Everywhere in Africa, incubators, technopoles and other places of assistance to entrepreneurship are flourishing. Precious and necessary development relays, these structures greatly enhance innovators’ chances to reach success and to create sustainable and job-generating businesses.
Often young, these structures have various level of professionalism, are often isolated and lack of adapted means to grow. Funding those structures, as well as the startups they accompany is still a major difficulty and an obstacle to innovation. Banks and private investors can hardly risk to fund the beginning of entrepreneurial path, whereas public policies are frequently maladjusted with the realities of innovators.
Given the situation, the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and a consortium composed of African incubators and French structures involved in innovation, have launched Africinnov with the aim of strengthen and professionalise support structures for entrepreneurship in francophone Africa.
This program will allow to test support services of incubators and new seed funding mechanism for three years. Africinnov addresses all the support structures for innovative entrepreneurship in Africa or working with Africa.
The program is managed by a steering comitee that makes sure of the good processing of operations. It is the decisions taking organ of the programme. It gathers twice a year. It validates strategic orientations and different actions taken in the frame of the programme.
Main funder of the programme (1.7 milions euros), the French agency for development (AFD) is a public institution at the heart of the French cooperation policy. It has been fighting against poverty and promoting development of southern countries for the last seventy years. It also supports economic and social dynamism of overseas.
Financial and technical partner of the programme on the elements of teams training and labelisation, the Organisation Internationale de la Fracophonie (OIF) has for mission to give life to active solidarity between the states and governments that compose it. A community of destiny, aware of the links and potential that comes from the share of a language, French, and universal values.
Contributor and beta tester, Bondinnov is a member of the founding consortium. Incubator of innovative projects that support innovation with high economic and social impact, It accompanies all sort of innovative project, in France and southern countries, in particular projects in the fields of health / biotechnologies, environment, and social economy.
The Incubator centre dor SME in Niger (CIPMEN) is a member of the founding consortium. Contributor and beta tester, it actively participates in the building of the programme. It was launched from a public- private partnership, with the objective of supporting startups in the sectors of ICT, renewable energies, agribusiness, as well as project promoters in their steps of creation, development and growth.
CTIC Dakar is a member of the founding consortium.
Contributor and beta tester, it actively participates in the building of the programme. It is the first business incubator and accelerator launched in West Africa entrepreneurs in ICT and mobile technologies. This non-profit organisation was launched in april 2011, under the impulsion of the Senegalese private sector, eager to boost the ICT sector and to promote the growth of the most innovative companies.
The Institute of research for Development (IRD) is a French research organism, original and unique in the European research for development landscape. Its activities of research, education, and innovation aim to contribute to the social, economic and cultural development of southern countries.
Orange is a French telecommunications company. The firm supports and accompanies the digital transformation of the world. With the ambition of being the operator of the internet age that acts for economic, social and environmental progress, the group is building a CSR and Sustainable Development commitment to corporate citizenship around three major issues: trust, progress and environment.
Decided at the Elysée summit on 6 and 7 December 2013, which bring together the French and African Heads of State, the association ``AfricaFrance for a Shared Growth`` aims to strengthen relations between companies in France and Africa, on a partnership basis for sustainable and inclusive growth.
La Fabrique will join the governance of the program from October 2017.
It is an incubator entirely dedicated to supporting social and responsible companies in West Africa. Accompaniment, co-working, consulting, training give life to the greatest ambitions!
Etrilabs/TekXL will join the governance of the program from October 2017
EtriLabs / TekXL helps developers, social entrepreneurs, non-governmental organizations, businesses and governments create and / or use innovative technology solutions.