The International Trade Centre through the Youth Empowerment Project is offering the “Andandorr Programme,” a pilot entrepreneurship programme jointly implemented by key entrepreneurship service providers in The Gambia. The programme follows a maturity-model bespoke service provision for local qualifying women and youth (15-35yrs) entrepreneurs in The Gambia across all regions.

Target beneficiaries: 110 entrepreneurs across all regions

Targeted sectors: 

  1. Information Communications Technology (ICT)
  2. Agric-business
  3. Poultry
  4. Creative Industries
  5. Fashion & Textile

Selected entrepreneurs from the sectors above will be benefiting from a hands-on accelerator entrepreneurship support, business advisory, coaching& mentorship, market linkages coupled with access to finance opportunities throughout 2020.

The entrepreneurs /start-ups will be segmented based on their level of maturity:

  1. Growth (Expanding) Phase: post-revenue, targeting new markets, new products
  2. Start-up (Emerging) Phase: Minimum Viable Product (MVP) confirmed, customer acquisition and retention ongoing
  3. Ideation Phase: research and desire to start a business - earliest stage

Selected entrepreneurs /start-ups will benefit from the following services according to their categorization:

➔ Early-stage/emerging entrepreneurs/ start-ups will receive a blend of online and onsite training and targeted coaching on different topics related to building and further developing their business combined with sector-specific coaching and mentorship.

➔ More advanced/ expanding entrepreneurs/start-ups will have access to advanced training & coaching on business modelling, start-up governance, business planning, Investment readiness, export readiness. They will receive sector-specific mentorship & coaching, tailored designed networking events. Additionally, participants will also be given opportunities in the form of local, regional, and international start-up events, B2Bs, and competitions, to develop both their business and help them connect them with potential investors.




Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a Gambian entrepreneur and below 35 years old
  • Promising early-stage business in one of the “Andandorr” sectors
  • Proof of previous entrepreneurship trainings (Empretec, SIYB, NEDI, BUZZ Gambia & others etc.)
  • Business must be registered and be in business operation for a minimum of one year
  • Must be able to provide basic financial records
  • Customer acquisition and retention ongoing
  • Must be able to commit and avail oneself for the entire acceleration program
  • Female candidates and Migrant returnees are highly encouraged to apply

Application Format & Deadline 

Are you interested? Kindly take the time to complete the form properly latest by 17th February 2020.  We will review applications on a rolling basis.

Application form can be accessed:

Hardcopy forms available at the following offices:

  • YEP  in Bakau, for any enquiries, please contact YEP on 2420341/3864646
  • GIEPA in Kairaba avenue , for any enquiries, please contact them  on 7961115/3740266
  • GYIN in Tallinding , for any enquiries, please contact them  on 3938929/2502929
  • SIG in Kanifing , for any enquiries, please contact them on 3142286/4382050
  • NEDI in Kairaba avenue, for any enquiries, please contact them on 6514414
  • GCCI in Bijilo, for any enquiries, please contact them on 2118787
  • GYCC in Tallinding , for any enquiries, please contact them on 7866640

* For application to be considered, online form /hardcopy must be filled correctly and returned on or before 17th February 2020. 

* PS: Successful applicants are expected to commit to providing their food and transport during the acceleration programme.