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ADEI Elevate is a mentorship based 4 week program offered to startups and technologists in Côte d'Ivoire with the aim of helping them develop their business pitch by pairing them with Business Coaches (or Mentors) and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).

Apply to this Initiative for the opportunity to become a coach and mentor to these innovative Côte d'Ivoire start-ups. The program will pair you with a start-up that you will assist first with a self-assessment then help the entrepreneurs develop a pitch. The start-ups will be required to deliver their pitch to investors following the program.

Adei Institute of Technology and partners will provide the material necessary including the startup assessment. You will have an opportunity to learn the fundamentals and coaching skills directly from our Seasoned Entrepreneurship Partner at The Vault, Silicon Valley accelerator.

The startup coach will have access to a pool of Subject Matter Experts/Advisors - in areas such Technology, Strategy, Product Development, Branding/Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Investment - available to consult with based on the need of the startup assigned.

Please contact: if you would like to apply for this Initiative.



  • Business knowledge via relevant work experience and/OR an advanced business degree ie MBA, MA in International Business
  • Mentors must be bilingual (English/French) to work directly with the startup
  • Available a minimum of 4 hours per week during program period


  • Entrepreneurship knowledge or experience
  • Prior experience as a mentor or similar role


Besides skills development and real world experience, this is an opportunity to connect with the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and gain exposure to the entrepreneurs’ experience in this frontier market. Your knowledge and skills can be invaluable to the entrepreneurs in Côte d’Ivoire.

About Adei Foundation, Inc.

Founded by an African woman in engineering at Google (formerly at Salesforce) with a desire to pay forward her experience, Adei Institute's vision is to establishe a world-class entrepreneurship hub in the West and Francophone Africa region, committed to connecting founders, technologists, and investors with global disruptive innovation.

Adei Institute's mission is to drive socio-economic development through Technology, in Côte d’Ivoire and the region, by strengthening the building blocks of the entrepreneurial ecosystem through a Technical Skills training program, an Entrepreneurship program, and an Innovation lab, while applying a gender lens.

Adei Institute organized the Demo Africa City Innovation Tour in Abidjan, selected two ivorian startups (one woman-led) to take part in the 7th edition of the international Demo Africa event in Morocco in October 2018. An ivorian innovator won the French Development Agency Top 3 winner award!

Adei Insitute of Technology is an initiative of Adei Foundation, Inc. a CA based non-profit start-up founded in 2017.