Samir Abdelkrim, the French-Algerian entrepreneur who wants to “Innovate to finance innovation”

In a near future, “why not imagine two, three or even four African Kickstarters which would finance african innovations?” It is one of the numerous ideas Samir Abdelkrim, entrepreneur and founder of, the first french-language media for innovation in emerging countries.

Relying on both its multi-faceted internet platform (strategic advice, linking and awareness raising, promotion and financing support) and its tech-reporter skills for Le Monde and Les Echos, he wants to show the rest of the world that Africa and the emerging countries will soon become the future champions of innovation.

8 months a year, this startup scout explores entrepreneurial ecosystems in Africa, but also in India. From Mauritania and Kenya to Gabon and Botswana, he has already visited 21 african countries to get in touch with the talents of tomorrow. His adventure is detailled in his book Startup Lions which is the ultimate guide for startups in Africa (it is also full of potent quotes!)

Samir Abdelkrim (center) and other highly motivated african entrepreneurs © Startup Lions