Jun 12, 2018 BIH News

Slush Conference 2018

Dear Stakeholders & Entrepreneurs

SLUSH IS BACK AGAIN! | Who wants to go to Finland?
It is that time again where Botswana Innovation Hub | First Steps Venture Centre gives you the opportunity to attend Slush Conference 2018 in Finland. You are invited to attend a session at BIH where speakers will prepare you to apply for this opportunity which is coming in a few days. The advert will be out on Monday 18th June 2018.

Slush is one of the world’s leading technology Startup events that brings together the leading actors in the global tech scene to Helsinki, Finland every year in November/December. The event has grown in just a few years to 20 000 attendees, 2600 startups, 1600 investors, 600 journalists and over 1 million live stream viewers. There are over 120 countries that attend Slush to drive business and experience the phenomenal atmosphere. This year BIH will organize the competition with Slush Global Impact Accelerator (Slush GIA). Slush GIA is a program created in collaboration with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and other multiple partners globally.

The purpose is to support impact-driven startups and show case the exciting business opportunities in emerging markets, which are also vital for implementing the agenda 2030 and solving complex challenges. In addition, the program focuses on strengthening the networks between the impact actors, engaging the Nordic community with the global impact entrepreneurs, and enhancing the mobilization of capital towards impactful businesses. GIA 2018 brings impact-driven entrepreneurs from emerging markets to Helsinki to accelerate their business, attract additional funding, and build long-lasting networks.

Do you have what it takes???
-The startup aims to solve global challenges by offering a solution to any area relevant to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)
-Have a valid passport
-Have the vision to solve pressing challenges globally
-Have a business idea that has gained some traction but is still in an early phase
-Have the potential to scale up
-Have skills and drive to succeed
-Have at least one working prototype
-Ready to deliver a convincing 3-minute pitch
-Able to pitch on 23rd July in front of a jury and potential audience
-The winners should be available to travel to Cape Town on September 12 and Finland on November 26.
-Committed to all the above terms and conditions

Even if you don’t have a product you are working on please Come and join us on Friday 15 June 2018 at the BIH Science & Technology Park, Plot 69184 Block 8 from 9:30hrs to 13:00hrs.

For more information on Slush, see this link www.slush.org