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We foster a continuous match-making process by organising online and offline meeting for business opportunities in Africa and Europe.
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.
The value of trade between Africa and China rose by 35% from 2020 to $254 billion in 2021, mainly due to an increase in Chinese exports to the continent.
As Africa confronts the challenges of a global economy, it is being forced to make tough choices in negotiating new trade agreements with its major trading partners, especially with a looming recession, the establishment of the AfCFTA and ensuring that these agreements are fair for its economies and population.
In continuation of its Africa Economy Webinars series on “ensuring globalized, competitive, integrated African economies”, Pitch World Fast will be hosting the 19th of July a dedicated session on this topic entitles “ Africa China relationships: what can we expect and how to ensure fair & win-win exchanges?”
The issues presented in this webinar will tackle the changing scenario of the importance of African commodities from the end of the COVID-19 crisis until the current situation of Russia’s aggression on Ukraine.
On one side, we have the growing fear of increasing food prices, famines and food insecurity, and on the other hand the awareness of the importance of African local goods. Different case scenarios are being analysed in order to overcome this crisis, depending on short, medium or long-term goals in which the best-case scenario would be to avoid food dependency.
Another important topic is the role of European enterprises and their new opportunities from the economic point of view.
To do so, join our SME crisis webinar 'Commodities and raw materials in Africa and new opportunities for African and European enterprises' on July 7th at 10:00 CEST.
ICHEC Brussels Management School - Anjou Campus/ AULA 200365 Bosstraat1150 Sint-Pieters-Woluwe
EN: For several years, the Belgian non-profit organization Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs (OVO) has been supporting selected African entrepreneurs with social loans and business know-how for good governance and efficient management of their local entities.
OVO's team is composed of Belgian entrepreneurs and experienced business angels who selflessly devote their time and energy to improve the situation of African entrepreneurs by assisting them to develop their local businesses.
We are therefore pleased to introduce you to some of our recently selected entrepreneurs for SusTech4Africa in Senegal. They will present their projects at this event.
This meeting will be an enriching experience for all participants: on the one hand, the work of OVO in Africa will be highlighted and on the other hand, you will have the opportunity to meet these entrepreneurs in person.
The African entrepreneurs participating in the conference are:
OVO est composé de chefs d'entreprise belges et de « Business Angels » (Anges d'affaires) expérimentés qui, de manière désintéressée, consacrent leur temps et leurs ressources à l'amélioration de la situation des entrepreneurs africains en les aidant à développer leurs entreprises locales.
Nous sommes donc très heureux de vous présenter quelques-uns de nos entrepreneurs récemment qualifiés pour SusTech4Africa au Sénégal. Ils vous exposeront leurs projets lors de l'événement mentionné ci-dessus.
Cette rencontre sera une expérience enrichissante pour tous les participants, d’une part le travail d'OVO en Afrique sera mis en exergue et par ailleurs, vous aurez l'occasion de rencontrer ces entrepreneurs en personne.
Les entrepreneurs africains participant à la conférence sont les suivants :
Monday 14th, from 10am to 11:30 am, 90 minutes online Workshop on “Supporting a solid entrepreneurship mindset through mentoring and accelerating sustainable and shared value business ideas”, together with our member Ondernemers Voor Ondernemers and our partner SVAI.
Tuesday 15th, from 4:15pm to 5:45 pm,
from the studios at The Square in Brussels, 90 minutes hybrid workshop
on “How to foster entrepreneurship for young people through education
and professional training”, broadcasted online.
Wednesday 16th, from 10 am to 11:30 am,
High-Level Panel on “Pan-African Opportunity: The road to Economic
recovery: fostering the Pan-African opportunity”, with the participation
of our President Maurizio Casasco and the President of the European
Commission Ursula Von Der Leyen.
Thursday 17th, from 11:45 am to 1 pm, High-Level Panel on “Youth and Entrepreneurship: Bridging the finance, investment and skill gaps and making Youth and Entrepreneurship development work for a stronger EU-Africa partnership”, our Co-President Markus Jerger and European Commissioner for International Partnerships, Ms. Jutta Urpilainen.
Rome – Dakar – Berlin – Brussels Live & Online 21-22 October
Economy-Sustainability-Humanity – Roadmap to Shared Success!
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of many economies in Africa and Europe, e.g. of the first two manufacturing nations in Europe, Germany and Italy. Entrepreneurship, professional training and investment are our focus, as keys for a strong African Mittelstand and a good basis for shared value business, which truly will contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.
The conference aims to bring European and African entrepreneurs into play, encourage them to cooperate and co-invest, build alliances, joint ventures and partnerships through appropriate support and monitoring structures and mechanisms to verify the effectiveness and impact of their initiatives.
Furthermore, at the event, EUIPO will launch the Africa IP SME Helpdesk, expected to be operational from October 2021. This is an EU-funded project set up to help SMEs from the EU in the process of creating, protecting, utilising, administering and enforcing intellectual property rights (IPR) across Africa.
Cooperation between the EU and African countries in the Africa IP SME Helpdesk project will provide a unique opportunity for European SMEs to invest in Africa and, in that process, enable African countries to access global business value chains while, at the same time, contributing to sustainable development and economic growth in Africa.
20 April, 2021
09h00 – 10h00 CEST / 10h00 – 11h00 EAT
Followed by an online networking session until 13h00 CEST / 14h00 EAT
Co-organised by European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME & the Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Ethiopia), this panel presented African affordable payment solutions for off-grid renewable energy and invited European entrepreneurs to partner for more sustainable and convenient financing solutions in the green energy sector.
This event was part of the broader event
April 16 and 20&21, 2021
High-level representatives from the European Commission and the African Union Commission, development banks and private sector CEOs joined an online roundtable to discuss the rapid green energy transformation in Africa and how they contribute to bridging the energy gap in the continent
16th , 10.00 CEST - 17th of July 2020, 13.30 CEST
The event highlighted the chances for entrepreneurs to share the best roads towards successful economic cooperation of smart and open-minded companies in Africa and Europe for a common future.
Participants had the chance to:
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:
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!
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.