Unleashing Innovation across Africa
21 Nov 2014

GEW’s Africa programs got a boost this year through a new grant from the Templeton Foundation and an extension of its LIONS Africa grant from the U.S. State Department. With more feet on the ground on the continent, campaigns are stronger than ever this year.

Today is the last day of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Marrakech, a global conference hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco in conjunction with the U.S. government which brings together players from the global entrepreneurship ecosystem to promote innovation in the region but also around the world. GEW hosts from Senegal and Gabon as well as many GEW Global team members participated in the conference.

Today is also the global finals of Get in the Ring, a global pick of GEW. After winning the regional finals in Rwanda a few months ago, South African startup Go Metro App will be representing Africa in Rotterdam.

GEW celebrations are taking place in 35 countries around Africa this year, with just a handful of highlights below.


GEW Botswana, hosted by Ngwana Enterprises, celebrated entrepreneurship in Botswana with the slogan “Let’s Do This” and the theme “Invention, Innovation and Creativity.” This year, the ninth edition of the Global Expo Botswana, a new GEW Botswana partner, took place during GEW. The guest of honor at the event was Hon. Armando Inroga, minister of trade and industry, Mozambique, accompanied by the Minister of Trade and Industry of the Republic of Botswana, Hon. V.T. Seretse. Letsebe Sejoe, chief executive officer for the Botswana Investment and Trade Center introduced the guests.

Cape Verde

Winner of the GEW Award for Most Activities per Capita in 2012 and 2013, GEW Cape Verde continues to build momentum. Its campaign kicked off on Monday with the President of the Republic in attendance. The motto for this year’s celebration is “we build our destiny,” a motto which truly represents the country-wide campaign.


Global Entrepreneurship Week Egypt was launched on Sunday throughout Egypt with an opening day event held at The GrEEK Campus in the heart of Cairo. The launch event was well received and the opening included panel discussions on financing entrepreneurship, women entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education and a keynote speech by Paul Nunes, global managing director at Accenture. During the week, MCSBE and partners will coordinate and carry out over 150 events all over Egypt. For updates, you can follow along on Facebook (GEWEgypt) and on Twitter @EgyptGEW.


GEW Gabon is organized by host organization APJA GABON under the theme "Unleash your Potential." Partners for the week include the Chamber of Commerce of Gabon, the Gabonese Employers’ Confederation and Junior Achievement Gabon.

GEW Gabon plays an important role in Gabon as it leads to various social and economic benefits through an advocacy for entrepreneurship in high schools and colleges, an awareness campaign on entrepreneurship at the National School for disabled children (ENEDA) as part of an event called “Inability is NO incapacity,” 30 internship offers to prepare for employment in the following sectors, a personal development training to improve leadership offered to 150 women and B to B Meeting between mentors and young Gabonese entrepreneurs.


GEW Gambia got off to a great start on Monday with a theme of celebrating women in entrepreneurship development and Global Angel Investors Day. The six-day global entrepreneurship program is facilitated by the American Chamber of Commerce of Gambia (AmCham). The activities include courtesy calls on the Vice President of The Gambia, US Embassy charge d’ affaires, the Minister of Finance, Governor of the Central Bank of The Gambia, insurance institutions, and a two-day radio talk show.


November 20 was the Global Business Angels Day, an opportunity for angels to build and strengthen their regional entrepreneurial ecosystems, helping to enhance connections with startup communities and policymakers alike, while providing invaluable knowledge sharing and resources for all those who work with entrepreneurs. As part of the GBAD celebration, Empretec Mauritius, the GEW host in Mauritius, announced the official launching of Angel Investors of Mauritius.


Shaqodoon, the GEW host organization in Somalia, partnered with SPARK international and Micro-Dahab to put together one of its campaign’s featured events, “Promoting Inclusive Entrepreneurship and Innovations.” Other events held throughout the week included video screenings, events with various ministries and more.