Our objectives

– Set up a Europe-Africa Coordination Office & Regional Network

– Better connection and synergies between actors of the regional ecosystem

– Build the capacity of local Business Incubators and their client companies

– Improved understanding of the state-of-the-art of the business incubation

– Establishing and reinforcing a quality label for African business support organisations

– Build a committee of experts overseeing the creation of a certification system

– Communication, dissemination and outreach activities to create a strong brand for the Regional Network

Our mission

Successful start-ups and small companies, need equally strong business support actors to achieve their goals. EACO facilitates the activities of BIC Africa in Angola, Ethiopia, Madagascar and Somalia.
We work to stimulate knowledge sharing among the wider incubation ecosystem for business incubators to benefit from cooperation with other initiatives, collaborations between innovation hubs, and shared business opportunities in Europe and Africa.

Meet the team

The EACO team consists of highly experienced professionals from the business incubation and innovation sector across Europe. Together with our partners at the EU Delegations, the European Commission DG International Partnerships, and the local incubator experts we seek to provide timely and impeccable services, whilst always adhering to the highest levels of quality.
Robert Sanders
Robert Sanders
Team Leader
Rubén Carrandi
Rubén Carrandi
Project Manager
Bram Pauwels
Bram Pauwels
Communication Manager
Dawit Dagnew
Dawit Dagnew
Communication Officer
Joao Carvalho
Joao Carvalho
Event Manager
Florian Sora
Florian Sora
M&E Manager
Thierry Veys
Thierry Veys
Finance Manager
Our network

Discover BIC Africa

BIC Africa is a regional network that aims to support selected business incubators (BIs). It facilitates capacity building, helps BIs benefit from the exchanges and cooperation with other initiatives, improves the connection between European and African innovation hubs to develop international collaboration, explores business opportunities with European companies, and ensures the quality standards are respected in all supported incubators.

BIC Africa is commissioned by the European Union and implemented by EBN. The project will run from 2021 to 2025.


Latest news, projects & events

Developing the Business Incubation Ecosystem in Somalia and Somaliland – Somali Boot Camp

28 Mar. 23

BIC Africa Acceleration Programme for Women Entrepreneurs 2023

20 Mar. 23
Acceleration Programme for Woman Entrepreneurs Third cohort
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BIC Africa’s online Boot Camp brings together Business Incubators from Somali and Comoros

24 Feb. 23

BIC Africa participated in the Ethiopian Diaspora & Startup workshop held online & in Addis Ababa

18 Feb. 23

BIC Africa organises the first Annual Gathering 2022 in Addis Ababa.

08 Dec. 22

We've kicked off the first BIC Africa Bootcamp in Brussels, Belgium

29 Nov. 22

Meet the winners of the AU YOUTH PAVILLION BIC Africa- AeTrade Business Idea Challenge.

26 Nov. 22

Join the BIC Africa – AeTrade at the Africa Industrialization Week (AIW2022)

22 Nov. 22
Join the BIC Africa – AeTrade at the Africa Industrialization Week (AIW2022)
23rd November 2022, Niamey, Niger and Online.
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