The AFD in Gabon and the Ogooué Labs association signed a partnership agreement for the establishment of the STARTX 241 incubator.
STARTX 241 is not the first project launched by the Ogooué Labs association to develop the digital and entrepreneurial ecosystem in Gabon.
In 2018, the association created, with the support of the French company Simplon, the 241 School which offers free to young learners training in accelerated and intensive mode in digital professions (web / mobile developer and refer digital).
STARTX 241 reinforces this initiative with the ambition of attracting start-ups from all over French-speaking Africa to Gabon by helping them set up thanks to an 8-month training course (under the patronage of the French accelerator Héméra) and the provision of trained human resources (students from School 241).
This project, in which AFD is providing a grant of 60,000 euros, is the second collaboration between the agency and Ogooué Labs: as part of the health response to covid-19 in Gabon, AFD – through the PASS2 project – in fact instructed Ogooué Labs and School 241 to develop a chatbot (conversational agent) intended to offer the general Gabonese public official information on the epidemic and the means to protect themselves from it.
Finally, this project responds to AFD’s missions to promote the digital sector for the benefit of education and employment, in Gabon and around the world.
As a reminder, AFD is supporting the Gabonese government in the education sector through the PISE (investment project in the education sector), the main objective of which is to increase reception capacities in the primary and secondary schools in Libreville and Port-Gentil.
Featured Image: Exchange of agreements signed between the director of AFD Gabon and Sylvère Boussamba, STARTX 241 project referent