- Business leaders from the UAE and Africa to mentor high-potential startups 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 startups 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 startup companies. As part of the programme, the UAE-based mentors will team up with the selected African startups and guide them over a three-month period, while the Africa-based mentors will do the same for the UAE startups.
Following the mentorship phase of the programme, 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 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.
Established in 1965, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry is a non-profit public entity, whose mission is to represent, support and protect the interests of the business community in Dubai by creating a favourable business environment, supporting the development of business, and by promoting Dubai as an international business hub.