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What's in it for you?

How We Help

Your digital or technology startup already has a product or service in one of the Francophone Africa markets. It has demonstrated traction and is bringing in revenue. Now you want to grow further, potentially expand to other countries, and find investment to support that growth.

This is where L’Afrique Excelle comes in and lends support. We match you with successful entrepreneur mentors and investors so you get access to skills, knowledge, partners and funding to help your business grow.

And while social impact is not a requirement, we are particularly interested in helping companies that use emerging technology for both social and financial gains. 


Who does AfriQUE Excelle target?

We are looking for digital or technology enterprises from any sector, with services or products currently available on the market in one of the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, DRC, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal, Rwanda and Togo.  

This includes, but is not limited to finance, agriculture, transport, energy, health, education, smart cities, gaming, media, tourism, food and many more. We are not looking for single founders but quality teams that have the expertise and experience needed to expand successfully their business locally, to neighboring countries or beyond Africa. 

Traction is key: the teams should be gearing up for expansion and Series A level funding ($250K – $5mln)


What do we mean by digital?

Smart city solutions

Point of sale or wholesale payment & processing

Enterprise solutions


Cloud solutions

Internet of Things

Big Data

Virtual reality

And More!

What we offer


Introductions to vetted, proven investors with no brokerage fees or equity taken by L’Afrique Excelle.

During L’Afrique Excelle program, we will connect you with angel investors and venture capital firms to help you raise growth capital. How much? We estimate that L’Afrique Excelle companies will be looking for $ 250K up to approximately $5mln. Of course, significantly smaller or somewhat larger amounts are also possible.

Track record: Since the completion of the first edition of XL Africa in 2017, half of the portfolio has secured almost $18M in funding.  So seize the opportunity!


Mentoring from experienced international and in-country entrepreneurs, investors and experts.

You will have access to a wide panel of mentors and advisors with extensive local and international experience. They are successful entrepreneurs or investors themselves. Based on your needs, you will have access to domain and business expertise that matters to your company. Each L’Afrique Excelle company will be paired with two mentors: one local mentor from one of the Francophone Africa countries with business and sector knowledge and one global mentor with international and startup funding expertise, to provide the most complete guidance throughout the program.

Mentoring is a key component of the program and lasts 6 months in total: 1,5 months between the two residencies and 4,5 months after the final residency in France. It requires time and dedication on both sides (4-6 hours per month).


Access to live expert sessions, webinars and online education center with theoretical insights, case studies, tools and expert views to help you develop yourself, your team and your business.

Our learning modules are a mix of in-person (Mali and France residencies) and online training. They will allow you to meet and learn from peers, seasoned entrepreneurs and investors, and develop your business skills.


A one-week Bamako-based immersion in the Francophone Africa ecosystem and investor communities.

At a one-week residency in the Tubaniso Agribusiness & Innovation Center in Mali,you will work intensively with professional trainers and domain experts, create networks with other entrepreneurs, and have access to potential customers and partners. The week will consist of expert panels, trainings, workshops, pitch practice and informal networking activities. It concludes with the selection of 10 finalists that continue with the rest of the program towards the final week residency in France. 

France residency

A one-week Paris-based residency concluding with the Venture Showcase at VivaTech 2019.

The one-week program will consist of expert sessions, panels discussion, workshops, one-on-one mentorship, pitch practice and informal networking activities. A Venture Showcase at VivaTech in Paris will conclude the residency, whereby all participants get a chance to pitch to a large audience of investors, corporate representatives, ecosystem stakeholders, and selected media. 


Enhance your business brand visibility with our extensive network and media partners.

L’Afrique Excelle’s media contacts and network will help you boost your start-up’s visibility in your own country and beyond.

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