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

(#CI20) – The #CI20 (Côte d’Ivoire Innovation 20), organized this 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 Ivory Coast, Abdourahmane Cissé.

#CI20 (Côte d’Ivoire Innovation 20), a faculty that brings together 15 tech nuggets from Côte d’Ivoire, organized the first SASEN Business Forum, the SASEN sideline 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 SASEN 2022 scheduled for November 2022, was attended by 250 decision-makers from Tunisia, Morocco, France, Benin, Senegal and Togo. Speakers discussed the issues of competitiveness of start-ups in 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 modernizing public administration. These structuring themes for the sector could be addressed and, above all, accompanied by actions thanks to the impetus of a true business environment geared towards start-ups.

It is in this context that the summarized results of the international report of the Global Innovation Index were presented, which for the first time carried out a study on the innovation ecosystem of Côte d’Ivoire with the #CI20 as an example of good practice. In fact, the #CI20 brings together more than 10 winners of the National Excellence Award and more than 85 national and international awards generate a cumulative turnover of 11 billion FCFA in 2021 and contributed to the creation of hundreds of jobs in the sub-region.

Sponsor of this event, the Minister, Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic of Ivory Coast, Abdourahmane Cissé, announced the opening of 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 this first edition of the SASEN Business Forum. This demonstrates the need to create spaces where all actors in the ecosystem can meet to create synergies. At #Ci20, our ambition is to make the continent the center of innovation and startups and for that, since March 2021, we have been engaged in a program to create 2,000 jobs over two years with information and communication technologies.. We are also in discussions with several partners to create the first Start-up funding vehicle for start-ups.. »

About the Ivory Coast Innovation 20 (#Ci20)

#Ci20 is a college of innovation companies gathered in an associative way. Its aim is to bring together the best of 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 that make up the #Ci20 never had any ambition other than to make the flag of Côte d’Ivoire shine. This creating thousands of jobs. It is with this ultimate goal that they have come together to give the highest authorities an interlocutor to help create a favorable regulatory framework, working from start to finish on “START-UP LAW” in 2021 and to promote competitiveness. ups through privileged and controlled access to finance and markets through the STARTUP4GOUV initiative. In short, give Côte d’Ivoire and Africa true national technology champions through the government’s appointment of Innovation Ambassadors and Nuggets.

About SASEN (African Fair of Startups and Digital Economy)

SASEN is the international fair for the exhibition, exchange and promotion of francophone startups and technological solutions that meet the development challenges of the African continent organized by #CI20.

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