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Entrepreneurs Training | Social and Inclusive Business Camp | Wirkish, 2021

Deadline: July 3rd, 2021

Registartions are ongoing into the Social and Inclusive Business Camp. Now in its 5th edition, the Social & Inclusive Business Camp is an acceleration and capacity building program dedicated to entrepreneurs presenting a project with an impact on the African continent and having the desire to develop their activity (scaling up).

It is a hybrid support program, comprising:

  • 3 months of remote coaching on a dedicated online platform, alternating interactive virtual classes with international experts and educational resources to be consulted independently;
  • 1 week of intensive Bootcamp in Marseille, France, in partnership with the EMERGING Valley Summit (event dedicated to emerging innovations between Europe and Africa);
  • The possibility for each participant to be followed by a mentor, experienced alumni of the program; 
  • Networking , through integration into an active and ambitious international community of 200 entrepreneurs and networking with investors and financial partners during the Bootcamp.

Since the first edition in 2017, the SIBC has supported 200 entrepreneurs with an impact on the African continent in their scaling up, the measurement of their social performance and their preparation for fundraising.

The program is organized around 4 key themes: 

  • Leadership, governance and team: better define its purpose and act, structure its
  • governance and organize its teams for successful growth;
  • Scale up: adapt your business model and build your scale up strategy to multiply its impact;
  • ESG & Impact: define its ESG policy (Environmental, Social and Good Governance criteria) & Impact and measure its social performance;
  • Investment preparation: specify your financing needs, understand investors’ expectations and prepare your fundraising. 

Eligibility

To apply, the company must meet all of these criteria:  

  • Be a legally registered business;
  • Justify a positive impact in Africa: social or environmental impact, activity serving vulnerable populations (women, people with disabilities, refugees, etc.) and / or creating jobs for these populations;
  • Justify first customers, a turnover and a balanced economic model or a medium-term profitability objective;
  • Have a desire for growth and present a scaling up strategy taking into account the maximization of social or environmental impact.

Additional Criteria

  • The candidate representing the company, called “project leader”, must be the founder, co-founder, manager or at least in a position to make strategic decisions for the company; 
  • The candidate will have to make sure to have a sufficiently stable internet access to be able to follow the training and exchange times under good conditions; 
  • The candidate must be able to allocate time to the program over the period from September to early December 2021, at the rate of approximately 2 hours per week over this period.

Will not be eligible:

  • Individual applications; 
  • Associations that do not have an economic model or profitability objective;
  • Public and parapublic organizations;
  • Companies at the project stage (without first income, prototype or proof of concept).

How To Apply

The application must consist of:

  • An application form to fill out (questions about the project leader, the company, its structure, its impact and its scaling-up strategy); 
  • Proof of legal registration of the company (registration document, articles of association, etc.) 
  • Financial statements for the last 3 years (or if a younger company, since its creation)
  • Detailed CV of the project leader 
  • As an option, a pitch-deck or a presentation of your company (optional)

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