Coen Welsh | Aug 9, 2017 | 0
Technology tour en route Windhoek
The Ampion Venture Bus will cross four southern African countries, connecting tech hubs, investors, business people and start-up enthusiasts along the way including Windhoek in a quest to develop innovative solutions to local challenges.
On November 7, the bus will depart Harare to Gaborone and Windhoek before reaching Cape Town on November 12. On the Bus the participants will form teams to conceive, build and launch a start-up.
The 5-day road trip will bring together young African change-makers and teach experts from all over the world to turn business ideas into real projects.
At AfricaCom. One of the biggest and best tech event in Africa that gathers together senior decision-makers from the entire digital ecosystem. The Ampioneers will pitch their start-ups on stage to an audience of over 9000 decision makers, 350+ key eminent speakers from more than 140 countries.
Julie Rey, Programme Director at AfricaCom is convinced the partnership will be a boost to the local entrepreneurial scene said, “The AfricaCom team is pleased to partner with AMPION for this year’s event. AMPION’s participation enables us to expand our reach to even more local entrepreneurs and to showcase their innovation our high-level audience.”
The Tech Guys, a Namibian technology news blog has teamed up to bring the unique technology business competition that takes place on a modified bus travelling through 5 countries in 6 days with over 40 entrepreneurs.
International media such as BBC, CNN and Al-Jazeera, will cover the competition that will expose southern African technology entrepreneurs to over 9000 decision makers from over 140 countries at the Cape town finals at AfriCom 2014 one of the biggest tech events in Africa that gathers together senior decision-makers from the entire digital ecosystem.
The VentureBus boasts strong Namibian support from Leap Namibia, a integrated group of companies; creating and capturing value through our farming, manufacturing, retail and financial services businesses, underpinned by the drive to impact, transform and enrich lives.
After a successful first journey in 2013, through Zimbabwe and South Africa, three start-ups have launched operations: Sterio.me,a learning system via SMS, Workforce, a platform bringing together job seekers and potential employers, and Bribed, an app to tackle corruption by crowd sourcing real time data on bribes. 40 participants consisting of IT specialists, web designers and creative Business strategists, are expected to get on board during the southern Africa edition. Online applications are open to anyone globally and young women are highly encouraged to apply. To ensure a long lasting support to the Ampioneers, AMPION is also developing a global fellowship programme collaboration with Afrilabs, the pan-African network of technology hubs, and VC4Africa, a leading venture capital platform. The programme includes global mentor ship, incubation and office space for the best projects created during the journey.