The first week of February, OVO headed to Benin for the first SusTech4Africa campaign in the country. Freddy De Mulder, a member of the Board of Directors and a volunteer at OVO, went along. He shares what opportunities there are for local entrepreneurship.
The 2022 OVO project portfolio brings together all the projects that can be supported financially this year. Either through a loan to a company or through a donation to an NGO project.
The focal points: focus on Africa, structural impact and entrepreneurship.
In East Africa, the organizational structure to increase the local footprint of Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs (OVO) is ready. "OVO is proving that it is possible to build strong local teams," states coordinator Brian Mangeni.
In one year, you can accomplish a lot, even in times of a corona pandemic. Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs proves that with its new organizational structure in East Africa.
About SusTech4Africa: SusTech4Africa (ST4A or SusTech4) is a program that helps start-ups, scale-ups and entrepreneurs with African roots to detail their project until it becomes a fully-fledged business plan.
In 2020, Filip Maenhout, a Belgian who lived in Cameroon for many years, founded DESEC-OO. The abbreviation stands for 'Development Social Enterprise Cameroon - Organic Output'. A mouthful, but the intention is clear: produce ecological charcoal from organic waste.
African business incubator Einstein Rising is eagerly signing on for a structural partnership with Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs (OVO).
"We want to grow together with OVO. Where they go, we want to follow and vice versa," says director Brian Mangeni.