consultant from Madagascar, is the founder of Jirogasy, a company that designs, assembles, and manufactures solar home systems and Internet of Things (IoT) devices powered by solar energy locally.

Established in 2017, Jirogasy has developed a range of innovative distributed solar stations. “We import only the raw materials. All parts, especially electronics, are printed with a three-dimensional printer we designed ourselves, and assembly is done in our workshop,” Kasay explained in 2019.

In the same year, Jirogasy, in partnership with AccesMad, a French non-governmental organization dedicated to developing scientific and technical education in Madagascar, launched Jirodesk, a solar-powered generator with an integrated mini-laptop.

In 2022, Kasay launched Jiro France, a design office of Jirogasy. The office offers services to technology and industrial groups looking to develop a hardware project.

In addition to his role at Jirogasy, Kasay also undertakes temporary assignments as a strategy and market intelligence consultant, aiming to assist large companies and startups in their decision to implement innovation and new software products.

The cleantech entrepreneur studied commerce and international business at the Paris School of Business, business administration and management at Paris-Sud University, and marketing at Washburn University.

In 2015, he co-founded International Studies Solutions, where he served as COO until 2018. The company advises athletes and students on their projects abroad. Before becoming an entrepreneur, he worked for MCA BENELUX, a European engineering and technology company, as an IT business manager between 2014 and 2015.

In 2018, Jirogasy was selected as one of the 100 startups in the Marathon Pitch at the Salon des entrepreneurs. In 2019, Kasay was named Young Leader by the French-African Foundation.

Melchior Koba

Posted On jeudi, 07 mars 2024 13:02 Written by
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