SARECO Webinar Series

2021 SABII and SSABDP Alumni Webinars


Participating in these webinars shall assist start-ups in bridging their current status of company development and link up to their start-ups’ ecosystems.

Participation is restricted to alumni of the Swiss – African Business and Innovation Initiative SABII or the Swiss – South African Business Development Program SSABDP. Registration invitations will be sent directly via mail.

Webinar 1

Wed 31st of March, 11h00 CEST
Focus
: Journey of the innovator from Concept, Research to MVP – embedded in the African context.

Topic:  Innovator’s journey: From idea to market

Webinar 2

Wed 28th of April, 11h00 CEST
Focus: Growing and gaining market traction – African focus and Peer-2-Peer Learning.

Topic: Market Growth & Market Traction – Business Validation

Speaker:
Zachariah George
Leading African Tech Angel Investor; Chief Investment Officer Startupbootcamp Africa; Principal Nedbank Venture Capital; Former Wall Street Investment Banker
Moderation:
Pauline Koelbl
Founder & CEO at AfriProspect GmbH | Founder & Managing Partner at ShEquity | Innovation Expert in Developing and Emerging Markets | Passionate about Innovation, Inclusivity and Female Empowerment

Webinar 3

Tue 25th of May, 11h00 CEST
Focus: Growing and scaling businesses across Africa

Topic: AfCFTA: Opportunities for scaling your biz.

This webinar will explore the following: What role does the recently launched African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) play for start-ups? How can entrepreneurs and investors benefit from a unified Africa of 1bn+ potential customers? How does this larger framework change the fundraising perspective? How can regulatory questions be addressed?

Speaker:
Dr. Mena Hassan
Trade Policy and Trade Facilitation Expert | Author | WTO
Speaker:
Moataz Helmy
Executive Director, Rollo Africa
Moderation:
Pauline Koelbl
Founder & CEO at AfriProspect GmbH | Founder & Managing Partner at ShEquity | Innovation Expert in Developing and Emerging Markets | Passionate about Innovation, Inclusivity and Female Empowerment


Archive

2020 Webinar

Support for Swiss and African Science-based Start-Ups
in Times of COVID-19

Date and Time Tue, 16th June 2020, 14:00-14:30 CEST

The Swiss – African Business Development and Research Cooperation (SARECO) launchex its first webinar on Tue 16th of June. With the focus on COVID-19 Alfredo Cuanda from Idéario Hub and Jordi Montserrat from Venturelab addressed the challenges that science-based entrepreneurs are confronted with today and share their personal approaches to move forward one’s own business.  The SARECO program is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Research, Education and Innovation (SERI). Afrilabs is the partner in Africa for implementing and growing the Swiss – African business development program.

Download the Slides here (PDF, 2Mb)

Program and Speakers

Introduction Erich Thaler (Host) – Desk for Networks and Global Partnerships, University of Basel
14:00 – 14:10 Jordi Montserrat – Venturelab
Opportunities and challenges in the post COVID support and funding ecosystem for startups and early entrepreneurs, in particular in Switzerland
14:10 – 14:20 Alfredo Cuanda – Idéario Hub/Afrilabs
Rethinking about Asset-Light Business Models and Strategies for the “Business-as-Unusual” Economy in the post COVID, particularly in African markets.
14:20 – 14:30 Q&A-Session