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Local entrepreneurs invited to apply for business development programme

Local entrepreneurs invited to apply for business development programme

Namibian entrepreneurs have been granted the opportunity to be part of the Innovation Bridge Portal (IBP) 500 Programme, a collaboration initiative between StartUp Namibia and the World Bank Group.

The IBP is offering 100 entrepreneurs from southern Africa countries that include Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Namibia and South Africa, an opportunity to enhance their entrepreneurial journey through a digital incubation program, Thinkubate IBP 500 Programme.

StartUp Namibia said the objective of this IBP 500 Programme is to provide bespoke solutions to help with a young entrepreneur’s early-stage business development.

“Those that graduate from the programme will be provided mentorship and coaching support for market access and investment readiness and they will also be provided opportunities to be connected with both private and public investors in the form of grant and angel funding,” they added.

The organisers said Thinkubate is an incubator covering various components of starting and growing a business, including life stage assessment, an online learner management system, as  well as tools and templates. “It will benefit entrepreneurs who are at various life stages of their entrepreneurial journey,” they stated.

Interested individuals can apply at and applications close on 15 December 2021.


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