Slush global has announced AgriComm, Outsource now and AgriSave as Slush Global Impact Accelerator (GIA) 2017 – Zambia winners. The three startups were all picked after emerging finalists at the local slush event BongoHive hosted on July 27 2017. Ten (10) Zambian impact startups were shortlisted to pitch at the event where Agricomm media, Outsource Now and Agrisave were named the top 3 Zambian finalists for 2017.
Agrisave – Agrisave is built for any farmer that has the interest to grow, financially and knowledge wise in an effort to continue growing & producing and or expand their yield.
Outsource Now – A startup offering offering technology solutions such as inventory management software to help SME-owners operate efficiently and profitably in Zambia.
AgriComm Media – A specialized full service Agricultural centered advertising agency offering marketing consulting and creative production services.
The three (3) Zambian GIA winners get to take part in this year’s Slush Global Impact Accelerator, a three (3) week accelerator programme to help them grow their businesses and become investor ready. An all expenses paid experience to Europe biggest startup conference. Last year (2016) 2,300 startups, 1,100 venture capitalists, and 600 journalists from over 120 countries went to Slush to drive business, and to experience the phenomenal atmosphere. This year is expected to be even bigger under the theme “Call for solvers”.
Speaking on winning, Outsource now co-founder, Chisepo Chirwa had this to say, “I have been planning to visit Slush for close to a year since I learned about it. My team and I have worked tirelessly and now the opportunity has finally been accorded to me to represent Zambia and our startup. It’s both humbling and exciting because I know our lives will be transformed the same way our previous representatives had theirs transformed. Seeing that this year’s event is aimed at solver’s like us, I look forward to connecting with potential partners, learning from experienced mentors and I am seriously looking forward to funding opportunities.”
In 2016, the startups Teledoctor, Musanga logistics and NewTech represented Zambia at Slush in Helsinki and Teledoctor went on to pitch on the main slush stage and won the 2016 Bayer social innovation grant.
Slush Global Impact Accelerator (GIA) program will be organized in Helsinki, Finland from Saturday November 25th until December 2nd, 2017. All founders participating in Slush GIA are expected to commit to the program during this time. The full of GIA winners from around the world will be published this October, 2017. Slush GIA finds and helps the best impact startups from emerging markets.