Africa-Press – Rwanda. START-up SADC, the largest entrepreneurship gathering in southern African region, will host a convention in South Africa’s Sun City in early March.
“The event is created to serve as a networking platform, access to venture capital and cross collaboration for start-ups, as well as small medium enterprises (SMEs) in the region,” Namibian coordinator for Start-up SADC Zened Sali told The Namibian yesterday.
Sali said the conference will take place annually, and the aim is to eventually host it in other countries in the region. Sali emphasised that Start-up SADC is a conducive platform for both entrepreneurs and corporate companies in the region to work together in developing the SME sector.
“Start-up SADC is not limited to SADC entrepreneurs and SMEs only; it is open to other potential participants from across Africa,” Sali said, however, participants outside SADC will be conference delegates and can participate in two-day masterclasses, but they will not be allowed to participate in the Start-up SADC competitions and other related incentives.
Sali said the conference is a deliberate intervention that seeks to promote action-driven solutions to solve southern Africa’s most pressing issues through constructive dialogue and solution provision, and ultimately implementation.
“Attending entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to broaden their markets and have a unique opportunity of attracting investments for their ventures,” Sali emphasised.
There are no prizes up for grabs, as the competition is all about securing funding, Sali said. About 200 entrepreneurs are expected to attend the gathering. Attendees should present a negative test for Covid-19.
Entrepreneurs who will like to be part of the gathering should look out for information after the official launch of Start-up SADC in Rustenburg, South Africa next month. For more information visit www.startupsadc.org