ABOUT

Fondazione Aurora is an Italian non-profit organisation that brings together professionals with experience in the field of international cooperation (and beyond) whose mission is to support African enterprises that are facing challenges related to the lack of access to public and private funds and the consolidation of their activities.

We believe that we can contribute to the 2030 and 2063 Agendas by adopting a participatory approach and fully respecting ownership. Not only does our work consist of providing financial allocations, but especially on providing operational models and ad hoc expertise. Our interventions aim at creating, without any cost for the targeted enterprises and entrepreneurs, a capital, knowledge and technology asset to consolidate business activities.

Why Africa

With a median age of 19 – 42 in Europe – Africa will be home to 20% of the world’s population, 70% of whom are of working age, reaching a number of about 2 billion people by 2050. In the context of the “Next Production Revolution” young Africans stand out for being technology and innovation prone.
Technological innovation, characterised by technopoles, leapfrogging and digitalisation, are key aspects of the new age of entrepreneurship that is transforming the African economy, and, therefore, they constitute a strategic lever for a transformative social process.
In 2050, only 4% of the world population will be European. Considering the geographical proximity, the cultural and historical link, and recognizing the specificity of different African countries, it is essential to establish new economic and social systems. Diasporas are privileged actors in such process.

Our approach

→ Provision of operational funds for the capital endowment of enterprises;
→ Formalisation of business activities: programming, business planning, definition of governance and organisation chart;
→ Applied research. market analysis, target market orientation;
→ Dedicated on-site technical consultancy;
→ Organisation of mentorship sessions with Italian or diaspora enterprises;
→ Technical training courses and/or high-level professional and academic training also at international level;
→ Alignment of activities with national and regional plans;
→ Weekly follow-up and monitoring.
→ Participation in seminars, meetings and events, including international ones, of interest to the reference sector;
→ Marketing: support in the drafting of promotional documents and in the search for potential customers;
→ Social Media: use of social media and targeting with small funds on Facebook and others.
→ Internship at the Foundation;
→ In-depth articles publication;
→ Increasing the production of content about Africa

TEAM

MICHELE CARPINELLI
President

MARTA SACHY
CEO

ALESSANDRO FUSI
Junior Project Manager

ADA UGO ABARA
Research Manager

DINA ROSA AGYEMANG
Project Promotion Assistant

CHIARA BOVI
Project Assistant

TEAM

MICHELE CARPINELLI
President

MARTA SACHY
CEO

ALESSANDRO FUSI
Junior Project Manager

ADA UGO ABARA
Research Manager

DINA ROSA AGYEMANG
Project Promotion Assistant

CHIARA BOVI
Project Assistant

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MICHELE CARPINELLI
President

GIULIA CARPINELLI
Board Member

GIULIA DI TOMMASO
Board Member

UGO TRIBULATO
Board Member

MICHELLE FRANCINE NGONMO
Board Member

MARCO IACOBINI
Auditor

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ADVISORY COMMITTEE

GIOVANNI CARBONE
Professor at the Università degli Studi di Milano and also Head of the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) for the Africa programme.
LAURA COLNAGHI CALISSONI
As President of Carvico Group, over the past ten years she has increased its presence in the global textile market opening also in Ethiopia. She was awarded “Cavaliere del Lavoro” in 2017.
JOSÉ DO NASCIMENTO
Director of the Association of dell’Associative de recherche sur les perspectives de la modernité en Afrique (ARPEMA), researcher at the Collège d’Etudes Interdisciplinaires (CEI) all’University of Paris Sud.
MARIA MANUELA LUCAS
Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Mozambique.
GIUSEPPE MISTRETTA
Director of Sub-Saharan African Countries at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

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