Are you a startup entrepreneur eager to learn how to better pitch your business and become more investable? Is your startup using technology to make a societal impact in Southern Africa? Are you based in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, or Zambia?

BOOST UP 2020 wants you to apply for Set Up

ABOUT BOOST UP

BOOST UP is a three-part startup support programme organised by the Connected Hubs network and the Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme (SAIS 2) in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia. BOOST UP targets startups that use technology to solve a societal challenge and are looking for skills that could help them articulate their business. The BOOST UP series comprises the Set Up online training events, Stand Up pitching competitions, and Scale Up incubation programme.


June–July 2020
Online Training

BOOST UP Set Up

BOOST UP Set Up training provides entrepreneurs with practical tools to package their business idea and develop a pitch to attract their target market. The Set Up training is organised separately in each of the BOOST UP countries: Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia.


August 2020
Pitch Competitions

BOOST UP Stand Up

At BOOST UP Stand Up, committed startups who are eager to make an impact, have a scalable business model, and want to become more investable will compete in national pitching competitions. Connected Hubs representatives will select about 10 startups per country from the Set Up participants that completed the training, and invite them to pitch at Stand Up. At the pitching competitions, a panel of expert judges will select the top startups to advance to interviews. After interviews, one to two promising startups per country will be selected to take part in the BOOST UP Scale Up incubator.

September–November 2020
Training & Bootcamp

BOOST UP Scale Up

BOOST UP Scale Up is an incubation programme for impact-driven startups eager to become more investable. Scale Up includes an online incubation programme (September–November) and an on-site bootcamp in Helsinki, Finland, in November*.


In the event that the Covid-19 crisis prevents travelling and/or organising the Bootcamp, an alternative plan will be considered.

BOOST UP Set Up 2020

Call for Applications


We encourage you to apply for the BOOST UP Set Up training if:

  • Your startup is located in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, or Zambia.
  • You use technology to solve a societal challenge in Southern Africa.
  • You are eager to scale up your business and have a scalable business model.
  • You are developing or finalising a prototype, or have a prototype ready.
  • Your startup has a minimum of two team members interested in participating.
  • You are authorised to submit the application on behalf of the team.
  • You/your startup have not won a SAIS 2-associated national pitch competition and participated in the BOOST UP Bootcamp 2019, Slush Global Impact Accelerator 2018, or been sponsored by SAIS 2 to participate in Slush 2017.

Note: applications from female-led startups are particularly encouraged.


The BOOST UP Stand Up pitch competition participants will be selected from the Set Up training participants by the Connected Hubs network.

To be selected to pitch, your startup will be required to:

  • Have participated in the Set Up training
  • Be a registered business located in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, or Zambia
  • Have a prototype ready

In addition, you must be 18 years or above. Alternatively, if you are under 18 and selected to the Scale Up incubator and Bootcamp, you must be accompanied by your guardian. The guardian will be responsible for her/his own travel costs.


A limited number of startups per country will be selected to participate in the Set Up training and the Stand Up pitch competitions.

This is how we will make the selection:

  • Does the solution make a societal impact?
  • Is the solution novel in the market?
  • Does the solution have the potential to scale up?
  • Does the solution have growth potential and commercial viability?
  • Does the team show commitment and ability?
  • What is the stage of prototype development?


APPLY NOW FOR BOOST UP SET UP 2020

Call opens: 8 May 2020
Call closes: 31 May 2020

Click the link below to be taken to the Google Forms application.

APPLY HERE

Do you know someone who should apply? Download the BOOST UP flyer here and send it to them.

BOOST UP 2019

BOOTCAMP STARTUPS

These exciting startups participated in BOOST UP Bootcamp and 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

SLUSH 2019

BOOST UP Bootcamp 2019 Delegation

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 2 partnered with the Slush Global Impact Accelerator to select one promising startup 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.

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)

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

Cancer Dojo made it to the Slush GIA Top 10. Watch how Conn Bertish from South Africa shared his inspiring story.

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 startups took part in a two-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

RESOURCES FOR STARTUPS

Do you want some extra pointers on pitching? Take a look at these resources.
How to Pitch your Startup in 3 Minutes
3 Mistakes to avoid when pitching your startup

BOOST UP 2020 Brought to You By:

BOTSWANA

Organised by

Botswana Innovation Hub
Nest Hubs
These Hands



NAMIBIA

Organised by

NCRST
Dololo
NBII
GEN Namibia



SOUTH AFRICA

Organised by

Technology Innovation Agency
Mlab South Africa



TANZANIA

Organised by

COSTECH
BuniHub
Seedspace Dar es Salaam



ZAMBIA

Organised by

NTBC
Bongo Hive
WEAC

BOOST UP Bootcamp 2019 Made Possible by the Support of:

These Knowledge Partners