Five startups from Africa have been selected to participate in the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Global Business Forum (GBF) Mentorship Programme which aims to foster cross-border cooperation and help participants expand their global presence.
The five startups will join five UAE startups who are members of Dubai Startup Hub, in the three-month programme. They include:
- Farmgate (Nigeria): A startup using advanced technologies to connect international buyers and farming clusters
- Quip.link (Kenya): An online marketplace for renting and selling construction equipment
- Complete Farmer (Ghana): A crowd-farming platform focused on building sustainable farms;
- Engineering Hub Ltd (Ghana): A provider of IT services and solutions for mobile and banking integration platforms.
- RideSafe (Kenya): A mobile application offering real-time health solutions.
The selection marks the start of the second phase of the programme which involves intensive training and mentorship 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.
H.E. Hamad Buamim, President & CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry said the selection of participating startups is an important step forward in establishing bridges of communication and cross-border cooperation between UAE and African startups.
He pointed out that many of the selected startups specialise in advanced technologies, smart solutions, artificial intelligence and fintech, adding collaboration these key areas 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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