OPEN STARTUP: Successful kick-off of the 1st cohort of the OST Program Senegal with 18 Dynamic Startups in Dakar.
Dakar, Senegal Open Startup, a regional organization fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, is thrilled to announce the successful conclusion of the OST Program Senegal Bootcamp, held at La - DER, Dakar, Senegal, on November 18th and 19th.
The Bootcamp marked a significant milestone as the first-ever implementation of the OST Program in Senegal, with a vibrant participation of 18 startups and 15 talented individuals. The event aimed to empower and equip early-stage startups and aspiring individuals with essential skills for success.
Participants: The Bootcamp brought together 18 startups and 15 talented individuals from various sectors of Senegal's burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The program featured dynamic sessions, including an Icebreaker session, inspiring talks from accomplished entrepreneurs, and intensive training sessions covering critical topics such as Problem/Solution fit and Customer discovery.
Expert Contributors: The participants had the privilege of learning from industry experts, including Ivy Schultz, Farzin Samadani, and Walid Midani, who shared invaluable insights and expertise.
Following the Bootcamp, participants will embark on an 18-week journey of intensive training, mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs, and international exposure to the global startup ecosystem.
The program will include support on prototyping, an immersive trip to Tunisia, and culminate in a visit to New York in April 2024 for the finalist startup. Open Startup expresses sincere gratitude to its partners, including AfricaGrow, Columbia Engineering, Columbia Business School, U.S. Embassy Tunis, AfricInvest Group Inc., and our main implementation partner in Senegal: La Délégation Générale à l'Entreprenariat Rapide - DER. Special thanks also to Ignite.e, Concree, Dakar American University of Science & Technology, and École supérieure polytechnique de Dakar for their collaborative efforts.