We are excited to announce that SLUSH Global Impact Accelerator will take place in Mozambique for the very first time!
Slush Global Impact Accelerator is a program created in collaboration with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and multiple partners globally. The purpose is to create a leading global program to support startups that are looking to solve some of the most pressing global challenges and contributing to the discussion on impact investing.
Slush Global Impact Accelerator 2016 brings impactful entrepreneurs from emerging markets to Helsinki to accelerate their business, attract additional financing and make an even greater impact on their societies and beyond. The program includes online pre-event coaching and Helsinki boot camp program from November 22 – December 2, 2016, culminating in Slush.
Through organizing this event, it became evident that the impact ecosystem varies greatly from country to country both in nature and scale so this year, Slush Global Impact Accelerator has partnered with IDEÁRIO CoCreation Hub to host Mozambique’s first ever local competition to select 3 startups to represent the country in Helsinki, Finland.
We at IDEÁRIO CoCreation Hub help nurture businesses from idea to market sustainability through a culture of co-creation and co-innovation that benefits our community and Mozambique’s entrepreneurial ecosystem at large. Each and every startup that applies for Slush Global Impact Accelerator will benefit from all that our community has to offer to make sure they present themselves at their best before, during and after the pre-selection process and throughout the main event itself.
IDEÁRIO CoCreation Hub has been one of the key players in developing Mozambique’s local entrepreneurship ecosystem and having been present in the various startup events organized in the country thus far, we are aware of the enormous talent Mozambique has and we are honored to have been selected to identify and groom the best early-stage businesses in Mozambique and showcase them to the world in Helsinki, later this year.
Applications for the local competition hosted by IDEÁRIO CoCreation Hub have been collected and we’ve started contacting the applicants to schedule mentoring sessions with each of them to make sure they are ready to take part in our final selection event on August 26 at our own IDEÁRIO CoCreation Hub headquarters. The 3 startups selected will be taken to Helsinki, Finland to showcase themselves, gain international media attention, financing, nurture invaluable partnerships and we will be there with them every step of the way to offer our support and guidance.
Last year 15 hubs from Brazil to Vietnam took part in Slush Global Impact Accelerator and this year the number is expanding to 20. A group of 40 entrepreneurs will join the program after all the final selection procedures are completed and all the hubs will be joining the program in Finland to give continued support to the startups they accompany.
Slush is Europe’s leading startup and technology event, which connects startups and tech talent with top-tier international investors, executives, and media. In 2015, Slush brought together 15,000 attendees from one hundred nations for the two-day event held in Helsinki, Finland.