New startup mentorship programme aims to foster UAE-Africa cooperation

Dubai Chamber to host first-ever Chamberthon during Africa Tech Summit in Rwanda where startups will build a framework for the GBF Mentorship Programme GBF Mentorship Programme pairs innovative UAE and African startups with mentors who can provide valuable expertise, support and guidance


Startups from the UAE and Africa will participate in the first-ever Chamberthon event that will be organised and hosted by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry during the Africa Tech Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, on February 13th-15th.

The Chamberthon will provide a creative environment where UAE and African startups can collaborate and develop new innovative ideas that will be used to structure the GBF Mentorship Programme, a holistic three-month programme fostering cross-border cooperation between startup communities that will pair startups with mentors who can provide them with valuable expertise, support and guidance.

The new mentorship programme is an extension of Dubai Chamber’s Global Business Forum on Africa platform. A total of 10 startups from the UAE and Africa will be selected to participate in the programme which will provide many benefits beyond mentorship, including access to networking and Dubai Startup Hub services and support, as well as speaking and exhibiting opportunities at the Global Business Forum on Africa in Dubai, taking place in November 2019.  

HE Hamad Buamim, President and CEO, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry said: “By bringing UAE startups to Africa to participate in the Chamberthon, we are creating a platform for continued cooperation between the two business communities. We are very optimistic that this project will achieve its objectives of building an innovative and beneficial mentorship programme for African and UAE startups that will enable them to succeed and grow beyond borders.”

For his part, Andrew Fassnidge, Founder of the Africa Tech Summit said: “We are delighted to partner with the Dubai Chamber at Africa Tech Summit Kigali, connecting Africa and the UAE under this new initiative fostering international co-operation, mentorship and growth. We look forward to seeing this grow over the coming years.”

The Africa Tech Summit, supported by Rwanda’s Ministry of ICT, will provide unparalleled insight, networking and business opportunities for African and international tech leaders and investors who want to do business in Africa. The three-day Summit will connect over 400 digital leaders, finance institutions, investors, regulators, startups, media and leading tech ventures from across Africa and the world.