Swiss Africa Business Innovation Initiative


The Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research has launched an initiative to support entrepreneurs and start-up companies active in the fields of mobile health, pharmacometrics, innovative financing or digital humanities (knowledge transfer) in sub-Saharan Africa. More particularly, the Swiss Africa Business Innovation Initiative (SABII) aims to boost the entrepreneurial know-how and exposure of sub-Saharan graduate students. Selected candidates will be invited to participate in a three-day workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 25-27 October 2019. The workshop will include modules on business plan development and funding mechanisms and candidates will receive individual coaching sessions. Eight candidates will be selected to participate in an entrepreneurial development week in Switzerland, which is scheduled to take place in the spring of 2020. The initiative is implemented in collaboration with AfriLabs, the largest network of African technology hubs, the University of Basel and VentureLab, offering capacity-building support for starts-ups in Switzerland and beyond. The deadline to apply is 31 July 2019.

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