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IntilaQ Building: largest space dedicated to startups and innovation from 2018

Bassem Bouguerra, CEO IntilaQ Tunisia, on Wednesday, announced the creation from 2018 of IntilaQ Building at Berges du Lac, in Tunis, saying it will be the largest space dedicated to startups and innovation in Tunisia.

Speaking at a press conference in Tunis, Bouguerra said the building will include six spaces (a congress hall, incubation area, training centre, manufacturing laboratory, a group workspace and a media centre).

“The aim is to contribute to the creation of a new economy in Tunisia based on innovation and technology,” he pointed out.

The speaker said the new investment fund that will now support start-ups in growth phase and seeking to be international will amount to 1 million dinars.

Launched in March 2014 in partnership with the Qatar Friendship Fund (QFF) and Microsoft Tunisia, IntliaQ has the ultimate objective of promoting and building the capacity of young Tunisians by stimulating innovation and encouraging entrepreneurship in the field of ICT, he said.

In this context, Bassem Bouguerra reported that IntilaQ finances and technically supports startups.

This innovation hub also provides strategic and legal advice and helps to build skills, through the organisation of training sessions.

It also involves developing startups through the organisation of technical training and soft skills training, the development of mobile applications, the valorisation of research work, the introduction of young people to professional life and academic support, through the training of university lecturers in new technologies and the organisation of in-situ university workshops around the latest technological trends.

The CEO of IntilaQ Tunisia said the Hub has so far invested 11 million dinars and funded 26 startups in 14 business sectors.

“50% of startups today export their products abroad,” he said, noting that thanks to IntilaQ, 240 high value-added jobs were created and 74 projects were supported.

Thus, 2,475 people benefited from technical and soft skills training. 580 applications were developed, 30 university teachers were trained and 3 research projects were supported and funded, according to the IntilaQ CEO.

The press conference was an opportunity to present the experiences of two Tunisian startups that benefited from the financing and support of IntliaQ, namely Datavora (startup operating in the big data sector) and Roamsmart (roaming solutions editor for telecom operators).

Source: TAP News Agency

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