a first edition of Challenge + Africa ended under the sign of success

(HEC PARIS) – Thursday, October 6th, marked the end of the adventure of the first promotion of the Challenge + Africa program. The 19 businessmen met during the Start-Up Demo Day, the day that ends a rich year in the stands at HEC Paris, where motivation and ambition punctuated these eight months of training.

Organized at Maison de l’Entreprise in the Plateau district of Abidjan, this event was an opportunity for these participants to present their projects to a large audience that came to watch the Demo Day. Institutions, entrepreneurs and potential investors thus gathered on the 6th of October to celebrate and identify the future offspring of Africa of tomorrow.

Among the personalities present, Mrs. Françoise RemarckMinister of Culture and La Francophonie, SE Jean-Christophe BeillardFrench Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire, but also Stéphane Aka-AnghuiExecutive Director of CGECI, General Confederation of Companies of Côte d’Ivoire, and Mr Denis Motte, President of French Tech Abidjan, honored this event. Firstly, they came to find out who learns to dare, to use the business school’s famous motto, they also came to praise a program with recognized success, combining HEC Paris excellence with the best local knowledge.

If the objective of the HEC Start-Up Demo Day was above all for these 19 participants – 15 promoters and 4 co-promoters – to validate the concept of their projects before a jury chaired by Daouda Coulibaly, President of the Alumni, it was especially that these women and men define contemporary Africa and the future of the continent they desire.

Whether EdTech, FinTech, companies operating in the aquaculture, IT or energy sectors, the projects carried out by the participants were as diverse as they were varied. Four start-ups particularly impressed the jury:

  • innovatinga management app for small merchants run by Alex DEGNY, has been declared the winner of the Demo Day.
  • Studiesplatform that offers e-learning solutions to facilitate the development of skills and developed by Lamine Barro, received the Second Prize.
  • Dephi Banka cryptocurrency app created by François Hervé and François Caille, received third prize.
  • Finally, precious fabricsa garment development project based on African fabrics led by Anna Kouama, received the Coup de Coeur award from the jury.

Alexis John Ahyee, Managing Director, West and Central Africa Office, HEC Pariswelcomed the success of this event: “This is the first time in Côte d’Ivoire that we have organized an event such as the HEC Start-Up Demo Day. The success of this first edition was there. Emulation, ambition and motivation punctuated this day. What great projects have been presented to us and we wish these experienced entrepreneurs the best in developing their start-ups..”

Per Emma Cochrane, Director of Strategic Projects at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at HEC ParisThe projects we had the opportunity to hear reflect the effervescence of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Africa. Driven by a common purpose, to respond to a need identified by innovation, the 19 participants captivated us, both by their profiles, their origins and their ideas..”

The HEC Start-Up Demo Day was finally the opportunity to welcome the second promotion of the Challenge + Africa program, thus reflecting the lowering of the curtain on the first cohort and on this day. It will then be the turn of the 18 participants from various backgrounds, including 16 promoters and 2 co-producers, to present their ideas for the next Demo Day. In the meantime, we wish them a good start to the new school year!

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