The European Union (EU) and the European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN), the leading community of business incubation and support organisations in Europe and beyond, are joining forces to foster inclusive, decent job creation, and sustainable livelihoods in a collaboration between the African (Sub Saharan) and European continents.

Under a new initiative, they will implement BIC Africa, a Regional Network to support business incubation in Africa, focusing on Angola, Ethiopia, Madagascar and Somalia, through increased emphasis on concrete capacity-building, knowledge-sharing, and innovation transfer activities for African incubators. BIC Africa will also help to reach out to investors, innovation centres and partners that are needed by African businesses to develop opportunities and markets, and to increase their chances for successful outcomes.

Specifically, BIC Africa will: 1) facilitate capacity building; 2) help incubators benefit from exchanges and cooperation with other initiatives;  3) connect European and Africa innovation hubs and develop intercontinental collaboration;  4) explore business opportunities with European companies;  5) ensure that quality standards are supported and respected in all incubators; 6) deploy monitoring and evaluation that will ensure a continuous and effective improvement of incubation professionals, and to create an accreditation scheme to certify business incubators.

In order to carry out these activities, EBN is looking to create a pool of experts who are qualified to provide these types of services. Among the activities are the delivery of trainings and certification reviews, and other consulting activities during the implementation of BIC Africa. Therefore, experts may be involved as trainers, speakers, coaches, consultants, or mentors. Responsibilities and compensation may vary according to the type of activity to deliver.

If you are interested to join the Pool of Experts to support EBN in the implementation of BIC Africa, please submit your application by completing the form below.

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All the data collected via this survey will remain confidential: no uniquely identifiable information about the applicants will be shared with any external parties at any time without your prior consent.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact Rubén Carrandi, Project Manager of BIC Africa, at ruben.carrandi@ebn.eu.
 
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