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Letshego Group partners with Botswana Innovation Hub to scout for top innovators

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•	Letshego Holdings Limited (Letshego Group) sponsored a ‘Pitch Day’ in partnership with Botswana Innovation Hub to showcase the great works from 8 budding startup innovators.

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Letshego Holdings Limited (Letshego Group) collaborated with Botswana Innovation Hub to host a Pitch Day where 8 innovators showcased their works for potential future mentorship and support.

The Pitch Day enabled Letshego to scout the top 3 innovative solutions, thereafter offering support and mentoring opportunities to transform the entrepreneur’s future growth potential into a reality.

With Letshego’s sponsorship, the Pitch Day provided 8 startup innovators from BIH’s portfolio a platform to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges, comprising select executives from Letshego’s regional markets.

After hearing all 8 innovative pitches, the panel of Pitch Day judges concluded by commending the entrepreneurs on their outstanding submissions and creative concepts.

The top three nominations were Kwiky, a business solution that facilitates access to financial services for the underbanked by accessing mobile phone and mobile wallet transaction data from various data points, who came first.

Digital Diamond, an instant identification application, came second while in third place was PCG Software,  a digital solutions firm specialising in tailor-made mobile development and web-based projects.

Andrew Okai, Letshego Group’s Chief Executive Officer commented, “In our journey to create a world-class retail financial services organisation, Letshego remains committed to developing a relentless innovation culture. We aim to achieve this by leveraging digital innovation, strategic partnerships and eco-system thinking to enhance customer experience and increase access to simple and appropriate financial solutions for emerging market consumers across the Group’s 11-country footprint.”

“Our ambition is to use our strengths and expertise to enable entrepreneurs to expand their growth and income potential. Letshego strongly believes that through effective partnerships, we can grow our collective potential, exponentially!” He added.

The winning solutions will work with partners to manage subsequent development of the proof of concepts. This will include innovation sprints sessions and hackathons, leveraging BIH’s tried and tested innovation management framework to either support Letshego directly, or the economies and communities where Letshego operates across Africa.

At the pitch day, Alan Boshwaen, Chief Executive Officer of the Botswana Innovation Hub said, “We all acknowledge that innovation is a critical catalyst in driving Botswana’s Transformation Agenda, hence, supporting innovations requires collaboration between diverse stakeholders. We are glad to have partnered with Letshego Botswana as a player in building national innovation ecosystem. Our innovators stand to benefit from the opportunities availed by this partnership including mentorship, capacity building and commercialization.”

The start-ups that pitched were selected from a pool of entrepreneurs within the BIH Incubation and Acceleration Programme. These entrepreneurs benefit from a number of BIH interventions including: technical advice; coaching; mentorship; access to markets; access to partner programmes; office space; subsidised corporate tax; special dispensation of the import of skilled personnel and many other tailored interventions to small business concepts to grow and thrive.

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