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About the program

A 12-month intensive networking and qualification program

AyadaLab takes place in Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal and Ghana, from january to December 2018.

It consists of local and regional workshops, mentoring by some of the best African entrepreneurs in the fields of cultural, digital and social entrepreneurship, networking with leading German and French cultural, social and digital entrepreneurs. The program takes place in English and French, the two languages of the Lab.

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9

Mentors

12

months

8

Workshops

15

Projects

Meet our team

The best experts
in west Africa

all passionate about encouraging and supporting the emergence of cultural, digital and social entrepreneurship in West Africa, and challenging the impact of young West African startups at the beginning of their journey. They will bring local expertise to this program and help tailor it to each participant's needs.

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Elodie Nonga

ActivSpaces
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Temitope Omotunde

Afrinolly
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Adia Gnacko

Concree
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Yemisi Mokuolu

Hatch Africa
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Josiah Eyison

iSpace
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Mimshach Obioha

Ventures Platform
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Nthato Malope

Insights over everything
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Samir Abdelkrim

Startup Lions
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Tojo Yharimanana

Arterial Network
Apply today !*

SAYING YES TO AYADA LAB IS SAYING YES TO:

Local & regional workshops

Taking place in Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria and Cameroon, with African cultural, social and digital experts to bolster the startups

Individual
mentoring

Round 2 selection of candidates for a full year individual mentoring and participation in the AYADA Lab regional workshop

Networking
trips

to France and Germany to meet with European creative and tech industries experts

Apply now !


* ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Young West Africans entrepreneurs who meet the following criteria
are more than welcome to apply :
  • Aged between 20 and 35
  • Be a national of and based in either Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria or Cameroon
  • Have a 1 year project experience or a tested idea creating value of innovation with high impact on society
  • Have a project in the Cultural and Creative industries (fashion, books, cinema, etc.), Digital (online courses, e-learning, digital education), or Civil society issues (education, women rights and empowerment, civic tech, active citizens)

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Ready to join AyadaLab ?

Signup for our local workshops !

They make Ayada Lab possible

Our partners

A French-German program

Cooperation partners

goethe institut

The Goethe-Institut’s main missions are to promote the learning of the German language as a second language, foster international cultural cooperation and convey a comprehensive image of Germany by providing information about its cultural, social and political life. Today it is represented in 98 countries by 159 institutes (including 12 in Germany) and has some 3,300 employees. With institutional funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Goethe-Institut is, at the international level, the major cultural institution of the Federal Republic of Germany, and contributes widely to the promotion of artists, ideas and works. Supporting the local cultural scenes and strengthening pan-African dialogue through the arts are part of its mission in Sub Saharan Africa, where it operates 14 institutes.

Institut Français

The Institut français is a public institution responsible for French cultural actions abroad. Under the aegis of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture, it actively contributes to France’s soft power. Its projects and programs can be successfully implemented thanks to the vast network of the French Embassies’ cultural services, as well as the many Instituts français and Alliances Françaises present accross five continents.