UAE And African Startups Share Ideas For Dubai Chamber’s New Cross-Border Mentorship Programme At First-Ever Chamberthon
Twenty startups from the UAE and Africa have collaborated to develop a framework for the Dubai
Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (DCCI) Global Business Forum Mentorship Programme during the first-ever Chamberthon in Kigali, Rwanda.
The new three-month cross-border mentorship initiative aims to foster cross-border cooperation between startup communities by pairing startups with mentors who can provide them with valuable expertise, support and guidance.
Organised by Dubai Chamber, the Chamberthon was held during the Africa Tech Summit 2019 earlier this month. A total of 10 startups from the UAE were selected by the Chamber to participate in the Chamberthon and attend the summit in Kigali, joining their African counterparts for a full day of interactive sessions.
The entrepreneurs in Africa and from the the UAE were divided into mixed teams, representing many sectors and fields, including agriculture, healthcare, environment, fintech, climate change, social responsibility, construction and customer experience. The startup teams developed and presented a wide variety of innovative and practical ideas that will be used to structure Dubai Chamber’s Global Business Forum Mentorship Programme.
Natalia Sycheva, Manager of Entrepreneurship for Dubai Chamber, said in a statement: “We are very encouraged by the strong interest and participation in the Chamberthon, which is a new concept and extension of the Global Business Forum, an important platform that Dubai Chamber leverages to foster economic cooperation and explore opportunities in promising markets around the world.”
She added: “Today, startups and entrepreneurs are the drivers of innovation. With this in mind, Dubai Chamber is constantly scaling up its support to startups through new initiatives like the Chamberthon and GBF Mentorship Programme that engage entrepreneurs and provide them with the knowledge and tools they need to expand globally.”
After the winning Chamberthon ideas are chosen, a total of 10 startups from the UAE and Africa that make the final cut will be selected to participate in the GBF Mentorship Programme. The holistic programme will provide many benefits beyond mentorship, including access to networking and Dubai Startup Hub services and support, as well as speaking and exhibiting opportunities at the 5th Global Business Forum on Africa in Dubai, taking place in November 2019.