African and European Entrepreneurs

 
 
 
 

What can you do on the African European platform?

You can meet here without travel! Present your project. Offer support, discuss and find the business partners.

Find your business partner directly! You can tailor your research and single out the best profile for your needs.

Free, intuitive and easy to use! Three steps: free registration, search for partners, connect and meet with them virtually.

Learn about new opportunities! See our events and webinars and those of our featured parnters

We foster a continuous match-making process by organising online and offline meeting for business opportunities in Africa and Europe.

 
 

 

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About Our Platform

European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME, Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry PACCI, and national members like BVMW/Der Mittelstand , with the support of GIZ/German Cooperation,  provide this matchmaking platform to grow shared value in business for SMEs in Africa and Europe.

This matchmaking platform is the result of promising ideas generated during and after the first EU-Africa SME Summit which was held on 20 & 21 March 2019 at the European Committee of Regions in Brussels.

A strategic roadmap was set for further collaboration based on the business concept of Shared Value. With this new matchmaking tool African and European entrepreneurs can directly connect and match their business interests, projects and ideas.

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Featured Events

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Our past events



 
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First EU-African Online Business Lab for SMEs

16th , 10.00 CEST - 17th of July, 13.30 CEST

The event will highlight the chances for entrepreneurs to share the best roads towards a successful economic cooperation of smart and open-minded companies in Africa and Europe for a common future.

You will have the chance to:

  • grow your network,
  • hear from experts about funding and new cooperation alliances between the two continents,
  • meet fellow entrepreneurs with whom you can start new partnerships.

Working language is English. We will offer simultaneous interpretation for French.

We would like to thank to all of you for participating in the Call for Shared Value  Business Ideas and hope that you equally found this opportunity as valuable, constructive and interesting as much as we did!

The jury (European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME, GIZ, ECOBANK) has re-assessed the public vote and made sure to be in line with the three main objectives of the call: jobs creation and growth on the African ground, demonstrates the real solution for the African customer as well as tackles SDG goals.

We congratulate to...

TOP 3 entrepreneurs from Kenya, Spain and Uganda who will be proposed by our teams to pitch their business idea at the EABF2020 online.

In addition, each entrepreneur receives the following prizes:

First award! Goes to Bronson Eran'ogwa - The Source Plus - KENYA

Expertise voucher: The business plan will be evaluated and improved according to the needs of the African market directly by experts in the sector.

Second award! Goes to Santiago Orlando - Interal - SPAIN

Travel cost contributions to on site visit in Africa to implement the business idea.

Third award! Goes to Francis Turyahikayo - Kashari Farm

In-depth counselling and coaching from experts.

Special Mention goes to Mr. Thierry Nsaka, Makuta - Digital Banking, Belgium - DRC

For your great grit to find a sustainable digital solution for the African diaspora and African people on the continent in doing money transfer in more transparent and efficient way.


Our upcoming webinars



 
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Ondernemers voor Ondernemers | African European Entrepreneurs, Shared Value Business Factory
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Showcasing Sustainable Business Practices in Uganda: 

Networking session with SusTech4Africa @ African European Entrepreneurs b2b platform

  
14.00 - 16.00 CET / 16.00 - 18.00 EAT | 9th of Feb, 2021

The online event organised by European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME, under the project European Shared Value Factory, African European Entrepreneurs b2b platform in collaboration with Ondernemers Voor Ondernemers (OVO) aims to encourage and support promotion of local businesses fostering job creation and market growth in Africa. Sustainable Technology for Africa project by OVO, helps start-ups, scale-ups and entrepreneurs with African roots to detail their project until it becomes a fully-fledges business plan. The online event will showcase five best sustainable business practices from Uganda, where the audience will have an opportunity online network via African European Entrepreneurs b2b platform by with five entrepreneurs

Honored Keynote Speakers: 

Keynote: Mr. Rudi Veestraeten, Belgian Ambassador in Uganda (TBC)

Keynote: Mrs. Eunice Engola Akao, Commercial Officer and Head of Chancery, Embassy of the Republic of Uganda, Benelux countries

Working language is English

Guest Events



 
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NextAfrica
Business in Africa – a one-day online workshop

 09.00 - 17.00 CET - 10th of November 2020

Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Senegal and at least a dozen other countries on the African continent offer great opportunities for expanding a business. New African markets are emerging, and in almost all areas of daily life, an increasing purchasing power transforms huge needs into a dynamically growing demand.

In Africa, globalization and digitalization are happening on a greenfield. A digital transformation with different innovations takes place. New patterns of African contributions to the globalized world are emerging. The growing middle class is doubling or tripling within the next 15 years - unleashing further self-enforcing dynamics and new highlights. 

Experts and Facilitators: 

Hans Stoisser: Management expert with long time experiences in Europe, Brazil, and also South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Rwanda.. and other African countries. Author of the book The Black Tiger - What We Can Learn From Africa.

Andrea Steffal: She worked five years as director for administration and finances in a hospital in Gabon for the company Vamed Management & Service. She is the owner of Diboty Consulting and prepares expats for their assignments in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Workshop fee: EUR 390,- plus 20% VAT

Working language is English & German

Shared Value Africa Initiative | Hosted in partnership with GrassRoots Hub 
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Creating Shared Value: Supporting Ghana Entrepreneurship  

 12.00 - 14.00 GMT | 14.00 - 16.00 CAT | 14.00 - 16.00 CET - 11th of November 2020

In Ghana, just like the rest of Africa, the drivers of the economic growth and long-term sustainability for emerging markets lie in effective development of the country's entrepreneurial sector. This growing set of social entrepreneurs has been able to innovate in ways that established business cannot. Established businesses play a crucial role in supporting entrepreneurs to the benefit of the whole ecosystem by creating economic value and value for society. 

It is about collective impact, collaboration and working together to ensure inclusiveness and a sustainable future for all - and all that through SDGs.

The webinar focuses on the Shared Value Business Management concept and reflects on how best to support businesses.

Join this FREE Shared Value webinar - relevant to both entrepreneurs and established businesses not only in Ghana, but all across Africa.

Working language is English

Roundtable on Capacity Development in the Water and Sanitation in Africa

 10.00 - 11.45 CET | 19th Nov, 2020

The German Association for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (BVMW) organizes together with the German Water Partnership an online-Roundtable on Capacity Development in the Water and Sanitation Sector in Africa

There will be inputs from politics and business: The Nigerian Ambassador and a representative of the Senegalese Ministry of Water will provide insights into the water sector in their countries. Representatives of the companies LANXESS and Ludwig Pfeiffer report on their experiences in implementing water-related projects in West Africa and Johannes Selle, Member of the German Parliament, will provide insights into the measures of German development policy.

You are cordially invited to participate in the event and get involved in the discussion!

Working language is English & German

Africa CEO Dialogue Series

AfCFTA - Making Africa Realise its Business Potential Globally 

 12.30 - 14.30 CET | 13.30 - 15.30 CAT/SAST | 14.30 - 16.30 EAT - 19th of November 2020

The discussion will investigate how Africa can unlock its potential globally through AfCFTA

  • What is the place of the CEOs and business leaders in making sure that this is not just a dream but a reality?
  • What linkages do business leaders create within themselves and with governments for effective implementation?

At the same time, we will address the capacity building required and the kind of leadership necessary both at the political level and private sector level to take full advantage of the Agreement.

Speakers:

Working language is English

Renewable Energy 

Virtual Masterclass for Diaspora Entrepreneurs 

ENERGYBIZZ2020 

 09.30 - 13.00 CET | 2nd December, 2020

RemitFund  hosts the Renewable Energy Masterclass as a part of a series of masterclasses to provide training for entrepreneurs from the African diaspora, who wish to create and scale sustainable businesses that positively impact the continent. 

Each masterclass focuses on one of 4 sectors that have been identified by the African Development Bank as key growth sectors for Africa, namely: agribusiness, renewable energy, the cultural creative industries and real estate / tourism. The inaugural agribusiness masterclass was held in February 2019 in partnership with Thomson Reuters. 

Why renewable energy? According to the African Development Bank, Africa has the lowest electrification rate of all regions. It is estimated that only 42 percent of the population has access to electricity, compared with 75 percent in the developing world. In Sub-Saharan Africa the ratio is even lower, with only 30 percent of urban populations (14 percent in rural areas) having access to electricity that is often expensive and unreliable. If current trends continue, less than half of African countries will reach universal access to electricity by 2050. 

The purpose of the renewable energy masterclass is to strengthen the pipeline of businesses in the clean energy sector, that are eligible for funding from RemitFund’s African Diaspora Investment Fund (ADIF). Attendees will receive tailored investment readiness training from industry experts, as well as general business training in areas such as digital marketing. Selected entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to participate in a “Shark Tank” style pitch to a panel of experts and investors during the event, as part of RemitFund’s #PitchMyBiz campaign.

Working language is English

Measuring Impact 

In Conversation with Mark Kramer on 

Connecting Shared Value to Shareholder Value

13:30-15:00 GMT | 14:30-16:00 CET | 15:30-17:00 SAST |16:30-18:00 EAT

3rd, Dec 2020

Join us for a frank conversation between Prof. Mark Kramer (FSG) and Jon Duncan (Old Mutual) on a new measurement approach to address the missing link and connect shared value to shareholder value. The session will be introduced by Gautrain Management Agency CEO William Dachs.

 “Over recent years, we have seen a significant increase in companies tracking their societal impact through tools such as ESG and the Global Reporting Initiative’s standards. These tools play an important role in helping companies understand their impact, but they fall short of helping project the economics and strategic relevance of changing them. What is needed are hybrid metrics, targets, and corporate performance management that enable capturing how profitably a company is operating in line with its purpose.” - Mark Kramer.

Working language is English

Webinar series

SME’s current and post COVID-19 support

7:00-09:00 AM CET |09:00-11:00 AM EAT

8th, 11th & 15th Dec 2020

Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), the largest private sector umbrella body is undertaking various activities to provide virtual support to over 1000 youth and women owned/led (M)SMEs from across the country. This will enable entrepreneurs to be resilient and recover during and post COVID-19: to maintain their business, find new business opportunities, preserve existing jobs, increase their revenues which in turn will increase employment opportunities for the young people.

These activities include: (a) online training and capacity building workshops; and, (b) mentorship programs aim to help (M)SMEs to improve their attractiveness to investors, identify new opportunities, and stay afloat and realize profits during and post COVID-19 pandemic. The mentorship program involves some of the most experienced business leaders.

The program for phase 1 ends in December this year and has been funded by the Embassy of Ireland in Kenya. The key training and mentorship sessions for this phase are as follows:

Tue, 8th Dec: Mentorship session with Dr. Vimal Shah, Co-founder & Chairman BIDCO group

Friday, 11th: Importance of cross-training workers to make sure essential functions continue during a pandemic

Tue, 15th: Safety measures in the workspace during the pandemic 

Working language is English

1st Online Meeting

 17.30 CET | 19th Jan, 2021

On January 19, 2021 at 5.30 pm, the chairman of the Belgian association "Ondernemers Voor Ondernemers(OVO), Mr. Luc Bonté with his team will present their work activities in Africa.

Join us to hear more about African start-ups, ask your questions and give suggestions

Working language: English, questions & suggestions can be made in German, French and Dutch.

EU-African Shared Value Business Project Launch

The event, that took place in Addis Ababa in October 2019, was the result of promising ideas generated during and after the first EU-Africa SME Summit which was held on 20 & 21 March this year at the European Committee of Regions in Brussels.

The three parties set a strategic roadmap of further collaboration based on the business concept of Shared Value: it was then they decided to test and implement a new match-making tool where European and African entrepreneurs can directly connect and match their business interests, projects and ideas - the platform you are visiting today!

EU-African SME Summit 2019

On March 20th and 21st 2019, European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME hosted the first EU-African SME Summit in Brussels. The event began on the 20th with the Shared Value Business Lab workshop dedicated to find solutions to local issues through business networking. Entrepreneurs from the two continents joined in.

On the afternoon of the second day, the Summit hosted the EU-African SME Conference - an international symposium dedicated to the presentation of key ideas, like the importance of the role of SMEs in development cooperation with Africa, the need to build an SME Alliance between the two continents, and the necessity to create European financial support tools for the investment of small and medium-sized companies in Africa.

During the Summit the Signature of the Memorandum of Understanding for the European-African SME Alliance was signed. The document laid the foundation for the alliance between SMEs in Africa and in Europe.



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