African Startups will combine with counterparts from the United Arab Emirates in the first-ever Chamberthon event organised by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The get-together will be held on the sidelines of the Africa Tech Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, slated for February 13-15, according to an emailed statement.
Organizers say the event is set to provide a creative environment for participants to collaborate and develop new innovative ideas that will be used to structure the GBF Mentorship Programme, a holistic three-month programme fostering cross-border cooperation between startup communities.
The new mentorship programme is an extension of Dubai Chamber’s Global Business Forum on Africa platform.
A total of 10 startups from the UAE and Africa will be selected to participate in the programme which will provide many benefits beyond mentorship, including access to networking and Dubai Startup Hub services and support, as well as speaking and exhibiting opportunities at the Global Business Forum on Africa in Dubai, taking place in November 2019.
Hamad Buamim, President and CEO, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry said: “By bringing UAE startups to Africa to participate in the Chamberthon, we are creating a platform for continued cooperation between the two business communities. We are very optimistic that this project will achieve its objectives of building an innovative and beneficial mentorship programme for African and UAE startups that will enable them to succeed and grow beyond borders.”
For his part, Andrew Fassnidge, Founder of the Africa Tech Summit said: “We are delighted to partner with the Dubai Chamber at Africa Tech Summit Kigali, connecting Africa and the UAE under this new initiative fostering international co-operation, mentorship and growth. We look forward to seeing this grow over the coming years.”
The Africa Tech Summit, supported by Rwanda’s Ministry of ICT, will provide unparalleled insight, networking and business opportunities for African and international tech leaders and investors who want to do business in Africa. The three-day Summit will connect over 400 digital leaders, finance institutions, investors, regulators, startups, media and leading tech ventures from across Africa and the world.
Amos Desmond Wambi is a Kampala-based multimedia journalist, currently working as the Editorial Manager at East Africa Daily. He has produced serial reports about East African political relations and diplomacy and has written expansively on the region’s nascent oil and gas industry for the past four years.