Freetown Pitch Night

Dear Partners,Season Greetings! We have been working on an Impact Report from 2017-2019. This report will be ready in Feb 2021. In the meantime, we have complied “Freetown Pitch Night in Pictures”. Please find two versions here(standard size and mini for bandwidth consideration). As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Freetown Pitch Night only held … Read moreFreetown Pitch Night

Save Your Startups: Using Policy to Kickstart the Post-Crisis Economy

Global economic crises often become extinction events for startups. The COVID-19 crisis has been no exception, and many startups across the globe remain perilously close to the edge of closing up shop. Young companies and founders remain on edge, knowing that things can change in their communities seemingly in an instant. Policymakers should be aware … Read moreSave Your Startups: Using Policy to Kickstart the Post-Crisis Economy

SALCAB Start-up series

The SALCAB Start-up series stems from our belief in entrepreneurship and innovation. We have therefore designed a platform to sell the human capital of Sierra Leone and prove to the world that Sierra Leone is more than just wars, famine and poverty or that business in Sierra Leone only revolves around the buying and selling … Read moreSALCAB Start-up series

Building the ecosystem in Sierra Leone-seven design principles

Yes, the framework is incredibly important, and if you get that in place along with these seven design principles, then everything else will flow more easily. #1Put entrepreneurs front and centre #2 Foster conversations #3 Enlist collaborators (everyone is invited!) #4 Live the values #5 Connect people (in every direction) #6 Tell your community’s authentic … Read moreBuilding the ecosystem in Sierra Leone-seven design principles

It takes an ecosystem: How networks can boost Africa’s incubators

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 Bond’Innov
Dynamic entrepreneurs supported by the North-South incubator Bond’Innov. Photo Credit: Bond’Innov


Across francophone Africa, incubators are emerging rapidly to support a new generation of young entrepreneurs. Despite their huge potential, however, incubators are just one of many players in a typical entrepreneurial ecosystem.  So it is increasingly important that incubators — in addition to allocating the necessary resources, services and funding to worthy start-ups — provide them with a platform to share and transfer knowledge across the ecosystem, not only with each other but also with the investors, research centers and industry experts upon which their businesses will ultimately depend.

As with Impact Hub Bamako, incubators can be part of broader international franchises, while others are anchored by academic, public or private bodies (or some hybrid of the three) and may already be associated with other incubators. Bond’innov, for example, is an incubator that promotes entrepreneurship cooperation between the global North and the South and that is headquartered in Paris and located on-campus with the Institute for Development Research, a large multidisciplinary research organization operating in more than 50 developing countries.