The INAPEM ICT incubator, is a business incubator sponsored by Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Limited, (CABGOC), Chevron’s wholly owned operating unit in Angola. It aims to become an incubator of reference by providing training, mentorship, hosting and the access to resources and services to ICT start-ups in Angola.
In an effort to contribute to Angola’s private sector development, Chevron has recognized the need to boost the country’s ICT sector. Startups often lack the support they need to thrive. The incubator currently hosts 10 businesses. Its offering prioritizes talk series, classroom training as well as one-on-one mentorship in ICT and business management disciplines as a means to equip the entrepreneurs with the knowledge and mindset they need to run successful businesses.
ESPartners has supported the Incubator’s vision by accompanying tenant recruitment and mentorship, promoting knowledge sharing and linkages with international incubators and local ecosystem enablers, and monitoring and evaluating the incubator’s activity. Since it launched, the Incubator has provided the entrepreneurs with over 100 hours of training and mentorship. The incubator is currently recruiting its second cohort and is poised to be an example of excellence to other incubator in the country.
Rwanda (PSF) is a professional organization, dedicated to promote and represent the interests of the Rwandan business community. It is an umbrella organization that groups 9 professional chambers.
PSF prioritized advocacy as a means of enabling profitable and competitive businesses for a prosperous Rwanda. Yet, effective advocacy must be evidence-based and provide fresh insights that cut across all business sizes, sectors and locations.
The Business Investment Climate Survey (BICS) 2013 was launched as a mix of quantitative and qualitative research method. 1,240 surveys revealed what the top constraints were, and 8 focus groups gave insights on the why and how of constraints. Data analysis across segments and issues provided insights into the realities of businesses and allowed for targeted recommendations to help mitigate these challenges.