Agribusiness entrepreneurs start business acceleration program in Bissau, Cacheu and Bissorã

The WACOMP-GB project is implementing, through two IDEA Centers, the National Youth Entrepreneurship Agency (ANEJ) and the non-governmental organization (NGO) Ajuda de Desenvolvimento de Povo para Povo (ADPP), a Business Acceleration Program aimed at participants in the first edition of its online Incubation Program, IDEA APP Guinea-Bissau 2022. The 20 selected beneficiaries, out of a possible 42 who graduated from the incubation program, are entrepreneurs with business projects with the greatest potential for success according to criteria such as talent, business model, innovation, potential for scale and impact.

The process consists of carrying out a strategic diagnosis of the existing enterprise, analysing the market, management areas such as Organization, Production and Services; Logistics, Facilities and Equipment; Human Resources and Training; Commercial and Marketing Area and the Economic and Financial Situation and developing a SWOT analysis and the Canvas business model. Once approved by the entrepreneur, the business acceleration plan is drawn up with the definition of the main objective of the development strategy, the establishment of specific objectives by management area (indicators and targets) and the identification of activities, including quick-wins. Implementation support is the last phase of this business acceleration process and includes technical support for activities and support for monitoring and controlling execution.

The activities of the WACOMP-GB project acceleration program kicked off on July 3 and are scheduled to end on October 31, the project’s end date.

Quintino Cumatcha is one of the small entrepreneurs selected for the Business Acceleration Program, in search of new knowledge to add to his own business, in this case, raising and selling chickens and eggs, based in the São Domingos sector. “He says it’s the best example he can set for himself and others, working and progressing on his own land.”

With Cumatcha Nutrição, his company, he wants to make locally produced chickens and eggs available to consumers, in hygienic conditions and with an excellent price/quality ratio, focusing on regular distribution and delivery and a mobile payment system, to make the product accessible to any customer, saving them time on trips to the poultry farm.

Quintino was once an illegal immigrant and, alongside his poultry business, he has actively participated in awareness campaigns and lectures on the prevention of illegal immigration since he returned to Guinea-Bissau in 2017. It was on his way to Libya that he first came into contact with the poultry industry in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where he worked in a chicken and egg factory. Faced with slavery in Libya, only two years later he was able to return to his homeland and saving his only positive experience, he sought out the Center for the Promotion and Development of Family Poultry Farming, CEDAVES, where he received training and today provides technical assistance to 20 small poultry farmers in the regions of Gabú, Bissau and the São Domingos sector. He says that it was an adventure that he wouldn’t advise anyone, that he’s seen it all, which is why he advises young people to work on their own land, to bet on their own ideals and dreams.