Sep 13, 2014 Old News

First Steps Venture Centre Hosts International Mentor

The inaugural Innovative Entrepreneurs Workshop hosted by First Steps Venture Centre (FSVC) came to an end today with the key speaker, Peter Corbett engaging in one-on-one consultations with the FSVC clients.

The workshop which ran from Monday 8th September to today (Wednesday 10th September, 2014) was organised by Botswana Innovation Hub’s flagship technology entrepreneurship development programme, FSVC and the US Embassy’s Speaker Programme.

The Innovative Entrepreneurs Workshop series seeks to bring world renowned business coaches, mentors and experts to support early-stage enterprises enrolled into the FSVC programme and to engender and support a vibrant local technology startup ecosystem.

Speaking at the opening of the workshop, FSVC Programme Manager, Tshepo Tsheko said, “The provision of technology entrepreneurship support in the form of non-financial resources such as mentorship, expert guidance and access to industry events is essential for entrepreneurs and we are honoured to host the distinguished Peter Corbett.”

He said Corbett is a highly acclaimed international speaker and mentor, who is also the founder and CEO of iStrategyLabs, a digital agency based in Washington DC. “His company has worked with the likes of The US Army, Microsoft, Disney, NASDAQ, Coca-Cola, Ford, Volkswagen, and many other international brands.” He said.

Corbett is widely known for his marketing acumen coupled with a deep technical background and focus on community building having spent many years as a grassroots organizer driven to build healthy ecosystems for entrepreneurs.

He has mentored many startup accelerator classes around the world, advised hundreds of early stage technology company’s and is frequently called upon by media houses such as Time Magazine, Washington Post and CNN to provide his perspective on technology, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Elements of the Innovative Entrepreneurs Workshop included modules on Defining the Value Proposition; Validating the Market; Attracting Investors; Assessing Competition; Moving from Technocrat to Technopreneur; Marketing and Sales Strategies and Thinking Global.

For his part Corbett said he is driven by a passion for all things technical and entrepreneurial. He said in a world where eight out of ten entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first eighteen months, mentoring is an effective way to reduce the learning curve for early-stage enterprises while according them valuable experience for professional and personal development. He said he was happy to be in Botswana and working with FSVC to provide technology entrepreneurship development support.


Peter Corbett with First Steps Venture (FSVC) Programme Manager, Tshepo Tsheko



Left to right: Goitseone Montsho, Economic/Commercial Specialist – US Embassy, Chansonette Yun, Acting Political/Economic Chief – US Embassy, Tendani Holonga-Wotho, Director Corporate Services, Dr Geoffrey Seleka, Director Marketing, Registration and ICT, Peter Corbett, Dr Budzanani Tacheba, Director Cluster Development, Kagiso Mathame, Marketing Officer and Naomi Makgolo, Cultural Specialist – US Embassy