Microsoft 4Afrika and AfriLabs have partnered to host a bootcamp for startups in advance of the AfriLabs Annual Gathering in Ghana next week.
Disrupt Africa reported in August pan-African tech hub network AfriLabs confirmed its Annual Gathering would take place on October 25-27 at the iSpace Foundation, with Making All Voices Count (MAVC) the primary sponsor.
Microsoft has now come on board to sponsor the Annual Gathering Bootcamp, which will taje place on October 24. The session aims to prepare entrepreneurs to effectively engage other stakeholders during the event.
The expected result of the bootcamp is that selected participants would be able to successfully showcase their products to potential angel investors and venture capitalists at the conference.
“We are partnering with AfriLabs to create an environment where start-ups can be supported. What startups need is access to finance, access to markets, access to technology, and access to skills, information and services,” said Djiba Diallo, startup engagement lead at Microsoft 4Afrika.
“By working together across the innovation community, we can address these areas, reaching a bigger pool of high impact start-ups and ultimately fast-tracking growth and economic development.”
AfriLabs has also partnered with aKoma, an online platform for promoting African stories, to run a competition for participants of the Annual Gathering. Participants can write about their expectations and experiences and upload them on the aKoma platform. The writers with the two most read stories will receive a prize of US$100 each.