Angola

Angola

Angola has a population of 32 million as of 2020 of which 49.2% population is aged between 16 to 64 years old. Luanda is the national capital and the largest city. Portuguese is the official language and several Bantu languages like Kikongo, Kimbundo, Tchokwe, Umbundo and others are also spoken. Angola has experienced very strong growth in recent years.

The Angola Startup Ecosystem is ranked at number 115th globally, in the Startupblink global start-up ecosystem index, and shows a positive momentum since 2020.

Luanda is ranked at number 952nd globally out of 1000 cities. Overall, the ecosystem in Luanda has a lot of potential where a significant number of aspiring entrepreneurs are seeking opportunities to strengthen their competencies and their businesses.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia

BIC Ethiopia, funded by the EU, aims at capacitating business incubators in supporting agri-tech and agri-business start-ups and MSMEs to improve market access, generate higher income and create jobs.

BIC Ethiopia will enable existing and new incubators supporting high potential start-ups with an innovative business model addressing market needs and potential in terms of job creation and income generation, and enhance business incubators’ ability to unlock the potential of agri-tech and agri-business by delivering the necessary tools to enable business growth along different stages of maturity.

The BIC Ethiopia project will be implemented by sequa gGmbH (lead), Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations, adelphi gGmbH, Growth Africa, ice Hawassa and Stiftung Menschen für Menschen. The project will run until January 2026.

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Madagascar

Madagascar

Madagascar is the fifth largest island in the world, with a land mass of 587,000 km2 and 25.6 million inhabitants. Madagascar has considerable natural resources and the economic growth accelerated over the last five years to reach an estimated 4.8% in 2019, its fastest pace in over a decade.  However, the country’s human capital index ranking is among the lowest worldwide.

Most populations of Madagascar speak Malagasy, the national language, which is written in the Latin alphabet. French is also widely spoken and is officially recognized.

Somalia

Somalia

Somalia has a population of 15.44 million (2019) with the longest coastline in Africa. It is continuing to rebuild economic governance institutions amid challenging circumstances. Continuous reform implementation enabled Somalia to reach the first milestone in obtaining debt relief and fully reengage with the international community in March 2020. Somalia also has several opportunities. Rapid urbanization, growing use of digital technologies, planned investments in sectors such as energy, sports, education and health can support economic growth and job creation.  Following a prolonged drought, growth was estimated at 2.9% in 2019.

Somali and Arabic are the official languages of Somalia. English is widely spoken and taught. It used to be an administrative language in the British Somaliland protectorate and due to globalization is now also prominent across Somalia. English is the medium of instruction at many universities across Somalia.

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Latest news, projects & events

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 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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UNIDO launches the Somalia chapter of BIC Africa to develop Somalia Business Incubators Ecosystem

27 Apr. 22
UNIDO launches the Somalia chapter of BIC Africa to develop Somalia Business Incubators Ecosystem
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Call for Applications for Acceleration Programme for Women Entrepreneurs

21 Apr. 22
Call for Applications for Women Entrepreneurs
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BIC Ethiopia: Internal kick off event was held in Addis Ababa

06 Apr. 22
BIC Ethiopia: Internal kick off event was held in Addis Ababa
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