NEXTA-Madagascar is one of the 20 African countries to join the Afric'innov community; a network of African innovative entrepreneurship support structures (SAEI) that brings together, links and values the most promising structures in their respective ecosystems. Thanks to NextA, the new platform created by the Axian group, the promoters of innovative projects and companies in Madagascar can also benefit from the Afric'Innov expertise.
Afric'Innov supports the professionalisation of SAEI in Africa
Funded by the French Development Agency (AFD) and piloted by a consortium of African incubators and international organizations, Afric'Innov supports the development of innovation ecosystems in Africa by working on the professionalisation of incubators. Its creation is the result of the observation that the SAEI-accompanying structures of innovative entrepreneurs of the incubator type or accelerator that accompany the development of innovative companies in Africa are not professionalised and lack often have adequate means to develop. Afric'Innov therefore intends to support these structures through capacity building and networking, by choosing structuring and reliable partners in the 20 African countries. This allows for a rise in competence of the Afric'Innov Member platforms.
NextA, the new platform dedicated to supporting and assisting entrepreneurs in Madagascar
NextA, entirely dedicated to the support and accompaniment of entrepreneurs in Madagascar, aims to facilitate access to services and to build skills for entrepreneurs. To do this, the platform sets up accompanimations such as monitoring tools, training, mentoring, linking, funding support and many other supports.
NextA assists start-ups, TPE and SMEs at the various stages of their growth to facilitate the deployment of projects with economic, social and environmental impact. The NextA team is convinced that today's entrepreneurs will make it possible to structure a more inclusive economy tomorrow.
Professionalise the accompanying structures for a greater impact of their actions
Through the Afric'Innov network, NextA becomes a member of the community of 60 SAEI (innovative entrepreneurship support structure) and enjoys privileged access to the tools developed by Afric'innov, increased visibility on the national scene and and the possibility of exchanging with their peers in a privileged way. "Integrating the Afric'Innov community allows us to reinforce the accompanimations delivered to the entrepreneurs we supervise. The tools made available by Afric'Innov allow NextA to expand its range of accompaniment with a real impact of our actions considers Carole Rakotondrainibe, Manager of NextA.
The rise in competence of human capital starting with NextA's teams will, for example, be done through training programmes that meet this need by organising training sessions in attendance and/or via training content available in Line. "It is a pleasure for us to count NextA in the Afric'innov community. In the image of what is being done in countries where innovative entrepreneurship is highly developed, it is important that large private groups invest in the creation of support structures for project promoters in Africa. The Axian Group understands that! says Christian Jekinnou, Coordinator of Afric'Innov.
Afric'Innov is a programme aimed at supporting the specialised structures in support of innovative entrepreneurship in Africa. Afric'Innov's mission is to support these structures, enabling them to strengthen their capacities and facilitating their networking. Since its launch in 2016, Afric'Innov has trained more than 100 professionals in some 20 African countries. 60 structures have also benefited from support.
NextA was born out of the Axian Group's willingness to develop and support entrepreneurship
in Madagascar. The NextA platform aims to bring together the various players in the innovation and entrepreneurship sector in Madagascar. Nexta is committed to supporting the development of the Malagasy economic fabric and is acting through a specific accompanying programme open to Malagasy entrepreneurs and startups. The NextA platform invests so that each project holder has a chance to succeed and can participate in the economic and social growth of the country.
NextA is a company of the Axian group. Born in Madagascar 150 years ago, Axian is a diversified group present in 4 sectors of activity with strong growth potential: real estate, energy, telecoms and financial services. With more than 3500 employees in the Indian Ocean and Africa, Axian is a partner in the economic transformation of emerging countries. Axian systematically ensures the lasting and positive impact of its activities on the daily life of the greatest number. Convinced that support for entrepreneurship is a necessity to build more inclusive growth in Africa, Axian innovates with NextA by giving project holders the opportunity to be accompanied, counseled and supported.