FOSTER AND STRENGTHEN
THROUGH DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION.
// 2018 – LAUNCHING DIGITAL AFRICA BY AND FOR THOSE WHO SUPPORT AFRICAN INNOVATION ENTREPRENEURS.
Launched by Emmanuel Macron, the President of the French Republic, Digital Africa’s mission is to promote African innovation and entrepreneurship. It is a collaborative initiative designed for African entrepreneurs, and it has been built through a new Africa-France relationship.
65 million euros of funds, managed by AFD* for the ecosystem growth and PROPARCO for the startups investment. These funds are dedicated to innovative projects in Africa.
A catalyst platform gathering and mobilizing the stakeholders especially for early-stage startups.
L’Agence Française de Développement est une organisation en charge de déployer les fonds mis à disposition par l’Etat français, facilitant le financement d’amorçage, l’accompagnement et l’assistance technique, ainsi que l’appui aux incubateurs et accélérateurs.
// REINVENTING PARTNERSHIPS AND ALLIANCES.
Recognizing their common goals to support startups and entrepreneurs in Africa, the founding members co-created Digital Africa for the purpose of increasing their impact and support African entrepreneurs.
Structure a stronger ecosystem able to unleash, develop and support innovative and impact-oriented entrepreneurial projects across the continent. Provide everything entrepreneurs need to hold their project: network, knowledge, resources, opportunities and exposure.
// CO-CREATING WITH PARTNERS.
The association has signed many partnerships with key actors all over the world, and is open to collaborate with all organizations sharing the same values of data protection, openness, collaboration and common good.
Digital Africa community of partners who contribute actively to serving African entrepreneurs, includes – among others:
- Smart africa
- NEIP – National Entrepreneurship Innovation Program
- Fun Mooc
- Startup Genome
- Fondation Tunisie pour le Développement
- Make-IT Africa
- Expertise France
- Creative Business Network
Sharing strong values of collaboration and common good:
Engaged in sharing their resources and network, founding members and partners of Digital Africa work together with a strong collaborative approach rooted in the spirit of the commons. Sharing knowledge and experience participate in designing innovative digital solutions to face the most pressing challenges of our time.
DIGITAL AFRICA :What is it?
AN ONLINE PLATEFORM:
NETWORK AND COMMONS
The catalyst platform is all at once a network, a resource centre and a community. It gatherers and mobilizes key stakeholders engaged in digital innovation in Africa:
• project holders present their ideas, their needs and their goals and access the smart Digital Africa ecosystem;
• investors find out local innovative projects;
• incubators, hubs, facilitators and structures supporting African entrepreneurship bring their knowledge and know-how.
Digital Africa is also a news feed to promote calls for proposal and events elaborated by and for the community.
PROMOTING PROMISING INITIATIVES
With the label, Digital Africa:
Identifies and promotes national and international key events, such as: Emerging Valley Summit and African Tour by Agri Startup Summit, the 2 first events labelled.
Endorses innovative projects and brings them support and exposure.
Gatherers recognized experts with a common goal: boost African innovative initiatives and entrepreneurship.
Through Digital Africa’s network, there are more than 150 innovation hubs and incubators in 35 countries, an entrepreneurs community disseminated throughout 42 countries and 8 major Tech4good initiatives.