As one of the activities of the West Africa Competitive Programme (WACOMP) multi-year project, IDEA Program Guinea Bissau provides incubation training and mentorship to 60 entrepreneurs from the country to build solid and resilient agribusinesses.
The economy in Guinea Bissau is mainly agricultural, with good prospects for forestry and fishery development. The export of commercial items such as cashews, palm products, rice, peanuts, timber, and cotton has long played an essential role in the country’s economy. Large portions of land are not yet cultivated because of both the traditional crop rotation practice of slash-and-burn agriculture and a lack of agricultural credit and investment due to the political and military conditions.
IDEA Program supports entrepreneurs from Guinea Bissau to turn this around by creating innovative solutions that can boost, protect or scale the most relevant value chains in the country while generating new decent job opportunities.
Agro Mindset helps farmers to run highly profitable agribusinesses and showcase this know-how to young aspiring farmers.
Goodness Green is on a mission to address food shortages and excessive importation in Africa by accelerating vegetable production through Hydroponics.
Massira is increasing women’s access to credible health information and related services (sexual, reproductive and mental health) through a safe community that fosters open dialogue and is committed to educating, connecting and empowering women to improve health outcomes in Africa.
A multimodal delivery marketplace that connects drivers with vendors and customers to meet all delivery & payment needs. It also comes with software as a service option.
Co-Founder of the CENTRO DE INCUBAÇÃO E DESENVOLVIMENTO EMPRESARIAL / Activist / Entrepreneur.
Motivation: ”I want to be a mentor for two reasons: the first is to share my experience with others; the second is to learn new techniques and skills from the network I will be involved in.”
Professor at the Institute for Research and Continuing Education in Economics and Business Management – I-PECEGE
Motivation: “It is a strong desire of mine to be part of supporting developing economies, particularly those in Africa, and I think private sector development is the way to that realization. Entrepreneurs play a key role in making this happen and I will have a great contribution in helping them develop since I’m also an entrepreneur myself.
Deputy Permanent Representative of Cabo Verde to FAO, IFAD and WFP
Motivation: “It would motivate me to be able, with my experience gained throughout my professional life, to help people who want to develop a productive project. I am motivated by the idea of contributing to people’s well-being and to the elimination of poverty.”
Senior freelance Consultant and Communications expert
Motivation: “I have the mentality that there is always room for improvement and I think entrepreneurs in the region could particularly benefit from expertise in branding and product presentation. I also want to explore the markets of the region.”
UNIDO and Bridge for BIllions designed each entrepreneurship program taking into account the most critical value chains for each country, and found entrepreneurs working on the fundamental challenges for the sector with the support of local incubators.
Government Agency that aims to promote the creation and quality of youth employment through active employment policies, professional training, and entrepreneurship.
InnovaLab is an NGO that strives to foster entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem development and create social impact by supporting venture creation and entrepreneurship in education, agriculture, healthcare, and infrastructure.
ADPP Guiné-Bissau is a national organization operating in the country since 1981 with interventions focused on rural areas, the most vulnerable and those most affected.
Other partners IDEA Program
IDEA Program Guinea Bissau is on the lookout for public and private institutional partners and donors to make the program sustainable and amplify its impact over the next few years. Send us an email and make a difference in developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem of your country or region.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) partnered with Bridge for Billions to create IDEA, an online program to connect young entrepreneurs with mentors from all over the world to accelerate the growth of new entrepreneurship communities and foster an entrepreneurial culture.