Twenty project leaders from French-speaking Africa met in Dakar for a week's intensive refresher course. The best 8 will be flying off to Abidjan to submit their prototypes to investors at the Africa web festival in early December.
The training week was a mix of workshops devoted to the financial model, team management, crowd funding and communication and also of bursts of individual work, with support from the experts on hand.
On this occasion, a major mentoring arrangement was set up, calling on the skills of 7 experts from 4 countries who contributed with feedback on their experiences: Roxana Rugina, Marianne Rigaux, Ulrich Sossou, Cheick Fall, Mountaga Cissé, Philippe Couve and Julien Gueit monitored the 20 projects.
The Africa web festival will be taking place in Abidjan on 29 & 30 November and 1 December 2016, and the 8 projects chosen will be submitted in their final form. The candidates are:
Afrique Innovation project is mentoring the new generation of African media professionals who are inventing new information services in keeping with evolving use by the continent's citizens.
The project aims to improve quality, adaptability and resourcefulness and the audience for online journalism in Africa, relying on financial models that will promote its independence.