The African Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Index

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The African Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Index

Equipping policymakers with the knowledge to support African entrepreneurial ecosystem development

The African Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Index

Information on the state of entrepreneurial ecosystems in African countries is scarce. Little data is readily available and ecosystem research predominantly focuses on the Global North.

The African Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Index (AEEI) aims to fill this void. It sheds light on the reform readiness of countries on the continent and offers guidance to policymakers and ecosystem actors on how to improve their entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Treat With Caution

Please note this is the first public version of this index. Treat the results with caution as we have had a lot of deliberation and discussion on data quality, data availability and data sources. See this version as a conversation starter and a minimum viable product to improve and build on. A methodological note will be shared soon to be fully transparent about the choices that were made.

Preliminary results

Mauritius, South Africa and Tunisia lead the way in the first generation of the African Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Index. A total of 29 African countries are included in this first edition of the index. For other countries there was a considerable gap in data availability. We strive to add more in upcoming years as we strive for improvements in data sources and expect more and better data to become available.

The Full Ranking

Country
Score
Mauritius
4.73
South Africa
3.91
Tunisia
3.55
Morocco
3.43
Cape Verde
3.23
Algeria
3.06
Namibia
3.05
Egypt
2.84
Senegal
2.84
Botswana
2.80
Ghana
2.57
Rwanda
2.48
Nigeria
2.37
Côte d'Ivoire
2.28
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Country
Score
15
Kenya
2.24
16
Togo
2.24
17
Cameroon
2.20
18
Mali
2.04
19
Niger
2.01
20
Gambia
2.00
21
Guinea
1.83
22
Benin
1.82
23
Ethiopia
1.77
24
Tanzania
1.76
25
Angola
1.72
26
Lesotho
1.69
27
Burkina Faso
1.53
28
Uganda
1.52
29
Zimbabwe
1.38

The Full Ranking

Country
Score
Mauritius
4.59
South Africa
3.68
Tunisia
3.44
Morocco
3.43
Algeria
3.02
Namibia
2.97
Egypt
2.78
Senegal
2.76
Botswana
2.75
Ghana
2.53
Rwanda
2.45
Nigeria
2.33
Côte d'Ivoire
2.26
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Country
Score
14
Togo
2.20
15
Cameroon
2.18
16
Kenya
2.15
17
Mali
2.01
18
Benin
1.8
19
Ethiopia
1.75
20
Tanzania
1.74
21
Angola
1.71
22
Lesotho
1.67
23
Burkina Faso
1.53
24
Uganda
1.48
25
Zimbabwe
1.37

Digging a level deeper

The AEEI is constructed based on scientifically rigorous and societally relevant entrepreneurial ecosystem analytics. It consists of 7 challenge areas, each building on multiple data points to construct the index.

Each country’s score per challenge area can be seen by hovering over it on the map below. Even where no complete data is available, the data that is available can be seen per country

Key :

Relative Ranking
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