ALGERIA – The Chinese telecoms company Huawei-Algeria and the public startup accelerator ‘Algeria Venture’ inaugurated the international programme ‘Huawei Spark’ dedicated to the promotion and development of startups in Algiers, according to a press release.
The launch event was attended by Yacine El-Mahdi Oualid, Minister of Knowledge Economy, Start-ups, and Microenterprises, and Hocine Cherhabil, Minister of Digitization and Statistics.
“The international ‘Huawei Spark’ Startup Support Program delivers free cloud resources, technical training, and professional support to qualifying entrepreneurs while exploiting commercial prospects in the Huawei Cloud ecosystem,” according to the announcement.
It also enables Algerian startups to “go to international markets with assistance at trade exhibitions and world fairs.”
Mr. El-Mahdi Oualid applauded Huawei’s efforts to boost telecommunications and ICT in Algeria through training sessions for students and entrepreneurs during his remarks.
He emphasised the importance of initiatives like “Spark,” which allow entrepreneurs to grow while also helping to construct a new Algeria based on the digital economy.
Similarly, Mr. Cherhabil lauded Huawei for its many measures targeted at assisting entrepreneurs in order to strengthen the country’s digital economy.
Eason YI, CEO of Huawei-Algeria, commended Huawei and the Ministry of Start-ups and SMEs’ entry into the second phase of collaboration, which seeks to assist start-ups in establishing a better technical and commercial environment, particularly through the “Huawei+Spark” programme.
Sid Ali Zerrouki, managing director of Algeria Venture, stated that the “Spark” initiative intends to help start-ups flourish through technical assistance, as well as to involve them in international events to increase their awareness.
Huawei Algeria wished to commemorate the young talents that took part in the 8th edition of the “Seeds for the Future 2022” programme, which had a record participation of 26 students from various establishments and institutes of Higher Education.