Launched as part of “Revealing Benin,” the government of Benin’s investment and development programme, Sèmè City is the only project of its kind in Africa.

This city of innovation and knowledge brings together high-level training institutions, research and development centres, and incubators of innovative solutions to help solve the challenges facing Benin and Africa.

With Sèmè City, Benin wishes to train a new generation of talents and foster the emergence of a new model of inclusive and sustainable growth based on “Innovation Made in Africa”. The stake is clear: we must face the economic challenges of Benin and more generally of Africa in order to provide the continent’s youth with opportunities for the future.

Around 200,000 students will graduate from the schools and universities of Sèmè City by 2030, and more than 190,000 direct and indirect jobs will be created, one third of which will be self-employments.

All the activities of Sèmè City will be organised around 5 interdisciplinary areas:

  1. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  2. Art, Design, and Humanities and Social Sciences
  3. Agriculture, Nutrition, and Natural Resources
  4. Health and Life Sciences
  5. Management, Administration, and Business

Planned as a smart city, integrated and connected across a 350 hectare area, Sèmè City is being built in successive phases, with a focus on quality of life for all its residents via the implementation of sustainable and innovative solutions.

The Agency for the Development of Sèmè City launched, in partnership with the World Bank, a competition for entrepreneurs known as the ‘Challenge Fund’. This enabled us to identify innovative tourism-focused projects with a potentially rich socioeconomic impact. The winners will be announced at the world’s first FORIMA (Forum “Innovation Made in Africa”), taking place in Cotonou on 31 May – 01 June 2018. The retained projects will receive up to $500,000 in funding and a place in Sèmè City’s incubation programme.