#CI20 organized the SASEN Business Forum, the BtoB meeting of the West African start-up ecosystem

( #CI20) – #CI20 (Côte d’Ivoire Innovation 20), organized on Thursday, June 2, 2022 the SASEN Business Forum, the side event of the African Startups and Digital Economy Fair, dedicated to BtoB and sponsored by the Minister , Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Abdourahmane Cissé.

#CI20 (Côte d’Ivoire Innovation 20), a college that brings together 15 nuggets of Ivorian Tech, organized the first SASEN Business Forum, SASEN’s sideline event dedicated to BtoB, on Thursday June 2nd , 2022 in Noom (Plateau, Ivory Coast).

This Forum, the BtoB event of the West African tech start-up ecosystem launching SASEN 2022 scheduled for November 2022, saw the participation of 250 decision makers from Tunisia, Morocco, France, Benin, Senegal and Togo. Speakers discussed issues of the competitiveness of French-speaking start-ups in Africa in the context of fundraising, on women’s issues in the sector and on the role and place of start-ups in the modernization of public administration. . These themes, structuring for the sector, were able to be addressed and were largely accompanied by actions thanks to the impetus of a real business environment aimed at start-ups.

It is in this context presented the synthesized results of the international report of the Global Innovation Index, which for the first time conducted a study on the innovation ecosystem of Côte d’Ivoire with # CI20 as an example of good practice. In fact, #CI20 brings together more than 10 National Excellence Award winners and more than 85 national and international awards generating a combined turnover of 11 billion FCFA in 2021 and contributing to the creation of road- old jobs in the sub-region.

Sponsor of this event, the Minister, Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Abdourahmane Cissé announced the opening of the reflections, led by #CI20, on the creation of a start-up campus.

Steven BEDI, President of #Ci20 said: “ We are happy and proud of the success of the first edition of the SASEN Business Forum. This demonstrates the need to create spaces where all stakeholders in the ecosystem can come together to create synergies. At #Ci20, our ambition is to make the continent the center for innovation and startups and so far, since March 2021, we have been engaged in a program to create 2,000 jobs in two years using information -based technologies and communication. We are also in talks with various partners for creating the first Start-ups financing vehicle for start-ups.. »

About Ivory Coast Innovation 20 (#Ci20)

#Ci20 is a college of innovation companies grouped together in an unified form. Its goal is to bring together the best in Ivory Coast Start-ups and be their spokesperson. With 11 National Excellence Award winners and more than 85 national and international awards, the 15 young entrepreneurs who make up #Ci20 have never had ambition other than to shine the flag of Côte d’Ivoire. This by creating thousands of jobs. It is with this ultimate goal that they have come together to provide a speaker with the highest authority to help create a favorable regulatory framework by working from start to finish on the “START-UP LAW” in 2021. and to promote competitiveness. Ivorian start- ups through privileged and controlled access to financing and markets through the STARTUP4GOUV initiative. In other words, give Côte d’Ivoire and Africa true national Tech champions by appointing the government’s Ambassadors & Innovation Nuggets.

About SASEN (African Startups and Digital Economy Fair)

SASEN is the international exhibition, exchange and promotion fair for French-speaking startups and technological solutions serving the development challenges of the African continent organized by #CI20.

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