Accelerator CDI
10.08.2021

New guide for young enterprises in Côte d'Ivoire

The primary role of any incubator and accelerator is to help developing companies to get through the survival phase by providing resources, access to experts, interaction with other entrepreneurs, and, perhaps most importantly, access to funding. This new guide in French language aims to increase the knowledge and facilitate information on the ecosystem of the incubators and accelerators for start-ups and SMEs in Côte d’Ivoire.

An incubator’s and accelerator’s role is to transform an innovative idea into a successful company. Thus, they play an essential role in the maturation of an innovative project. Present both before the creation and during the life of the company, they provide project managers with a multitude of services enabling them to launch their project in the best conditions. In this way, they contribute to the formation of an ecosystem conducive to the emergence and development of startups. Nevertheless, given the plethora of structures, it is difficult today to propose a rigorous classification as they vary greatly in their modes of operation (public-private, private, etc.), their goals (technology transfer, attractiveness, economic development, return on investment, etc.), their areas of intervention (biotech, digital, agri-food, etc.), their target groups (students, women, etc.) and their admission requirements.

A lack of targeted information on the ecosystem of incubators and accelerators in Côte d’Ivoire often prevents promoters in their exploration of support structures for the maturation of their ideas, projects, or start-ups.

Within its goal to contribute to the promotion of employment and support of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Côte d'Ivoire, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supported this new guide in the context of Invest for Jobs to facilitate access to useful information on the services of incubators an acceletors in the country.

The “Guide sur les Incubateurs & Accélérateurs au service des entrepreneurs en Côte d’Ivoire” aims to increase the knowledge and facilitate information on the ecosystem of the incubators and accelerators for start-ups and SMEs in Côte d’Ivoire, with a particular attention to the services they offer, access conditions, as well as their geographical location. It targets Ivorian start-ups and young SMEs aiming to expand their businesses while creating new jobs.

For more information and to access the printed version of this guide, please contact the project team: cote-ivoire@invest-for-jobs.com

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