The Social & Inclusive Business Camp (SIBC) commits to high-impact entrepreneurs by launching its fifth call for applications for project leaders from across Africa. Interested applicants have until before July 3, 2021 to submit their proposals and participate in the SIBC2021 entrepreneurial adventure.
The Social & Inclusive Business Camp has become a key event for African social entrepreneurs. Since 2017 when it was set up by Campus AFD (French Development Agency), the SIBC has helped scale up nearly 200 African entrepreneurs with a strong social impact. The SIBC aims to support entrepreneurs and create lasting connections with a wide range of ecosystem stakeholders through innovative training sessions and networking with other companies, mentors and potential financial backers.
The entrepreneurs selected at the end of the call for proposals will have access to a three-dimensional programme to get them ready for their next development stage:
- Three months of online learning with peer-to-peer coaching and live virtual classes, resources and practical tools for their companies on 4 key topics: leadership and team building; scaling up; investment readiness and impact measurement.
- One-week in person bootcamp in Marseille (France) during which the SIBC gets a more in-depth look into the programme’s topics, meet investors and potential partners and can pitch their project during the Emerging Valley summit.
- A mentoring journey: the participating entrepreneurs can benefit from one-to-one meetings with mentors from previous years who are still evolving in the sector of social and inclusive entrepreneurship in Africa and who have scaled up and/or raised funds.
In addition to the training offered, the SIBC’s added value lies in its large network of stakeholders. The programme’s networking opportunities are based on 3 main dimensions:
A pan-African community of alumni
The SIBC is committed to bringing this community together by continuing to build bridges between the different editions – especially through mentoring whereby experienced alumni put their heads together each year to support one participant throughout the learning process as well as group sessions that are open to the entire SIBC community. The programme in involved in helping entrepreneurs connect and collaborate more effectively (strategic partnerships, access to new markets, contacts, etc.).
Inspiring encounters with entrepreneurs and experts throughout the learning journey
Peer learning is at the heart of the programme and a large number of experts from across the continent are invited every year to meet the entrepreneurs: investors, HR specialists, management coaches and inspiring entrepreneurs from growing companies all over the continent.
Creating funding opportunities during the Bootcamp and the EMERGING Valley summit
The programme gives companies the opportunity to meet a panel of potential investors and partners. These meetings are key to make a first contact that can lead to fruitful partnerships. During the 2020 edition, 40 investors and financial partners attended to meet the SIBC cohort during the speed-meeting event.
Those keen to apply for the 2021 edition can visit the platform now to see if they are eligible and submit their application. The programme is open to entrepreneurs from all over Africa.
Applications are open until July 3, 2021.
- May 21 – July 3, 2021: application submissions
- July 19, 2021: selection committee
- End of July 2021: announcement of the selected candidates
- End of August 2021: start of the programme and online training
- Early December 2021: Bootcamp and EMERGING Valley summit
The Agence Française de Développement (AFD or French Development Agency) is a public establishment implementing France’s policy on development and international solidarity. The group is involved in over 4000 projects with a strong social and environmental impact in French overseas territories and 115 countries, thereby contributing to France’s commitment to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). From its Marseille-based campus, the AFD works alongside its partners and counterparts to strengthen human capital and entrepreneurial ecosystems in the countries it works in – especially within Africa. By combining the latest active teaching methods with a community learning approach, the campus helps to improve learning curves and opens up the AFD’s networks to change-oriented stakeholders.
Investisseurs & Partenaires is an impact investment group dedicated to SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Since setting up in 2002, I&P has invested in over 120 companies based in fifteen African countries. Since 2016, I&P has been developing its consultancy branch to help improve the business environment in Africa. I&P Conseil mainly focusses on accelerating and training start-ups and entrepreneurs.
African Management Institute (AMI) is a pan-African, women-led social enterprise that uses technology to enable ambitious businesses to thrive across Africa. AMI has already trained over 27,000 people in business and management skills with more than 75 programmes. Founded in 2014, the AMI uses an innovative blend of web and mobile content, interactive workshops and hands-on applications and has implemented programmes in 15 African countries.
ScaleChanger is a social enterprise that helps organisations with a social and/or environmental impact scale up to maximise their impact through strategic and operational support in all phases of development. ScaleChanger operates in Europe and Africa in a process of sharing and networking between stakeholders of social innovation.
StartupBRICS is an innovation consulting firm specialising in African and emerging markets that focusses on ecosystem analysis, sourcing startups and facilitating connections between startups and key accounts. StartupBRICS relies on a powerful network of experts and key field stakeholders that gives it a privileged connection to the digital ecosystems of developing countries, and especially ones in African. The company is behind the EMERGING Valley summit.