The Digital Africa platform was officially launched on Wednesday 21 November by its president Karim Sy at thecamp in Aix-en-Provence during Emerging Valley.
The Digital Africa platform was officially launched on Wednesday 21 November by its president Karim Sy, founder of the Jokkolabs coworking space, in the presence of Rémi Rioux, director of the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) at The Camp, Aix-en-Provence, as part of the Emerging Valley event.
This official launch comes six months after the major Parisian event Viva Technology, during which Emmanuel Macron announced a €65 million contribution from AFD for Digital Africa.
“It is by learning from each other, with humility, that it will be possible to collectively meet the challenges of our common world,” says Rémi Rioux, AFD’s Director. “To move to the next level, digital players need to be integrated into promising ecosystems such as Digital Africa, which is much more than a platform,” he continues.
The platform, created by the Digital Africa association, is intended to support African start-ups in the incubation of their project. In concrete terms, Digital Africa connects these small structures with business angels, or potential investors so that they have access to the resources necessary to promote their innovative ideas or expand their product range. Start-ups wishing to benefit from an “acceleration pack” to boost their company’s growth will now be able to submit an application on the platform. The latter will then select the most innovative and lucky projects and contact a funder.
The Digital Africa association is the result of a collaboration between Jokkolabs, a coworking space in Dakar, the global entrepreneurship network Gen Africa, whose credo is to strengthen economic stability in the world, the Qwant Academy, and many other associative and entrepreneurial partners involved in supporting the African digital ecosystem.