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.
Chiara Davalli
Chiara Davalli
Impact Manager
Robert Sanders
Robert Sanders
Team Leader
Krisztina Dax
Krisztina Dax
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.

Insights

Latest news, projects & events

Call for Applications: BIC Africa Online Acceleration Programme for Women Entrepreneurs 2024

27 Feb. 24
Application closes on the 19th of March 2024, 6:00 PM CET. 
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BIC Africa participated in the Learn Africa initiative online session: Digital Transformation aimed at African women. 

13 Feb. 24

Ethiopian ESO Ecosystem Mapping Report 2022/23

21 Dec. 23
Ethiopia’s Entrepreneur Support Ecosystem Mapping Report: Growth and Opportunities
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Ethiopian Startup Ecosystem Festival

20 Dec. 23

BIC Africa Online Training 2023

17 Nov. 23
Proven Models and Engaging with Investors
The BIC Africa Online Training – 2023, designed by the BIC Africa Virtual Training Centre.
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BIC Africa Annual Gathering 2023: Promoting shared learning. Driving innovative startups!

16 Nov. 23
The BIC Africa Annual Gathering 2023, co-hosted by the BIC Somali project, took place on the 26th of October 2023 in Nairobi, Kenya.
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BIC Africa Kenya Boot Camp: Impactful Dialogue

12 Nov. 23
The first edition of the BIC Africa African Boot Camp was held successfully on October 24th and 25th in the vibrant city of Nairobi, Kenya.
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BIC Africa Showcased at the AfriLabs Annual Gathering 2023 in Kigali

27 Oct. 23
BIC Africa participated and exhibited in the AfriLabs Annual Gathering 2023 in Kigali, Rwanda
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