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African Startups Selected to Join Dubai Mentorship Program


TechInAfrica – Earlier this year, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has anounced 10 startups from Africa and UAE to participate in its Global Business Forum (GBF) Mentorship Programme which was launched as part of Africa Tech Summit Kigali.

Five African startups will join the Dubai mentorship program, namely: FarmGate Africa, a startup using advanced technologies to connect international buyers and farming clusters;, an online marketplace for renting and selling construction equipment; Complete Farmer, a crowd-farming platform focused on building sustainable farms; Engineering Hub Ltd, a provider of IT services and solutions for mobile and banking integration platforms; and RideSafe, an mobile application offering real-time health solutions.

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The selection means the start of the second phase of the programme which involves intensive mentorship and training sessions. Following the three-month period, selected startups will be given an opportunity to participate in a session at the 5th Global Business Forum on Africa in November 2019 and exhibit during the high-level business forum in Dubai.

The selection of participating startups is an important step forward in establishing bridges of communication and cross-border cooperation between UAE and African startups, stated H.E. Hamad Buamim, President & CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Many of the the selected startups specialized in advanced technologies, smart solutions, fintech and AI, would pave the way for mutual benefits and growth for both business communities.

“Startups are playing an active role in fostering innovation as they leverage and test out cutting-edge technologies that improve the way we live and work. The GBF Mentorship Programme provides an ideal platform for high-potential startups to develop their business concepts, benefit from collaboration, access new growth opportunities through the Global Business Forum on Africa platform, and build valuable partnerships,” he said, adding that such efforts fall complement Dubai Chamber’s programmes and initiatives offered to entrepreneurs through Dubai Startup Hub.


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