Launching of the « Ishango Startups Center » structure to promote entrepreneurship in the DRC

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Kinshasa, October 6th, 2021 (CPA).-  The Deputy Director General of the Office for the Promotion of Small and Medium-Sized Congolese Enterprises (OPEC), Ézéchiel Biduaya Musumbu on Monday in Kinshasa launched a structure called « Ishango startups Center » in order to promote innovative entrepreneurship and fight against unemployment in the DRC. Mr. Biduaya indicated this during a press conference that he co-hosted with Mr. Félix Mangwangu, managing partner of this Startups center. To this end, he indicated that this structure is intended to be a framework for incubating “Coworking” which is the result of a public-private partnership between OPEC and Media Lab Group, with the aim of responding to the problem of unemployment. and different needs of the professional sector in the DRC.

He added that “Ishango startups Center” is an innovation center that will support young entrepreneurs determined to become international champions in entrepreneurship, thanks to a network of experts and a completely new training program. “We have young people who are trained in job seeker mode. To get there, said Mr. Biduaya, we have to change this paradigm through support.

« There was the need to set up a structure that includes aspects related to supporting entrepreneurship », he said before specifying that it is an incubator, co-working dimension. « , » Fablab « and accelerator. « Ishango Startups Center intends to become an important player in our ecosystem by materializing the vision of the President of the Republic in its component of the creation of a middle class made up of Congolese millionaires », he declared. According to Mr. Biduaya, the ambition of Ishango Startups Center is to multiply the rate of creation of companies with high added value in the DRC by 10 or 15. According to him, the launching ceremony of this structure is also the opportunity to officially launch the competition to recruit and select around thirty startups for incubation and companies for acceleration.

For his part, Félix Mangwangu managing partner of this structure indicated that the call for applications launched on September 20 closes on October 6 of this month at midnight, he said registrations are made exclusively online via the link HTTPS://bit.ly/Je-postule-au-concours.

The selected startups and companies will be supported for a maximum of one year on technical aspects. “His vision is to have at least 76 Startups Center throughout the DRC.

We will select the best projects to allow them to be incubated,”he added, indicating that these Startups will benefit from a co-working space. Taking the opportunity, he called on young people to bid on their projects before noting that a jury will be made up of experts and business leaders to assess each project. « We will be able to present, I hope so, the future millionaire entrepreneurs of tomorrow, » he concluded.