Adansonia Project

Training, networking, and funding entrepreneurs in Africa


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Via Roberto Sarfatti, 25, 20100 Milano, Italy
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, United Republic of, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Northern Africa
Retail and wholesale, Agribusiness, Automotive, Banking, Clean technology, Computer hardware, Computer software, Construction, Creative, media and entertainment, Diversified services, E-commerce, EdTech, Education, Electronics, Financial services, Food and beverage, Healthcare, HealthTech, Insurance, Internet, Leisure and travel, Manufacturing, Mobile, Real estate, Renewable energy, Telecom, Transport and logistics, Utilities, Waste management and recycling, Water, sanitation and hygiene

The Adansonia Project

  • connects entrepreneurs with one another through in-person events and an online chatting platform; 
  • trains entrepreneurs on starting businesses and writing business proposals with in-person workshops and an online course taught by professors at Bocconi University;
  • and offers opportunities to pitch to investors.

The Adansonia Project is a collaboration between researchers at Bocconi University in Milan, Oxford University, Harvard University, and venture capitalists around Africa.

What distinguishes the Adansonia program is the emphasis on connecting entrepreneurs with one another. These connections enable entrepreneurs to share and improve their ideas with a diverse array of peers from different sectors, locations, and backgrounds. The Adansonia program offers prizes to the participants who most actively help their peers refine their business ideas.