Symposium on FROG (Freelancing, Outsourcing, Gig) Economy in Ethiopia: Accelerating the creation of millions of jobs by 2030.

Symposium on FROG (Freelancing, Outsourcing, Gig) Economy in Ethiopia: Accelerating the creation of millions of jobs by 2030

The Ministry of Labor and Skills (formerly known as FDRE Jobs Creation Commission) in partnership with the United Nation Development Program (UNDP) organized a half-day Symposium on the FROG Economy: Accelerating the creation of millions of jobs by 2030 on Tuesday, November 30. The Symposium is one of the components of the #Enkopa #EthiopianEntrepreneurshipAtWork movement within the EDGET program.

This Symposium was aimed at providing for participants to clarify the value of the FROG community, network, and work in partnership to accelerate job creation through digital in Ethiopia and also further to foster a FROG economy with opportunities for millions of citizens.

Participants were also briefed on the task force’s overall 1- year achievements, job opportunities, and future activities planned by the FROG communities. In addition, there was a two-panel discussion by various panelists on ‘FROG Enablement Through Data Sharing’ and ‘FROG Economy’. Among the points raised during the discussion was the digital economy is a crucial mode of employment for millions of citizens and should be supported with proper policy directives.

The meeting was attended by representatives from the private sector providing services directly or indirectly related to FROG, incubators and accelerators, key stakeholders who have direct and indirect roles in the FROG economy of Ethiopia, developmental partners, and public institutes.


Graduation and Seed Funding Ceremony - Ahun Incubation Program for Digital Entrepreneurs

Graduation and Seed Funding Ceremony Ahun Incubation Program for Digital Entrepreneurs

The FDRE Jobs Creation Commission in collaboration with the United Nation Development Program and Center for African Leadership Studies/xHub Addis recognized 17 digital high growth entrepreneurs that have graduated from the ‘Ahun Incubation Program for Digital Entrepreneurs’ today. The entrepreneurs received 5000 USD in seed funding to accelerate their growth.

The overall objective of the incubation program was to equip entrepreneurs with advanced entrepreneurship skills, business skills, marketing strategy, business planning, and etc. The goal of the program is to have at least 25% of the startups have a customer contract, commitment letter, or service procurement by the end of the 5th month after graduation. Over a period of 5 years, 40% of the startups are expected to grow their revenue double the size of the national economy growth rate.

During the 4-month incubation period, in addition to the intensive training, graduates were provided with opportunities for shadowing, networking, and experience-sharing sessions with other startups, successful entrepreneurs, and different role models in the ecosystem.

The startups are engaged in various sectors, including ICT, manufacturing, health, transport, agriculture, and art & entertainment.

At the opening session of the program, the guest of honor Mr. Turhan Saleh- UNDP Resident Representative - congratulated the start-ups and he further stated UNDP supported the implementation of the Digital Entrepreneurship Vision 2025 defined by the JCC through the initial phase of the Empower, Digitize, and Globalize Entrepreneurs for Ethiopia's Transformation (EDGET) Programme. He further indicated UNDP remains committed to working with all of the startups to support and strengthen the innovation ecosystem in Ethiopia.

Short videos were presented during the ceremony to showcase the journey startups went through in the incubation program. The certificates of completion, as well as the seed funding award, were awarded to the entrepreneurs by Her Excellency, Lelise Neme, Commissioner, Ethiopian Investment Commission, and Dr. Kalid Ahmed, Senior Program Advisor for Digital Transformation, Ministry of Innovation & Technology.

In his closing remarks, H.E Nigussu Tilahun - JCC Commissioner - stressed that JCC will continue to leverage the public-private partnership model to support digital startups in collaboration with development partners.


Call for Application!

Call for Application!

Applications are now Closed

FDRE Jobs Creation Commission in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and xHub Addis (Business Incubator) invites start-ups with innovative business solutions to apply for #Ahun2021.

Ahun is a 4-month incubation program specially designed for high growth potential business ideas and with a possibility to secure a seed funding of 5,000 USD.


Women applicants are highly encouraged.

Apply Here

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