Invited to apply at www.kinstartup.com, selected idea and project carriers from the seven eligible provinces will participate, starting September 6, in the televised competition that will be broadcast in October. International, the fourth edition of the Kin Startup Academy (KSA) presented by its founder Shola Deen, on the occasion of the press conference held on August 16 at Clé des châteaux, now includes the Congolese diaspora from Congo-Brazza, Belgium and France. The outlines of the next edition, the fourth, were revealed by its main players, in this case coaches Paul-Martin Mutanda, Dey Muller and Félix Mangwangu, KSA partner and general coordinator of the Ishango startup center, accompanied by Nathalia, official representative of KSA partner, the Hanns Seidel Foundation.
The registration for the KSA set at $10 will constitute the pot reserved for funding the top three of this edition. Shola Deen highlighted in this regard that the amount raised will be used to reward them: “Prizes will be awarded to the three winners, the first will receive a $5,000 envelope, the second $3,000 and the third $2,000 as a scholarship”. which, according to him, “turn them into investor candidates and have discounts on all training courses at the Ishango startup center”. Knowing this at the base, Shola Deen recalled, the KSA “the mission of transforming the mentality of the young Congolese trained to become an employee at the end of their studies, encouraging them to create companies in the thought of solving problems in their environment and creating jobs for others”.
Recalling that the Ishango startup center is the government’s main program for training young people in entrepreneurship, Félix Mangwangu underlined that, for this purpose, it provides “a complete training and support course”. This one “it starts at the university with the stimulus that goes through the Kin Start up Academy to turn your ideas into projects. And they are taken to the Isango startup center that turns them into successful businesses.”, He explained. Integrated with each other, the two projects, Isango and KSA startup center, “support young people from start to finish to improve the success rate of their startups and furthermore significantly reduce the unemployment rate in DRC for one year”.
Systemage CEO Paul-Martin Mutanda specifically intervenes in profiling the KSA 4 issue, he said, of “ensure candidates have good projects”. and what is more “Guide them by creating a good ecosystem around them. Knowing that profiling provides an archetypal operational map, like a department, to identify the project leader and make him/her efficient, make him/her acquire the necessary skills to succeed and ensure the development of your company over time. The objective is to support the activities of the winners, these new entrepreneurs, who are configured with their skills and abilities ». Godfather of KSA 4, coach Dey Muller, economic operator since 2006 in France, intends to share the experience acquired as a business manager in various areas of activity including transport, construction, accounting expertise, cleaning and communication. But also science, strong knowledge acquired in studies in management and business strategies. The involvement of the Hanns Seidel Foundation in the KSA is seen as an important partnership that fits the vision of the Bavarian NGO, as stated by Nathalia, of fighting youth unemployment in the DRC through innovative projects.
Supporting the speakers’ comments, testimonials from businesspeople Elie Mbeki and Jean-Paul Mangata Ntetika informed the audience about the KSA’s effectiveness. Project leaders in previous editions, both have embarked on promising entrepreneurial adventures through The flower and Tomela wines. The respective labels of their production of “culinary broths and wine condiments” by manufacture “wines made from fruit juice from the DRC region”. It should be noted that, launched in 2018 with about thirty young people from Kinshasa, KSA returned for a second larger edition in 2019, welcoming more than 2,000. And the third in 2020 was developed with the participation extended to young people from five provinces on the ground floor.