Your IT.
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Tunisia's tech ecosystem

What is nearshoring?

Nearshoring is a business strategy where an organization recruits employees from a neighbouring country and sets up a team to complete services.

Tech216 facilitates your entry into the Tunisian tech ecosystem with various services like legal advice, recruitment support or access to free office space and IT infrastructure at the innovation hub The Dot in Tunis. We are here to support you from start to finish and make your market entry as smooth and safe as possible.


Why nearshoring in Tunisia?

highly skilled IT-professionals

Tunisia is becoming a popular outsourcing location as the country offers a great number of highly skilled IT-professionals and IT-service providers. Outsourcing to Tunisia gives companies greater flexibility in their IT-capacities.

rising startup-ecosystem

Since Tunisia launched the Startup Act in 2018, entrepreneurship has been on the rise. The Startup Act simplifies the business start-up process, and in doing so, has significantly stimulated the market. This small country is already home to more than 800 registered innovative startups and that number is constantly growing.

great know-how

Sourcing IT-professionals in Tunisia means sourcing additional knowledge in Cloud Computing, Security Engineering, Computer Networking, Databases, Mobile Development, Operating Systems, Software Engineering and much more.

big talent pool & competitive wages

A growing skilled workforce with a problem-solving mindset: Annually more than 6,000 students graduate in IT & Engineering. Wages are competitive and will cost German partners on average, a third of the wages in Germany.

same time zone

Co-creating IT-projects with teams in Tunisia is very easy as Tunisia is located within the CET time zone with a 1 hour time difference to Germany.

strategic location

The very short travel time makes Tunisia a very strategic outsourcing location. It only takes 2-3 hours to fly from Frankfurt to Tunis!

great language skills

Besides Arabic, French is the second national language which is spoken by over 60 % of the population in Tunisia. As well, most university students speak good English and even German.

sustainable business growth

The ICT sector in Tunisia is thriving with over 11 % of GDP being generated by the digital economy. Setting up business activities in Tunisia is also a good entrance to the MENA Region and the Sub-Saharan markets.

IT outsourcing with BMW
From pilot to long-term Collaboration

Since commencing their venture in early 2020, BMW has successfully completed several IT projects with Tunisian partners like Think-IT and WEVIOO. 

Through outsourcing for skills that ranged from artificial intelligence, data science, data analytics, app development, cloud computing and services, BMW has been able to implement digital products for customers as well as internal business processes.



Tech216 nearshoring service

Introduction to the Tunisian market

  • Virtual or on-site visits
  • Meetings with local tech companies

Advice on legal issues

  • Advice on Tunisian laws and regulations
  • Procurement of licenses/permits

Recruiting support

  • Access to a network of professionals
  • Support in the hiring process
  • Advice on local labour laws, regulations and contracts

Access to local ecosystem

  • Access to office space, IT infrastructure, services and the whole start-up network at the innovation hub The Dot in Tunis
  • Incubation programmes, acceleration and financing structures

"100 percent of the German and European Tech216 partner companies either increased the collaboration contract volume and extended the duration or signed additional partnerships with Tunisian IT companies"

Meryem Richter Project Manager Tech216 at GIZ


Our nearshoring team

Bassant Helmi

Business Developer Tech216

Bassant is Co-Founder and CEO of MENA Business GmbH. She is also Co-Chair of the Digital Arabia Network and Secretary General of the German-MENA Women in Business Network.

Amel Saidane

Tech216 Startup Scout

Amel is president of TunisianStartups, Co-Founder of Betacube, a Venture Builder in Fintech, and the Mobility and Co-Founder of Digital2Value, a digital transformation platform for SMEs.

Mehdi Layouni

Tech216 Outsourcing Expert

With more than 20 years of IT experience, Mehdi has been delivering IT projects for German and European clients such as Stadtwerke München, Bundesagentur für Arbeit and DB Fernverkehr.