11 November 2019

BOOST UP Startups Preparing for Trip to Finland

BOOST UP Startups Preparing for Trip to Finland

After undergoing a rigorous series of trainings, this year’s BOOST UP startups are preparing for their final step in the process, a trip to Finland from 13 to 24 November 2019 for training and to attend Slush. 

Supported by SAIS 2, the SAIS Focal Points, and SAIS Connected hubs, BOOST UP is a three-part series of events for startups. These events are aimed at early-stage startups that are trying to solve societal problems using technology, and that are looking for skills that could help them articulate business ideas. 

This year, BOOST UP started off with their first event, Set Up, which provided coaching to such startups with the aim of helping the entrepreneurs gain practical tools with which to package their business ideas into a pitch to attract their target market. After that came Stand Up, where changemaker startups with a scalable business idea and a desire to grow competed at national pitching competitions in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia.

Of these competitors, a total of 14 impact startups were finally selected to participate in Scale Up, an online incubation programme aimed at making the participants more investible. This incubator includes the BOOST UP Bootcamp, an on-site training programme in Helsinki that will culminate in Slush, one of the largest startup events in the world. 

During the Bootcamp, the startups will pitch at the BOOST UP Final Pitch Competition, which will take place at the Slush Side Event Investing and Partnering with African Innovators on 19 November 2019. (Click here for more information or to register to attend.)

For more information on BOOST UP and the entrepreneurs going to Slush, click here

Thank You

SAIS 2 and its partners would like to thank each of these knowledge partners for helping to make BOOST UP possible: 

Aalto Design Factory
Aalto University
Courage Ventures
Demola
Funzi
Futurice
Helsinki Think Company
Leidenschaft
Nosto
Pitching for Life
Siili Solutions
Sitra
Slush
Smart Kalasatama
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
The Shortcut
Troy Woodson
Vertical
World of Insights
Zacharia George