YourCause Founder Heads to Zambia and Zimbabwe to Lead a Finance Bootcamp for the Country’s Most Promising Entrepreneurs
The Founder and CEO of YourCause, Matt Combs, was selected as one of six American business experts to run a U.S. government supported program for Zambian entrepreneurs. The program is a joint initiative between the US Embassy in Zambia and BongoHive, Zambia’s leading startup and technology hub. Over the course of six months, American thought leaders guide Zambian entrepreneurs through a series of working sessions designed to help local entrepreneurs overcome difficulties faced when trying to access financing and launching their entrepreneurial endeavor. Combs is running the second session (June 6th – 10th) which focuses on crafting pitches to raise capital through banks and investors.
“I always enjoy working with the entrepreneurial community to pass along knowledge, experiences and best practices gained over the years. I feel honored to have been selected by the U.S. Embassy, and am excited to travel to Africa in hope of making a positive difference with all those who will participate in this program,” stated Combs.
The Finance Bootcamp for Startups is a direct result of a need expressed by local Zambian entrepreneurs during the 2015 Zambia Entrepreneur Summit (ZES). With nearly 400 visitors at 2015 ZES, the U.S. Embassy and WECREATE Zambia Center concluded that local Zambian entrepreneurs maintained a high interest in learning tactics to counteract challenges associated with accessing start-up financing and capital.
Co-Founder and Executive Director of BongoHive, Mr. Lukonga Lindunda added “The entrepreneurial ecosystem in Zambia has been developing at a tremendous pace over the past few years and initiatives like this boot camp have been vital in the instigating the positive changed we’ve witnessed. Although we still have a ways to go, cross-sector collaborations like this boot camp are delivering tremendous value to the Zambian change-makers of tomorrow.”
In addition to the 2016 Finance Bootcamp for Startups, BongoHive also offers Zambian entrepreneurs startup accelerator programs and small business master classes to further develop the Zambian entrepreneurial ecosystem. To learn more about their programs, or learn how to become involved, visit, http://bongohive.co.zm.