To enable grassroots social entrepreneurs to create the positive change they envision for their communities. This year’s edition aims at BOOSTing inclusive employment in North Africa.
Libya, Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia
High unemployment, reduced freedom of expression and lack of financing opportunities for small and medium enterprises prevent young people – particularly women and marginalized groups in remote areas – from developing their full potential.
BOOST (Boosting Bottom-Up Societal Transformation) works through local partner organizations and collaborative spaces communities, mainly in medium-sized towns in North Africa. It identifies and supports young local social entrepreneurs who are creating employment for other young people, in particular women. Our local partners offer technical assistance along with funding from Hivos to either start or scale these enterprises. BOOST’s main activities:
1. a digital media campaign to solve challenges women entrepreneurs in the regions face
2. a support program for co-working & collaborative spaces to help them become Business Development Support Organizations (BDSOs)
3. an accelerator program trajectory for start-ups and SMEs with high potential for job creation in Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya.
4. a capacity building and knowledge enhancement program for angel investors in North Africa