Since the first edition in 2017, the SIBC has supported nearly 150 entrepreneurs with a strong societal impact in Africa in their transition to scale up. From the outset, SIBC has pursued a dual vocation: (i) to support entrepreneurs with strong societal impacts in Africa in their growth and also (ii) to draw inspiration from their dynamism and strong resilience by offering them a high international visibility and by helping them emerge as strong role models for inclusive and agile entrepreneurship.

In order to best prepare them for this delicate stage in the life of their company, the programme consists of 10 weeks of e-learning training built as peer coaching, followed by a boot camp in Marseille supported by the EMERGING Valley Summit. In addition to the thematic trainings, the SIBC draws its value from the strength of its community by bringing together high-level sponsors and mentors, as well as by benefiting from the support and experience of its alumni from one year to the next. Finally, the boot camp in Marseille is also an opportunity to meet corporate partners and potential investors during a “speed pitching”.

Key figures


60 entrepreneurs selected every year


4 months of remote coaching with a tailored mentoring program


1 week of intensive boot camp in Marseille in partnership with the EMERGING Valley Summit

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A cohesive consortium to implement the programme

After being imagined and incubated by the AFD Campus du Développement, the SIBC will be piloted over the next three years by I&P Conseil and its partners – African Management Institute, ScaleChanger and StartupBRICS – to accelerate its deployment, particularly in Africa. The consortium will continue to benefit from the support and experience of the Campus teams in future editions.

In addition to supporting entrepreneurs, the consortium will be committed to structuring the galaxy of players in the field of entrepreneurship support, in order to enable the deployment of their potential.

With a solid teaching team and a detailed knowledge of African entrepreneurship, the consortium will promote the values of the SIBC in order to convey the dynamics of an ecosystem that is now essential to the development of the continent.

SIBC 2020, support for greater resilience and social responsibility

For its 2020 edition, the SIBC is committed to working alongside entrepreneurs to strengthen their capacities for growth and resilience in the face of an unprecedented economic and health crisis, notably through the construction of an ad hoc “SOS Covid” course, available in English and French, for all candidates to the programme as well as the existing community.

Each entrepreneur who validates his/her application will have free access (market value 7500 euros) to a crisis business management kit developed with AMI, a partner of the SIBC.

This 4th edition, still focused on societal innovations, will once again highlight the themes of environmental responsibility, technical innovations to serve the most vulnerable through e-health or ed-tech.

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