Impact Hub Harare is proud to be bringing the global SeedStars Competition to Zimbabwe. This is the most prestigious start-up competition to spot entrepreneurs with ideas which will shape the future. SeedStarsWorld is a global organisation working in more than 65 countries around the world.
Its mission is to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through entrepreneurship and technology. The company’s goal is to develop and foster start-up ecosystems by connecting, building and investing in driven entrepreneurs.
From October 28 – 30, 2016 up to 12 of Zimbabwe’s best start-ups will compete for the grand prize. The winning team will represent Zimbabwe at the SeedStars Summit in Zurich, Switzerland and have the chance to receive up to USD 1.5 million in equity investment prizes.
The SeedStars Bootcamp and Pitch event will be the biggest public accelerator program run by Impact Hub Harare. The event will begin with an intense two day bootcamp designed to generate solutions to the unique pain points our local entrepreneurs are experiencing. During the bootcamp participants will also receive training and mentorship on key business issues from top local and international gurus who are leaders in their respective areas of expertise. On the third day, October 30, the pitching event will take place in front of a seven-member jury where the top three entrepreneurs will be selected. The overall winner will proceed to Zurich for the global pitch in 2017.
Entrepreneurs who have what it takes should submit their applications through Impact Hub Harare website (www.impacthubharare.net) as well as through the website of the local event management company Detailz Events (www.detailzevents.co.zw). The closing date for submission will be 20th October 2016 from which the 10 -12 best start-ups will be selected.
“We are excited about providing this opportunity to social entrepreneurs.” said Tadzoka Pswarayi a co-founder of Impact hub Harare. She continued, “This programming is in line with our vision to grow the social impact field and buttress the budding entrepreneurs with meaningful opportunities.” SeedStars is currently in 20 cities in 15 different countries in Africa. International partners for this competition include Inmarsat, INADEM, Standard Bank and Deloitte.In other African countries this event has been well supported by leading local brands and in Zimbabwe, Impact Hub is currently talking to local dynamic brands who not only have business products that support entrepreneurs but have a passion for developing high potential entrepreneurs for the development of our nation.
As a local member of the global Impact Hub community, Impact Hub Harare is building a culture of innovation and investment. The organization promotes and supports Zimbabwean start-ups while providing a space for the accelerated growth of social impact initiatives. “Impact Hub is all about working collaboratively to realise positive social impact within our societies. Our diverse programming offers international opportunities for local innovators to thrive” said Tadzoka Pswarayi.
For more information about Impact Hub Harare visit the website (www.impacthubharare.net) and social media pages @ImpactHubHarare or call us at 0778 714 786.
CLICK HERE to apply.