In November 2015, ESPartners and Injaro Investments had the pleasure of graduating the second cohort of their joint entrepreneurial platform Archimédiens & Entrepreneurs. This celebration took place during the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) that we had the honor of organizing in Abidjan, under the institutional patronage of the employers’ organization of Cote d’Ivoire, the Confédération Générale des Employeurs de Cote d’Ivoire (CGECI).
ESPartners partnered with Injaro Investments in 2014 to cocreate Archimédiens & Entrepreneurs (A&E), a platform to empower entrepreneurs in Ivory Coast. Selected entrepreneurs receive a complete and tailored training and mentorship program over several months. In addition they are coached by experts and mentors through master classes, speaker series and business clinincs.
The November ceremony successfully graduated a cohort of 15 entrepreneurs with women representing around 1/3 of the participants. The entreprises belonged to a wide range of sectors from energy to agro-business, including real estate and NTIC.
Despite this success, the first two cohorts are pilots that we aim to strengthen and scale up. Today, more than ever, we remain convinced that programs such as A&E address a real need in Cote d’Ivoire. We are ready to take this initiative to the next level by:
- Closing the recruitment and selection of the third class of entrepreneurs in Abidjan;
- Beginning the training and mentorship program by implementing an upgraded curriculum, still tailored to the needs of Ivorian entrepreneurs;
- Closing a partnership with a high-level Ivorian business school in order to launch a chapter in Yamoussoukro by April 2016.
For more information about Archimédiens and Entrepreneurs, please visit its website : http://arch-entrepreneurs.com/