Startup Rally Botswana

Come pitch your idea for a chance to win P30,000 toward your business idea.

Gaborone, Botswana
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Startup Rally Botswana is a series of events running across Botswana cities, where startups from all over Botswana pitch to investors, develop their skills and products, meet local industry leaders and connect with fellow tech enthusiasts.

Startup Rally Botswana?

Startup Rally Botswana aims to break local tech bubbles and build a bridge between startup communities in various cities to help them exchange experiences and learn from one another.

In other words, it's a series of pitching and networking events running across 4 Botswana cities with buzzing startup scene - Gaborone, Francistown, Maun, and Serowe.

Who Should Attend?

If you're a marketor, coder, or business idealist then this event is for you. Come pitch your idea or join the team with the idea that you like.

  • Entreprenuer - person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit.
  • Marketor - person who is good at social media, email campaigns, and communicating with peoptential prospects
  • Developer - person who enjoys writing code, building apps, developeing websites and dealing with APIs
Thursday - Friday August 30-31 2018
Gaborone, Botswana London College of International Business Studies: LCIBS
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10 Reasons to Innovate in Botswana

  • Younger generations like Millennials and Generation Z are going to be the biggest consumers in the market in next 5-10 years
  • Innovative workplaces attract the best and brightest talent.
  • A majority of insurers (65%) have focused on innovation for 5 years or less.
  • 80% of all crowdsourcing is done by small business and start-ups.
  • The amount of stored data doubles every 24 months.
  • Wearable devices have grown 200% every month since 2012.
  • It is six to seven times more expensive to acquire new customers than it is to keep existing ones.
  • Over 40% of the companies at the top of the Fortune 500 list in 2000 were not on the list in 2010.
  • Just 10 percent of cars were connected to the internet in 2012, but by 2020 it is estimated that 90 percent will be.
  • Internet of Things (IoT) technology has the potential to add $10 to $15 trillion to global GDP over the next 20 years.

Startup Rally Botswana 2018 gathered the brightest minds in the tech world. Learn new skills and get insights from experts and practitioners from all around!

Below you'll find the schedule for Startup Rally 2018 brought to you by YesWeCan. We'll keep this page regularly updated with all new speakers and sessions, so be sure to keep checking in!

3:30 PM 4:00 PM

Welcome & Registration

4:00 PM 5:00 PM

Idea Pitch Session

5:00 PM 5:30 PM

Team Joining Session

5:30 PM 5:45 PM


5:45 PM 8:45 PM

Teams Working on Startup Idea

8:45 PM 9:00 PM

Closing Note

9:00 PM


3:30 PM 3:45 PM

Opening Note

3:45 PM 6:20 PM

Teams Working on Startup Idea

6:20 PM 6:35 PM

Snack Break

6:35 PM 7:05 PM

Pitching starts:

7:05 PM 7:20 PM


7:20 PM 7:50 PM

Pitching continues

7:50 PM 8:20 PM

Internal jury discussion/ Networking for attendees

8:20 PM 8:40 PM

Jury’s public feedback to each startup & Winner announcement

8:40 PM 9:05 PM

Closing Note

The Startup Rally Botswana has a variety of ticket types to suit the variety of designers out there. Find out the best option for you and your team!

Good at Coding

P 200

Perfect for programmers and people who are good at coding (e.g. creating websites and creating phone apps)

Good at Marketing

P 250

Perfect for people who like marketing (e.g. social media, sending emails, graphic designers, etc)

Good at Ideas

P 300

Pick this one if you have an idea that you want to pitch and need coders and marketors to join your team

Other ways to register: Contact us via WhatsApp +267 74 454 189 to setup a place to meet in Gaborone.

We wouldn't be able to host our conference without help from these amazing companies. A huge thanks to all our sponsors and partners!

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