It has been several months since the official launch of Making Africa Work back in February. What has happened so far? In a nutshell: after loads of media attention and several interviews with Johan van de Gronden, CEO of PUM Netherlands senior experts, applications from coaches and (future) entrepreneurs for the programme started pouring in. On March 28 we held a kick-off event for partners and stakeholders, during which several (future) entrepreneurs gave attendees a look into the first steps they had undertaken. More than 130 people attended the Making Africa Work Inspiration Event, during which (future) entrepreneurs listened to speeches by Max Koffi (Africa in Motion) and Marina Diboma (NABC) and came up with a business idea in 15 minutes as part of a workshop.
Where are we now?
We are proud to let you know that we have received around 100 applications from (future) entrepreneurs. Our aim is to have finalized 40 complete business plans by the end of this year, of which a significant part will be ready for funding. To make sure that the best plans will be chosen, we have appointed a four member jury that will be introduced to you in the near future. The jury will be reviewing the Business Model Canvasses (BMCs) that each (future) entrepreneur/team has to submit before May 15 of this year. The criteria by which the jury will judge the Canvasses can be downloaded on https://www.makingafricawork.org/for-entrepreneurs-in-the-netherlands/. The deadline for the jury to review all the BMCs is May 31 2017.
All (future) entrepreneurs will be informed on the progress of their application, and whether the submitted BMCs comply with the criteria for follow-up or not, at the beginning of June. After this the matchmaking process between potential local partners in Africa and entrepreneurs from The Netherlands will start. Further instructions and updates will follow at that time.
Again, we would like to remind all (future) entrepreneurs to submit their Business Model Canvas before May 15 2017.