Written by Christine Petré | From Wamda
After favorable outcome in Egypt, where the Startup MENA team engaged over 400 entrepreneurs in 2014, designing tailored workshops for the needs of the local ecosystem, plus its launch in the GCC, it is now the turn of Tunisia to repeat the success.
During their first trip to Tunisia, the team invited its entrepreneurs to a launch evening at the country’s only social co-working space Cogite, in the upscale Tunis suburb of Le Lac. The event was the first step for the project’s expansion to the small Mediterranean country.
“We are boosting the startup ecosystems through tailored workshops for startups and entrepreneurs, connecting them with mentors and investors,” explained Jakob B. Kistorp, co-founder of Venturescout, the firm organizing the event, to a mixed Tunisian audience of women and men of all ages.
Venturescout is a collection of serial entrepreneurs, ex-corporate executives, venture capitalists and expert trainers entrenched in startups and entrepreneurship. “We’ve built 28 of our own startups,” explained the cofounder, “including founding Startupbootcamp, Europe’s largest accelerator and the international startup factory Rainmaking.”
He emphasized that entrepreneurship is a mentality, a mindset, a will to change something, a passion. “Very few people start a business for the sake of money,” argued Kistorp. Repeating himself several times he said: “Instead they want to change the world.”
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