By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Nigeria-based startup using advanced technologies to connect international buyers and farming clusters, FarmGate Africa, has been selected alongside nine other tech firms from Africa and the United Arab Emirates to go for a mentorship programme in Dubai.
The Global Business Forum (GBF) Mentorship Programme is put together by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Its main objective is to foster cross-border cooperation and help participants expand their global presence.
Five UAE startups, members of Dubai Startup Hub, were selected to take part in the three-month programme, each offering unique and innovative solutions and platforms designed to meet specific market demands.
Apart from FarmGate Africa, the other fourt startups from the continent are quip.link, a UK online marketplace for renting and selling construction equipment based in Africa; Complete Farmer, a Ghana-based crowd-farming platform focused on building sustainable farms; Engineering Hub Ltd, a Rwanda-based provider of IT services and solutions for mobile and banking integration platforms; and RideSafe, a Uganda-based mobile application offering real-time health solutions.
A statement from the organisers noted that the selection marks the start of the second phase of the programme which involves intensive training and mentorship sessions.
Following the three-month period, selected startups will be given an opportunity to participate in a session at the 5th Global Business Forum on Africa on November 18-1 2019 in Dubai and exhibit during the high-level forum.
Prior to their selection, the 10 startups participated in the first-ever Chamberthon event which took place in Kigali, Rwanda earlier this year. During the Chamberthon, 20 UAE and African startups worked together to develop the structure and criteria of the GBF Mentorship Programme.
President and CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr Hamad Buamim, described the mentorship programme as a unique opportunity for African startups to explore collaboration and expansion opportunities with their UAE counterparts in key areas of mutual interest, such as artificial intelligence, agriculture and fintech, adding that the participants can leverage the GBF Africa 2019 platform to showcase their potential.
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