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Southern Africa Innovation Support (SAIS) CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: BOOST UP SET UP 2021




About the Opportunity

BOOST UP is back and ready to give more startups the knowledge they need to become stronger and better than before. Are you a startup entrepreneur? Do you want to learn how to better pitch your business and make it more investable? Does your startup use technology and innovation to make a social impact in your community and beyond? Are you based in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, or Zambia? Apply for BOOST UP 2021 for a chance to take your startup to the next level.



BOOST UP is a three-part startup support program organized 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 pitch their businesses and become investment-ready. The BOOST UP series comprises the Set Up online training events, Stand Up pitching competitions, and Scale-Up incubation program, and Bootcamp.


Closing Date: 06 June 2021


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

  • Your startup is a registered business located in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, or Zambia.

  • Technology and innovation play a key role in your business model to address a societal challenge in Southern Africa. “Technology and innovation” here includes, but is not limited to:

  • Applications

  • Internet of Things

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Drone technology

  • Renewable Energy and Circular Economy

  • Smart City/Smart Environment

  • Big Data

  • Communications (e.g. internet connectivity services)

  • Anything that uses technology and innovation to improve a product or service in any way. Please look at the previous years’ finalists for examples of the type of startups we accept.


  • You have a scalable business model.

  • You are developing or finalizing a prototype, or have a prototype ready.

  • Your startup has a minimum of two team members interested in participating.


BOOST UP Stand Up Eligibility

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


BOOST UP Set Up and Stand Up 2021 Selection Criteria

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?


To apply, click:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Qlqc6X4ClnnzF1qOjnZJdyxFX2SZeRJtfaHG5RjAwBU



For more information, please click:

https://www.saisprogramme.org/connectedhubs/boostup


Contact Details:

Phone: +264614317033

Cnr Louis Raymond and Grant Webster Street Windhoek, Namibia Postal address: P.O. Box 9020 Eros

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