Ampion announced partnerships with Transparency International, the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and leading financial institutions in West Africa. These partnerships will span across two major projects: The Ampion Venture Bus West Africa, running from September 17 to September 23, 2015 and the Ampion Fellowship, a startup incubation program to be launched and ran in West Africa from October 2015 until March 2016.
Transparency International (TI) Regional Coordinator West Africa, Samuel Kaninda: “The Ampion West Africa Venture Bus provides TI with a unique opportunity to reach out to a diverse group of entrepreneurs and engage them on matter related to business and financial integrity.”
The Ampion Venture Bus West Africa 2015 will kick off on September 17 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, at the brand new fablab Baby Lab. The Venture Bus program will bring 45 talented entrepreneurs to the tech startup communities in Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria. Together with Ampion’s partners, startups on the bus will develop innovative solutions in the fields of fin-tech and governance. The Venture Bus is destined for Lagos, Nigeria where it coincides with Africa’s largest pitching competition, DEMO Africa on September 23. At the Venture Bus Grand Final in Lagos, the startups developed on the Venture Bus will pitch their businesses to a renowned jury of company representatives and investors.
“After our successful cooperation with German pharmaceutical company Merck in East Africa, we are delighted to have found strong partners for our programs in West Africa as well. The implementation of the Ampion Fellowship will further increase the chances of startups developed in our programs to have social and economic impact.”
Entrepreneurs can apply for the Ampion program until July 31st 2015. Anyone with a proven knowledge in either business, coding, design or policy making is eligible: http://www.ampion.org/#!apply-2015/c2075
Ampion Fellowship: incubating the most promising startup
The best startups emerging from the Venture Bus West Africa will have the chance to apply for the Ampion Fellowship West Africa 2015/2016. The Fellowship is a 6 months incubation program starting in October 2015. It offers a grant, free office space and free, regular one-on-one mentoring. The Ampion Fellows will fly to a kick-off event in Berlin, Germany, to meet investors and to refine their business model. No equity will be taken in the Ampion Fellowship. The program is launched in cooperation with OSIWA.