Tunisia Innovative Startups and SMEs Project (WB-P167380)

  • Tunisia
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Feb 28, 2019
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Government of Tunisia
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  • Finance
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 50.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 50.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Jun 16, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Nov 10, 2018

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Project Description

The project objective is to increase the growth of and innovation in select startups, and small and medium enterprises.

Project activities will focus on enhancing firm capabilities for innovation and technology adoption and growth; filling the debt and equity financing gap for innovative startups and SMEs; and building capacity within the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem to support high-growth innovative startups and SMEs. The project will also provide mechanisms to encourage and sustain increased participation by women, youth, and populations in the lagging regions in entrepreneurial activities.

The project will be made up of three components:

  1. Support for Startups. This component will provide support to:
    1. facilitate private risk capital for innovative startups and entrepreneurs in the pre-seed, seed and early growth stages; and
    2. strengthen the entrepreneurship ecosystem and deal-flow.
  2. Support for Technology-based SMEs. This component will provide support to:
    1. facilitate increased bank lending to SMEs, by supporting the development of effective credit risk sharing mechanisms and facilities to encourage investments in SME technology adoption;
    2. strengthen the innovation ecosystem and increase adoption of technology (including Industry 4.0 technologies) by SMEs.
  3. Project Management, Coordination and Monitoring & Evaluation. Funds under this component will go towards management and consulting fees, service provider fees for implementation of select project activities, as well as operating and administrative costs for the management and supervision of the project activities.
Investment Description
  • World Bank (WB)
Contact Information

World Bank:
Contact: Fadwa Bennani
Title: Senior Financial Sector Specialist
Telephone No: +12024733520
Email: fbennani@worldbank.org 

Contact: Mouna Hamden
Title: Senior Private Sector Specialist
Telephone No: 5714+3031
Email: mhamden@ifc.org 

Republic of Tunisia

Implementing Agencies:


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