IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Egypt’s Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation (MIIC) put out the last call today to Kenyan start-ups to apply for 'The Next 100 African Startups Initiative' designed to strengthen the entrepreneurship ecosystem across Africa. The deadline for applications is October 21, 2018. Interested entrepreneurs can learn more details about the initiative and submit their applications via the website -http://next100africanstartups.com
The Next 100 African Start-ups initiative, will select up to 100 promising entrepreneurs based in Africa and connect them with business leaders, international investors, financial institutions, and policymakers at the Africa 2018 Forum in December in Sharm El-Sheikh, held under the patronage of Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. The initiative is part of IFC’s broader efforts to boost entrepreneurship in the Middle East and Africa by helping start-ups access much-needed financing, receive advice, and break into new markets.
“This initiative is a reflection of our faith in the bright young minds of our continent, and our commitment to ensure that entrepreneurs are equipped with the tools they need, including finance, advice, and networks, that would enable them to innovate and grow.” said Sahar Nasr, Egypt’s Minister of Investment and International Cooperation. “Through nurturing the entrepreneurship ecosystem, we believe we can unlock the potential of African youth to become more globally competitive and to more actively contribute to the development of their communities.”
Over the last two years, IFC has provided close to $65 million in funding to technology companies and start-ups in the Middle East and North Africa, while working alongside leading accelerators and venture funds like Wamda, Flat6Labs, and Algebra Ventures.