AfricaWorks, the number one provider of flexible pan-African workspace, has announced an agreement to provide locations in Dar es Salaam, Cairo and Abidjan for Seedstars Africa.
What this means for AfricaWorks
In AfricaWorks receiving Seedstars spaces, is an impressive move to afford talented entrepreneurs and Africaworks’ members a better access to services and visibility to convert their projects into job creation and shared value all across Africa.
And in adding Seedstars hubs to the Africaworks platform also gives these entrepreneurs across the entire network an access to top-class entrepreneurial and educational programs and extending tailored opportunities across Africa.
Commenting on the partnership, the delighted CEO, Gregoire Schwebig, said,
“We are pleased to announce the Seedstars agreement. By entering the important innovation market, AfricaWorks is now becoming an increasingly integral member of Africa’s crucial innovation ecosystem.”
He also said, as entrepreneurship and innovation were critical economic drivers for Africa’s growth prospects, combining the Seedspace locations with the pan-African workspace provider’s existing flexible office services, symbolises a healthy milestone in their development.
He as well reveals that, in 2021 they will continue to greatly develop their entire service offering as part of a dedication to unlock Africa’s potential and its resilience to the effects of COVID-19.
The Swiss-based Seedstars is an investment holding group with the sole aim of impacting the lives of people in emerging markets through entrepreneurship and technology.
Seedstars supports entrepreneurs through several programs, among which include the Online Seedstars World Competition, acceleration programs, venture capital investments and their physical hubs called Seedspace.
In a press statement, Michael Weber, the COO and CFO of Seedstars, shares that,
“The pandemic has presented countless challenges for businesses and for support organisations across Africa.
Adding that, they remain committed to empowering the entrepreneurial communities from Egypt to South Africa, and this is part of why their outfit strongly believes the partnership with AfricaWorks is bringing great value to their beneficiaries and customers.
Womenpreneur Digital Hub to Promote Digital Skills & More for MENA Women
The Entrepreneurship Academy of the SANAD Fund for MSME and Womenpreneur Initiative have once again teamed up to champion women’s economic equality in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In March 2021, the partners launched the Womenpreneur Digital Hub, an online knowledge and resource-sharing platform that aims to expand women’s access to skills-building tools in a time when lockdowns and economic contraction have disproportionately impacted female employment in the region.
The coronavirus crisis has forced many women out of the workplace through a constellation of factors: Economically, it has taken a particularly heavy toll on sectors where women are overrepresented, such as retail, care, and food service. School and daycare closures have added further pressure, with many households placing the responsibility for at-home schooling and childcare solely upon women. As a result, although women in MENA comprise only a quarter of the region’s total workforce, they account for over half of COVID-related job losses.
The Womenpreneur Digital Hub aims to help women regain their economic footing through a three-fold approach. First, online training will be offered free of charge for hub members to hone skills that empower them on the job market, such as financial knowledge, digital literacy, and business management. High-profile speakers will provide insights into current industry trends and tips on accessing career opportunities. Second, the hub will connect users for mutual information and support, experience exchange, and valuable network-building. In this way, the platform intends to accelerate the third factor, which is to open up potential employment paths for those whose careers have been upended by the crisis.
Ines Ebrecht, Chairperson of the SANAD Technical Assistance Facility which runs the SANAD Entrepreneurship Academy, said: “Women’s employment is not only a social justice issue, it is also an economic one. Women’s ability to participate in the workforce not only provides them with financial stability and freedom on an individual level, it also enables an economy to fully open the tap on creativity, entrepreneurship, productivity, and income generation. The SANAD Entrepreneurship Academy is glad to once again join with Womenpreneur Initiative to advance gender parity as a key to prosperity in the Middle East and North Africa.”
Womenpreneur CEO and founder Sana Afouaiz said: “The pandemic provoked a major setback in gender equality and threatens to walk back decades of progress. Yet we can also pivot to grasp the opportunities. As the world entered into lockdown, the transition to online work has created a growing demand for digital jobs. The Womenpreneur Digital Hub is targeted toward equipping women to future-proof their skills and give them valuable knowledge for the employment market. Our aim is to ensure that every woman and girl in MENA has access to the tools that will help her realize her full economic potential.”
Sign up for the hub at: www.womenpreneur-digital.com
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