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About Make-IT in Tunisia

Make-IT supports the Ministry of Communication Technologies and Digital Economy of Tunisia and TunisianStartups — an association bringing together Tunisian start-ups — with the aim of facilitating their day-to-day business and professional activities in building an ecosystem with successful local enablers and empowering tech entrepreneurs to get better access to the African markets.

Most importantly, in 2018, the Tunisian parliament unanimously passed a new start-up law that offers unprecedented privileges for start-up founders, including up to 8 years of tax exemption, simplified stock distribution and liquidation, and special customs procedures. Widely celebrated, the Start-up Act is intended to be a catalyst of start-up creation, especially in the hightech sector, making innovative entrepreneurship in Tunisia more competitive internationally and potentially increasing economic growth and employment, notably among youth.

In Tunisia, Make-IT’s approach is aligned with the Ministry’s Start-up Act mission: “To unleash and realize the full potential of entrepreneurship in Tunisia.”

About the local ecosystem

With more than seventeen tech hubs and a portfolio of initiatives supporting entrepreneurship, Tunisia is one of the more dynamic locations for startups on the African continent. The 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Index (GEI) ranking, measuring the quality, health and dynamics of entrepreneurship ecosystems at a national and regional level, placed Tunisia 1st in Africa, 6th in MENA, and 40th worldwide.

Our Team in Tunisia

Hartmut Bercher

GIZ Tunisia, Tunis

Abdallah Souissi

Technical adviser

GIZ Tunis, Tunisia

Norman Schraepel

Component Head

GIZ Tunis, Tunisia

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202006dec10:00Pan-African | High-Level Announcement and Panel on EU D4D Flagships and the EU-AU Partnership on Digital TransformationCountry:Kenya,Nigeria,Rwanda,Ghana,Tunisia,Germany

202001dec14:47Pan-African | The ii2030 #Africa4Future EditionCountry:Nigeria,Rwanda,Ghana,Tunisia,D4Ag,Kenya

202012nov10:00TUNIS | Startup Gate Summit 2020Country:Tunisia

202010nov10:00Pan-African | Scaling AgTech Innovation through Digital Platforms @Cultivate Africa, 17.11.2020Country:Nigeria,Rwanda,Kenya,Ghana,Nigeria,South Africa,Tunisia,Kenya,D4Ag

202021sep10:00Pan-African | Make a difference in emerging countries’ start-up ecosystems: Make-IT Day 2020, 24.09.2020Country:Nigeria,Rwanda,Kenya,Ghana,Tunisia,Germany

202028aug8:07PAN-AFRICAN | Make-IT in Africa: Newsletter: Focus Ecosystem CollaborationCountry:Nigeria,Rwanda,Ghana,Tunisia,Archive Newsletter,Kenya

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The Startup Act is part of a broader initiative “Startup Tunisia” that aims to make Tunisia a startup nation with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, in the southern shore of the Mediterranean, the MENA region and Africa.
His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Anouar MaaroufMinister of Communication Technologies and Digital Economy

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