TRAINING BATSWANA TO COMPETE GLOBALLY
Botswana Innovation Hub in partnership with Southern Africa Innovation support Programme (SAIS 2) and Nest Hubs, launched the BOOST UP local series. BOOST UP is a 3-part series of start-up events, supported by the SAIS 2 in the five SADC countries; Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.
The BOOST UP series comprises of Set up, Stand Up and Scale Up events which include coaching, pitch competitions and training of 5 start-ups representing each country taking part in Slush 2019 in Helsinki. BIH & Nest Hubs carried out a road show of activities in Maun, Francistown & Palapye targeting mainly Indigenous Knowledge Systems solutions. The final event was Held in Gaborone.
BOOST UP: Set Up on-site coaching events are for early-stage start-ups using technology to solve a societal problem and looking for skills that could help start-ups articulate their ideas. The coaching helps entrepreneurs gain practical tools to help package their business idea and develop a pitch to attract their target market.
Slush is a not-for-profit startup and tech event. The main purpose of Slush is to create and help the next generation of entrepreneur, to build a worldwide startup community and to facilitate meetings between the founders of startups and investors such as venture capitalists, accomplished with events such as matchmaking and pitching competitions. The event is held annually in Helsinki, Finland. In 2018, Slush gathered 20,000 attendees, with over 3,100 startups, 1,800 investors and 650 journalists coming in from over 130 countries to participate together in this global networking festival.
The three winners of the title will receive a facilitated networking trip represent Botswana at the SLUSH Global conference in Finland.
Boniswa Bayani of Cyber Kajumo Rigs
A welding and rigging entity that specialises in creating art statues and monuments for film and tourism from Metal Waste.
Mavis Nduchwa Of Kalahari Honey
Chabana Farms, trading as Kalahari Honey; trains farmers in beekeeping, then collects, bottles, and packages that honey for sale in pharmacies and markets in Botswana, Lesotho, and Namibia. Chabana recently launched a bottled wine made from honey. The company also trains and supplies aspiring beekeepers with equipment and assist them with finding clients
Bernard Sebakile of Sakab Holdings
An electrical engineering company that specialises in providing clean, reliable and affordable electrical energy through off grid power systems, solar mini plants and other related solutions.