The call for applications aimed to identify cultural and creative entrepreneurs from Burkina Faso, Morocco, Senegal and Uganda who will take part in the Afrique Créative acceleration programme.
By August 15th, a total of 85 applications were received, illustrating the diversity and dynamism of the creative field in Africa! After a national pre-selection phase, some twenty candidates were interviewed by the final jury held at AFD in the third week of September.
At the end of the deliberations, it is now official, the winners are…
- Angele DIABANG, who runs Karoninka, a production company that makes very committed films (Senegal)!
- Fatoumata PINDRA, President of Optimiste Productions, a structure recognized in the hip-hop world (Senegal) !
- Sébastien BAZEMO, better known as Bazem’Se, who designs ethical and chic fashion (Burkina Faso) !
- Soumaila KANLA, designer and founder of Kalanexpo, who gives a second life to dead wood through his design creations (Burkina Faso) !
- Patricia DEFEVER, who founded the publishing house Langages du Sud (Morocco) !
- Brahim EL MAZNED, ANYA promoter / Visa for Music, musical platform (Morocco) !
- Elijah KITAKA, founder of Fezah App, an application that will revolutionize the music industry (Uganda)!
- David MASANSO, who runs CROSSROADS DIGITAL MULTIMEDIA, that tells fun stories reflecting local culture with 3D animation (Uganda)!
- Daudi KARUNGI, promoter of Afriart, a contemporary art gallery that highlights the talents of the future (Uganda)!
Thanks to Afrique Créative, the selected entrepreneurs will benefit from:
- Technical support by national and international experts via an online platform and two residential bootcamps;
- Regular coaching by two mentors;
- Networking with both cultural and private sector operators;
- And finally, a grant to boost their companies’ growth, as well as specific support for raising additional funds.
The program starts this month with the 1st bootcamp, in Ougadougou, from October 21 to 26. We look forward to telling you soon more stories about the programme!