SABII – Swiss Africa Business Innovation Initiative

SABII is a joint program to foster startup entrepreneurship and cooperation in Sub-Saharan Africa and Switzerland. In a competitive scheme science-based business founders are selected based on their prior experience (own company incorporation, MOOC certificates, course attendance certificates at Higher Education Institutions or proof of business coaching through agencies).

African startups are invited to attend the Advanced Workshop in Africa in the environment of the Afrilabs Annual Gathering. During the 3-days workshop, mentoring is provided by experienced Swiss and African entrepreneurs. At the end, the eight most promising and innovative pitches to a Swiss-African jury are selected and the business heads invited to Switzerland for a one-week stay with business peers. Insights into the local startup ecosystem and creation of linkages and synergies with local stakeholders are provided by our partner Venturelab.

Swiss Startups are invited to attend the Afrilabs Annual Gathering where a Swiss – African Business Corner allows to showcase own products and business ideas to peers of one’s own field. In a preparatory workshop roughly one month before departing to Africa major stakeholders of the Swiss and African markets provide an overview and introduce to market opportunities. Participants of the Innosuisse Coaching program are very much welcome to apply!

Swiss Venture Week

Swiss Business Development Camp 2020 (online)

These are the selected participants for the Swiss Business Development Camp 2020:

Muhammad Habibu Abdullahi | eTrash2Cash | Nigeria
eTrash2Cash is a social enterprise that helps extremely low-income people earn and save money in exchange for their trash, which they use to better their living.

Margaret Nanyombi | HearHealthKit | Uganda
HerHealth kit is a first step screening tool that allows users to test themselves at home and advises them to see a doctor based on their results.

Calvince Okello | I can Farm | Kenya
I can Farm is a cloud based crowd farming platform that pools financial resources, farming inputs and machinery for investment in smallholder farming families.

Emmanuel Egbroko | Inocul8 | Nigeria
Inocul8 combats vaccine preventable diseases by increasing access to life-saving vaccines using a web-based platform that enables busy people book for vaccination.

Richard Rye Yao Baku | Pennysmart | Ghana
Pennysmart is a digital savings app that helps young people in Ghana save on their own terms.

Veronica Ijeweche Agana | Sosocare | Nigeria
sosocare aims to use recyclable waste as a financial resource to enable millions of uninsured slums access to micro health insurance.

Adeyemo Dayo | Tyncbest | Nigeria
Cerebrospinal fluid analyzer is a system, lab-on–chip, that allows the identification of meningitis and the differentiation between different causes of this disease at the point of care.

Sharon Bright Amanya | TyphGen | Uganda
TyphGen is a rapid diagnostic test strip that detects Salmonella typhi antigen in blood or stool samples of infected individuals within 15 minutes.


Swiss Business Development Camp 2019

The successful participants of the Advanced Nairobi Workshop 2018 were invited to the Venture Week Training in Switzerland from 3rd to 6th June 2019.

SABII Swiss Venture Week - Pitch Competition Session
SABII Swiss Venture Week – Pitch Competition Session

Download the Program here (Excel Table).