CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
BOOST UP SET UP 2021

APPLICATION DEADLINE: JUNE 6TH, 2021.


We encourage you to apply for the BOOST UP Set Up training if:

  • Your startup is a registered business located in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, or Zambia.
  • Technology and innovation play a key role in your business model to address a societal challenge in Southern Africa. “Technology and innovation” here includes, but is not limited to: 
    • Applications
    • Internet of Things
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Drone technology
    • Renewable Energy and Circular Economy
    • Smart City/Smart Environment
    • Big Data
    • Communications (e.g. internet connectivity services) 
    • Anything that uses technology and innovation to improve a product or service in any way. Please look at the previous years’ finalists for examples of the type of startups we accept.
  • You have a scalable business model.
  • You are developing or finalising a prototype, or have a prototype ready.
  • Your startup has a minimum of two team members interested in participating.
  • You/your startup have not won a SAIS 2-associated national pitch competition and participated in the BOOST UP Bootcamp in 2020 or 2019, Slush Global Impact Accelerator 2018, or been sponsored by SAIS 2 to participate in Slush 2017.

Note: applications from female-led startups are particularly encouraged.

BOOST UP Stand Up Eligibility

The BOOST UP Stand Up pitch competition participants will be selected from the Set Up training participants by the Connected Hubs network.

To be selected to pitch, your startup will be required to:

  • Have participated in the Set Up training
  • Be a registered business located in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, or Zambia
  • Have a prototype ready

In addition, you must be 18 years or above. Alternatively, if you are under 18 and selected to the Scale Up incubator and Bootcamp, you must be accompanied by your guardian. The guardian will be responsible for her/his own travel costs.

BOOST UP Set Up and Stand Up 2021 Selection Criteria

A limited number of startups per country will be selected to participate in the Set Up training and the Stand Up pitch competitions.

This is how we will make the selection:

  • Does the solution make a societal impact?
  • Is the solution novel in the market?
  • Does the solution have the potential to scale up?
  • Does the solution have growth potential and commercial viability?
  • Does the team show commitment and ability?
  • What is the stage of prototype development?

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