ARCHIMÉDIENS & ENTREPRENEURS (A&E)

Establish a new generation of leaders in Ivorian entrepreneurship

“Give me a place to stand and I will move the world.” This well-known and subversive adage is at the heart of the philosophy of the Archimedeans & Entrepreneurs program. Its aim? To advance the development of high-potential entrepreneurial Africans and promote inclusive growth. A&E is a hotbed of ideas and projects supported by the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations.

The challenge

80%

of employment opportunities in the Ivory Coast are created by SMEs

<4%

of Ivorians have successfully completed post-secondary education

Despite promising growth, Ivory Coast is still marred by great inequality that weighs on the prosperity and stability of the country. Although the outstanding improvement in the number of SMEs is indicative of great potential for Ivorian entrepreneurship, there are still insufficient resources to ensure a competitive and sustainable position. This is precisely the focus of the A&E program led by the ESPartners agency and Injaro Investments, with the support of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations.

Our ambition

A&E is a collaborative and innovative platform whose aim is to propel Ivorian projects with strong economic growth onward and upward. Over the course of a 3-month intensive program, A&E supports a number of carefully selected entrepreneurs and start-up managers, regardless of their stage of development or line of business.

Help the most ambitious projects grow

through access to managerial best practices and support for the development of their business models

Establish a strong community of Ivorian innovators

by fostering networking opportunities and the exchange of experience between participants and the community of entrepreneurs

Promote African entrepreneurial culture

among all those involved, both men and women, living in the city or in rural areas

Our solutions

Entrepreneurial education 

A robust curriculum adapted to local factors along with tools and advice on how to structure business models and nurture growth

Support

Technical assistance and tailored support on the strategic, accounting, legal and commercial aspects of building a business

Fundraising Assistance

Drafting financial assessments and preparing investment pitches

Community

Events, Alumni program, coworking space, press partnerships… All in the service of catalyzing cooperation and networking opportunities 

Results

41

entrepreneurs supported in the past 2 years

300

training hours provided each year

“How do you lift Africa out of poverty? You equip entrepreneurs with the right knowledge and  connections to grow their businesses. And by working with them to conceive ways in which their businesses may have a positive impact on society.”

Eric Kacou
CEO and co-founder
ESPartners

The way forward

  • Assist more than 300 entrepreneurs in Ivory Coast and French-speaking Africa to ensure our program is world-renowned in less than 3 years.
  • Hold at least 3 annual gatherings in the Ivorian capital of Abidjan and launch regional A&E hubs in the cities of Yamoussoukro and Bouaké.
  • Implement a fund to finance the incubation and acceleration of entrepreneurial projects.
  • Develop an online platform to provide digital content that is adapted to the needs of entrepreneurs, and which allows them to track their development and build a community (solution exchanges, business opportunities and partnerships).

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