2 Tunisian tech startups secure investment from new seed fund

Two Tunisian tech startups have secured investment from the newly-launched Maxula Seed Fund, which aims to support innovative, early-stage Tunisian startups with high growth potential across a range of impactful sectors, Disrupt Africa reports. Created by asset management company Maxula Gestion, the fund has raised capital from insurance company MAE and the Arab Tunisian Bank (ATB), and wants to back companies with innovation at the heart of their business models. “The Maxula Seed Fund was created by Maxula Gestion as part of a synergy with our portfolio of investments. Our objective…

Ashoka Fellow Meher Khelifi journey to break down social insurance barriers: “I want to help every single woman that has no social or health coverage”

Meher Khelifi, newly elected Ashoka Arab World Fellow and founder of Ahmini, shared with us his first reactions to becoming an Ashoka Fellow, the challenges he faced along the way, and his experience pursuing social security coverage for women in rural Tunisia. Meher Khelifi experienced first-hand the devastating consequences of being uninsured in Tunisia when his mother, Fatema, passed away in 2016. Fatema was  uninsured and therefore untreated for what was later diagnosed as cancer. After this life-changing experience, Meher was convinced that no woman should ever go through the…

379 startups now labelled “Startup Act”

Twenty-six startup labels have just been awarded by the Ministry of Communication Technologies. This brings the total number of labels awarded to 379 as part of the Startup Act program. These startup labels award took place during a virtual ceremony held on Tuesday, December 8, the Ministry of Communication Technologies announced. During the period from April 2019 to April 2020, 248 labels were awarded out of 416 applications with an acceptance rate of 70%. Moreover, they generated a cumulative turnover in 2019 of 66 million dinars, including 72% carried out…

Tunisian startup Onboard raises $175,000 in funding

Onboard, a Tunisian startup that transforms the customer support experience offered by manufacturers, using intelligent 3D manuals, has raised $175K from Kepple Africa Ventures. Tunisian software as a service (SaaS) startup Onboard has raised $175,000 in funding, from Kepple Africa Ventures and other individual investors. Founded in 2019 by Safwen Bouali, Cherif Redissi, and Amine Troudi, Onboard helps hardware/manufacturing companies transform their textual manuals to 3D immersive manuals, enabling them to offer instant customer support to their end clients. Since its inception, Onboard has raised a total of $250,000 from multiple accelerators,…

Elevid successfully launches video correspondence platform

www.elevid.net is the first online platform for professional video-based matchmaking, connecting startups and investors, as well as employers and job seekers, around the world. Founders of Elevid Hedi Samari and Sabine Bastisch presented this concept in a video broadcast in their Elevid Facebook page. Presenting Elevid, Founder and CEO Hedi Samari said ”launched in September 2020, Elevid is the first platform professional matchmaking based on video pitches. It connects users via a one-minute video pitch. The name is a combination of: elevator pitch” an English term that describes a short…

Tunisia Digital Summit 4th edition 100% online

The 4th edition of Tunisia Digital Summit will be held on October 27 and 28, 2020 under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Communication Technologies This edition will be entirely online through a very innovative digital platform with a 100% Tunisian product developed by TPM in partnership with a Tunisian startup. TPM, since the appearance of COVID19 has invested in developing with the help of its partners and sponsors such as TDS, a digital solution to virtually bring together actors and decision-makers in the digital transformation in Tunisia. The idea…

Tunisia’s GoMyCode raises $850,000 by training youth for tech and digit

Tunisian edtech startup GoMyCode has raised $850,000 in a pre-Series A round from Wamda (their first investment in the country), Tunis-based investment firm Meninx Holding, Anava Seed Fund (the fund behind Flat6Labs Tunis), and Jasminum Capital. Founded in 2017 by Yahya and Amine Bouhlel, GOMYCODE offers an online learning platform for coding and other digital training and provides digital training tools, content creation, skills management, technical evaluation and matching with employment opportunities. It allows stakeholders to quickly and autonomously create training programmes on a wide range of skills in areas…

Agri-food: “Link4Inn” event to develop partnerships between institutions and Startups

The development of effective, custom and business partnerships between groups and institutions in the agri-food industry with innovative startups in this sector will be the focus of an online event “Link4Inn” around open-innovation in the sector of Agritech, to be held Thursday, October 8, 2020.   This online event will be organized by the National Digital Federation and Tunisian Startups, said the National Digital Federation in a statement.  This digital event is the third in a series of other sectoral digital events that will conclude with a large Link4inn meeting…

New training and employment opportunities for future “Digital Talents”

The cooperation on the “Start-U” program in partnership between Proxym, Enova Robotics and GIZ aims to improve employability, enhance adaptability and talent retention and support gender equality in the ICT sector. A cooperation agreement between the two Tunisian innovative companies Proxym, Enova Robotics and the German Cooperation implemented by GIZ is signed to finance the development of the “START-U” work-linked training program and launch its opening on the innovation ecosystem in Tunisia. On an initiative launched in 2018 by Proxym, Start-U is a work-linked training program offered to young Tunisians…

Tunisia’s startups target saving water & bees to counter global warming’s effects

Global warming is having a sizeable impact on agriculture in some North African countries. In Tunisia, for example, a 2016 report by the Food and Agriculture Organization, forecast that drought could deplete national water resources by nearly 30% over the next ten years, euronews reported in an article. The organization believes that these dwindled reserves could lead to a significant decline in vegetation, resulting in fewer pollinating insects like bees. Last year, the country had an estimated 12,000 beekeepers, according to the National Agency for the Promotion of Agricultural Investments.…