Over the past five months, infoDev has been conducting workshops and interviews with private sector stakeholders including entrepreneurs, intermediaries and representative associations, capacity building and research organizations, public authorities, development cooperation entities, and agribusiness projects in the areas of Dakar, Thies and Saint-Louis in Senegal. These were aimed to enable infoDev to carry out a needs analysis of the entrepreneurs working in the horticulture sector and guided the first draft of the business model for an Agribusiness Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (AIEC) in Senegal.
The draft business model is currently being redesigned in order to address the comments from the participants in the Dakar workshop. infoDev aims to finalize the feasibility assessment for an AIEC in Senegal by the end of 2011
In order to explore the first draft design of an agribusiness innovation and entrepreneurship center, infoDev conveyed core Senegalese stakeholders from the horticulture sector for a workshop in Dakar on November 10th, 2011. The 22 attendees represented entrepreneurs, financiers, academic and research organizations as well as public authorities who had the opportunity to exchange and comment on the first draft of the AIEC’s business model. Such a center has been designed to focus on accelerating the growth and competitiveness of small enterprises in the horticultural sector (fruits and vegetables). The PowerPoint presentation is available in French:
The stakeholders welcomed the draft business model presented but provided comments on specific elements that infoDev will take into consideration when finalizing the model. With funding from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, infoDev will complete the feasibility assessment and draft business model for the center, and thereafter invite donors to fund implementation.
Check back for more information as the initiative progresses!