BioNTech and InstaDeep Successfully Tested Early Warning System to Detect Potential High-Risk SARS-CoV-2 Variants

Tunisian artificial intelligence company InstaDeep and German biotech firm BioNTech have developed an early warning system to detect potential high-risk variants of the Coronavirus, according to a joint statement published Tuesday by the two companies on their websites. According to the statement, the early warning system uses a combination of artificial intelligence and structural modelling of the Spike protein to detect and monitor high-risk variants of the SARS-CoV2 virus, identifying more than 90 % of these variants within two months of their receipt from the World Health Organization. This system…

Tunisia Digital Awards awarded Joussour INVEST “Silver” trophy for best “Marketplace 2021

The Tunisia Digital Awards (TDA) has awarded the trophy “Silver” of the best Marketplace 2021 to the platform “JoussourINVEST.tn”. This award is a crowning achievement and recognition of the JoussourInvest initiative which aims to simplify through digital access to financing for SMEs, especially in the current health and economic context and is the result of a collaborative work of all stakeholders including the CDC, BVMT, ATIC and USAID through the Tunisia JOBS program. JoussourINVEST is an innovative tool for connecting SMEs with investors, supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem through the digitalization…

Green4Youth launches its 3rd call for projects for the green economy

The call for projects for the third round of the Tunisian program Green4Youth is officially open until November 30th, 2021. The operation jointly launched by investors Impact Partner and Flat6Labs aims to identify and support 8 start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in Tunisia in the field of green economy. In Tunisia, start-ups and SMEs have the opportunity to benefit from the financing of 30,000 Tunisian dinars (more than 9,000 euros). This is part of the third cohort of the Green4Youth program. The initiative jointly launched by Tunisian…

Tunisian fintech startup Kaoun adds new features to Flouci payments app

Credit goes to Disrupt-Africa Tunisian fintech startup Kaoun has added new features to its payments app Flouci, a move that came about after it took part in a regulatory sandbox held by the Central Bank of Tunisia. Formed in January 2018 when co-founders Nebras Jemel, Anis Kallel, and Rostom Bouazizi put their studies in the United States – at Harvard University, University of Rochester, and Columbia University respectively – on hold to come back to Tunisia and build a fintech startup, Kaoun is “building a pipeline for financial inclusion”. Its first product…

Flywheel Programme: 17 Tunisian start-ups selected to receive AIR and AIR² grants

Some 17 Tunisian start-ups have been selected to receive AIR and AIR² grants, as part of the second session of the Flywheel programme, piloted by Startup Tunisia with the support of the World Bank, GIZ Tunisia and the Caisse des dépôts et consignations Tunisia. Flywheel, which is also a fund to support the actors of the Startup ecosystem in Tunisia, supports the launch and development of Startups and Startup support structures. Its programme provides a structured solution based on financial instruments to address current challenges. Indeed, 11 projects have been…

A new website for Startup Tunisia

The national programme, Startup Tunisia, has a new website. Available in two languages – French and English – this platform brings together all the useful information on the Startup Act, the startup ecosystem in Tunisia and the Startup Invest programme. The site also has a FAQ section to answer all the questions of users and actors of the startup ecosystem. TunisianMonitorOnline

Tunisian Initiative wins ATU’s Africa-wide Competition Building Youth ICT Innovation Ecosystems

A Tunisia-based organization, Startup Tunisia, has won the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) Innovation Challenge 2021. Startup Tunisia, which offers grants and provides technical guidance to startup innovators, has, in just 2 years, supported 550 startups as well as startup support organisations through providing a supportive policy environment, investments and capacity building. They claimed the USD 10,000 top prize and the title, “2021 ATU Best Ecosystem Practice Enabling Youth ICT Innovation in Africa”. The competition, launched by the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), also saw Tanzania’s…

Flat6Labs Announces Second Close its Tunisia Seed Fund with the participation of Sawari Ventures

 Flat6Labs, a regional seed, and early-stage VC firm announced the second close, and increase of its Tunisia-based Anava Seed Fund (ASF) from $3 million to $10 million, expanding its impact through world-class startup programs across the North African markets. This is following a recent second close of Egypt-based Flat6Labs Accelerator Company fund (FAC) to $13 million back in May of 2021 to support Egyptian early-stage startups, startupmgzn reports. The Anava Seed Fund was launched in 2017 in partnership with the Tunisian American Enterprise Fund, BIAT Bank and Meninx Holding, to invest in 75 Tunisian early startups in…

Startups MENA Region: Tunisia ranked 2nd best talent ecosystem

MStartup Genome and Startup Tunisia release the 2021 Global Startup Ecosystem Report. Tunisia is featured in the world’s most important report on the advancement of startup ecosystems – it is ranked as the second largest ecosystem in the MENA region in terms of affordable talent. The Global Startup Ecosystem Report (GSER) 2021 by Startup Genome and the Global Entrepreneurship Network was launched on Tuesday 21 September at London Tech Week. The GSER is the world’s most comprehensive and widely read research on startups, with 280 entrepreneurial innovation ecosystems and 3…

Enactus Tunisia Race powered by Tunisie Telecom under the theme “Tech4COVID

Tunisie Telecom is supporting for the second consecutive year the annual technology competition launched by Enactus Tunisia. Under the theme ”Tech4COVID”, this prestigious competition is dedicated this year to young idea holders and entrepreneurs who want to develop or implement innovative and technological projects to meet the major challenges facing the world today. The proposed solutions should have positive economic, social and environmental impacts and responses to the problems linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. Through this partnership action, Tunisie Telecom reaffirms its commitment to support national efforts to combat the…