The TROPICS BUSINESS SUMMIT is proud to announce the launch of its very first cohort of the TROPICS STARTUPS CHALLENGE, a jointly organized hackathon for small businesses in collaboration with MELANIN KAPITAL (Germany), DIRA PARTNERS (France/Senegal), REDA CAPITAL (France) and OPEN CONSULTING (Cameroon). This call of proposal targets Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses operating in Africa and the Caribbean.
The aim of the forthcoming TROPICS BUSINESS SUMMIT is to position Africa as a top investment destination while the aim of the #TropicsStartupsChallenge is to enable small businesses to grow.
Entrepreneurs, who meet the eligibility criteria and requirements stipulated in this call for applications, will be able to benefit from a financial and logistical support from a strategic partnership established between TROPICS VENTURES GROUP (South Africa), MELANIN KAPITAL (Germany), DIRA PARTNERS (Senegal), REDA CAPITAL (France) and OPEN CONSULTING (Cameroon). In addition, all participating Startups will get a chance to present their innovations and take part in the virtual B2B Networking Sessions during the 4th annual TROPICS BUSINESS SUMMIT scheduled from 14 to October 17, 2020 online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This strategic alliance between TROPICS BUSINESS SUMMIT and its international partners aims to contribute to the influence and the consolidation of an extensive Afro-Caribbean entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Interested entrepreneurs should submit their business plans or pitch decks according to their development objectives to date. The submission must take place before October 5th, 2020 before midnight (GMT + 1). To learn more about the forthcoming summit, please visit the TROPICS BUSINESS SUMMIT website at https://tropicsbusinesssummit.com/
TROPICS STARTUPS CHALLENGE – SMALL BUSINESS HACKATHON 2020 IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MELANIN KAPITAL, DIRA PARTNERS, REDA CAPITAL & OPEN CONSULTING.
Submission deadline : October 5th, 2020
Entrepreneur Profile: Innovative Afro-Caribbean Start-ups and SMEs (Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises) – All stages combined. Eligible Entrepreneurs are those developing products and/or services in one or more sectors listed below but not only.
◻ Fashion / Textile / Beauty ◻ Health ◻ Tourism ◻ Sports Tech
◻ Lifestyle ◻ Agro Business ◻ Agricultural Transformation ◻ Real Estate ◻ Technology / STEM ◻ Transport ◻ ICT / IT Communications ◻ Education ◻ Digital Media ◻ FinTech ◻ Education ◻ Smart Cities ◻ FMCG / Consumer Products ◻ Social Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurs living outside the African continent or the Caribbean Region will only be eligible if the latter employ at least 50% minimum of their compatriots (employees from Africa or the Caribbean).
About the TROPICS BUSINESS SUMMIT
The TROPICS BUSINESS SUMMIT (https://tropicsbusinesssummit.com/) invests in the creation, expansion and continued support of promising ventures to help Afro-Caribbean small businesses to expand. Since October 18, 2017, the summit has worked in collaboration with top financial partners to promote intra-African investments and help create new avenues for small and medium-sized enterprises in Africa as well as in the Diaspora.
About MELANIN KAPITAL
MELANIN KAPITAL (https://melaninkapital.com/) connects investors and social impact entrepreneurs who share the ambition to make our world a better place. Our goal is to become a collaborative financial platform allowing African projects to access cash, mentoring programs, partnerships with international investors. As a European Connector locally engaged in the ecosystem of African startups, MELANIN KAPITAL leverages its networks in Europe and Africa to encourage mutually beneficial partnerships and synergies to improve social impact on the ground
About DIRA PARTNERS
DIRA PARTNERS (https://dirapartners.com/) is a consulting firm specializing in the development and financing of entrepreneurial projects on the African continent. DIRA PARTNERS offers step-by-step support to help entrepreneurs launch their projects on the African market with confidence. Support services, tools, and discussions with experts are all levers used to enable the realization and development of the projects and businesses of the Entrepreneurs that the Firm supports.
About REDA CAPITAL
In addition to being an investment fund, also providing operational support offered by finance professionals to strengthen your marketing and sales strategy, REDA CAPITAL is the right partner for your business. SMEs and Start-ups with a strong innovative character are the main targets at REDA CAPITAL (http://reda-capital.com/).
About OPEN CONSULTING
Created in 2013, the OPEN CONSULTING firm (https://www.openconsultingcm.com/) is made up of consultants with a strong SME (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) and ETI (Intermediate Size Company) culture. They support SMEs and ETIs in their Development Strategy, Business Strategy, Marketing Strategy, Market Study, Commercial Actions, International Development, External Growth, etc. The Firm’s mission is to design and implement solutions that match your needs and your identity, and that leads you to the results you aspire to.