Flywheel is a fund to support the actors of the ecosystem of Startups in Tunisia.
It supports the launch and development of Startups and Startup support structures.

Flywheel provides a structured solution based on financial instruments to meet their current challenges.

For startups and entrepreneurs Flywheel provides 2 instruments

A grant for the development of POC for start-ups

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An investment preparation grant for early stage startups

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For the SSOs Flywheel provides 2 instruments

A grant for the launch of new programs, up to 200k TND

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A subsidy to ensure the continuity of certified and efficient SSOs

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Meet the Selection Committee

The selection committee is the body of evaluation and selection of beneficiaries of the support program Flywheel, component of the national initiative Startup Tunisia. It is a committee composed of competent and independent public/private profiles.

Salma Baghdadi

is a representative of Smart Capital, the operator of Startup Tunisia. Formerly an entrepreneur, she is now dedicated to supporting Startups in Tunisia.

Rym Baouendi

Is the founder of the innovation and sustainable development consulting firm Medina Works.

Mehdi Charfi

Is the Managing Partner of SPE Capital in the UAE. He has been working in private equity in the Africa Middle East region since 2005.

Monia Jendoubi

Is director of the Entrepreneurship and Business Development Department at the Elgazala Technology Center..

Chaima Soudani

joined the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations in 2012. She is currently an Investment Manager specialized in innovation and infrastructure projects.

Bechir Tourki

Co-founded two start-ups (Marcel and Yuso) in 2014 sold to the Renault group in 2017. He is a former president of ATUGE France and is now an entrepreneur and Business Angel.

Henrik Wichmann

Is the representative of the GIZ. He has been working for 7 years between Berlin, Yangon and now in Tunisia.

A simple and fully online process

These steps ensure maximum transparency as well as an accurate and fair evaluation of all files received


  1. Call for Application

    The opening of applications on the portal

  2. Round 1

    Verification of eligibility criteria and completion by the program management team

  3. Round 2

    Scoring of applications by the selection committee

  4. Round 3

    Vote and deliberation following the pitch session by the selection committee

  5. Results

    Communication of results

    The announcement of the results is expected 3 months after the application 

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