Startups from Africa, UAE to take part in Chamberthon event in Kigali


Startups from Africa and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will participate in the first Chamberthon event, designed to help them collaborate and develop new ideas, during next week’s Africa Tech Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.

The Chamberthon, which will be organised and hosted by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will provide a creative environment where UAE and African startups can collaborate and develop new innovative ideas that will be used to structure the GBF Mentorship Programme.

The three-month programme will foster cross-border cooperation between startup communities that will pair startups with mentors who can provide them with valuable expertise, support and guidance, and is an extension of Dubai Chamber’s Global Business Forum on Africa platform.

A total of 10 startups from the UAE and Africa will be selected to participate in the programme, which will provide many benefits beyond mentorship, including access to networking and Dubai Startup Hub services and support.

“By bringing UAE startups to Africa to participate in the Chamberthon, we are creating a platform for continued cooperation between the two business communities. We are very optimistic that this project will achieve its objectives of building an innovative and beneficial mentorship programme for African and UAE startups that will enable them to succeed and grow beyond borders,” said HE Hamad Buamim, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Andrew Fassnidge, founder of Africa Tech Summit, said he was looking forward to seeing collaboration between the two regions increase in the coming years.

“We are delighted to partner with the Dubai Chamber at Africa Tech Summit Kigali, connecting Africa and the UAE under this new initiative fostering international cooperation, mentorship and growth,” he said.
The three-day Africa Tech Summit will connect over 400 digital leaders, finance institutions, investors, regulators, startups, media and leading tech ventures from across Africa and the world next week in Kigali. It will also feature the Africa Startup Summit, powered by Disrupt Africa. You can get 20 per cent off the price of a ticket here.


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