After a month of applications, emails, filling out of proposals and waiting in anticipation; I just received the call I’ve been waiting for all week.
In for what? The next round of the Swiss-SA Advanced Tech Entrepreneurship Program! That means 3 days in a room with some of the best young start-ups in South Africa, with training from national and international leaders in industry. Venture capitalists from Switzerland, start-up specialists who’ve helped launch dozens of business, academics, investors and future CEOs: it’s all going to be there. Plus this year, for the first time, we’ll be joined by 5 Start-Ups from Venture Lab in Switzerland. They’ll be looking for opportunities, collaborations and ideas from South Africa as well as sharing from their own experiences.
If this wasn’t enough to send me into a frenzy of excitement, on the final day we’ll be pitching to the panel; and the top 10 South African start-ups will win a place in the final round in Switzerland! That means a week of training, touring, and networking and challenging the best of the best in Swiss innovation. As the birthplace of brands like Weleda and A.Vogel, as well as the breeding ground for hundreds of highly successful tech start-ups, this is an opportunity of a lifetime.
We’re off to pack our bags! Watch this space as it happens.