This week in Wilmington, a group of 15 to 20 young entrepreneurs from South Africa are looking to form partnerships with various corporations in Delaware in hopes of obtaining a new set of skills, ideas, and knowledge that they can take with them to their own businesses.
This three day program is called Business Accelerator which is hosted by both ACT Generation, and StartUpAfrica.
StartUpAfrica started as a way to empower young people who are going into the business world and to cut down the unemployment crisis in Africa.
Their work, which originally launched in Kenya, partnered with the University of Delaware in a program for entrepreneurship. The goal for this program was to teach young individuals how to be job creators as opposed to job seekers.
During the Business Accelerator program, StartUpAfrica is working with women from Zimbabwe and South Africa who are interested in forming partnerships with business in Delaware to obtain mentorship and resources that can aid them when they return to their respective countries to build and strengthen their businesses.
Erastus Mong’are, founder and CEO of Startup AFRICA, noted that while Delaware is the only state that his company has partnered with thus far, he would not mind building connections and expanding to work with other states; however, Delaware will always hold a special place.
“In the long run, we always want Delaware to be the home…the foundation,” Mong’are said.
Several months ago, StartUpAfrica partnered with the company ACT Generation in hopes of further achieving the mission of both organizations which is to network and form international relationships to expand businesses.
CEO of ACT Generation, Travis Smith, Sr., stated that his company is all about sharing knowledge between African business owners and stateside business owners. He notes that it is important to connect the dots and figure out who can help each other get where they need to be and how to get there.
“We really have to learn how to share, how to grow, and how to teach,” Smith said.
The hope for the Business Accelerator workshop is to link up individuals who come from Africa with organizations in Delaware who are on the same level so they can advance their knowledge and grow as a business.
In doing this, Smith said, “You can’t be selfish. Give and take, learn and grow together.”