MEST AFRICA CHALLENGE 2020: RWANDA

MEST Africa, in partnership with Microsoft, is proud to presents the 2020 MEST Africa Challenge pitch competition (virtual edition!)

About this Event

Be a part of MEST Africa’s tech startup pitch competition from the comfort of your home!

On June 24th, top startups from Rwanda will compete in the African tech startup pitch competition, the 2020 MEST Africa Challenge, for the chance to win $50,000 in equity funding!

The virtual Zoom event will provide a stage for technology start-ups to pitch for funding and gain international visibility in front of the MEST team and renowned judges from the local ecosystem.

The top company from Rwanda will go on to compete against those from eight other African countries on a global stage in front of entrepreneurs, investors, corporate partners, and ecosystem players for the ultimate prize of funding.

Competing businesses also stand to win support from MAC partner and leading technology giant, Microsoft, as well as the opportunity to join the MEST’s African-wide incubator community.

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Time: 3:00-5:30PM EAT

Local judges joining us include:

– Muthoni Wachira – Founding Partner at Hummingbird

– Herve Kubwimana – Accelerator Program Manager at MERCK

– Fredrick Andersson – Partner at Norrsken Fund

Country finalists to be announced shortly.

Register to receive the link to join.

More about the MEST Africa Challenge:

This MEST Africa Challenge expanded from five markets to nine this year, embracing early-stage companies based in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, Sénégal, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Tanzania, and providing the opportunity for the Challenge organizers – MEST, lead partner – Microsoft, and other Rwandan ecosystem partners – 250Startups and Impact Hub Kigali, to support even more startups through funding and resources.

Now in its fourth year, the MEST Africa Challenge has become an establishment in the start-up technology industry, giving an unprecedented global platform to hundreds of local tech entrepreneurs in Africa.

About the organizers:

MEST is an Africa-wide technology entrepreneur training program, internal seed fund, and network of hubs offering incubation for technology startups in Africa. Founded in Ghana in 2008, MEST provides critical skills training, funding, and support in software development, business, and communications to Africa’s tech entrepreneurs. Hubs are located in Accra, Ghana; Lagos, Nigeria; Cape Town, South Africa; and Nairobi, Kenya. MEST is funded by the Meltwater Foundation, the non-profit arm of Meltwater, a global leader in media intelligence and Outside Insight.

MEST AFRICA CHALLENGE 2020: NIGERIA

MEST Africa, in partnership with Microsoft, is proud to presents the 2020 MEST Africa Challenge pitch competition (virtual edition!)

About this Event

Be a part of MEST Africa’s tech startup pitch competition from the comfort of your home!

On July 22nd, top startups from Nigeria will compete in the African tech startup pitch competition, the 2020 MEST Africa Challenge, for the chance to win $50,000 in equity funding!

The virtual Zoom event will provide a stage for technology start-ups to pitch for funding and gain international visibility in front of the MEST team and renowned judges from the local ecosystem.

The top company from Nigeria will go on to compete against those from eight other African countries on a global stage in front of entrepreneurs, investors, corporate partners, and ecosystem players for the ultimate prize of funding.

Competing businesses also stand to win support from MAC partner and leading technology giant, Microsoft, as well as the opportunity to join the MEST’s African-wide incubator community.

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Time: 3:00-5:30PM WAT

Country finalists to be announced shortly.

Register to receive the link to join.

More about the MEST Africa Challenge:

This MEST Africa Challenge expanded from five markets to nine this year, embracing early-stage companies based in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, Sénégal, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Tanzania, and providing the opportunity for the Challenge organizers – MEST, lead partner – Microsoft, and other ecosystem partners including – VC4AAfrilabsLeversInHeelsMoveMeBackBriterBridgesShe Leads AfricaSeedstars LagosGrowthLabImpact Hub Lagos, to support even more startups through funding and resources.

Now in its fourth year, the MEST Africa Challenge has become an establishment in the start-up technology industry, giving an unprecedented global platform to hundreds of local tech entrepreneurs in Africa.

About the organizers:

MEST is an Africa-wide technology entrepreneur training program, internal seed fund, and network of hubs offering incubation for technology startups in Africa. Founded in Ghana in 2008, MEST provides critical skills training, funding, and support in software development, business, and communications to Africa’s tech entrepreneurs. Hubs are located in Accra, Ghana; Lagos, Nigeria; Cape Town, South Africa; and Nairobi, Kenya. MEST is funded by the Meltwater Foundation, the non-profit arm of Meltwater, a global leader in media intelligence and Outside Insight.

MEMBERS ONLY: Digital Afterwork

Let’s have a drink together! Especially during these difficult times, it’s important to socialize and stay connected.

About this Event

As we can neither use our community kitchen nor our lounge, hammocks or Café spurlos, we just use our sofas at home and laptops!

Join our weekly session if you’re keen to meet impact-makers from Basel and beyond. Feel free to also use this opportunity to pick your coworkers brains, ask questions, pitch your (business) ideas, and make meaningful connections in an easy and informal way. We also take the chance to update you about what’s happening in the Hub.

Of course, it’s also simply about enjoying each others company and drink a beer together.

You find the link to the Zoom call in the event description in our Members’ Slack Space and Nexudus.

See you there!

PS: Not a member yet? Check the Membership Packages out here: https://basel.impacthub.net/en/become-a-member/ and email us: bookings.basel@impacthub.net

Meet the Changemakers 2020 #5

Hear about the latest social innovations being created within the Impact Hub Berlin network.

About this Event

Join us for our online version of ‘Meet the Changemakers‘, at which three members of our social impact community will introduce themselves, their stories and current projects.

The format is a mash-up of the ‘pecha kucha’ style, where each person will present for just four minutes.

After that, stick around for questions and some virtual networking to see in the weekend.

This event is brought to you by Impact Hub Berlin – where change goes to work.

Tribe Launch – Circular Furniture, Architecture and the Built Environment

Impact Hub Basel launches a (virtual) space to network and exchange around FABE topics in the circular economy. Join the Tribe launch event!

About this Event

Switzerland is one of the world’s design capitals, producing furniture classics, world-renowned architecture and innovations in building science. With such a depth of expertise, there is a great opportunity to share experience and inspire innovation. 

As we look to the future, our challenge is to design objects and environments that keep products and materials in use, and regenerate natural systems; what we call circular design. But what does this mean for the user experience, business models, and how different elements of the industry and supply chain work together?

We aim to inspire your thinking through design portraits of Swiss furniture, architecture and the built environment, exploring how circular thinking is being implemented in their design, material selection, and service models.

JOIN YOUR TRIBE

Impact Hub Basel and Circular Economy Transition invite you to the (virtual) launch of the Circular Furniture, Architecture and Built Environment tribe.

With this event, we are launching a space for circular design discussions, by presenting you a practical case study and giving you a chance to ask questions during our expert Q&A panel. You also get an opportunity to network virtually with peers within and outside of your field. Additionally, we want you to tell us what you’d like to get out of our network, as we plan for the next FABE Tribe events.

This event is open to anyone with an interest in good design, especially industrial designers, furniture companies, architects, interior designers, building engineers, waste and recycling companies, researchers and many more of the field.

AGENDA

  • 18.00 Introduction by Olena Bolger (Program Manager CET)
  • 18.20 Circular Portraits – Case studies related to Furniture, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • 18:30 Panel discussion and Q&A moderated by Kate Bottriell (Impact Hub Basel FABE Tribe Leader, and founder of ecochair.ch)
  • 19.00 Looking forward – Building our Tribe and future events
  • 19.10 Speed networking

REGISTRATION

After your registration via Eventbrite, you will receive an email with access to the Zoom call closer to the event.

ORGANIZERS

The Circular Furniture, Architecture and the Built Environment (FABE) Tribe is a network of individuals and organizations interested in the circular economy, as applied to the furniture, architecture and built environment in Switzerland. It is an initiative of Impact Hub Basel, and part of the Circular Economy Transition program.

Circular Economy Transition is a pioneer initiative that aims at accelerating the transition of Switzerland to a Circular Economy. It currently takes place in 5 Swiss cities – Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, and Zurich. The program is initiated and being implemented in close collaboration with Impact Hub Switzerlandsanu durabilitas and with the support of the MAVA foundation.

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Please note that by registering and participating in this event, you agree to the recording of your appearance and/or your voice, which Verein Impact Hub Basel can publish in photos, videos and accompanying sound recordings via online and offline media and for marketing purposes.

Circular Economy Initiative by KICKSTART

Join us for the webinar organized by KICKSTART and Circular Economy Transition to learn more about the new joint Circular Economy Initiative

About this Event

Circular Economy is a necessary measure to be taken in Switzerland due to the high rate of resource consumption. Redesigning technological solutions by using the cyclic flows of the ecosystem and its regeneration is the way to reach a higher sustainability where the minimal material and energy consumption is assured.

The Circular Economy initiative is a new cross-vertical focus of the KICKSTART program together with ​Impact Hub Switzerland,​ as part of the ​Circular Economy Transition to support technological innovations for sustainable development.

SPEAKERS:

Naomi MacKenzie, Co-Founder at KITRO

Manuel Winter, CEO & Co-Founder of Oxygen at Work

Amanda Byrde, Co-President of Impact Hub Switzerland

Moderated by Katka Letzing, Co-Founder & Co-Lead at KICKSTART

AGENDA:

18:30: Welcome & Introduction

18:40: Q&A & Panel Discussion between speakers

19:15: Open Q&A

19:30: Closing

WEBINAR ACCESS:

The details for accessing the webinar will be sent via the confirmation email once you have registered for the event.

Shaping the Post-Corona World: Responses for Society and Business

A dialogue between key international players from politics, science, experts in circular and new economic models, and behavioral change.

About this Event

Shaping the Post-Corona World: Possible Responses for Business and Society

“In the rush to normal, use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to” – Dave hollis

Goal of the event:

The purpose of this event is to stimulate a dialogue between key international players from politics, science and experts operating in the fields of new economic models, circular business models and behavioural change to explore how the Coronavirus crisis and the forced “slowing down” of societies is impacting personal lives, our societies and economies. More importantly, we would like to look to the future and explore whether the Covid-19 pandemic can and will help societies achieve the United Nations SDG goals and the impending climate targets. We will discuss learnings and takeaways from C19 crisis and hear insights about what opportunities such a time has to offer for a more resilient future.

The event is brought to you by the Circular Economy Transition initiative and Impact Hub Switzerland with kind support of the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland and WWF Switzerland.

About the speakers:

Keynote speaker:

Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer in the MIT Management Sloan School and co-founder of the Presencing Institute. He chairs the MIT IDEAS program for cross-sector innovation and introduced the concept of “presencing”—learning from the emerging future—in his bestselling books Theory U and Presence (the latter co-authored with P. Senge et al). He is co-author of Leading from the Emerging Future, which outlines eight acupuncture points for transforming capitalism. His most recent book, The Essentials of Theory U, summarizes the core principles and applications of awareness-based systems change.

Panelists:

Nancy Bocken is Professor in Sustainable Business at Maastricht Sustainability Institute, Maastricht University. She is also visiting professor at Lund University, Sweden and LUT University Finland, and Fellow at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. She is co-founder of HOMIE, a Dutch ‘pay-per-use’ business pursuing the circular economy. Nancy’s research evolves around the broad field of Sustainable Business, including topics like sustainable business models, business experiments, Circular Economy, sufficiency, and closing the ‘idea-action’ gap in sustainability through novel tools and approaches. She is the Principal Investigator of the European Research Council funded project Circular X which focuses on ‘experimenting with circular service business models’.

Adèle Thorens Goumaz is a member of the Swiss Council of States and president at OdA Umwelt, a network for professionals in the environment and cleantech sector in Switzerland. She is also a member of the foundation board of sanu durabilitas, a think tank for sustainable development, where she focuses on circular economy. A philosopher by training, her main focus is the promotion of the green economy and sustainable development  in the broadest sense – be that as a member of parliament, a consultant for companies or public authorities, during her involvement in various councils or for educational matters.

Ion Karagounis has been working for the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) Switzerland for more than eight years. After having led the department for environmental programs, he initiated a WWF-internal think tank on future trends in economic and environmental issues. He writes regularly in Swiss newspapers on environmental issues and travel stories. Ion has a degree in natural science from ETH Zurich and a degree in corporate management and journalism.

Marie-Claire Graf is a Swiss climate activist and engaged in various organisations for climate protection and sustainability. She is President of the Swiss Association of Student Organisations for Sustainability (VSN) and co-founder of the Sustainability Week, an initiative launched in 2017 in which 14 Swiss cities are currently participating. She is also Vice-President of “Swiss Youth for Climate”, an association founded in 2015 to involve youth in the political debate on climate change.

AGENDA (CET time)

18:00: Welcome & introduction – Impact Hub Switzerland / Circular Economy Transition

18:15: Inspirational keynote: Setting the Scene

Otto Scharmer, Senior Lecturer, MIT, and Founding Chair, Presencing Institute

18:45: High level panel discussion to discuss on different levels with:

Nancy Bocken, Adèle Thorens Goumaz, Ion Karagounis, Marie Claire Graf

  • Status Quo – What do we see? (new initiatives, behaviors)
  • Factual – What are the impacts (Climate, society, etc.)? What can we measure?
  • Perspectives – What are trends, future scenarios, transition opportunities?
  • Political – What should we demand for? What can we expect?

19:30: Moderated Q&A with audience

19:45: Conclusion & outlook – Circular Economy Transition

About the organisers:

Circular Economy Transition is a pioneer initiative that aims at accelerating the transition of Switzerland to a Circular Economy. It currently takes place in 5 Swiss cities – Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, and Zurich.

In close collaboration with Impact Hub Switzerland, sanu durabilitas and with the support of the MAVA foundation, this initiative will contribute to drive the new paradigm for the future of business, policy making and society through 4 main approaches:

  • Circular Economy Incubator (learn more here)
  • Circular Business Lab (learn more here)
  • Circular policy recommendations (learn more here)
  • Circular Ecosystem building (learn more here)

REGISTRATION

The event will be held online. After your registration via Eventbrite, you will receive an email with access to the Zoom call closer to the event. The event is limited to 500 attendees via zoom. Make sure to reserve your seat.

We are looking forward to this great discussion with you!

the Circular Economy Transition team