The 2nd National Job Summit took place at the Sheraton Addis on August 15 and 16 Enkopa Summit take-aways

The 2nd National Job Summit took place at the Sheraton Addis on August 15 and 16Enkopa Summit take-aways

The 2nd National Job Summit took place at the Sheraton Addis on August 15 and 16. A half-day was dedicated to the Enkopa Summit with B2B interactions, two-panel sessions, and pitches by entrepreneurs.

It is to be recalled that Enkopa is a national movement to celebrate and promote Ethiopian Entrepreneurship stories, especially untold ones, to encourage all stakeholders (engineers, startupers, ecosystem builders, entrepreneurs, policymakers, educators, etc.) to build a thriving Entrepreneurship ecosystem. It is a movement with a pan-African ambition, to increase collaboration between African countries and collectively own the narrative on Entrepreneurship, to essentially re-brand the African continent.

The two Enkopa panel sessions centered around building and Digital Entrepreneurship Ecosystem and a FROG (Freelancing, Outsourcing, and Gig) Economy. H.E Muferiat Kamil, Minister at the Ministry of Labor and Skills was present along with many public officials, entrepreneurs, representatives from large corporations as well as development partners.

The sessions were rich in key and new insights- here are the main takeaways:

Ethiopia is situated in a triangle of a high unemployment rate, a large population of youth, and limited entry-to-mid level career opportunities.

The labor environment presents many challenges: labor laws and workers’ rights are limited, unemployment and underemployment are high, and the informal sector remains significant.

These challenges can be turned into a major opportunity. Without a burdensome legacy system, Ethiopia has the possibility to leapfrog into the future of work, where gig and freelance workers can perform multiple missions and tasks, leveraging different skills while earning a decent wage.

Informal gig workers exist in the millions. Digital platforms for gig work are recently emerging, there is a great potential for them to scale to create millions of decent jobs in the next few years.

2 million individuals enter the labor market each year; The economy needs to create close to 8 thousand jobs every business day.

Every year, more than 300,000 students graduate with a STEM degree.

Education has been in the top 3 government budget expenditure for the last few years and the country hosts one of the largest pools of educated talent on the continent.

Digital platforms for freelance work are also emerging, there is a great potential for them to scale to create thousands of decent jobs in the next few years.

Ethiopia has a great potential to become an offshoring hub for multinationals looking to relocate their middle and back-office processes. Cheap electricity, internet redundancy, and labor arbitrage are the main traits of the country in this sector. CCI, one of the largest BPO companies in Africa, announced last week it launched operations from Ethiopia. More of such logos need to be attracted to Ethiopia.

Traditionally startup support programs have been led by development partners present in Ethiopia; However, this is not sustainable. Going forward, incubation, acceleration, and venture capital investment in local startups need to be led by large corporations who are sitting on extra cash like Ethiopian Airlines, Ethio Telecom, and Banks in a win-win format.


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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.


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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.


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

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.


The Validation Workshop

The Validation Workshop

The Validation Workshop seeks to bring together key stakeholders including the African diaspora, Investors, and Financial Institutions Ethiopia to deliver feedback, recommendations, and advice as part of Pangea Trust`s quality assurance process prior to adopting the report as a Pangea Trust Document.

The workshop is organized by Pangea Trust, funded by SIDA, which seeks to create a platform to revolutionize startup and SME funding by providing an opportunity to the diaspora to become a key player in the ecosystem.

The aim of this validation workshop is to gain vital insights on the Ethiopia Diaspora mapping report. This workshop is also intended to involve the key practitioners and stakeholders to provide feedback on the relevance and the value addition of the Ethiopia diaspora mapping study report. Please register here Webinar Registration - Zoom


#MoLS Diaspora Tech Homecoming

#MoLS Diaspora Tech Homecoming Event

#MoLS Diaspora Tech Homecoming: Entrepreneur Pitch and B2B connecting event was held on January
13,2022 at Friendship Park with the presence of higher government officials. The purpose of the event
was to bring together tech professionals and investors from abroad with Ethiopia’s innovators and
disruptors.

50+ selected startups attended the program and briefed participants on their product and service.
The event was attended by representatives from private sectors providing services directly or indirectly related to FROG, incubators and accelerators, startups and entrepreneurs, diaspora in tech, Investors, developmental partners and government officials and key stakeholders who have direct and indirect roles in the digital economy of Ethiopia.

In her opening remarks, the Minister of Labor and Skills, Muferiat Kamil, emphasized that the government will continue the efforts to improve the legal framework, the ease of doing business, facilitate infrastructure development, and skills development program to encourage entrepreneurs and keep them engaged in every major activity.
The MoLS, by engaging the private sector will continue to drive programs incubating entrepreneurs for they are future job creators rather than job seekers, and they are the backbone of a digital economy.


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