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Business Start-up festival to be about connection

by Kelvin Chiringa

Preparations for the Business Start-up Festival slated for the 28th to the 30th of June are gathering dust and at its launch yesterday, University of Namibia Business School’s Professor Graffon Whyte said it will be all about creating connections.

He said it will come up with an agenda for action on how to make the environment conducive for business.

“The festival will be held in Windhoek kicking off with the Entrepreneurship Symposium on 28 June 2018, which focuses on creating an agenda for action among stakeholder partners by identifying the most important activities that will create an energizing environment in which entrepreneurs can get started, survive the formative stage, grow and mature into successful businesses that are creating employment in Namibia,” said organisers

The last festival has seen 30 new jobs being created and this year again, speakers will be drawn from various organisations that have successfully established themselves.

“The Start-Up festival 2017 was a tremendous success thus the Financial Literacy Initiative (FLI) in collaboration with FabLab Namibia and the Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII) will host another exciting festival.”

“This year’s festival will focus on eco-friendliness, recyclables and clean-tech driven topics. The festival is sponsored by the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Bank Windhoek, Namibian Broadcasting Cooperation (NBC), Air Namibia, Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) and Standard Bank,” they said.

They posited that the vision of the Start-up festival is to celebrate fresh ideas and the courageous founders who realize them; promote businesses that care and make a difference, big or small, through exhibitions; fostering sustainable partnerships and development; prosperity for a better planet and happier people through impact driven and responsible business.

International, regional and local speakers will share their experiences and investors will scout for new ventures to invest at the pitching event on the last day of the festival.

The Festival offers a spectacular programme with parallel workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions and a lot of time to meet new business partners, reach new heights with start-up finances and take their businesses to the next level.