Pan African Private Equity & Investment Firm, Stillwater Equity Partners Limited together with StartUp Cup Ghana on Thursday 17th September launched the maiden edition of the National Startup Festival (NSF).
The event which is expected to be the largest gathering of startup entrepreneurs, investors and startup eco-system leaders for networking, exhibitions, key-notes, workshops and awards will bring together some 4,000 visitors, fifty (50) investors and more than 200 startup entrepreneurs at the British Council on November 7, 2015.
Speaking at a short ceremony to launch the event, the Chairman and Director of Startup Cup Ghana Mr. Emmanuel Nyame expressed his excitement about celebrating startups in a great way through the festival. In addition to running the usual business model competition, Emmanuel believes that providing free exhibitions, training and mentoring, pitch sessions, as well as plenary sessions, to over 200 participating startups will play a very active role in marking it’s third year of remarkable operations in Ghana, stating that participating entrepreneurs will gain important skill sets in marketing and raising capital.
StartUp Cup Inc, a global accelerator with presence in seventy-four (74) countries worldwide, is a partner to the U.S. Department of State’s Global Entrepreneurship Programme, an effort to spur entrepreneurship across the globe. Overall finalist of the pitch competition shall take part in the Annual World StartUp Cup to battle with finalists from other countries for investments and other services to grow their businesses. Entrepreneurs, aged 18– 35 are encouraged to apply via www.ghana.startupcup.com/apply/ by October 10 to take part in pitch and mentorship sessions during the NSF.
Chief Executive Officer of Stillwater Equity Partners (SEP) reiterated his company’s commitment to investing in startups in the sub-region and said that the objective of the NSF is to initiate the campaign to build the next generation of global brands brewed in Africa was well in line with Stillwater’s objectives.
Several performances will take place during the awards ceremony. Artistes and performers will treat audience to a unique melange of jazz, soul and afrobeat.
This NSF is supported by the Young Entrepreneurs Savings (YES FUND); a product of ASN Financial Services (ASN FSL) that supports young entrepreneurs to build capital for their dream businesses.
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