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

Press release

# CI20 (Ivory Coast 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 d’Ivoire, Abdourahmane Cissé.

# CI20 (Ivory Coast Innovation 20), a college that collects 15 nuggets of Ivorian Tech, organized
first SASEN Business Forum, SASEN’s side event dedicated to BtoB, Thursday 2 June 2022 at
Noom (Plateau, Ivory Coast).

This forum, the BtoB event for the West African tech start-up ecosystem launching the planned SASEN 2022
in November 2022, 250 decision-makers from Tunisia, Morocco, France,
Benin, Senegal and Togo. The speakers discussed the issues of competitiveness of
start-ups from French-speaking Africa in connection with fundraising, on issues concerning women in the sector
and on the role and place of start-ups in the modernization of public administration.

These themes,
structuring for the sector, could be addressed and, in particular, accompanied by action thanks to
the impetus for a real business environment for start-ups.

It is in this context that the summarized results of the international report from
Global Innovation Index, which for the first time conducted a study on the innovation ecosystem of
Côte d’Ivoire with # CI20 as an example of good practice. In fact, # CI20 collects more than 10
winners of the National Excellence Award and more than 85 national and international awards generate a number
cumulative business of FCFA 11 billion in 2021 and contributed to the creation of hundreds of jobs in
subregion.

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

Steven BEDI, President of # Ci20 stated: “We are delighted and proud of the success of this first
edition of the SASEN Business Forum. This shows the need to create space where everyone
ecosystem stakeholders can meet to create synergies. At # Ci20, ours
The ambition is to make the continent the center of innovation and start-ups, and for this purpose we have since March 2021 started a program that will create 2,000 jobs over two years with
information and communication technologies. We are also in discussion
with various partners for the creation of the first means of financing start-ups for start-ups
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About Ivory Coast Innovation 20 (# Ci20)
# Ci20 is a college of innovation companies gathered in associative form. His goal is
to unite 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. recovery 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 trade fair for exhibitions, exchanges and promotion of startups and technological solutions.
Francophones in service of the development challenges of the African continent organized by # CI20.