Innovations Axis

Innovations axis is an impact focused Incubator and Accelerator combined with a Co-Working space and Networking Hub, Innovations Axis’ mission is to enable and empower entrepreneurs to solve problems with potential for disruption, impact and scale.

Innovations Axis has a team of experienced, accomplished, with proven track record individuals, partners that understand startups, early stage, and middle stage growth. Our founders, service providers and mentoring partners have extensive local and international networks and experience in diverse industries including ICT, agribusiness, sales and distribution, enterprise, innovation leadership and management, mobile payments, social entrepreneurship, healthcare, internet-based services, fisheries, telecommunications and multimedia, We have worked in small, medium and large organizations and have started more than one business – and can look back at at least one failure. Continue reading “Innovations Axis”

IFC’s CASA Initiative in Sierra Leone

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 Continue reading “IFC’s CASA Initiative in Sierra Leone”

Leaders from 15 African Tech Hubs Selected for Programme to Spur Early-Stage Deal Flow

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 more than fifty investment-readiness programmes across the globe, including eight in sub-Saharan Africa that have directly supported more than 80 entrepreneurs and facilitated 16 seed-stage investments. VilCap Communities Africa will build on this experience to equip entrepreneur ecosystem leaders with the tools, resources and connections they need to catalyze impact investment. Continue reading “Leaders from 15 African Tech Hubs Selected for Programme to Spur Early-Stage Deal Flow”

Sierra Leone entrepreneurship leader wins place on prestigious pan-African program

GEN Sierra Leone has won a place on a prestigious scheme to help solve the problem of Africa’s ‘invisible innovators’.

We are one of 15 elite ‘entrepreneur support organisations’ on the VilCap Communities Africa training programme, selected from hundreds across the continent.

On the programme we will be introduced to the latest thinking in how to help entrepreneurs in our locations flourish and get funding. Without such support, investors could continue to overlook talented African innovators for what they consider safe bets.*

The program starts in Lagos and then tours two of Africa’s other top ‘startup ecosystems’, Nairobi and Cape Town, for inspiration.

*72% of start-up funding in (East) Africa went to just 3 companies in recent years for example (Source: Disrupt Africa), whilst “impact investors see fewer viable, investable opportunities and have difficulty placing capital”

 

The 5 Ws of an Agribusiness Investment Forum… in Sierra Leone

What is this?
An investment forum that will bring together investors, entrepreneurs, and other diasporas with key roles to play in supporting enterprise development in Sierra Leone to connect, interact, and problem-solve to enhance prospects for development of agribusiness enterprises that can contribute to inclusive growth in Sierra Leone.  A unique group that features our compatriots in the diaspora combined with a rare appearance by a group of Japanese private companies will descend into Sierra Leone.

Preparing for them are Sierra Leone agro-based enterprises (agribusinesses) that have been selected via an independent company and process.  They will offer bankable projects hopefully, to the investors.  The names of those companies will be announced in due time.

Who is doing this?
The IOM with funds from the Government of Japan is sponsoring the exercise and it is being coordinated by two Sierra Leonean consultants hired along with IOM staff to execute on the formation and coordination of the project.  Other participants include some members of the Sierra Leonean diaspora and some private companies from Japan.

Locally run agribusinesses are also part of the puzzle as is the GoSL with the Min. of Trade and Industry, SLIEPA and SMEDA, among others.  The Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture is also strategically involved.  This is a national event!

Why is the IOM doing this?
IOM believes the Sierra Leone diaspora is an integral and important piece of Sierra Leone’s economic recovery.  Engaging this community is considered critical to national development.  The IOM a migration- and by default diaspora-oriented organization is most suited for this kind of work.

As an added value to the overall intentions of an investment forum, typically, the IOM has incorporated the visit of about ten Japanese private companies who will accompany twelve Sierra Leoneans from the diaspora into the project.

When/Where is this taking place?
The investment forum is scheduled to be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Freetown, Sierra Leone.  The dates slated are the 18th and 19th of September, 2018.

How is it being done?
The event itself will be a combination of panel discussions and presentations with a question and answer session that follows.  We will break out into workshops and especially have a speed networking event.  At the end of each day, we will collect, collate and communicate action items that have been committed to.  These will culminate into an action plan that will guide the way forward.  Our hope is that this exercise will help put the private sector on a trajectory for transformation.

https://www.slagribusinessforum.com/

RFI organizes the “RFI Challenge App Africa”

RFI organizes the “RFI Challenge App Africa” ​​in order to promote sustainable development in Africa. This contest is organized by RFI as part of the program ” C’est pas du vent” which decrypts progress or setbacks of our actions in the face of our …

Education is a universal concern that affects the production of people and their socio-economic situation.

Only one-third of developing countries have achieved the “Education for All” goals set by the international community in 2000, but none are in sub-Saharan Africa. This is the assessment drawn up by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, in the latest global report on education for all. In 2010, 61 million children of primary school age were out of school, according to a new UNESCO study. For 15 years, this figure has been declining. Girls, who accounted for 58 per cent of out-of-school children in 2000, compared with 53 per cent in 2010, have benefited greatly from efforts to improve access to education.

https://digital-africa.tech/en/calls-for-applications/79-rfi-challenge-app-afrique.html