African Business Incubator Communities

Funded by the European Union, BIC Africa supports business incubators to drive innovative start-ups across, focusing on youth and women.

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About our project
Who we are

About our project

BIC Africa, funded by the European Union, is a regional network supporting selected business incubators (BIs) in stimulating entrepreneurship and creating and consolidating new innovative start-ups in Eastern and Southern Africa, with a specific focus on youth and women. We seek to strengthen entrepreneurship and foster decent job creation and sustainable livelihoods.

We support, connect and promote business incubators, tech hubs and innovators of all kinds, and we explore business and public/private investment opportunities with local and European initiatives and companies.

BIC Africa is implemented by EBN (European Business and Innovation Centre Network) is a not-for-profit that serves a pan-European, global community of people that use innovative business as a driver for regional (economic) development.

EBN’s initiatives include EU|BIC certification, development and distribution of quality business support programmes, facilitation and initiation of project collaborations, global networking and advocacy for excellent business support actors like the EU|BICs.

Our services

What we can do for you

BIC Africa facilitates capacity building of business incubators and their client companies via training, coaching, mentoring and knowledge sharing, regional and international networking and exchange among business incubation actors.

Annual Congress
Annual Congress

An annual networking event bringing together a wide variety of regional stakeholders from both continents.

AU - EU Twinning
AU - EU Twinning

A twinning programme with EU|BICs for African BIs

AU/EU Policy Workshop
AU/EU Policy Workshop

Organisation of policy dialogues and workshops for AU and EU government institutions.

Helpdesk & Advisory Services
Helpdesk & Advisory Services

Helpdesk and advisory services for BIs and other stakeholders.

Mentoring
Mentoring

A mentoring programme for the selected BIs staff

On-site Bootcamp Training
On-site Bootcamp Training

A series of onsite training opportunities for the BIs staff members.

Soft-Landing Services
Soft-Landing Services

For client companies from African incubators that will be hosted by EU|BICs for short periods of time.

Tailored Advice
Tailored Advice

Organise a tailored consultation and support.

Virtual Academy
Virtual Academy

A virtual training centre with a range of training modules.

Our network

BIC Africa - a growing community

4 countries
8+ incubators
9+ partners
Insights

Latest news, projects & events

Mapping Somalia Business Incubators Ecosystem

25 Aug. 22
Under the Business Incubators to Support Entrepreneurship and MSME Creation in Somalia project, funded by the EU and managed by a UNIDO, conducted business incubators mapping for Somalia.
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BIC Africa participated at the TEI IYBA Working Group on Ecosystem Development Online Workshop with External Stakeholders

19 Jul. 22
BIC Africa participated at the Team Europe Initiative (TEI) Investing in Young Businesses in Africa (IYBA) Working Group on Ecosystem Development online workshop with External Stakeholders
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BIC Africa took part at the EBN Congress 2022 in Brussels, attended by more than 200 participants.

29 Jun. 22
BIC Africa took part at the EBN (European Business and Innovation Centre Network) congress 2022 on 24th and 25th May in Brussels.
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BIC Africa met with the H2020 ICT-58 Family Projects

15 Jun. 22
On Thursday, 14th of June 2022, BIC Africa met digitally with H2020 ICT-58 family projects
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BIC Africa visited the BIC Ethiopia project and Ethiopian start-up ecosystem

13 Jun. 22
BIC Africa visited the BIC Ethiopia project and Ethiopian start-up ecosystem
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BIC Africa Business Acceleration Programme for Women Entrepreneurs second cohort kicked off

06 Jun. 22
BIC Africa Business Acceleration Programme for Women Entrepreneurs second cohort kicked off on 27th May 2022
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Call for Expression of Interest

23 May. 22
Call for Expression of Interest for Business Incubator in Ethiopia
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Our first Newsletter - May 2022

12 May. 22
BIC Africa Newsletter first edition – May 2022
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