Launched on 8 May 2020, the BOOST UP Set Up 2020 call for applications closed on Sunday, 31 May. The call for applications was mostly based online in response to the Covid-19 situation, and has successfully gathered almost 400 entrants from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia.
SAIS 2 would like to use this opportunity to thank everyone who was involved in this call for applications from each country team involved in organising BOOST UP 2020 to the applicants and every single person who took a moment to share news about this event to their friends and contacts.
The organising teams from each country are currently looking over the applications and selecting the startups that will be taking part in the BOOST UP Set Up training sessions. The applicants will be informed as soon as possible whether they were selected to participate.
After Set Up, the most promising startups will be selected to participate in BOOST UP Stand Up, which are national pitch competitions held in each country.
We will be sharing more information on these events as the time comes to allow everyone a chance to see the participants in action.
The Stand Up winners will then go through Set Up, an online incubation session and on-site bootcamp in Finland (travel restrictions permitting), where they will learn from some of the best and brightest members of our world-wide network of innovation ecosystem role players before competing against each other in a pitch competition to be crowned this year’s BOOST UP Champion.