Andriamijoro Mino,
Madagascar – Cohort 1, Business & Entrepreneurship

Impact: Connecting Entrepreneurs with Investors

In June 2016, Mino created this connection project and adopted it to the local needs and environment by establishing many partnerships with local venture capitalists, government institutions and private companies. Within four months of establishing this initiative, Mino held the first edition of “STARTUP_DATING“, which was patronized by 200+ people. The group composition was 80% young entrepreneurs and 20% incubators, investors, coaches, mentors, elders and entrepreneurs.

Currently, the initiative helps finance at least three start-ups per event, but Mino’s focus goes beyond just financing start-ups. The events create the platform for entrepreneurs to network, promote their businesses, find business partners, identify possible coaching/mentoring opportunities and to share experiences with other entrepreneurs. One start-up creates an average 3 – 4 jobs, with additional jobs created when funding is secured to expand their businesses.