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In order to best assist the needs of techhubs and entrepreneurs in Africa and Europe, the AEIP gatheres and continuously updates a list of more than +50 useful resources on topics such as European funding opportunities, techhub management and business models, innovative approaches to startup support and technology transfer.

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WAZIHUB IoT Innovation Competition: ready, set, go!

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WAZIHUB

The WAZIHUB  project, funded by the European Commission under H2020 program, was designed to exploit IoT potential and Big-Data technologies best-practices through the involvement of innovators. The project aims to enable the creation of a network of Open Hubs throughout Africa where: 

1. Entrepreneurs and developers can be trained,
2. Innovative IoT technology solutions can be adapted,
3. New business can rise to match local service needs.

 

Training material from the second AEIP event: Supporting innovative entrepreneurship in Francophone Africa

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PPT from the training

The second AEIP event was held on the 2nd - 5th December 2019 in Marseille, France. During that event the capacity upgrading training on building sustainable business models for tech hubs was provided. 

 

Participants of the training gained practical insights in the following areas:

• Matching the tech hub support services with the entrepreneurs and startups’ needs over time

• Fundraising for tech hubs 

• Sourcing projects and entrepreneurs

 

Africa-Europe Innovation Partnership Booklet

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AEIP booklet

The booklet of Africa-Europe Innovation Partnership presents activities and importance of the initiative for both continents. It outlines the AEIP approach and innovation system strategy to build on the strongest potential of new partnerships and collaboration. Have a look at testimonies of participants and stakeholders involved! In order to access the booklet please download the file below.

Call for Applications: International Mentoring for Technology Businesses with a focus on Female Empowerment

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AEIP International Mentoring for Technology Businesses with a focus on Female Empowerment Technopolis

enpact e.V. will run a new 8-month mentoring programme for technology businesses from Africa and Europe. The programme aims to strengthen technology focus and foster international partnerships between technology businesses from Africa and Europe.

It is another initiative under the Strategic Partnership Digital Africa (SPDA) - a network of the German development cooperation and over 200 European companies with the aim to initiate innovative public-private projects in African countries - funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and coordinated by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The programme target group are businesses with a
special focus on the support of women, either directly (with special programmes targeting women as employees on all levels - especially in executive positions) or indirectly with products and services that are especially designed for women empowerment.

The programme offers coaching and mentoring for founders by international mentors to strengthen their business model, growth strategy, roadmap, international network and partnerships. 15 companies will be selected to participate in the programme, which will include:

Challenges and opportunities for incubators in West Africa

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 Challenges and opportunities for incubators in West Africa

The population boom in West African countries is bringing more and more young people into a labor market that cannot yet absorb them. Many of these young people are now turning to entrepreneurship as a source of employment. This, however, often takes the form of subsistence and informal entrepreneurship.

Unlike growth and innovative entrepreneurship, this form of entrepreneurship is not capable of generating sustainable jobs and therefore cannot act as an engine for economic development.

Innovative entrepreneurship is proven to be a determining factor of growth: it stimulates productivity, creates jobs and helps improve citizens’ quality of life. So-called ‘growth entrepreneurs’ are the drivers behind this innovation and they contribute to their countries’ economic and social development. As Joseph Schumpeter once said, ”innovation is the driving force of economic progress, and entrepreneurs are the agents of innovation.”

Crossed views on incubation - Example from a French " public "Allegre"-type incubator

After encouraging the creation of companies based on the results of public research, the challenge for public authorities is now more to grow these companies to benefit the national economy from their high potential. This article examines the role that support can play in the growth of these businesses. It draws on the analysis of ten years of operation of a public incubator, Languedoc-Roussillon Incubation, to propose avenues for action. Article is available in French language only. 

Academic paper on the entrepreneur-support structure relationship through various theoretical models from management sciences

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entrepreneurisl support academic article

This contribution offers a modelization of the entrepreneurial accompanying relation with a focus on players'games and intersubjectivity which are constitutive elements of the accompanying relation. Critical configurations which restrict nascent entrepreneur's learning capability are described. The article is only available in French language. 

Business Incubation Management Training Program (infoDev)

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Business Incubation management  training

Toolkit for Business Incubators in developing countries and training materials consisting of the following modules: 

  1. Business Incubation Definitions and Principles 
  2. Planning an Incubator
  3. Marketing and Stakeholder Management
  4. Financing an Incubator
  5. Managing the Incubator
  6. Monitoring, Evaluation and Benchmarking
  7. Implementing a Mentoring Program
  8. Deals and Financing for the Incubator Clients 
  9. Technology Commercialization Through Incubation
  10. Setting up Virtual Services
  11. Agribusiness Incubation