# CI20 hosts SASEN Business Forum, the BtoB meeting for the West African start-up ecosystem

(# CI20) – # CI20 (Côte d’Ivoire Innovation 20), organized on Thursday 2 June 2022 the SASEN Business Forum, the side event of the African Startups and Digital Economy Fair, dedicated to BtoB and sponsored by the Minister, Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic of Côte Ivory Coast, Abdourahmane Cissé.

# CI20 (Côte d’Ivoire Innovation 20), a college that brings together 15 gold nuggets of Ivorian Tech, organized the first SASEN Business Forum, the event on the sidelines of SASEN dedicated to BtoB, on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at Noom (Plateau ), Ivory Coast).

This forum, the BtoB event for the West African tech start-up ecosystem launching SASEN 2022, scheduled for November 2022, saw the participation of 250 decision makers from Tunisia, Morocco, France, Benin, Senegal and Togo. The speakers discussed the issue of the competitiveness of start-ups in French-speaking Africa in fundraising, the issues of women in the sector and the role and place of start-ups in the modernization of public administration. These themes, structuring for the sector, have been able to be addressed and, above all, to be accompanied by action thanks to the momentum of a real business environment geared towards start-ups.

It is in this context that the synthesized results of the International Report of the Global Innovation Index were presented, which for the first time conducted a study of the innovation ecosystem in Côte d’Ivoire using # CI20 as an example of good practice. In fact, # CI20 brings together more than 10 winners of the National Excellence Award and more than 85 national and international awards generate a cumulative turnover of 11 billion FCFA in 2021 and have helped create hundreds of jobs in the sub-region.

Sponsor of this event, the Minister, Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Abdourahmane Cissé announced the opening of reflections, led by # CI20, on the creation of a start-up campus.

Steven BEDI, President of # Ci20 said: ” We are happy and proud of the success of this first edition of the SASEN Business Forum. This shows the need to create spaces where all stakeholders in the ecosystem can meet to create synergies. At # Ci20, our ambition is to make the continent the center of innovation and startups, and to this end, since March 2021, we have been committed to a program to create 2,000 jobs over two years with technologies from information and communication. We are also in dialogue with various partners about the creation of the first funding of Start-ups for start-ups.. »

About Ivory Coast Innovation 20 (# Ci20)

# Ci20 is a college of innovation companies gathered in associative form. Its goal is to bring together the best of Ivory Coast Start-ups and to be their spokesperson. With 11 winners of the National Excellence Award and more than 85 national and international awards, the 15 young entrepreneurs who make up # Ci20 have never had any other ambition than to make the Côte d’Ivoire flag shine. This by creating thousands of jobs. It is with this ultimate goal that they have teamed up to provide a dialogue partner to the highest authorities to help create a favorable regulatory framework by working from start to finish on the “START-UP LAW” in 2021 and to promote competitiveness. ups through privileged and controlled access to finance and markets through the STARTUP4GOUV initiative. In short, give Côte d’Ivoire and Africa real national technology masters through the appointment of ambassadors and innovation nuggets by the government.

About SASEN (African Startups and Digital Economy Fair)

SASEN is the international exhibition, exchange and sales fair for French-speaking startups and technological solutions that serve the development challenges on the African continent, organized by # CI20.

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