As an Entrepreneurship Support Organization (ESO), we recognize the potential of the turtle team’s journey to create a lasting impact in Sierra Leone. Their dedication to fostering entrepreneurship and supporting budding talents aligns perfectly with our mission to build an ecosystem that drives positive change. The story of the Turtle Team – Geraldine Dohogne and Estelle van Eeckhout – is one that embodies the essence of impactful investing. Their journey is a testament to the power of friendship, innovation, and a commitment to improving lives, particularly in Sierra Leone’s business ecosystem.

A Bond of Friendship and Purpose:

For 34 years, Geraldine and Estelle have been close friends, sharing a bond that goes beyond mere companionship. Together, they chose to embark on an extraordinary adventure that would make a lasting impact on the entrepreneurial landscape of Sierra Leone.

The Budapest-Bamako Rally – An Adventure for a Cause:

To generate funds for their noble endeavor, the Turtle Team participated in the Budapest-Bamako Rally 2022, an automobile event spanning eight nations. Inspired by the turtles of Sierra Leone and their perseverance, they aptly adopted the moniker “TURTLE” for their team.

Beyond financial gains, the rally offered them a profound sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. Traveling with unwavering fortitude, they navigated through challenging terrains and diverse cultures. Their punctuality, versatility, and generous spirit earned them recognition as the “hero of the bush.”

Investing in Impact:

As an ESO, we are impressed by the Turtle Team’s dedication to creating a positive impact in Sierra Leone. Their journey to empower the entrepreneurial ecosystem aligns perfectly with our values of supporting innovative ventures that drive positive change in the Startups. By directing their winnings towards Innovation SL, the Turtle Team is sowing the seeds of innovation and empowerment. This investment will not only provide crucial support to aspiring entrepreneurs but also pave the way for job creation, economic growth, and social upliftment.

Through Innovation SL,  the Turtle Team also aims to invest in incubating and supporting budding entrepreneurs. This investment in human potential holds the promise of transforming lives and creating a more resilient and sustainable business environment in Sierra Leone.

The Ripple Effect of Transformation:

The Turtle Team’s story exemplifies the ripple effect of transformation that impactful investing can achieve. By nurturing aspiring entrepreneurs, they will not only contribute to economic growth but also create a lasting legacy of innovation and empowerment.


As ESO’s, we see the Turtle Team’s journey as a beacon of inspiration. Their unwavering commitment to making a difference, their resilience in the face of challenges, and their determination to create a better future for Sierra Leone aligns perfectly with our vision for creating a safe space to nurture budding entrepreneurs .

We are excited to join forces with the Turtle Team in their mission to nurture budding entrepreneurs and support the growth of Sierra Leone’s business ecosystem. Together, we believe we can foster a brighter, more innovative, and socially responsible future for all. As we invest in innovation and empowerment, we are confident that Innovation SL and  Turtle Team’s journey will continue to inspire positive change for generations to come.

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