Application deadline for 6th EU-Africa Business Forum – Startup Fair extended to October 25

The entry submission deadline for startups keen to participate at  the EU-Africa Business Forum has been extended by 5 more days to Wednesday October 25. The initial deadline was today Friday October 20, 2017.

The European Commission is covering the travel and accommodation cost of 50 EU and 50 African based digital entrepreneurs (maximum of 2 persons per startup) to showcase their services and technology during the 6th EU-Africa Business Forum, on November 27 in Abidjan. The qualifying startups will have the opportunity to showcase their services and technology to investors and decision makers during a Startup Fair and attend a number of side events dedicated to entrepreneurship, digital economy, energy and agriculture.

The Startup Fair will be part of the EU-Africa Business Forum set to run from November 25 – 27, 2017 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, host country of the 5th African Union-European Union Summit of Heads of State and Government. The 6th EU-Africa Business Forum in Abidjan concludes a series of business-related events held in Africa and Europe in the course of 2017 in preparation to the 5th African Union-European Union Summit.

The 6th EU‐Africa Business Forum (EABF) is aimed at increasing investments with development impact in Africa.

With the overall theme being “investing in job creation for youth”, the Business Forum will look at the challenges and opportunities for investment in Africa along four strategic priorities of the EU-Africa cooperation, such as renewable energy, agribusiness, infrastructure and the digital economy, and will aim to provide solutions, particularly for the growing number of young and female entrepreneurs.

Female and youth entrepreneurship will be considered a cross-cutting theme in all discussions in the Forum and will also be subject to a specific thematic session with a strong focus on ensuring decent work and quality jobs for young people and women.

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