Twenty-five young people from nine Arab countries are meeting in Paris from 4 to 13 November 2017 to boost and give new impetus to the development of their projects.
They will benefit from a week of intensive training, switching between skills-building workshops (business plans, pitching, communication on social media, etc.), personalised mentoring and diagnostics, and customised professional meetings. They will also take part in professional events designed to enrich their network.
Designed as an incubator by CFI and the French Institute, SafirLab has, each year since 2012, supported around twenty project leaders from North Africa and the Middle East working on the issues of civil society and the media. The target audience is young people between 20 and 30 years of age, from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia and Yemen.
A veritable social innovation "accelerator", SafirLab enables these young people to take advantage of the expertise of French civil society leaders, to share successful local experiences, and to plan new steps in their entrepreneurial or community projects.
This session in Paris is the first step in a long-term mentoring process. Lasting nine months, it will be continued locally by a consortium of partners (Bond'innov, Groupe SOS, MakeSense, Mediapart, La Netscouade and OuiShare) and will enable project leaders to benefit in situ from the expertise of civil society organisations. When mentoring is complete, the participants will meet again, this time in Lebanon, for a final week of exchanges.