ESIL Angel: Douja Gharbi

Bio at a glance

Douja Gharbi is a serial entrepreneur, she has launched many companies in Tunisia, some with success and some failed. She’s also a business and Entrepreneurship consultant, women empowerment and Investment Promotion expert and Mentor, with a strong community development motivation. Douja is president of CEDE- Center of Entrepreneurship and Endogenious Development-, Vice-president of FPAM- Finance Participative en Afrique & Méditerrnée, High Commissionar Tunisia for the WBAF – World Business Angel Forum.

Works at

CEO of RedStart Tunisia, Accelerator
Redstart concretely addresses the key issues faced by entrepreneurs in their process of creating and developing businesses. We commit ourselves as real partner to build long-term, sustainable businesses that create value. Our main activities are: Sourcing of Startups & Investment due diligence, Structuring of the local BA ecosystem, crowdfunding platforms and make the linkages with entrepreneurs, internationalization of startups, technology sourcing, offshoring etc.

Catch up with Douja

"The term “Business angel” is still not very well known in Tunisia, but we have a lot of potential". 

Early stage investing in Tunisia today:

  • Is not as developed as needed
  • Very active entrepreneurial ecosystem, we need to work more on alternative finance to boost early stage investment and mesofinance
  • We will shortly get a law on Crowdfunding, that is very much expected and have a big potential

My goals in Tunisia

  • Increase the awareness and acceptance of private investing as an alternative source of capital
  • Working on the culture of investment through business angel and crowdfunding
  • Engage early-stage investors and support them in the development of their investing activities
  • Exchange experiences among investors and BDS providers around the world

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