The Digital ICT Scheme aims to achieve a contribution of ICTs to 15% of GDP by 2020.
The Ivorian government, supported by professional federations, has been able to simplify business creation and offers tax advantages to ICT companies.
Example of incentives for young ICT companies:
Tax exemption during the first year for ICT companies
Reduction of the administrative burden related to the tax audit of SMEs
are mainly technical profiles, often self-taught, poorly trained in the management of a company.
generally have international expertise and financial resources not available in the country.
face significant shortfalls in support offers, particularly in the start-up phase.
accelerators and co-working spaces, the offer remains unknown and poorly distributed: two accelerators in Abidjan and a Technology Park, the VITIV, which struggles to attract companies because of its distance from Abidjan (40 km).
are now the main source of funds and equipment for promising young start-ups.
recently offering tickets below €300k, aligned with the needs of a growing startup, but only targeting “traditional” companies.
Ghana, applications and training campuses
Nigeria, applications and incubation
Kenya, applications and incubation in 2017
South Africa, applications and incubation in 2017
Ivory coast, applications in 2017, campus incubation planned in 2018
Goals of the Smartup Foundation :
Identify high-potential projects
Supervise the transformation of these projects into innovative companies in the telecom/ICT sector (mentoring, training)
Support the search for funding, mainly through funds
This hub offers:
Investor pitch sessions
An incubation program of 1 to 2 years.
also plans to create a technology hub offering integrated support and financing.
complementary to the code has been deployed in the city of Bouaké and will have to be reproduced in Abidjan.
has initiated several initiatives to support the development of the Ivorian ecosystem: the Ivorian Innovation Fund, the Prodije Incubator, BoostAfrica (financing and technical support).
Firms in the ICT sector that have successfully emerged will struggle to recruit qualified technician-level profiles.