b'SENEGALSTART-UP ACCELERATORLaunched in 2018, the Senegalentrepreneurs are selected to Start-Up Accelerator providesmove forward in the process. entrepreneurs who have innovativeThese ten finalists then undergo ideas for the agricultural sectoran intensive boot camp with with the skills they need tobusiness experts and then pitch for turn their ideas into reality. Intheir place in the accelerator. Five partnership with Reach for Change,entrepreneurs go forward to take an international nonprofit focusedpart in the six-month program. on social entrepreneurship, the KICParticipants are guided through is helping fledgling businesses inthe early stages of business the country test and iterate theirgrowth, learning everything from solutions to develop a sustainablehow to develop customer profiles business model.and how to carry out competitor The program starts with aanalysis, to how to make a week-long selection processproduct roadmap and develop a where potential candidates aresustainable revenue model for their thoroughly introduced to thebusiness. Six months later, the aim program and the program leadersis to launch five new businesses to their business ideas. Withwith the potential to help transform this depth of understanding, tenthe agricultural industry in Senegal.STIMULATING THE SPIRIT OFENTREPRENEURSHIP IN CTE DIVOIREIn 2018, we expanded the activitiesyoung Ivorian entrepreneursthan 300 entrepreneurs in coastal of the Kosmos Innovation Centerand small enterprises developcommunities have been selected to (KIC) into Cte dIvoire withtheir businesses sustainably andtake part in the program. Over the the launch of a comprehensiveunlock economic prosperitycourse of four months, participants business accelerator programin the countrys coastal andreceive intensive business and called Stimulating the Spirit ofother regions. The programmanagerial support training, Entrepreneurship in Cte dIvoire.was developed in partnershipfinancial consultancy, and one-to-The accelerator aims to helpwith the Direction Gnrale desone mentorship. Hydrocarbures (DGH) and isAfter the four-month incubation being delivered by TechnoServe,period, all 300 entrepreneurs an international nonprofit thatpresent their work to a jury. promotes business solutions toAround 180 will progress through poverty in the developing worldthis stage, and receive five by linking people to information,months of additional support to capital, and markets.help implement their business Through the accelerator program,growth plan. Further training and small enterprises led by womenmentoring is provided, as well as and men are learning how tosupport for accessing financial overcome barriers to growthinstitutions and funding. and how to build competitiveFor more information about the businesses that generate wealth forKosmos Innovation Center, visit fellow Ivorians through improvedwww.kosmosinnovationcenter.com.sales and new job creation. More 39'