Applications have opened for Sahara Sparks, the biggest Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship event which promotes Tanzanian technology startups, and early stage companies.
The entrepreneurship ecosystem in Tanzania is faced with a series of problems, which includes lack of incentives to invest into early stage companies, proper platforms for mentoring early stage entrepreneurs, a launching platform for startups, and a platform to link entrepreneurs to potential investors.
Sahara Sparks aims to pilot the solution to these problems by bridging the gap between young innovators (technology entrepreneurs) and mentors, investors and potential business partners.
The job of bridging the gap will not only rest on the shoulders of Sahara Sparks. Other actors and stakeholders will also be involved in the effort to build sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Tanzania.
600 participants including various tech startups and 20 speakers, such as Geoffrey Ndosi, owner of GoFinance; Dr. Hassan Mshinda, Director General of Costech; Mbwana Alliy, founder of Savannah Fund; Nisha Ligon, co-founder & CEO of Ubongo Kids, are expected to grace the event.
Through Sahara Sparks, Tanzanian startups will be provided with opportunity to learn new concepts, pitch and exhibit their products and services, find investors and potential partners.
Interested startups are expected to apply right away. The event will take place on May 13-14, 2016 at the Mlimani city conference center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city.
The event is organized in partnership with several companies such as Buni, Costech, Tanzict, the World Bank, and the Kynetic Studios.