Startups from
the UAE and Africa will participate in the first-ever Chamberthon event that
will be organised and hosted by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry during
the Africa Tech Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, on February 13th-15th.

The Chamberthon will
provide a creative environment where UAE and African startups can collaborate
and develop new innovative ideas that will be used to structure the GBF
Mentorship Programme, a holistic three-month programme fostering cross-border
cooperation between startup communities that will pair startups with mentors
who can provide them with valuable expertise, support and guidance.

The new
mentorship programme is an extension of Dubai Chamber’s Global Business Forum
on Africa platform. A total of 10 startups from the UAE and Africa will be
selected to participate in the programme which 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
Global Business Forum on Africa in Dubai, taking place in November 2019.  

HE Hamad Buamim,
President and CEO, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry said: “By bringing
UAE startups to Africa to participate in the Chamberthon, we are creating a
platform for continued cooperation between the two business communities. We are
very optimistic that this project will achieve its objectives of building an
innovative and beneficial mentorship programme for African and UAE startups
that will enable them to succeed and grow beyond borders.”

For his part, Andrew
Fassnidge, Founder of the Africa Tech Summit said: “We are delighted to partner
with the Dubai Chamber at Africa Tech Summit Kigali, connecting Africa and the
UAE under this new initiative fostering international co-operation, mentorship
and growth. We look forward to seeing this grow over the coming years.”

The Africa Tech
Summit, supported by Rwanda’s Ministry of ICT, will provide unparalleled
insight, networking and business opportunities for African and international
tech leaders and investors who want to do business in Africa. The three-day
Summit will connect over 400 digital leaders, finance institutions, investors,
regulators, startups, media and leading tech ventures from across Africa and
the world.

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