Twelve semi-finalists of the Kwesé Inc’s #GoGettaz entrepreneurship competition will pitch their ventures to a panel of judges and a live audience in Nairobi, Kenya on Thursday, January 25, 2018.
Selected as the best from over 4,800 entries, the six top finalists (three men and three women) will then proceed the following day to the Strathmore University to take part in a grand finale pitch contest to win two US $100,000 (Kshs 10.3 million) in investments and a two-week mentorship programme with Econet Global founder, Strive Masiyiwa at Kwesé offices in South Africa.
The 12 semi-finalist entrepreneurs include both for-profit and not-for-profit businesses in six African countries: Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
Kwesé Inc kicked off the inaugural #GoGettaz competition for entrepreneurs on August 18, 2017, a challenge to inspire entrepreneurship launched on the Kwese portal and the Facebook page of Masiyiwa.
The top 12 finalists initially won a cumulative total of points in four Kwese’s online quizzes. The top scorers were then asked to submit written pitches. Winners of that phase then progressed to a social media voting phase where the 12 semi-finalists made their own online pitches and then used social media to lobby votes for their ventures from the general public globally. This stage of the contest closed on the 30 November 2017 with an impressive 50 million combined votes tallied.
The 12 semi-finalists will now travel to Nairobi to pitch live and have their ventures assessed on their business/non-profits’ sustainability, originality, social benefit, and scalability. A combination of votes garnered from the social media shares and final scores from the upcoming pitch session will be used to select the six top finalists.
The technology and social media-driven US $200,000 Kwesé Inc competition is the largest of its kind on the African continent. The two winners will not only win investment in their businesses, but as inaugural Kwesé Entrepreneur Fellows, will also receive direct mentorship with Mr Masiyiwa in Kwesé TV offices in South Africa, as well as the opportunity to interact with other leading African entrepreneurs and innovators, and take part in other Kwese initiatives planned for later this year.
Below are the details of the pitching event:
WHEN: Thursday, 25 January 2018,
TIME: 9:00AM – 13:00PM
WHERE: Nairobi Garage, Pinetree Plaza, Kaburu Drive / Ngong Road, Nairobi, Kenya
- Pascal Akahome – Nigeria
- Olalekan Bankole Emmanuel – Nigeria
- Veridique Musambaghani Kakule – DRC
- Dumisani Mahlangu – South Africa
- Farai Nechikwira – Zimbabwe
- Peter Wachira – Kenya
- Abisola Akindeinde – Nigeria
- Ivy Barley – Ghana
- Blessing Machiya – Zimbabwe
- Shola Peter – Nigeria
- Uwitonze Sarah – Rwanda
- Ezinne Uko – Nigeria