AfDB Boost Africa Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab


The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Lab ("the Lab") by the African Development Bank (AfDB) is part of the Boost Africa initiative that aims at creating quality jobs and enhancing innovation on the African continent by supporting start-ups. The Lab strengthens the local entrepreneurial ecosystems necessary for start-ups to grow and become successful.

Paese/Regione Periodo Budget
Africa
Egitto
Ghana
Sudafrica
15.06.2019 - 31.03.2024
CHF 3'000'000
Contesto

The creation of quality jobs is crucial to absorb Africa's rapidly growing population. The number of African start-ups with innovative and successful business approaches has been increasing in recent years. However, they face considerable challenges in growing their businesses, such as the lack of financing and capacities. Experience to date has shown that success and failure of start-ups also critically depend on their entrepreneurial ecosystem. A strong ecosystem enables collaboration and thereby enhances knowledge sharing, investment opportunities and innovation among the various actors.

Obiettivi

Boost Africa aims to create quality jobs and enhance innovation on the African continent by supporting start-ups and early stage, innovative businesses.

Its Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab, managed by the African Development Bank, strengthens the entrepreneurial ecosystem needed for start-ups to grow. It improves the capacities of enterprise-supporting organizations (ESOs), such as incubators and accelerators and strengthens the collaboration of regional and local networks. It facilitates linkages between the various actors in an entrepreneurial ecosystem, for example between investors and incubators, accelerators and start-ups.

Effetti a medio termine

The Lab targets three main outcomes:

1) an increasing number of start-ups have access to and make use of quality services offered by enterprise-supporting organizations (ESOs)-

2) the entrepreneurial ecosystems are improved and foster linkages, innovation and knowledge sharing

3) more start-ups have access to financing

Risultati

Risultati principali attesi:  

The Lab will provide capacity building to enterprise-supporting organizations (ESOs) through workshops and trainings. It will support mentoring services and platforms for start-ups.

The Lab will organize networking events and facilitate interactions between ESOs, investors and start-ups in order to strengthen the linkages within the ecosystem. It will connect academia and private sector worldwide with African ESOs and thereby enhance collaboration, knowledge exchange and innovation.

It will create an online knowledge and exchange platform which facilitates access to information and knowledge on entrepreneurship and ecosystems in Africa.

Furthermore, it will experiment with instruments to facilitate small-scale financing for start-ups.


Direzione/Ufficio responsabile SECO
Credito Cooperazione allo sviluppo
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
  • Banca africana di sviluppo (Capital)


Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF   3'000'000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF   0 Budget inclusi partner del progetto CHF   11'500'000
Fasi del progetto Fase 1 15.06.2019 - 31.03.2024   (Fase in corso)