IFC’s CASA Initiative in Sierra Leone

GEW 2018, News, Pitch Night
WHAT IS THE CASA INITIATIVE? IFC’s CASA Initiative, launched in 2008, is helping design and implement integrated strategies specially targeted to support economic recovery in conflict-affected countries. The Initiative is supported by Ireland, the Netherlands, and Norway, while Denmark and Sweden provide additional support in South Sudan and Liberia respectively. The CASA Initiative focuses on: • Improving the business environment through regulatory reform • Strengthening small and medium sized businesses and support institutions, such as chambers of commerce • Rebuilding financial markets, banks, and other financial institutions • Increasing private sector involvement in providing and rebuilding infrastructure such as roads, ports, schools, and power stations CASA’s Support IFC’s CASA Initiative is helping strengthen smaller businesses in Sierra Leone and is working with the government and private sector partners to introduce…
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GEW 2018 Start Up Expo

GEW, GEW 2018
During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions in 170 countries inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. Powered by the Kauffman Foundation, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a network of more than 15,000 partner organizations.  GEW is held November 12-18, 2018. To mark GEW 2018  in Sierra Leone, GEN SL , Innovations SL and the British Council is organising a Start up Expo. The aim is to showcase promising and innovative startups of all stages, offering them an opportunity to  showcase their company to experts,  local investors, accelerators, students, potential hires,  city government, and other local partners. The Start up Expo is part of the celebrations in Sierra Leone to mark Global…
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Get in the Ring Freetown

Get in the Ring, GEW
For the first time, Get in the Ring will be organized in Sierra Leone by GEN SL and Innovation SL during the Global Entrepreneurship Network in November. The Venue is the British Council on November 14th 2018. Get in the Ring gives startups a global podium to make valuable connections to start, grow and scale up their business. Get in the Ring is known for its innovative format where startups face of in a boxing ring. Get in the Ring (www.getinthering.co) aim to support startups globally in making connections to investors and business leaders. The concept started as a pitch competition where 2 startups battle in a ring in front of jury members and large audiences during a highly energetic and fun show. Over the past years, Get in the…
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GEW Sierra Leone 2018

Articles, Get in the Ring, GEW
GEW Sierra Leone 2018   Global Entrepreneurship Week (“GEW” or “the Week”) is a large-scale campaign that is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators, who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. It occurs each November in more than 160 countries through roughly 25,000 events and 9 million participants – celebrating entrepreneurs, supporting entrepreneurial activity and fostering a greater understanding of the importance of entrepreneurship to innovation and economic growth. GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.…
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Leaders from 15 African Tech Hubs Selected for Programme to Spur Early-Stage Deal Flow

Ecosystem, News
VilCap Communities Africa will teach investment-readiness techniques to incubators, accelerators and seed funds in sub-Saharan Africa     (Nairobi, Kenya, 23 August 2018) - Leaders of 15 incubators, accelerators and seed funds were selected to participate in VilCap Communities Africa, an innovative programme led by Village Capital to accelerate the flow of capital to early-stage companies in sub-Saharan Africa. The programme is supported by the Impact Programme which is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The 15 finalists will take part in forums this fall led by Village Capital in Lagos and Nairobi, capped off by a major convening in Cape Town in November, where they will learn and share the latest best practices, including Village Capital’s proprietary curriculum and peer-selected investment process. Village Capital has run…
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