Business leaders from the UAE and Africa to mentor high-potential start-ups as they build their businesses and target new market opportunities
Announcement comes ahead of the 5th Global Business Forum on Africa, taking place on November 18th-19th 2019 in Dubai
First-of-its-kind mentorship programme aims to foster cross-border cooperation between UAE and African startup communities
Eight prominent business leaders have been selected to mentor high-potential start-ups from the UAE and Africa participating in Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Global Business Forum (GBF) Mentorship Programme.
Four UAE-based mentors and four Africa-based mentors have joined the first-of-its-kind programme which aims to foster cross-border cooperation between the two startup communities and help participants expand their global presence. The selected mentors offer a wealth of expertise in a wide range of fields, including, technology, education, retail, construction and finance.
All of the mentors have a proven track record in building business and driving the growth of start-ups companies. As part of the programme, the UAE-based mentors will team up with the selected African start-ups and guide them over a three-month period, while the Africa-based mentors will do the same for the UAE start-ups.
Following the mentorship phase of the programme, the participating startups will have an opportunity to exhibit at the 5th Global Business Forum on Africa in Dubai on November 18th-19th 2019 and boost their exposure within UAE and African markets and business communities.
The eight mentors joining the programme are: Aboyeji Iyinoluwa, Managing Partner at Street Capital; Chris Folayan, Founder and CEO of Mall for Africa; Eghosa Omoigui, Founder and managing Partner of EchoVC; Jonathan Berman, CEO of J.E. Berman Associates; Nassib Boueri, CEO of Wunderman MENA; Chris Thomas, CO-CEO and Co-founder of Eureeca; Cynthia Corby, the Middle East Construction Industry Leader for Deloitte and Nader Amiri, Founder and CEO of el Grocer.
The GBF Mentorship Programme is an extension of Dubai Chamber’s Global Business Forum on Africa platform and event series. Prior to the selection of the participating mentors and startups, the first-ever Chamberthon event was held in Kigali, Rwanda, earlier this year which was joined by 20 UAE and African startups that collaborated to develop the foundation and structure of the mentorship programme.