Tanzania’s first tech incubator, DTBi, is partnering with Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) to offer a startup bootcamp to Tanzanian entrepreneurs. More information available at http://gist.crdfglobal.org/gist-programs/gist-startup-boot-camp.
Upcoming GIST Startup Boot Camp: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
May 7-8, 2013
If you’re an entrepreneur with a business idea, then you already know there is a lot of work to be done in order to persuade anyone – banks, angels, friends or family members – to give you funding, become a client, or buy your product or service. GIST Startup Boot Camps can help. The sole purpose is to teach you how to write a business plan, take hard look at your financial needs and prospects, and pitch your idea and venture to friends and potential partners, clients, customers and investors. The boot camp also offers a chance to address the shortcomings in your idea and develop answers to the tough questions you may have about moving forward with your venture.
GIST has offered 11 business training seminars in 8 countries representing 28,075 hours of training. 470 ventures received mentorship sessions at GIST events. The goal of The GIST Startup Boot Camp is to provide participating entrepreneurs with the tools, strategies, and confidence needed in order to assess, determine feasibility of, and launch new businesses. The GIST Startup Boot Camps gather technology entrepreneurs, experienced entrepreneurs based in the country, governmental officials, non-profit representatives, and prospective local angel investors in order to catalyze the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The GIST Startup Boot Camp is designed for high potential tech entrepreneurs from idea stage to 5 years in operation who are ready and committed to launch new business endeavors. The ventures should be in the areas of ICT, Agriculture, Energy and Healthcare.
What to expect:
In this two-day camp, peers, experts and one-on-one mentors help entrepreneurial teams refine their business plan and develop an investor presentation and elevator pitch. Entrepreneurs can walk away ready to pitch. On the second day, selected entrepreneurs are invited to receive mentorship and to pitch during the venture pitch tournament. After the boot camp, selected finalist participants continue to receive consulting and mentoring. All participants will become a part of the international GIST Network, and the network managed by the country partner with additional invitations to business events.
GIST is also building a toolkit for startups that includes pitch templates and business plan basics: http://gist.crdfglobal.org/innovator’s-corner/toolkit