A local tech start-up will later this year participate at the Slush event in Helsinki, Finland courtesy of Slush Global Impact Accelerator.
The event takes place on December 4 where the local winners will take on other innovators from all over the world for a two-day event that is expected to draw almost 2 600 start-ups and 1 600 investors.
The event will be attended by 20 000 people from all over the world to bear witness to the innovative ideas brought by tech-entrepreneurs. Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) hosted a pitch session on Monday where 16 start-ups in the technology sold their innovative ideas as well as products and services to a panel of judges.
Selected individuals had to spend 10 minutes each to convince judges about the quality and competitiveness of their products and services. Various ideas were on display, from agro-innovation to hand weaved hand bags, mobile applications and many more.
The start-ups that participated were those whose products and services are geared at providing solutions using the convenience of technology.
From the 16 that presented only just three were selected to proceed to the next stage from whom the ultimate winner to represent the country will be chosen. Slush is described as the world’s leading technology start-up event that brings together leading actors in the global tech scene.
The event is a student-driven, non-profit movement which was originally founded to change attitudes towards entrepreneurship. Winners from this week pitch will be mentored by Slush in partnership with Southern Africa Innovation Support (SAIS).
Auri Evokari, International Programme Officer at SAIS, said the project supports promising start-ups in the continent.
SAIS will partner with Slush to mentor the selected individuals,” said Evokari, adding that the event also provides networking and match-making for start-ups. Slush exists to facilitate founder and investor meetings and to build a world-wide start-up community.
The three winners of the pitch this week are Heritage Legacy, a company co-founded by Lorato Bogopa whose products promotes cultural preservation through the design of highly detailed handcrafted products.
The other winner is Tickiteer Company which specialises in products that assist in simplifying coordination of events with a transparent ticketing that is self-service. This will allow for operations to efficiently offer the best customer experience for their attendees.
The third winner is Zeal and Zest whose products harness cloud technology to offer a comprehensive online system that centralises financial management functions capturing all data on one platform.
This company was co-founded by Bobby Nthutang, who is also its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The three winners will receive a facilitated networking trip to Cape Town, South Africa sponsored by SAIS in September and the final selected company will represent Botswana at the Slush Global Conference.