AfriLabs partners U.S. Department of State to address climate crisis via entrepreneurship

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African hub network AfriLabs has partnered the United States Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships (E/GP) to address the climate crisis and promote entrepreneurship in Africa. 

Founded in 2011, AfriLabs empowers and nurtures innovation hubs across Africa through its community-focused model, while the US Department of State is the leading foreign affairs agency of the United States government, dedicated to shaping a peaceful and prosperous world. 

The Office of Global Partnerships fosters public-private collaborations to address global challenges and promote sustainable development, and one such partnership has now been agreed with AfriLabs. Through the collaboration, both organisations aim to support the Coalition for Climate Entrepreneurs (CCE) initiative, which focuses on nurturing startups and entrepreneurs driving climate solutions in developing nations. 

They will collaborate on various programs, including the US Climate Ops and Partnership Opportunity Delegations (PODs), to connect climate entrepreneurs with resources and targeted opportunities. Also, the International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) and BridgeUSA will assist promising climate entrepreneurs. 

The partnership will focus on four pillars – engagement, expertise, capital, and deployment. By fostering collaboration, providing skills and knowledge, attracting investment, and implementing climate solutions, the partnership aims to make a significant impact. 

“We are excited to join forces with the US Department of State in our shared mission to empower entrepreneurs and drive sustainable change,” said Anna Ekeledo, executive director of AfriLabs. “This partnership will create opportunities for climate-focused startups in our hub community across Africa to access expertise, capital, and global markets.” 

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