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Digital ecosystems and entrepreneurs are essential to innovation and development in Africa, and the World Bank has assisted Botswana to realise this value.

The bank created a platform for Botswana Business Angels Network and the Global Entrepreneurship Network to gather with local entrepreneurs and global thought leaders and share knowledge and strengthen the operating environment for digital entrepreneurs in the country.

The workshop built upon the recent XL Africa competition, a pan-African acceleration programme to find the 20 most promising digital start-ups in Africa and demonstrate that Africa can produce world-class digital entrepreneurial talent.

“The World Bank supported today’s event to help ensure that Botswana’s digital entrepreneurs are able to learn lessons from other ecosystems across Africa,” said Xavier Furtado, World Bank country representative for Botswana.

“We hope that, over time, this can help address Botswana’s pressing youth unemployment challenge while also contributing to national economic diversification.”

Through relevant case studies, participants were exposed to methods and tools to help accelerate digital entrepreneurship. Read more…

With a supportive and dynamic ecosystem, local digital technology companies can spread new technologies across Botswana and abroad.

“Today’s event indicates that supporting Africa’s next generation of entrepreneurs and investors requires a thriving and connected entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Mooketsi Bennedict Tekere, founder of Ngwana Enterprises. 

“Over time, we hope that the digital ecosystem will attract and link digital start-ups, more mature entrepreneurs, and impact entrepreneurs from Botswana with potential investors across the continent and beyond.”

 

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