Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) Digital Accelerator for Africa 2017

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Deadline: October 20, 2017

Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE), world’s pioneer in Digital Accelerators, seeks 100 Startups for Africa’s 2nd Annual Program for entrepreneurs residing in or seeking to launch a company in Africa.  The Global Startup Ecosystem is a central hub designed to educate, inspire and prepare startup communities for the digital age.GSE digital accelerator programs  are open to all small businesses, startups, and freelancers. Each application round is rolling admission until the top 100 are selected to complete the program.

The accelerator program grants access to GSE’s network which consists of the following:

  • Part 1 Startup Development: Our digital accelerator program covers GSE blueprint materials on ideation, product development, customer acquisition, fundraising, press hacking and more. These workshop topics are complemented with guest workshops and keynotes from local experts and international influencers. While only 10% of each cohort is selected for demo day, all participants are given the opportunity to participate in a Q/A forum with the judges.
  • Part 2 Mentorship Development: Once founders complete the program- they are given access to ongoing startup development training from or mentor network throughout the year. This private forum also grants graduates the opportunity to network with founders from other GSE programs.
  • Part 3 Progress & Investment: Companies are given the opportunity to submit updates on their companies 2x per year to receive access to investment and media opportunities.

Benefits

  • From the finalist pool, 10 will be selected to pitch investors and influencers on demo day.
  • The top 3 are announced at the conclusion of the program to receive partner prizes, media features and potential investment.

Eligibility

  • Open to all small businesses, startups, and freelancers connected to Africa.
  • Entrepreneurs must be residing in or seeking to launch a company in Africa

Program

October 24, 2017 Day 1

  • 6:00-6:30 pm Welcome Remarks
  • 6:30-7:00 pm Orientation + Benefits & Perks Post Program
  • 7:00-7:30 pm GSE Ideation and Product Development
  • 7:30-8:00 pm GSE Customer Acquisition & Growth Hacking
  • 8:00-8:30 pm GSE Funding: How to Raise $250k+ in 6 Months
  • 8:30-9:00 pm GSE Marketing: Press Hacking, Social Media, Content Strategy
  • 9:00-9:30 pm  GSE Closing Remarks & Q/A

October 25, 2017 Day 2

  • 6:00-6:30 pm Review Remarks/ Sponsor Introduction/ Partner Introductions
  • 6:30-7:30 pm Speaker Keynote TBA
  • 7:30-8:00 pm Speaker Workshop TBA
  • 8:00-8:30 pm Speaker Keynote TBA
  • 8:30-9:00 pm GSE Closing Remarks & Q/A

October 26, 2017 Day 3

  • 6:00-6:30 pm Review Remarks/ Sponsor Introduction/ Partner Introductions
  • 6:30-6:45 pm GSE Regional Director Keynote/Workshop
  • 6:45-7:30 pm Speaker Keynote TBA
  • 7:30-7:45 pm Juge 5 Minute Introductions + Keynotes
  • 7:45-8:30 pm Top 10 Demo Night (Pitch) Each have 1 Minute to Pitch/2 Minute Q/A
  • 8:30-9:00 pm Q/A Forum with the Judges
  • 9:00-9:15 pm GSE Closing Remarks & Next Steps

Application

Interested companies can submit an application by October 20, 2017.

For more information, visit GSE Digital Accelerator for Africa.

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