Startup Weekend is a global event powered by Google for Entrepreneurs which allows participants from diverse areas to experience the highs and lows, as well as the pressure and fun of creating a start-up, with support from mentors and a community dedicated to strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
In Mozambique, Startup Weekend is promoted by ideiaLab and UX.
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) is the largest global entrepreneurship initiative. It is supported by the United Nations and biannually appoints national ambassadors to coordinate activities in more than 144 countries in order to celebrate, support, and empower women entrepreneurs worldwide. In Mozambique, ideiaLab organizes a WED celebration every year on the 19th of November. Our Executive Catalyst, Tatiana Pereira, is the WED Mozambique Ambassador and WED Regional Ambassador for Lusophone Africa.
Semana do Empreendedorismo is a movement for the celebration of entrepreneurship. We encourage women and young people to act and start sustainable and innovative businesses and, additionally, empower entrepreneurs to accelerate the growth of their businesses. During this week we also deepen our first hand understanding of the ecosystems in order to innovate relevant and meaningful strategies for the future. In 2016, we took Semana do Empreendedorismo to Pemba for the first time as part of our drive to reach entrepreneurs throughout the country.
The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) was launched as an effort to invest in the next generation of young African leaders. The Maputo Campus is the lusophone hub for this initiative and offers specialized training in three key areas: Business and Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership and Public Management.
IdeiaLab is responsible for the Business and Entrepreneurship track.
Fora da Caixa was the first National Business Ideas Competition focused on technology and was launched in 2013 by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Mozambique. Its website had more than 500 visits, 600 registrations and 186 applications nationwide. Prizes were awarded to: First prize of 1.000.000 MZN to UX’s Biscate; Second prize of 5.000.000 MZN to Mulher’s M; and the third prize of 250.000MZN went to Farmácia Assistencial.
#EuSouCapaz is an initiative that aims to endow and support young people in developing an entrepreneurial spirit that will have an impact in their communities. Through #EuSouCapaz, young people obtain access to learning tools and reflect on their environment and their attitudes
Descola o Teu Negócio is a business consolidation and entrepreneurial orientation program meant for the initial phase of its journey. By strengthening core competencies, from soft skills to management, business models are defined and adjusted.
FEMTECH is a training and mentorshipprogram designed for female entrepreneurs focussed on growth – both providing the practical tools, access and know-how to grow their business, as well as to grow as effective entrepreneur business leaders.. Participants also become part of the Femmies Network (a contact, support and sharing network) which currently has 99 members spread across Mozambique.
Business in a Box was one of the 54 winners out of 800 competing innovations in the DREAMS INNOVATION CHALLENGE 2016. Business in a Box builds a bridge to self-employment through the development of two business concepts in specific areas of the bottom of the wealth pyramid that fit in the market and can be replicated through a system of micro-franchising
The Business M+ initiative was one of 64 semi-finalists out of 450 candidates for the Hiil Innovating Justice Challenge 2016. Business M+ is an innovative approach to promote fair markets, empowering entrepreneurs with an array of skills needed to formalize, manage and grow their businesses in a sustainable way as well as to promote access to financing.