#CI20 Organizes SASEN Business Forum, West African Startup Ecosystem BtoB Meeting

(# CI20) – The #CI20 (Innovation Côte d’Ivoire 20) organized this Thursday 2 June 2022 the SASEN Business Forum, the side event of the Expo for Startups and the Digital Economy in Africa, dedicated to BtoB and sponsored by Minister General Secretary of the Presidency of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire Abderrahmane Cisse.

Le #CI20 (Côte d’Ivoire Innovation 20), collège regroupant 15 pépites de la Tech ivoirienne, a organisé le premier SASEN Business Forum, l’évènement en marge du SASEN dédié au BtoB, le jeudi 2 June 2022 au Noom (Plateau, Ivory Coast).

This forum, the BtoB event for the West African startup ecosystem that launched SASEN 2022 scheduled for November 2022, saw the participation of 250 decision makers from Tunisia, Morocco, France, Benin, Senegal and Togo. Les intervenants ont échangé sur les problématiques de compétitivité des start-ups d’Afrique francophone dans le cadre des levées et fonds, sur les enjeux des femmes dans le secteur et sur le rôle des start-ups de la place la dan Public administration. These topics, structural to the sector, could have been addressed and above all accompanied by action thanks to the impetus of the real business environment aimed at start-ups.

In this context, the combined results of the International Report of the Global Innovation Index, which for the first time conducted a study on the innovation ecosystem in Côte d’Ivoire using the #CI20 index as an example of good practice, are presented. In fact, #CI20 brings together more than 10 National Excellence Award winners and over 85 national and international awards that generated cumulative sales of CFA 11 billion in 2021 and contributed to the creation of hundreds of jobs in the sub-region.

Patron of this event, the Minister, Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Abderrahmane Cissé, announced the opening of the Reflections Center, led by #CI20, on the creation of a new campus.

Stephen Bede, Head of #Ci20 said: We are happy and proud of the success of this first edition of the SASEN Business Forum. This demonstrates the need to create spaces where all stakeholders in the ecosystem can come together in order to create synergies. At #Ci20, we aspire to make the continent a hub for innovation and start-ups, and to this end, since March 2021, we have participated in a program to create 2,000 jobs over two years using ICTs. We are also in discussions with various partners to create our first Start-ups funding tool for startups.. »

About Ivory Coast Innovation 20 (#Ci20)

#Ci20 is a college of innovation companies brought together in a syndicate form. Its goal is to bring together the best startups in Ivory Coast and to be their spokesperson. With 11 National Excellence Award winners and over 85 national and international awards, the 15 young entrepreneurs who make up #Ci20 have never had an ambition but to make the flag of Côte d’Ivoire shine. This is by creating thousands of jobs. With this end goal, they have come together to provide hubs to the highest authorities to help establish an appropriate regulatory framework by working from start to finish on the Startup Act in 2021 and enhancing competitiveness. Ivorian Start – UPS with premium and controlled access to finance and markets through the STARTUP4GOUV initiative. In short, give Côte d’Ivoire and Africa the true national tech champions by appointing ambassadors and innovation nuggets by the government.

About SASEN (Exhibition of African Startups and the Digital Economy)

SASEN is the international exhibition, exchange and promotion of French-speaking startups and technology solutions serving the development challenges of the African continent and organized by #CI20.

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