About BOOST UP

BOOST UP is a 3-part series of startup events, supported by the Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme (SAIS 2), the SAIS 2 National Focal Points and the SAIS Connected Hubs member organisations network in the five SADC countries of 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 incubation of 5 startups representing each country taking part in Slush 2019 in Helsinki.

WAY TO SLUSH 2019

BOOST UP by Connected Hubs

July 2019
Coaching events

BOOST UP: Set Up

BOOST UP: Set Up coaching events are for early-stage startups using technology to solve a societal problem and looking for skills that could help you articulate your ideas. The coaching helps entrepreneurs gain practical tools to help package their business idea and develop a pitch to attract their target market.


August 2019
Pitch competitions

BOOST UP: Stand Up

At BOOST UP: Stand Up committed startups who are eager to make an impact will compete in pitching competitions. Changemaker startups with a scalable business idea and the eagerness to grow to become more investable are eligible to apply. At the pitching competition, a panel of expert judges selects the top 2 to advance to the interview stage. One promising startup per country is selected to take part in the BOOST UP: Scale Up incubator.

September-November 2019
Training & Bootcamp

BOOST UP: Scale Up

BOOST UP: Scale Up is an online incubation programme for impact-driven startups from the SADC region. It is designed to make early-stage startups to become more investable. The incubator includes an on-site Bootcamp programme in Helsinki, Finland (travel dates 13.-24.11.2019) wrapping up with one of the largest tech conferences in Europe, Slush 2019.

CONNECTED HUBS

STARTUPS 2019

These exciting startups selected during the BOOST UP startup events will be participating in BOOST UP Bootcamp before attending Slush 2019.

Abiri Innovations - South Africa
AGROBOT - Tanzania
Agua Contada - South Africa
Cyber Kajumo Rigs - Botswana
Eastern Manual Drilling - Zambia
Greenbelt Energy - Zambia
Guardian Gabriel - South Africa
IoT Radar - Namibia
JointPesa - Tanzania
Kalahari Honey - Botswana
Mohiri - Botswana
My Pregnancy Journey - South Africa
Sakab Holdings (Pty) Ltd - Botswana
The Lab - Namibia

BOOST UP Bootcamp 2019

Take a look at this brochure for more information on BOOST UP Bootcamp, the startups, the Slush side event Investing and Partnering with African Innovators, and the implementation and knowledge partners. 

CONNECTED HUBS

STARTUPS 2018

In 2018, SAIS partners with Slush Global Impact Accelerator to select one promising start-up per SAIS partner country. These five start-ups are all young enterprises solving a societal problem in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The start-ups join Slush GIA to gain insight in topics ranging from pitching to investor relationships as well as business and product development.

Soma App - Tanzania (supported by Connected Hubs)
AgriPredict - Zambia (supported by Connected Hubs)
Zeal and Zest - Botswana (supported by Slush GIA)
Solve Namibia - Namibia (supported by Slush GIA)
Cancer Dojo - South Africa (supported by Slush GIA)

CONNECTED HUBS

STARTUPS 2017

In 2017, SAIS 2 piloted cross-border collaboration with Botswana Innovation Hub and Fablab Namibia. The three organisations supported two startups from Namibia and three from Botswana to attend Slush 2017 in Helsinki with hub managers.  The five start-ups took part in a 2-month incubator programme with coaching sessions, on pitching, business mentoring and product development.

Phillip Sellwe, Bayon Holdings - Botswana
Phillip Sellwe, Bayon Holdings - Botswana
Kaveto Tjatjara, Worldview Technologies - Namibia
Kaveto Tjatjara, Worldview Technologies - Namibia
Vincent Van Wyk, PEBL - Namibia
Vincent Van Wyk, PEBL - Namibia
Kennedy Letsogile, EcoHub - Botswana
Kennedy Letsogile, EcoHub - Botswana
Tumelo Mapila, Focus Surveys - Botswana
Tumelo Mapila, Focus Surveys - Botswana

CONNECTED HUBS

PARTNERING TO STRENGTHEN STARTUPS

In 2018, SAIS partnered with Slush Global Impact Accelerator to select one promising start-up per SAIS partner country. These five start-ups are all young enterprises solving a societal problem in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The startups joined Slush GIA to gain insight in topics ranging from pitching to investor relationships as well as business and product development.

See how Mwila Kangwa from Zambia gave his winning pitch at Slush Global Impact Accelerator (GIA) Pitching Showase in Helsinki, Finland 2018.  

Demetrio Mowes from Namibia pitched Solve Namibia on the Slush stage as a part of the Top 10. Watch this video of his pitch.

In the Slush GIA Top 10 was Cancer Dojo. Watch how Conn Bertish from South Africa shared his inspiring story.

CONNECTED HUBS

RESOURCES FOR STARTUPS

Do you want to learn how to pitch like Mwila, Demetrio and Conn? Watch these tutorial videos and study the flyer on startup jargon, Talk the Talk and sign up for the BOOST UP events in your area!

How to Pitch your Startup in 3 Minutes
3 Mistakes to avoid when pitching your startup

Want to see where BOOST UP events take place in your region?


BOTSWANA

Organised by

Botswana Innovation Hub
Nest Hubs



NAMIBIA

Organised by

NCRST
Dololo
NBII



SOUTH AFRICA

Organised by

Technology Innovation Agency
Mlab South Africa



TANZANIA

Organised by

COSTECH
BuniHub



ZAMBIA

Organised by

NTBC
Bongo Hive
WeCreate

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