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

Press release

#CI20 (Ivory Coast Innovation 20), on Thursday, June 2, 2022, organized 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 (Ivory Coast Innovation 20), a college that brings together 15 nuggets of Ivorian Tech, has organized
first SASEN Business Forum, the SASEN side event dedicated to BtoB, on Thursday June 2, 2022 at
Noom (Plateau, Ivory Coast).

This Forum, the BtoB event of the West African tech start-up ecosystem launching the planned SASEN 2022
in November 2022, saw the participation of 250 decision makers from Tunisia, Morocco, France,
Benin, Senegal and Togo. The speakers discussed the issues of competitiveness of
start-ups from French-speaking 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, can meet and especially organize actions thanks to
the impetus of a real business environment for start-ups.

It is in this context that the results of the international report’s summary
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
the winners of the National Excellence Award and more than 85 national and international awards make up a number
combined business of 11 billion FCFA in 2021 and contributed to the creation of hundreds of jobs in
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 reflections, led by #CI20, on
creating a start-up campus.

Steven BEDI, President of #Ci20 stated: “We are happy and proud of its success first
edition of the SASEN Business Forum. This shows the need to create spaces where everyone
ecosystem stakeholders can meet to create synergies. At #Ci20, our
ambition is to make the continent the center of change and start -up and so far, beginning in March 2021, we have begun a program to create 2,000 jobs over two years including
information and communication technology. We are also in discussion
with various partners for the creation of the first vehicle funding start-ups for start-ups
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About Ivory Coast Innovation 20 (#Ci20)
#Ci20 is a college of innovation companies grouped together in an unified form. His 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 fair for the exhibition, exchange and promotion of startups and technological solutions.
francophones in the service of the development challenges of the African continent organized by #CI20.