Every year, as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week Celebrations, a Startup Weekend event is held in Accra. Startup Weekend, as always described, is
an intense 54-hour event designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations
Over the years, Startup Weekend Accra winners have received notable mentions with Dropifi becoming the first African startup to be a 500 Startups alumnus. From Dropifi, all the way to Chillax, Startup Weekend has been a great event to meet developers, designers, business minds, and other great tech enthusiasts who are serious about building an MVP within 54 hours.
This year, Startup Weekend comes off from 21st to 23rd November, 2014, starting at 6.30pm on Friday. The event will be held at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology over the weekend. It’s always a joy to see dreams and ideas come alive. To register for the event, visit their event page on Eventbrite and pay the GHC20 fee on entry.
Come share ideas, build products, have fun and win! See you there!.
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Africa now has a $2 trillion economy, with a third of the continent’s countries growing at 6% or more. It has 60% of the world’s arable land and we will soon have the world’s largest workforce and the youngest continent with 75% of population under 25 years.
Earlier in 2014, GEM published its annual report looking at the state of entrepreneurship globally. It found that sub-Saharan Africa is the region with by far the highest number of people involved in early-stage entrepreneurial activity with Zambia and Nigeria leading the world rankings. In light of these great strides of Africa in entrepreneurship many accelerators have being established to catalyze the growth of entrepreneurship in Africa.
The AfricaTwenty10 Accelerator is looking to solve the problem of the growth of very few truly large African companies (e.g. Seven Seas, Mara Group, Naspers) due to the fragmented and small market size in the different countries. This affects the continents ability to create strong companies and ecosystems.
Africa Twenty10 is an accelerator which will provide a three (3) month intensive program for startups to enable them launch in multiple markets to access bigger market sizes. We aim to balance the companies that we accept to include a fair balance of female led startups, social enterprises along with other profitable and impactful startups.
The Program is supported by Microsoft 4 Afrika Initiative, Appfrica Venture Capital Fund, Expand HR Services and innovation spaces across Africa including iSpace in Ghana. Application opened on 31st October 30 and Closes December 10th , 2014 .Please visit www.AfricaTwenty10.com to apply.
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