Startupweekend Fianarantsoa – with 54h the biggest challenge is about CHANGE

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Following the success of the three previous startupweekend (two general editions, one changemakers ) in Antananarivo, a new edition for Fianarantsoa was announced in August 2017. In 2018, Malagasy startupweekend ecosystem steps forward with fresh new editions, giving the opportunity to other provinces to grow their startup communities. Startupweekend Fianarantsoa 25-27 May 2018 is here. We believe that a strong entrepreneurship ecosystem must have 3 main things : a strong community, huge diversity and various partners.

As a host of the Antananarivo 2018 Startupweekend Edition, Etech Consulting a local tech company, encourages entrepreneurship events and will host the first press conference of this new edition. It will be an occasion to discover the startupweekend concept. Often called the biggest incubator in the world startupweekend is a 54h format event with unique organization and participation rules.

“I decided to organise a startupweekend (in Fianarantsoa) because I deeply believe that there is an urgent need of sensibilization about innovation and entrepreneurship in my hometown ”

Pierre, lead-organizer of Startupweekend Fianarantsoa

This edition is an occasion for the Malagasy diaspora to participate. JPM France (Juniors pour Madagascar) supports all the Malagasy entrepreneurs around the globe, they also support this edition by allowing people from the diaspora to support local entrepreneurs by buying their ticket through the initiative JPM Parraine un participant SW and its chatbot.

A strong collaboration with various parners is a key to build an ecosystem :  economic leaders, NGO, governement institutions, launched startups, SME’s and others. Major actors such as Axian group  promotes the development of entrepreneurship in Africa  supporting projects such as Lamakoo or Salama Care at the previous Startupweekend Paris dedicated to Madagascar. Yes, there are new startups such as Hamac or Paika who are passionnate about developping  the ecosystem and Governement initiatives like the “Unité d’Incubation Entrepreneuriale et d’Emploi” and NGO that are contributing to foster innovation and entrepreneurship.


A strong presence of IOT for the following Malagasy editions

In a world becoming less virtual and more connected, IOT has its place in every startupweekend. For this startupweekend, a partnership is made between Obconnect an IOT ecosystem marketplace, Obconnect is developping a project of funding 1 million of connected devices mainly health related in Africa : ONEMILLIONIOT

Meanwhile, ODI community regoups IOT developers and IOT passionnates with activities such as ODI Kids. ODI Kid organizes coding goûters, an activity to sensibilize and encourages children to learn code and robotics. The new trend is now to use the digital to connect real world “things”, and Madagascar is on the bucket list.

“In the future, you will buy connected things like you buy a shirt or shoes, our consumption habits are already changing, and we are responsible of building this future.”

Abdoulaye Sy, founder of Obconnect – Startupweekend Fianarantsoa mentor

New upcoming challenges

Organizing a startupweekend in Fianarantsoa might be harder than in Paris. Indeed, there are less probabilities of food, electricity or internet incidents. Anyway, the more problem there are, the more opportunities there is. The main challenges that are met in Madagascar revolves around basic needs such as Health, Education, Energy, Food, Connectivity and Water access.

“Organizing a startupweekend is a challenge for all of us. We do not expect it to be easy. We decided to launch this edition just after the changemakers in the capital (Antananarivo). Why ? because we believe in CHANGE and the best place to foster it was there (Fianarantsoa) ”

Ricardo, co-founder of Otwoo and co-organizer of Startupweekend Fianarantsoa

This initative is not alone, startupweekend Mahajanga will be launched by another team in April in the warm beaches of Mahajanga and more events are expected to occur in other cities like Startupweekend Nosy-Be, Toamasina, Tuléar so keep in touch.

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NB : Edited in collaboration with our media partner Digigasy