During the International Tourism Trade Fair in Madrid, Felicia Appenteng and Begoña Gómez, the Chair and Executive Director of the IE Africa Center, met with the CEO of Globalia, Javier Hidalgo, to discuss the current partnership between the two institutions. Also present at the meeting were Marita Walther, co-founder of ebikes4africa, and Asmaa Kherrati, co-founder of and Enjoy Agriculture.
ebikes4africa and Enjoy Agriculture are African startups which recently won the IE Africa Center category at the 2nd World Tourism Startup Competition. The startup competition is organized by Globalia in collaboration with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
As competition winners, Walther and Kherrati will attend the next edition of the IE Africa Center Social Innovators Retreat. The annual retreat, which was also a topic of discussion during the meeting with Globalia, is designed to create a unique knowledge generation and sharing intellectual retreat for Africa’s most cutting edge social innovators who are looking to find new tools and partners with which to scale their work. The program operates on an invite-only basis, in order to carefully select innovators who are not only aligned with IE values, but are best suited to work with each other throughout the course of the program.