The Global Business Forum Mentorship Programme to foster UAE-Africa startup cooperation


Startups from the UAE and Africa are set to participate in a 3-month Global Business Forum Mentorship Programme aimed at fostering UAE-Africa startup cooperation.

Organised and hosted by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the event will see UAE and African startups collaborate and develop new innovations and then get valuable expertise, support and guidance.

During the Chamberthon event, 20 UAE and African startups will be divided into mixed teams and develop and present their concepts for the mentorship programme.

A total of 10 startups from the UAE and Africa will be selected to participate in the mentorship programme later this year. The programme provides many benefits beyond mentorship, including access to networking and Dubai Startup Hub services and support, as well as speaking and exhibiting opportunities at the 5th Global Business Forum on Africa in Dubai, taking place in November 2019.  

HE Hamad Buamim, President and CEO, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry said: “By bringing UAE startups to Africa to participate in the Chamberthon, we are creating a platform for continued cooperation between the two business communities. We are very optimistic about the prospects for the Chamberthon and we are confident that it will achieve its objectives and create a programme that really benefits startups and support them with mentorship and expansion.”

The Chamberthon and the GBF Mentorship programme falls in line with Dubai Chamber’s strategy exploring promising markets around the world and identifying business opportunities in African markets that offer the most potential to its members and the business community in Dubai.