We are the Turtle Team!
We are 2 friends, Géraldine and Estelle, taking the opportunity of riding the Budapest-Bamako Rally 2022 to raise awareness and funds for Sierra Leonean entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurship is in our blood. Sierra Leone is in our heart. Sierra Leone faces challenges to develop and create sustainable growth. We are convinced development can only happen thanks to a strong local and national private sector! In particular the development of start-ups!
It therefore came naturally that we wanted to support entrepreneurship in Sierra Leone.
How do we do that?
We created a partnership with Innovation SL and the Global Entrepreneurship Network, SL (GEN).
For every penny we collect to finance our race, we give a penny to Innovation SL and GEN SL to support start ups in Sierra Leone.
Innovation SL Ltd (InnoSL) is an Entrepreneurship Support Organisation (ESO) and an Innovation & Technology Management company established in January 2017. Innovation SL owns the Freetown Pitch Night, Innovations Axis Ltd, and are the Global Entrepreneurship Network affiliate in Sierra Leone.
InnoSL is set up for the purposes of impacting Sierra Leone’s entrepreneurship and Innovation ecosystem by identifying and implementing effective programs, initiatives, projects and policies that foster and support Sierra Leone’s entrepreneurs and Innovation ecosystem.
We believe Entrepreneurship is a key source of economic diversification, job creation and business development; hence, it is pivotal to attract the young and educated to become entrepreneurs.
High Growth entrepreneurs will attract investment, leading to the creation of employment, generating economic growth, and facilitating social inclusion.
InnoSL does the following in Sierra Leone:
● FIND and COACH entrepreneurs developing disrupting business models; and solving important/meaningful problems while creating impact in society.
● Develop digital solutions; contributing to a digital infrastructure to enable the development and growth of digital entrepreneurs.
● Own and run a co-working space, and a combined Incubator and Accelerator (Innovations Axis)
● Own and manage Freetown Pitch Night; and run the Global Entrepreneurship Week SL, Future Agro Challenge, and Dare2Aspire-Women in Entrepreneurship
● Partner with other ecosystem actors in entrepreneurship development programs.
The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) is an internationally known entrepreneurship support coalition. GEN Global seeks to enhance its ability to foster and support entrepreneurs in Sierra Leone. Dedicated to advancing human welfare by propelling entrepreneurs, GEN Global’s identifying marks are recognized and respected across the globe. GEN Sierra Leone’s mission is to galvanize, organize, support and energize a vibrant ecosystem that will support the growth of entrepreneurship in Sierra Leone. GEN aims to give every potential entrepreneur in Sierra Leone the opportunity to start a business, and to help established entrepreneurs realize their dreams.
What is the Budapest-Bamako Rally?
Budapest Bamako, the World’s Last Great Adventure – edition 2022
‘The once legendary Dakar Rally has left one spiritual heir in Africa. The Budapest-Bamako keeps the flame of trans-Saharan driving adventures alive. The start is not Paris, the finish is not Dakar, the costs are not the same, but the experience and the spirit of adventure has not changed.’
You want to know more, check here: https://www.budapestbamako.org/