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