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December 2023

SEEDS THINK-TANK 2023 - germany, NEUSS, 2ND DECEMBER 

The SEEDS Think-Tank 2023 is the PHYSICAL event that  focused on catalyzing Africa's economic growth and entrepreneurship impact through the contribution of its diaspora.

 The event, held on December 2, 2023, highlighted the challenges in African startup funding, with only 1.2% of global funding raised in 2022. The panel discussion addressed issues such as funding disparities in French-speaking countries, sector-specific funding challenges, gender imbalances, and the potential of local resources.

Four collaborative work sessions explored how the African diaspora ecosystem could unite for a more significant entrepreneurship impact, focusing on technologies, finances, resources, competences, and authorities and regulations.

Key outcomes about the SEEDS Think-Tank 2023 are outlined in our blog article titled "CATALYZING AFRICA'S ECONOMIC GROWTH AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP IMPACT" by Steve Pentang.

These key outcomes included recommendations to focus on sustainable energy in the technologies sector, raising awareness of energy consumption, and creating a platform for information and education. In finances, efforts were directed towards raising awareness, diversifying investments, and fostering a real network. The resources and competences session emphasized customer-oriented approaches, exploring unused potential, and reinforcing mentoring programs. The authorities and regulations group highlighted the importance of understanding legal frameworks and creating regulations to attract more investment.

The event concluded with a networking session, fostering meaningful connections among participants. The main takeaways, that can be found here, included actionable ideas and solutions to amplify the impact of the African diaspora on entrepreneurship in Africa. The success of the event laid the foundation for future initiatives and collaborations, with participants expressing enthusiasm for the transformative insights gained. 

Stay tuned for the next SEEDS Think Tank the next year!

 
 
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March 2020

SEEDS THINK-TANK - germany, munich, 27 march 2021
 
 

This is the LIVE + DIGITAL event that shared the lessons learned of the NABIKO mentoring program 2019/2020.

 
 

HERE'S WHAT
HAPPENED

AT SEEDS THINK TANK 2021

Nothing can replace human interaction, but the power of online allowed us to bring details of SEEDS activities to the diaspora and share lessons learned from the NABIKO mentoring program 2019/2020 around the world.

The SEEDS network hosted the Think Tank 2021, a live-digital conference held under the theme of “Innovative startup mentoring in Africa from the diaspora”. This event engaged leaders, investors, entrepreneurs and relevant key players as they discussed the bridging factors for sustainable development amid investments in Africa. The conference was held in Munich, March 27, 2021, with speakers joining physically and virtually from different continents.

Thank you for participating in this first edition of the SEEDS´ live-digital events. If you would like to watch the sessions again, the event is available here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAt we talked 
about

3 hours, 5 key themes, 3 continents, over 80 participants, discussions, keynotes, and fireside chats facilitated by journalist Liz Shoo to focus on sharing, supporting, empowering, developing, and enabling unleashing potential of African entrepreneurs and leaders. Interactive exchanges through break-out sessions and chats with SEEDS moderators, Thierry Djeumo, Dr Jules Keghié, and Papdo Kouam targeted operating models for the investment in Africa, relevant incentives for better entrepreneurship, and also leveraging mentorship. The results of these exchanges, as well as the interaction through surveys and the panel discussion with Tara Méité (Afrika Verein), Prof. Solomon Agbo (Research Center Julich), Eric Ntonfo (Fiatope), Benjamin Ngongang (O'Botama), helped to collect some important quotes.

 

 

 

 

 

And when it comes to take action, participants mentioned a lot of obstacles that economically prevent from investing in Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Certainly Prof. Solomon Agbo showed his understanding for this problematic thus he said 

 

 

The actual COVID-19 pandemic has unveiled many new business models around the world again supporting the idea that well in the midst of the biggest challenges, innovation can follow and change the course of things provided we take the right steps.

It was all about MORE

AND ALSO networking,

growing together

 

Join us @ SEEDS investing with your skills, finances, time as a VOLUNTEER, INVESTOR, PARTNER, or just be part of our network. LETS's GROW TOGETHER!

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“The question is not why we should we invest, but rather if we can afford not to..”

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- Improving African entrepreneurship should not focus only on mentoring for knowledge transfer between African entrepreneurs and African experts acting locally as well as in the diaspora, but as summarized by Dr Jules Keghié -

 

- investing in promising businesses in Africa is the key to sustainable development. Due diligence is important, and as Liz Shoo mentioned, investing is definitely about taking risks. But in the end as Tara Méité once again pointed out, -

“also investing in infrastructure for education and mindset change is essential ...”

“ We know that there are a lot of challenges, but we know that all these challenges are opportunities ... it is very important for us African that we take the lead. It is our continent, it is our problem ... ”

© 2021 by SEEDS e.V.

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April 2022

NABIKO BOOT CAMP - CAMEROON, Yaoundé, 18 - 24.04.2022

SEEDS e.V. together with O'BOTAMA Yaoundé, CAMEROON

 
 

This year's boot camp started with a welcome day opened to the public on 18 April 2022 and welcomed a very mixed professional blend of attendees. Experienced entrepreneurs, young startups, academics and more.
The second part of this event, that went from 19-24 April was centered around the acceleration of the projects of 10 previously selected startups in closed working sessions with mentors and experts active in Cameroon and abroad.

© 2022 by SEEDS e.V.

WELCOME DAY

 

A quick summary of the actors who had a part in the planning and materialization this year's NABIKO project and were present:

  • The-SEEDS.net team, with Steve Pentang, together with Dr. Armel Djeukou, Blandine Nganso, and Dr. Gael Tchoukio. 

  • The O'BOTAMA incubator, acting as the local partner implementing the mentoring program in Cameroon .

  • Most importantly, African experts from the diaspora in fields of informatics, healthcare, finances, marketing, transportation, telecommunication, and more who served as mentors: Papdo Kouam, Dr. Randolf Odi, Evariste Happi, Merlin Tonka, Evariste Happi, Divine Winter, Dr. Jules Keghie, Yawo Afande, Laurentine Anaba, Thierry Djeumo, Dr. Chuembou Pekam, Omer Dotou, Laurette Odi, Merlin Tamboula.

ROLLING UP THE SLEEVES THROUGH THE WEEK

 

The rest of the week was devoted to an intensive schedule of presentations, workshops, and inspirational talks. All material was carefully designed to help startups get the most out of their time in the boot camp. The 10 selected startups were:

WOFIL  |  MBOU TECH  |  SAFERTECH  |  ALIMENTS BENIN  |  ELOH FARMS AFRICA

D&D ENTREPRISE  | NUTRIMAXX ENTREPRISE  |  STA-SARL  |  SCOPE  |  AKINTOLA AGRIBUSINESS

Having met their mentors for the first time on Welcome Day, the rest of the Boot Camp was centered around helping the startups get a better vision of their projects and themselves as entrepreneurs. 

WHAT’S NEXT?

On the last day, startups hopped on trains, caught busses and took planes back to their home cities and countries.

Over the next eight months, the startups will communicate with their mentors via online platforms to set goals, measure progress, and grow, grow, grow!

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Rebecca Enonchong, CEO of ACTIVSPACES opened the Think-Tank session motivating young people to take responsibilities as leaders and entrepreneurs in their local communities.

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Februrary 2020

NABIKO BOOT CAMP - CAMEROON, Yaoundé, 24 - 28.02.2020

SEEDS e.V. together with O'BOTAMA Yaoundé, CAMEROON

This is the week-long event that kicked off the NABIKO mentoring program of SEEDS e.V. network and O'BOTAMA incubator.

 

 

The boot camp started with a welcome day opened to the public on 24 February 2020 that was attended by young startups, experienced entrepreneurs, university responsibles, social influencers, journalists, entertainers and more.  During the second part of this event, from 25 - 28 February, 10 previously selected startups could see their projects accelerated in closed working sessions with African experts and mentors operating locally in Cameroon and in the diaspora.

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WELCOME DAY

 

Several important actors who planned and realized the NABIKO project were present. These were:

  • Representatives of the CIM-GIZ, the German government's competence center in charge of sponsoring this program, Brice Chuepo

  • The-SEEDS.net team, with Steve Pentang, together with Dr. Armel Djeukou, Blandine Nganso, and Dr. Gael Tchoukio

  • The O'BOTAMA incubator, acting as the local partner implementing the mentoring program in Cameroon with Raissa Yossa and Benjamin Ngongang

  • Most importantly African experts from the diaspora in fields of informatics, healthcare, finances, marketing, transportation, telecommunication and more who serve also as mentors: Papdo Kouam, Dr. Randolf Odi, Evariste Happi, Merlin Tonka.

Opening the boot camp week at the Welcome day, SEEDS co-founder, Dr. Gael Tchoukio insisted on the main goal of the program focussed on knowledge transfer for accelerating projects of young entrepreneurs in Cameroon particularly and Africa in general.

 

 

 

 

This is just were CIM's representative, Brice Chuepo, took on to recall their reasons for sponsoring the NABIKO project.

Towards the day, keynote speakers addressed the startups, offering advice and valuable insights in entrepreneurship. The first keynote was given by 'Les frères Bélibi' from the startup PNEUPUR showcasing their journey as entrepreneurs in Cameroon acting at an innovative, international level. They were followed by the speaker Rollin Foko, business development expert and promoter of M2B Conseils in Douala. In a short time, he could highlight the added value of experienced local entrepreneurs for coaching. 

Later, keynote speaker, Papdo Kouam was interacting with the audience on how to pitch. He brilliantly delivered one of the most important key messages of the NABIKO boot camp in just four letters. This is what every entrepreneur should always have in mind when presenting his idea.

Finally, the day ended with an informal drink with finger food and a chance to network.

ROLLING UP THE SLEEVES THROUGH THE WEEK

 

The rest of the week was devoted to an intensive schedule of presentations, workshops, and inspirational talks. All material was carefully designed to help startups get the most out of their time in the boot camp. The 10 selected startups were: BABYCARE, BOOKBOOKSHOP, MUYANG CORNER (MC), DJAM TECHNOLOGIES,