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The platform is a collaborative initiative aimed at pooling knowledge and resources about building and nurturing entrepreneurial ecosystem development to accelerate innovation, entrepreneurship and job creation across Africa. The platform brings together the leading organizations in entrepreneurial ecosystem development across the continent, bridging expertise in policy-making, research, and participatory processes

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Collaborative partners

The Innovation for Policy Foundation (i4Policy) is an African-rooted pioneering organization that supports governments, movements, and international institutions to make better decisions with the collective intelligence and wisdom of their communities. Recognizing the critical role of policy in driving socio-economic development, i4Policy works to bridge the gap between policymakers and the entrepreneurial ecosystem, fostering dialogue, collaboration, and co-creation. Through advocacy, research, and capacity-building initiatives, i4Policy empowers stakeholders to navigate the complex landscape of policy development and implementation. 

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Smart Africa is an alliance of 39 African countries, international organizations and global private sector players tasked with Africa’s digital agenda. The alliance is empowered by a bold and innovative commitment by African Heads of State to accelerate sustainable socioeconomic development on the continent and usher Africa into the knowledge economy through affordable access to broadband and use of ICTs. With a vision to create a single digital market in Africa by 2030, the Smart Africa Alliance brings together Heads of State who seek to accelerate the digitalization of the continent and create a common market. Launched in 2013 by seven African Heads of State, the Alliance now has 39 member countries, representing over one billion people and over 50 private sector members committed to the vision and the advancement of Africa.

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Global entrepreneurship Network

The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) is a vibrant and dynamic ecosystem that connects entrepreneurs, policymakers, investors, and support organizations worldwide. With a mission to foster entrepreneurship and innovation, GEN provides a platform for collaboration, knowledge sharing, and resource mobilization. Through its extensive network of partners and initiatives, GEN empowers individuals to start and scale their ventures, driving economic growth and job creation in communities around the globe. By promoting entrepreneurship as a catalyst for positive change, GEN strives to build a more inclusive and prosperous future for all.

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AGGAE partners

The Allan Gray Centre for Africa Entrepreneurship (AGCAE) is a data hub of hubs and a new flagship research initiative at Stellenbosch University with a purpose to produce quality research that inspires data-driven dialogues and entrepreneurship-led development across Africa. AGCAE is enabled by the generosity and pioneering vision of the Allan & Gill Gray Philanthropies.

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Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) U.S.E. aims to contribute to an economy where people flourish. U.S.E. enriches economics with other disciplines to better solve problems and identify opportunities, from a business and a government point of view. Scientifically rigorous and societally relevant, with a focus on the future of work, entrepreneurship, sustainable finance, sustainability and economic development. Utrecht University Centre for Global Challenges (UGlobe)  UGlobe promotes global engagement in research and education at Utrecht University. We partner across the university and support a variety of interdisciplinary collaborations with academic- ánd societal partners, especially in low and middle income countries. Together we aim for real-world impact and joint learning.

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The African European Digital Innovation Bridge (AEDIB) is a transformative initiative bridging the digital gap between Africa and Europe. By fostering collaboration, knowledge exchange, and technological innovation, AEDIB seeks to unleash the immense potential of digital technologies to drive economic growth and social development. Through strategic partnerships, capacity building programs, and networking opportunities, AEDIB facilitates the exchange of ideas and expertise, empowering entrepreneurs, startups, and policymakers to harness the power of digital innovation for sustainable development. With a focus on inclusivity and mutual benefit, AEDIB paves the way for a more interconnected and prosperous future for both continents.

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