The Startup Ecosystem of Tunisia

Tunisia has 1 city in the top 1000 and is one of Northern Africa’s best countries for setting up a startup.


Since 2023, Tunisia lost 8 spots in the Global Startup Ecosystem Index, having now positioned itself as 91st worldwide.



Regional Ranking

In Northern Africa

Global Ranking



Startup Ecosystem Overview

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The Tunisian startup ecosystem is still in the early phase of its development, but the total startup funding raised by the Tunisian tech startups increased significantly in 2022. The Tunisian government is well aware of the importance of creating startup hubs and has introduced the startup support organization Startup Tunisia. The organization passed a Startup Act in 2018, which is a legal framework designed to boost innovation and foster entrepreneurship. Another initiative of Startup Tunisia, Startup Label, is a special status that enables startups to be exempted from capital gain tax for up to eight years.

Many international organizations support the startup ecosystem in Tunisia. For instance, the World Bank is providing support to women and SME development in Tunisia through the Innovative Startups and SME Project, and actively supports Startup Tunisia. It has launched two SME funds through the Tunisia Innovative Startups and SMEs Project. The first one is InnovaTech, which focuses on investments in digital media innovation and technology, renewable energy, agribusiness, ICT, media and ecommerce, and digital transformation. The second one is a joint fund of the World Bank, Smart Capital, the CDC, and the GIZ called Anava Fund of Funds, which aims to invest more than 13 venture capital funds dedicated to startups in seed and early stages.

With proximity to the Middle East, the rest of Africa, and Europe, Tunisia has the ability to make far reaching international business connections. To grow, Tunisia’s startup ecosystem needs to achieve a critical mass of high quality startups.


Tunisia Top Startup Industries

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Software & Data
#79 worldwide

14 startups

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6 startups

6 startups

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Social & Leisure
6 startups

6 startups

Ecosystem HealthCheck

Tunisia Ecosystem Health Check

The health check tables allow you to look at the performance Tunisia has in each of the parameters that are part of StartupBlink's ranking algorithm. There are five tables, corresponding to the three subscores, the subscore analysis and industry ana...

  • Overperformance
  • Performance equal to global ranking
  • Underperformance
ParameterParameter Global rankParameter rank change since 2022ResultContribution to total scoreRank gain / loss due to parameter
Total Score91-80.561100%0
Quantity Score84-60.21237.82%0
Sample size of startups81-13434.47%-3
Sample size of accelerators69-74-1150%-6
Sample size of coworking spaces56-3750%-4
Community Score74N/A0.0193.35%0


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The Startup Ecosystem in Tunisia

In 2023, Tunisia register a rise in Software & Data startups. Some of the most notable success stories in this industry are those of , Expensya.

Global Rank

Tunisia is ranked within the top 100 startup ecosystems globally.

Top Industries

Tunisia’s startup scene is best represented in Software & Data, Fintech, and in Social & and Leisure.

Top Cities for Startups in Tunisia - Ranked by StartupBlink
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Notable Startups in Tunisia
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Successful Software & Data startups in Tunisia
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